Do You Need A Property Valuation?

Not sure what a Property Valuer can do for you or if you even need one? Take our short five question quiz to determine if you need a Property Valuation, and if so learn everything you need to know about what they do and how they can benefit you.  

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Being Able to Afford Your First Home is Easier Than You Think!

With the increase in demand for housing in Australia continuing to drive property prices up, it’s no wonder first home buyers are running scared. If you – like the majority of Australia’s younger citizens, – are watching the expensive property market wondering how you can possibly afford to break into it, we’re here to tell you it’s not as impossible as you may think.

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Topics: First Home Buyer

5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Property

As far as investments go, investing in property is one of the more robust options, especially long-term. It’s an easy investment option for beginners to understand and generally a successful one given the right conditions are met. If you are thinking about dipping your toes into investing, here are five essential reasons why investing in property is a no-brainer!

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Topics: First Home Buyer, Investing In Property

Understanding Cashflow: The Difference Between a Long-Term Property Investment and a Costly Mistake

A critical element of any investment property is positive cashflow. Having the cash available to successfully manage your investment can be the difference between a successful, long-term property investment or a very costly mistake. Before you buy, make sure you do your research, seek expert and friendly advice and do your due diligence.

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Topics: Investing In Property

You’ve Purchased A Home… But, Is Your Property Insured?

There are many new property owners that don’t understand the importance of purchasing and maintaining property insurance. The truth is, property insurance is one of the best ways to ensure that you, your family and your businesses are protected from financial liability in the event of a tragedy. Living in a ‘safe area’ is not a good enough reason to not have your home adequately insured.

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Topics: First Home Buyer, Investing In Property

5 Important Documents to DOUBLE CHECK Before Buying a New Property

Want to know the secret to many successful property investors? They properly vet all legal property documents prior to purchasing! Legal documents are an essential part of any property purchase, and it’s essential that you cross your T’s and dot your I’s as well as seek professional council for each and every one prior to signing. Not doing so, could leave you in a situation you aren’t prepared for. Here is a list of all of the most important property documents required to purchase a residential property, so that you know what to expect.

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Topics: Investing In Property

Your Property Settlement Day Checklist

The big day is here! The keys are almost in-hand! But, have you prepared everything that you need to prior to settlement? On the day when you finally take ownership of your new home, you don’t want to be finding out about all of the things you haven’t done yet! Not to worry, NU-DEV have your back: here is your settlement day checklist.

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Topics: Investing In Property

Data Overload! How to Understand Property Data

Are you wanting to become a property investor, but are struggling with all the data and property language that’s being thrown at you? NU-DEV have put together this beginner’s guide, to help you understand all the terminology and information that comes with property investing.

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Topics: Investing In Property

Looking to Finance Your Property Investment? Different Types of Loans Explained

Confused about what type of loan you should use to purchase your next property investment? Here we introduce you to the common types of mortgage and home loans within Australia.

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Topics: Investing In Property

Intrinsic & Extrinsic Factors Influencing Your Properties Growth

The  changes in Australia’s property market regularly makes headlines across the country, but what is it exactly that’s influencing property value? Is it naturally occurring (intrinsic) or is some outside force (extrinsic) affecting their value? Here we explain the ins-and-outs of what influences the value of your property. 

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Topics: Investing In Property

A Beginners Guide to Property Investment Cash Flow

The stuff of nightmares for beginner property investors: tenants not paying on time, never enough savings in the bank, unexpected tax bills… when does it end!? To help you rest easier, NU-DEV presents this short guide to property cashflow management.

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Topics: Investing In Property

Buying a House, Property or Land? Property Types Explained

If you are looking to become a property investor, it’s important to consider the type of property you are investing in carefully (before you invest!). Some types of property are great for beginner investors and others are a little more intricate an investment. To help you get started, here are the top three most common types of Australian property explained.

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Topics: Investing In Property

Thinking about hiring a Property Manager? Here’s everything you need to know about property management!

The overseeing of residential, commercial and/or industrial property – including apartments, houses, units, office/business buildings, factories, shopping centres and more – is what is known as property management. Typically, a property manager is hired for real estate that is owned by another party or entity. This property manager then acts on behalf of the owner to generate them income and preserve the value of the owner/entity’s property.

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Topics: Property Management

The Essential Checklist for Creating a Property Risk Mitigation Plan

20-Step checklist and step-by-step guide to creating a professional and effective property risk mitigation plan.

Let’s talk about strategies to avoid, accept, reduce, control or transfer risk. If you are serious about becoming a property investor, than finding the right strategy for you is essential!

