Kate Forbes

Kate Forbes

Kate Forbes is a Property Strategist at Metropole Property Strategists in Melbourne. She has 15 years of investment experience in financial markets in two continents, is qualified in multiple disciplines and is also a chartered financial analyst (CFA).
She is a regular commentator for Michael Yardney’s Property Update    


 

  • We all love our own neighbourhoods, right? We choose to rent or own homes in particular suburbs because it's close to where we work, it may have an exciting entertainment scene, or perhaps it's in the right school zone for our children. But does that mean that you should invest in your own backyard, too? read more

  • To help you start out with a better chance of being a long-term property investor, here are five common mistakes that I’ve seen novice property investors make. read more

  • Fewer family units, as well as a rising demand for inner-city living, means that property prices in our capital cities will increase – again, because more demand than supply means higher prices. That's why investors need to think long and hard about what they want their portfolio to look like today to ensure they are prepared for the property market of the future. read more

  • It’s the age old argument – which makes a better investment – a house or an apartment? read more

  • Forty years on, you can easily identify apartment blocks from the '70s as they usually are brown or red brick and probably won't win any beauty awards. But these apartments make very solid investments for today's property investor because of a number of significant attributes. read more

  • Now I’m not suggesting you should buy a cheap property or look for bargains – they’re not that hard to find if you look in secondary markets that are out of favour. You make your money when you buy your investment property not by buying cheaply, but by buying the right property. Read on for my tips on how to avoid overpaying for your next property... read more

  • Just because Australians have a love affair with property, and the returns are potentially high, does not necessarily mean they will be good investors. People lose money in real estate all the time. We rarely hear these stories in the media, but it happens. To be truly successful in real estate you will need to cultivate a few business habits and stick to them. Here are some dos and don’ts that I have found to be extremely important throughout my career. read more

  • While we all know that property investment is generally about long-term wealth creation, sometimes even experienced investors wind up losing on their properties. So to help you avoid some of the common pitfalls, let’s look at a few of the strategies that could make your investment more of a money pit than a profit-spinner… read more

  • Over the last few years the Sydney and Melbourne property markets have gone gangbusters. But in both of these markets, despite staggering property price growth, there are a number of properties I would still avoid at all costs. Why? read more