PIPA In the News

Tue
14 Oct
2014

The Reserve Bank is talking about throwing a wet blanket on property investor activity, so what does that mean for any would-be investors out there?

Loans to property investors hit an all-time high in July, accounting for almost 50 per cent of loans written to buy houses.

The RBA says there's now an imbalance with new lending to investors is out of proportion to rental demand.

Ben Kingsley, chair of the Property Investment Professionals of Australia, said would-be investors should focus on their own financial situation rather than external factors when deciding whether it's the right time to invest.

Sat
11 Oct
2014

"Mad savers" Tom and Kelly Orth, used the equity in their family home to buy investment properties in high rental demand suburbs.  They had a chat with Charlotte Durut ...

Fri
10 Oct
2014

Forget everything you've ever heard about Australia's housing market, because the bubble surrounding the nation's greatest property myths is about to be burst.

National real estate analysts have broken down the 20 greatest myths you're ever likely to hear from real estate agents, developers and other property gurus spinning tales about panic in Australia's residential market.

From 'the shortage bandwagon' to inflated statistics about increased house prices across the country, Hotspotting.com.au managing Director Terry Ryder dispels it all.

Published in the Spring edition of the Ryder Report, Mr Ryder makes the claim that 'jumping on the shortage bandwagon is the ultimate example of lazy analysis of residential property'.

Thu
25 Sep
2014

Spring buyers are coming out in force, and competition is still high in many markets this busy season.

The Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) has created a spring purchasing checklist for home buyers and investors, to encourage thoughtful buying decisions.

PIPA’s Ben Kingsley warns that while well-selected real estate is an opportunity for wealth creation, all transactions should be approached with due diligence.

“Not only should investors ensure any purchase fits in with their long term investment goals, but it’s important to be aware of unscrupulous operators, out to make a buck at the expense of innocent consumers,” he said.

Wed
24 Sep
2014

As the “spring selling season” gets under way, investors have been warned to do their due diligence and avoid dodgy operators.

A checklist from the Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) urges investors to be wary of property advisers or agents with hidden agendas.

“Not only should investors ensure any purchase fits in with their long-term investment goals, but it’s important to be aware of unscrupulous operators, out to make a buck at the expense of innocent consumers,” PIPA chair Ben Kingsley said.

Wed
10 Sep
2014

The results are in for MPA's poll on whether brokers should give property investment advice, suggesting that the practice is already wide spread ...

Mon
01 Sep
2014

Unethical property spruikers are serious wealth hazards.  Australia's financial planning and mortgage broking industries have become more tightly regulated over the past 10 to 15 years.  The property industry, unfortunately, has not become more regulated ...

Sat
23 Aug
2014

Improvements to financial advisers' training and education will do little to weed-out potential crooks and could cause academic arbitrage as candidates shop around for the easiest assessment, warn industry insiders ...

Fri
25 Jul
2014

In Series 7 Episode 5 of Look at Property, Ben Kingsley, the Chair of PIPA, talks to Julie McBeth about the property investment industry, PIPA's Code of Conduct, disclosure of commissions, regulation and searching for property professionals who are PIPA members:

Ben Kingsley Look at Property Screen Shot 

Tue
22 Jul
2014

It’s a question all first home buyers ask themselves but how can you work out just how much the banks are likely to lend you? And more importantly, how much should you borrow to avoid getting in over your head?

In this video, PIPA chair Ben Kingsley reveals how to calculate your borrowing power and gives us a handy rule of thumb to use when crunching the numbers.

HBS How Much Can I Borrow Screenshot