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Topics: First Home Buyer, Investing In Property

5 Questions to Ask Your Potential Property Manager

Hiring a great property manager can be a tricky task, especially as you need one with local experience, excellent communication skills and the know-how to navigate today’s property market for you.

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Topics: Investing In Property, Property Management

5 Questions to Ask When Conducting Property Area Research

A property purchase should be treated like any other major purchase in your life. Which means, doing your research before buying. Your goal – when investing in property – should be to achieve the most growth possible in a marketplace. To help you maximise your investment efforts, here are the top five questions you need to be answering when conducting your area research.

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Topics: Investing In Property

Mistakes New Landlords Make & How to Avoid Them

Managing a rental home takes experience, knowledge and a lot of patience. If you don’t employ a property manager and choose to self-manage your rental, it is essentially like running your own small business.

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Topics: Investing In Property, Property Management

How Do I Calculate the Loan-to-Value Ratio (LVR) of My Property?

Quite simply, your loan-to-value ratio (LVR) is the amount you are borrowing to purchase your property. It is represented as a percentage of the value of the property that is being used as security for your loan. It is important because lenders focus the majority of their decision making on your LVR when assessing your application for a loan. A lower LVR means a lower risk to your lender.

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Topics: Investing In Property

What is Your Risk Profile & How Do You Develop a Property Investment Strategy That’s Right for You?

Essentially, your risk profile is the amount of risk that you want and can afford to take. Here’s how to discover your risk profile, in order to develop a property investment strategy best suited to you and your needs.

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Topics: Investing In Property

Things to Be Aware of If Buying a Property Together

There are many positives as well as negatives to purchasing a property with your partner. Here are the top things you need to be aware of if you and your partner are wanting to purchase a property together.

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Topics: Investing In Property

How to Calculate Capital Growth (the Return on Your Investment Property)

Calculating your potential capital growth – or in other words, the return on your investment property – is an essential step when looking to become a property investor. Like any other investment type, such as shares, you wouldn’t invest your money without knowing what the return will be. Property should be no different to any other type of investment; you should know what you’re are getting out of the deal.

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Topics: How To, Investing In Property

How to Negotiate with Confidence & Secure the Property You Want!

OK, so you’ve found the property for you; the one that ticks every box. No matter if it’s your dream home or an investment property, negotiating is essential. This is because if it’s right for you, chances are it’s right for someone else too.

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Topics: How To, Investing In Property

3 Essential Steps to Overcome Your Property Investment Fears

There is no way to totally eliminate the fears associated with property investment, this is because there is no way to totally eliminate the risks associated with property investment. There are, however, ways to minimise the risks and thus reduce your levels of fear in order to help you overcome them.

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Topics: How To, Investing In Property

Stay Calm! How to Navigate Your First Auction

If you have never been to an auction before, not to worry! They aren’t as scary as you may think. Here is what you should expect when attending a property auction.

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Topics: How To, Investing In Property

3 Expert Tips on How to Make an Offer on Your First Property

Are you interested in taking the leap and purchasing your first Australian property? Are you unsure where to start and how to go about making an offer? Here are our top three industry insider tips on how to get started and how to get the best deal.

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Topics: How To, Investing In Property

Beginners Guide: How to Find the Right Property Investment Strategy for You

Often, it is the strategy used that separates successful property investors from the ones forced to sell prematurely. A great property investment strategy is the key to many success stories, but you need to be careful as some strategies work while others can be quite treacherous.

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Topics: Investing In Property

How to Research Property Like a Professional

As you well know, when it comes to property, location is everything. Doing your research to make sure you are purchasing in the right area will help ensure you are investing in property with the most opportunity for success.

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Topics: Investing In Property

The 4 Golden Rules of Buying Property Sight Unseen

Despite it being considered a risky approach, there are many property investors that have achieved great success through buying sight unseen. When approaching this strategy, here are four ways that you can minimise your risk in order to achieve success.

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Topics: Investing In Property

3 things to consider when using finance to invest in property

More often than not, borrowing money in order to invest in property proves to be a cost-effective method. This is because, over time (generally speaking) rental prices rise, the value of your property increases and so too does your income. But, when using finance to invest in property, there are things you need to consider in order to make an informed decision on what is the best type of finance for you, your budget and your circumstance. Plus, here are some types of finance you may not have considered that are available to you as a property investor within Australia.

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Topics: Investing In Property

The Tourism Era & Future Transformation: the history of the Gold Coast, part 3

After the struggle of the 80s and 90s, Gold Coast developers wasted no time taking advantage of the prosperous 00s. With sophisticated nightclubs and no-height-limit developments taking shape, the 2000s completely transformed our beloved Gold Coast. The 2010s race for entertainment and shopping venues kept our holiday destination status thriving, which has enticed many to call the Gold Coast their home.

