Media Releases

03 Aug

Rate hikes for investors unfair: PIPA

Media Release: Monday 3 August 2015

Property investment peak body calls for balanced approach to create a more sustainable market

The Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) has questioned the move by lenders to increase interest rates to both new and existing property investors, urging regulators and government to take a more balanced approach in working to encourage a sustainable and flourishing property market.

PIPA Chair Ben Kingsley said increasing interest rates for existing investors appeared to be an opportunistic move by banks that could have potentially harmful flow-on effects to the broader property market.

"Increasing borrowing costs for investors, and in some cases owner occupiers, who bought into the market some time ago seems unfair and detracts from what should be the common goal of creating a balanced property market," Mr Kingsley said.

PIPA believes more targeted measures to slow new investor lending, such as decreasing and restricting borrowing power for new investors in locations where the market was particularly heated, could be a better approach.

02 Jun

PIPA questions APRA's moves to dampen property investment activity

Media Release: Tuesday 2nd June 2015

The Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) has reignited its calls to the federal government and industry regulators to address the need for improved consumer awareness and comprehensive regulation of the property investment industry, following APRA’s recent moves to dampen property investor activity via lending restrictions.

Many banks, including the big four, have tightened their lending to property investors over the past couple of weeks, as a result of APRA’s intervention, either changing their lending criteria or charging investors more to take loans with them.

Ben Kingsley, Chair of PIPA, said APRA’s approach was not the sound solution to cooling the Sydney and Melbourne property markets for the long-term.

"While we welcome and endorse a responsible approach to lending, we are concerned about APRA’s market intervention and don’t believe their lender-by-lender approach is the most effective means to control the property market," he said.

12 Nov

Confidence remains high in property market: survey

Media Release: Wednesday 12th November 2014

Key points:

  • New survey reveals majority of property investors still looking to invest in next 6-12 months
  • Low interest rates, capital growth prospects and property's stability revealed as key drivers behind investor appetite
  • Survey highlights investor demand for regulation of property investment

Following months of hot property market activity, a national survey of property investors has revealed that investor demand for property shows little signs of slowing any time soon.

24 Sep

Buy smart this spring: 5-step checklist for spring property success

Media Release: Wednesday 24 September 2014

The Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) has developed a spring buying checklist to help property investors and home buyers make well-informed property purchasing decisions in what is traditionally the busiest time of year for the property market.

PIPA chair Ben Kingsley says it’s important for aspiring buyers to keep a cool head and steer clear of property spruikers who are out to capitalise on the growing momentum in the real estate market.

"Well-selected real estate represents a fantastic investment opportunity and wealth creation tool. But as one of the highest value transactions you can make, it’s important to approach any transaction with due diligence," he said.

26 Mar

Property investors hungry for more: survey

Media Release: Wednesday 26th March 2014

Key Points:

  • New survey reveals majority of property investors looking to buy in 2014
  • Low interest rate environment, capital growth prospects and property’s stability revealed as key drivers of investor interest
  • Brisbane tipped by investors as the state capital with the best investment prospects

A national survey of property investors has revealed high levels of confidence in the property market, underpinning expectations that strong investor activity will continue well throughout 2014.

The inaugural Smart Property Investment / PIPA Property Investor Sentiment Survey indicates that a striking majority of investors (84.4 per cent) believe now is a good time to invest in property, with 70.8 per cent of investors looking to make a purchase within the next 6-12 months.

18 Nov

New website to help property and finance professionals connect with property investor clients

Media Release: Monday 18 November 2013

Key points:

  • PIPA's new website to help professionals engage with property investors
  • Site features search-by-postcode database of professionals involved in the property investment process, including mortgage brokers, financial planners and accountants

The Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) has unveiled a new opportunity for property and finance professionals to connect with property investor clients via its new website.

30 Oct

PIPA intensifies fight against property spruikers

Media Release: Wednesday 30 October 2013

Key points

  • The peak association for property investment launches new advertising campaign, new website
  • An improved disclosure policy announced to further protect investors from property spruikers
  • PIPA offers investors confidence in unregulated market place

The Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) has continued its push for a more professional property investment industry with a string of new measures and initiatives, all aimed to better protect Australian property investors from unscrupulous operators.

27 May

Be cautious but don't be left behind: PIPA

Media Release: Monday 27 May 2013

Key points

  • Property market ripe with opportunity - May rate cut adds to appeal
  • Due diligence more important than ever as property spruikers eye opportunity too

The residential property market is boasting some of the best investment opportunities seen in years and investors who fail to take advantage of these market conditions could regret it, says the Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA).

30 Apr

Property investment growth spells lucrative opportunities for financial services professionals

Media Release: Tuesday 30 April 2013

Key points

  • Growth in property investment activity to usher in new business opportunities for accounting professionals, financial planners, mortgage brokers and buyer's agents
  • PIPA's QPIA course offers professionals further opportunity to benefit from burgeoning investment market

Signs of a renaissance in the Australian property investment market are pointing to strong opportunities for financial services professionals including accountants, mortgage brokers, financial planners and buyer's agents, according to the Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA).

18 Apr

PIPA welcomes ASIC's focus on property spruikers

Media Release: Thursday 18 April 2013

Key points

  • PIPA welcomes ASIC investigation into SMSF advice, applauds heightened focus on property spruikers
  • PIPA still concerned about provision of advice with regards to property investment within SMSFs

The Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) has welcomed the release today of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission's (ASIC) first SMSF Taskforce findings.


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