PIPA In the News

Fri
04 May
2018

Property investment advice should be regulated

The Royal Commission has highlighted the need for property investment advice regulation, amidst the myriad revelations of dodgy operators and unsound financial advice, according to the Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA).

While planners are subject to regulation, the provision of property investment advice generally remains a free-for-all, according to PIPA chairman Peter Koulizos. In fact, anyone can set up shop as a property investment "adviser" without any qualifications whatsoever.

"While professionals such as buyers' agents, property accountants and mortgage brokers operate within regulated environments, property investment advice does not," Koulizos said.

"Not many Australians understand that, which is why so many continue to be the victims of property investment 'advice' from unscrupulous fly-by-nighters.

Wed
02 May
2018

Royal commission highlights drastic need for property investment advice regulations

The banking royal commission has highlighted the drastic need for property investment advice regulation, according to the Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA).

Among the myriad of revelations about unsound financial advice and dodgy operators came an example of a former planner who allegedly directed clients to purchase property from an 'advocacy service' of which he was the majority owner, but never disclosed.

According to PIPA, the planner was found to have not acted in the clients best interests during an audit and while subject to regulation, the provision of property investment advice generally remains a free-for-all.

PIPA chairman Peter Koulizos said anyone can set up shop as a property investment 'advisor' with no qualifications needed and don't need to worry about adhering to legislation - because there isn't any.

Tue
01 May
2018

Dodgy property investment advisers run rampart, but there's hope

Recent events in the real estate space have highlighted the need for properly regulated advice. Here's the current climate, and here's how it can change.

The royal commission into banking has highlighted the need for properly regulated advice, the Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) has stated.

During the course of the royal commission, one example highlighted of a dodgy dealing was that of a former planner who allegedly pointed their clients to an "advocacy service" for property. That former planner was the majority owner, but he did not disclose this.

After a company audit, the planner was said to not have acted in the client's best interest. PIPA chairman Peter Koulizos said this example highlights the need for property advice regulation, as the former planner ignored what regulation he was subjected to.

Mon
30 Apr
2018

Affordability not such a crisis: PIPA

A real estate investment advisory body has released analysis proving mortgages are more affordable now than they were in 1990.

The Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) said those arguing property's lack of affordability haven't studied the numbers properly.

"Many commentators use just two indicators to measure housing affordability – income and house prices," PIPA Chairman Peter Koulizos said.

"This is a good measure to indicate how expensive housing is, but if you want to analyse affordability, you must also consider mortgage repayments."

PIPA examined annual figures looking at the average size of a home loan, the standard variable rate, principal and interest loan repayments and the annual average wage from 1990 to today.

Mon
30 Apr
2018

Property Hotspots: How to find them?

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Mon
30 Apr
2018

Tom Cruise vs Tom Hanks suburbs: How to find suburbs with strong growth potential

When it comes to choosing a suburb with good growth potential, Hollywood's two most famous Toms provide an appropriate analogy.

If you're looking at a Tom Cruise suburb, you're looking at what's commonly called a hot spot: a locale that burns brightly for a few years (think marriages to Mimi Rogers and Katie Holmes) before fizzling out and leaving all parties checking the bank balance.

A Tom Hanks suburb has staying power. Hanks has been married to Rita Wilson for 30 years and by all reports the relationship is still going strong. A Hanks suburb will pay dividends well after the early romance fades and become the stuff of statistics legend with property values rising strongly over the long-term.

Tom Hanks suburbs have long-term growth prospects; Tom Cruise suburbs rise and fall.

Sat
28 Apr
2018

Crisis, what crisis? Why this expert believes housing is more affordable now than in 1990

GETTING that first home might seem like an insurmountable task in modern day Australia, but according to a leading real estate investment body it was not as bad as it seems.

Skyrocketing house prices in the capital cities should not dissuade young Australians from getting into the housing market according to Property Investment Professionals (PIPA) of Australia chairman Peter Koulizos.

He had a closer look at annual figures for what people are paying now compared to 1990 when it came to repaying a home loan and said homes were now more affordable.

And although property was no doubt more expensive, he said that people were ignoring the impact of significantly lower interest rates.

“And you need to look at how hard it is to pay off that mortgage,” Mr Koulizos said.

Fri
27 Apr
2018

Were mortgages more affordable 28 years ago?

The Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) has just released analysis arguing that mortgages are more affordable now than they were in 1990.

Peter Koulizos, chairman of PIPA, said those who say property has grown less affordable with time haven't studied the numbers properly.

"Many commentators use just two indicators to measure housing affordability – income and house prices," Koulizos said. "This is a good measure to indicate how expensive housing is, but if you want to analyse affordability, you must also consider mortgage repayments."

Thu
26 Apr
2018

Housing more affordable than 30 years ago: Experts

A real estate investment advisory body has claimed that property is more affordable now than nearly 30 years ago, and that other experts may not have been looking at the right numbers.

When analysing the current state of housing affordability in Australia, income, house prices and mortgage repayments must all be considered together, according to the Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) and its chairman, Peter Koulizos.

PIPA examined annual figures, looking at the average size of a home loan, the standard variable rate, principal and interest loan repayments and the annual average wage from 1990 to today.

Wed
18 Apr
2018

Sydney vacancy rates steady, good news for renters

Sydney's residential vacancy rate continues to support those seeking rental accommodation, according to new REINSW research.

President Leanne Pilkington said that the March 2018 REINSW Vacancy Rate Survey delivered some good news for renters in all of the metro, the Hunter and the regional areas.

She said that the survey saw availability fall by 0.1 percentage points to 2.2 per cent for the Sydney metropolitan area.

"A vacancy rate above 2 per cent is positive for those seeking rental properties," Ms Pilkington said.

"In outer Sydney, the vacancy rate remained steady while middle Sydney and inner Sydney rose [by] 0.1 percentage points to 2.6 per cent and 1.9 per cent, respectively."

 

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