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Topics: Gold Coast

Understanding positive & negative gearing

When people borrow in order to invest, this is what is called ‘gearing’. If you have borrowed money to invest in property, here’s how you know if you are positively or negatively geared: if you are making a profit you’re positively geared, if you are losing money you’re negatively gearing. But, both are costing you money, here’s how…

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Topics: Investing In Property

Diversifying your property portfolio

There are risks involved in any type of investment, including property investments. Which is why, generally speaking, financial experts recommend a diverse investment portfolio. They recommend this as a way to reduce risk and increase gain. If you diversify your property investments, you lessen your risk and provide additional benefits.

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Topics: Investing In Property

The Fight for Growth: the history of the Gold Coast, part 2

From ‘The Rise of Paradise’, came the downturn of the 80s. With financial hardship taking its toll, the rapid growth of the Gold Coast came to a halt. This fight for growth continued into the 90s, where a few Gold Coast developers managed to succeed in creating some of the iconic buildings of today. But, it wasn’t until the lead up to the 2000s that the Gold Coast rehabilitated its rapid growth and managed to strongly reaffirm itself as Australia’s number one nightlife party town.

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Topics: Gold Coast

The Rise of Paradise: the history of the Gold Coast, Part 1

Let us take you on a unique journey.

First, we’ll ‘time-warp’ back to the 60s, where the smooth waves and pristine beaches of the Gold Coast sparked a rise of a destination like no other - 'beautiful one day, perfect the next'. It would soon be in high demand from holiday makers, motel and hotel operators, and those looking for a sea-change. We’ll then guide you through the 70s, where innovative developments began and some of our most iconic buildings were founded. Through to the start of the 80s, where the fight for height begins and the birth of some of our now many tourist attractions became the foundation for our reputation as a top holiday destination.

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Topics: Gold Coast

5 investor traps to avoid when purchasing property

Buying a home or investment property is a huge financial decision to make and an important step for families to make. This means the stakes are high and many property purchasers make expensive mistakes.

So what can go wrong? In this blog we outline five potential investor traps to avoid falling into when purchasing property.

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Topics: Investing In Property

From the archives: Nikiforides family back on Gold Coast development scene with Mermaid Beach tower

19 September 2015: The Nikiforides family behind The Oracle towers at Broadbeach have returned to the Gold Coast development scene after a four-year sabbatical from the area.

Under the mentorship of their father Con, sons William, 29, John, 28, and James, 26, have risen like a phoenix from the ashes with their new brand — NU-DEV.

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Topics: NU-DEV

Downsize your home, upsize your lifestyle

‘When is the right time to downsize?’ is a question many ask and can be a difficult one to answer. There are all sorts of various reasons why people choose to downsize their home. From the kids moving out to increasing your savings, here are some of the many benefits to downsizing your home in order to upsize on your lifestyle.

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Topics: Downsizing

Top 6 tips for minimising risk when investing in property

Buying property can be an inherently risky game, and purchasers must be aware of these risks to avoid being caught.

The ability to identify and minimise risks is crucial to the success of every property owner.

See here our top six tips for managing your risk when investing in property:

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Topics: Investing In Property

Multifunctional furniture pieces essential for apartment living

When storage is limited, items without a home end up in piles on the floor and every other surface. Visible storage solutions like boxes, jars and baskets often add to the clutter problem and can make your space look messy.

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Topics: Apartment, Shop The Style

Green Spaces - Plants that love apartment living as much as you do

No garden area or backyard? No problem, this selection of attractive plants will be happy sharing your indoor space with you. Placing some greenery in your apartment not only adds to the aesthetics, it has also been established that plants confer positive changes in the brain’s electrical activity, muscle tension and heart activity as well as many other health benefits like cleaner air. 

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Topics: Apartment, How To

Why an apartment is the right first home purchase

Deciding to take the leap into home ownership is one that can consume a great deal of your thoughts and head space. Buying your first home used to mean purchasing a 3 bedroom house, with a backyard located in one of the fringe suburbs. But times have changed and so has the type of home that buyers are purchasing for their first investment into home ownership. 

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Topics: First Home Buyer, Apartment

Downsize and Declutter - 8 Effective Tips

Does the thought of downsizing your home and decluttering your personal belongings send you into a tail spin? Is it something you have thought about but just keep putting off?

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Topics: Downsizing, Declutter, How To