Open Letter to Matthew Guy, Please Explain Why Housing is for Hocking

by on November 14, 2014

Dear Matthew, this week we released our 7th Speculative Vacancies report – Empty Investment Homes Ignored, finding 46,836 empty homes in Melbourne. Read the press release. Despite your valiant efforts in bending over backwards to provide extensive land re-zoning both in the outlier suburbs and here in the CBD, a fundamental economic problem is undermining your […]

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Nathan’s Story

by on November 20, 2014

My partner and I are 28. We went to an open for inspection of a house we liked and thought we could afford. We turned up just before he closed. There was an older couple there in their 50-60’s. The price was ‘from $600k+’ on the sign in sheet we left with him.  On it […]

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7/10 inner Melbourne Apartments owned by investors – ABC 24

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Catherine Cashmore discusses the 7th Speculative Vacancies report on ABC TV.

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Presentation – Speculative Vacancies report

by on November 19, 2014

Innovative Vacant Housing measure – Speculative Vacancies 2013 from Karl Below is Catherine Cashmore’s audio presentation for the event – the 7th Speculative Vacancies report. Click through the powerpoint slideshow in time to the mixcloud audio file below. (Unfortunately this is the only technology available at present.) See the event photos on facebook. Follow @earthsharing […]

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Australia’s twin economic diseases

by on November 18, 2014

Australia has two infections that compromise our economic health. Their remarkably similar symptoms – fever, delirium, impaired judgement – muddy diagnosis and hamper effective treatment. Most are familiar with ‘Dutch disease’, where a resource bounty – in Holland’s case off-shore oil and gas production – lifts a country’s exchange rate, makes other activity like manufacturing […]

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Livin’ the Dream!

by on November 14, 2014

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Report: Speculative Vacancies 7

by on November 13, 2014

Download Catherine Cashmore’s investigation into why empty investor homes are ignored in Speculative Vacancies 7. Read past reports Related media: Renegade Economists radio interview with Catherine Cashmore Speculative Vacancies event powerpoint and audio ABC 24 TV appearance The Age: Ghost Tower Warning for Docklands ABC online: Water Use study finds vacant flats in Melbourne’s Docklands Herald-Sun: Foreign […]

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Empty Investment Homes Hurt Affordability

by on November 12, 2014

Press Release for Speculative Vacancies 7 report launch  A new report finds 64,386 properties are likely vacancies during Melbourne’s record-long housing supply crisis. “32% of the Docklands may be a speculators paradise but it’s facing a ghost town future if the incentives for property investors continue” claimed Prosper Australia spokesperson Karl Fitzgerald. “Vacancy rates have […]

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Tax Evasion to Land Banking

by on November 7, 2014

ASX Investigations – Tax Evasion to Land Banking by Renegadeeconomists on Mixcloud With another whistleblower releasing the inner details of tax evasion strategies (the LuxLeaks) in the build up to the G20, it is timely this week’s Renegade Economists radio show interviewed Dr Mark Zirnsak (Tax Justice Network) to discusses his report on tax evasion […]

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Speculative Vacancies 7

by on November 5, 2014

  Read the report Wednesday November 12th, 6.30pm Presenter: Catherine Cashmore 2/22 Punch La, Melbourne RSVP The 7th Speculative Vacancies report advocates for empty property held for capital gains to be included in Australia’s housing vacancy measures. Read The Age’s write up With the capital gains in the land game regularly tripling the yearly rental incomes […]

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