David Johnston

About David Johnston

David is the Founder and Managing Director of Property Planning Australia, author of ‘How to Succeed with Property to Create your Ideal Lifestyle’, co-author of ‘Property for Life – Using Property to Plan Your Financial Future’ and a widely-published media commentator. With more than 20 years of experience, David is passionate about educating others to make informed, and ultimately, more lucrative property investment decisions. David established Property Planning Australia in 2004 – with the vision to educate and empower Australians to make successful property, mortgage strategy and money management decisions.  Property Planning Australia’s operations have earned acclaim and national industry awards for its unique fusion of property planning, education, money management, mortgage strategy and risk management. All supported by multi award winning customer service.

Cutting through the noise – In the news

By |2020-06-17T17:01:51+10:00June 15th, 2020|

Today’s pick of property, financial and economic articles include:    1. Nasdaq hits record close, confirms bull market 2. US stocks surge, erasing 2020 losses 3. Australia leads on economic recovery: OECD 4. AustralianSuper takes 25pc stake in build-to-rent platform 5. Total property listings increased in May 6. Housing values edge lower in May, while transaction activity partially recovers from a share drop in April 7. New home sales plunge as Victoria plans stimulus 8. The age of industrialised childcare is coming to an end (this might be wishful thinking, but, hey, why not hope for the best for our kids and spread a well-considered position!)

Cutting through the noise – In the news

By |2020-06-11T15:06:39+10:00June 11th, 2020|

Today’s pick of property, financial and economic articles include:    1. How to resume home loan repayments if you’ve frozen your mortgage 2. Buyers are surprisingly responsive to a rise in listings over May 3. History shows why we can have housing market confidence 4. HomeBuilder scheme: Backlash over who will and won’t receive money 5. Ardern to lift all coronavirus restrictions in NZ 6. Pressure builds for Australia to reopen 7. Deficit is not a dirty word: It's time for bold fiscal policy

Cutting through the noise – In the news

By |2020-04-23T10:50:42+10:00April 23rd, 2020|

We continue to share our hand selected articles in our sections 'Property', 'Government' and 'Economy', and also include links to government support packages, for business owners, employees, job seekers, landlords and tenants. We also include prescient articles on the Covid-19 data, research and strategies that shape the analysis of the economy and property markets. Here is our pick of the best – 23 April 1. Post Easter Week Sees A Rise In Scheduled Volumes, However Challenges Remain As Withdrawn Numbers Continue To Weigh Down Success Rates 2. Tax reform heads RBA's wish list 3. Australia’s success implies we've over-stimulated 4. Provide incentives for using the tracing app 5. Covid-19 medical trial to treat thousands with HIV, malaria drugs 6. Solving the mortgage debt crisis no one is talking about

Cutting through the noise – In the news

By |2020-04-21T12:29:17+10:00April 21st, 2020|

We continue to share our hand selected articles and break them up into categories including 'Property', 'Government Assistance Links' and 'Economy', which includes articles on the Covid-19 data, research and strategies as these directly feed into the analysis of the economy and property markets. Here is our pick of the best: April 21 1. CoreLogic monthly housing market update 2. NSW, Victoria push to replace stamp duty with land tax 3. Why most Covid-19 forecasts were wrong 4. Australian government plans to bring in mobile phone app to track people with coronavirus 5. School shutdowns could be reviewed, Premier says 6. How to make the most of a crisis 7. Why random testing is the road back to normal 8. And more!

Cutting through the noise – In the news

By |2020-04-14T20:19:19+10:00April 14th, 2020|

With so much misinformation out there, to share with you some of the better articles and data we have digested recently. Our goal is to help you ‘cut through the noise’ and provide snippets of the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’, to educate and empower you, our clients and readers, to make great property, mortgage and money decisions.  Here is our pick of the best: April 14 1. Victoria backtracks on open inspection curbs 2. 'Recipe for chaos': Andrews told to end uncertainty and unveil rental rules 3. SMEs have two years to pay deferred rent 4. NSW Government to announce $440 million coronavirus rental assistance with moratorium on forced evictions 5. NSW gives 25pc land tax relief to landlords 6. Infection rate falls below one, raising hopes virus is fading 7. Oxford University says its coronavirus vaccine could be ready by September 8. Prime Minister pivots to an early exit 9. Australia has flattened curve, and US infections about to peak

Cutting through the noise – In the news

By |2020-04-08T14:49:43+10:00April 8th, 2020|

With so much misinformation out there, to share with you some of the better articles and data we have digested recently. Our goal is to help you ‘cut through the noise’ and provide snippets of the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’, to educate and empower you, our clients and readers, to make great property, mortgage and money decisions.  Here is our pick of the best: April 8 1. PM plans staggered virus exit 2. Coronavirus: Why Australia’s death rate is so low compared to other countries  3. Mesoblast scores virus breakthrough  4. COVID-19's intergenerational wealth transfer 5. Crisis calls for a double guarantee covering wages and loans  6. 'This is going to change the entire real estate industry'

ASIC allow switching from principal and interest to interest only

By |2020-04-08T17:25:37+10:00April 7th, 2020|

ASIC has provided confirmation to lenders that a change from principal and interest to interest only repayments can be made if a consumer requests to reduce their repayments and in the short-term.  Nila Sweeney from the Australian Financial Review, published her exclusive overnight, for which David Johnston provided some insights, in her article "No breach for lenders as homeowners switch to interest-only."

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