PIPA In the News

10 May

No winter chill for property market this year: experts

The conventional wisdom says 'sell in spring', but experts say a buoyant local market is showing no signs of slowing down heading into winter.

When it comes time to sell a home many people don't get the chance to consider the best season to put a house up for sale.

We are often forced to list a home for reasons other than the weather: an interstate move, a new job on the other side of the CBD, a divorce, or simply because we have bought somewhere else and need to unlock the equity in the current home.

09 May

Property advisers offered big commissions, bonuses and incentives by developers

Big commissions, volume linked bonuses, cash incentives and other lucrative perks are being offered by developers to financial advises and unauthorised spruikers for recommending property developments, according to advisers and brokers ...

21 Apr

Fears about foreign investors buying Australian real estate are misplaced

Property is a great conversation topic because it affects us all in some way, from our basic need for shelter through to the glamour and status of prestigious property.

Therefore, property will always be a hot topic. Everybody has an opinion about it, whether in terms of its type, style, location, aspect and liveability, or the current focus - given rising prices in our three major cities Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane - affordability.

The apparent influx of foreigners snapping up Aussie real estate is also topical. In fact, these concerns are often connected, with many media commentators claiming foreign demand for real estate is pushing up real estate prices.

14 Apr

Picking a winning investment property

Five tips for picking a winning investment property.

Click here to download a pdf version of the article

19 Mar

Which type of investor are you?

Understanding which type of property investor you are is essential in developing the most appropriate investment strategy.

There are countless strategies discussed, debated and employed by investors in their attempts to build wealth through property investment.

In my role as chair of the Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA), as well as in my own professional business capacity, I have met thousands of property investors.

And one of the very first questions I ask these investors is 'What type of property investor are you?

12 Mar

The property industry's take on LRBAs

Ben Kingsley, chair of Property Investment Professionals of Australia, offers a perspective from the property industry to Miranda Brownlee on the SMSF borrowing proposal and what alternative options there may be.

What kind of impact do you think an outright ban of limited recourse borrowing arrangements (LRBAs) will have on SMSF investment in property?

It will have a huge impact. There's a whole group of people who are empowered to take charge of their own financial wellbeing and financial outcomes and they're choosing to set up an SMSF, they're choosing to borrow money and they're choosing to invest in property.

05 Mar

PIPA calls for alternatives to LRBA ban

Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) is urging the government to consider alternatives to an outright ban of borrowing in SMSFs including improved education and a ban on personal guarantees.

Speaking to SMSF Adviser, PIPA chair Ben Kingsley said he considers the risk of limited recourse borrowing arrangements (LRBAs) creating any mass problems for SMSFs to be remote and that issues around borrowing should be addressed in other ways first.

04 Mar

Two Sides to a Story: Foreign Investors

Foreign Investors: It's an emotive subject that can get quite heated, but what's the truth about foreign investment and its impact on the Australian property industry?

API dives headfirst into the debate.

25 Feb

Why the foreign land ownership debate is warped

Claims that Chinese investors own vast tracts of Australian farmland are not supported by official data, writes George Lekakis.

One of the great problems in the national debate on whether Australia's food security is imperilled by foreign ownership of rural land is the absence of reliable data to test the claims of fearmongers that China is poised to buy out our farms.

Some of the loudest opponents to foreigners owning agricultural land emanate from rural parts of Queensland, where politicians from Bob Katter's Australia Party and the LNP often run emotive arguments against Chinese investment.

24 Feb

Property remains firm favourite, despite the hype

In spite of the hype and spite about borrowing in SMSFs, one thing remains clear – the demand for purchasing property in SMSFs is real.

The latest Smart Property Investment/ Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) Property Investor Sentiment Survey, released at the end of 2014, indicates that despite talk of property bubbles, confidence in the Australian property market remains high.

Moreover, it indicates that property investment within SMSFs continues to grow.


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