20 Investor Advantages

  Updated April 2016 Location, location is a crucial real estate strategy but ignored in neo-classical economics. This leads to poor economic policy that ignores the natural advantage of owning a prime location over running a business. Investors hover around 50+%...
Finally, Negative Gearing oversight

Finally, Negative Gearing oversight

Have you ever wondered what oversight is provided to ensure investors place their properties on the market at market rents? Or do some push rents higher so they fail to rent and NG writeoffs are accentuated? Recently the Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson had the...

Post GFC: The Quest to Own the Future

Christopher Burns First published in Progress Magazine #1124, this article is timely upon the ten year anniversary of the Global Financial Crisis. Please note the first graph when reading the many GFC related articles this week. Not content with blowing up the global...

Vacancy a Sign of Systemic Failure

Prosper President Catherine Cashmore is quoted in The Age with Land Bankers raise ire of the well-heeled. “Morally it’s not a good thing to do,” she said. “But let’s not blame the investors.” She pointed the finger at government policy: “The nation has been breastfed...

Real estate is no market

Well, it certainly looked like a market today: all those people assembled at the auction, wanting to see what that four bedroom, two bathroom brick veneer house with a double garage was worth. Near new; attractive and efficient layout; sitting nicely on a well...

Foreign investor tax slug spreads

Catherine Cashmore appeared on Channel 9 news last night to discuss the fact we are building the wrong type of stock to meet our growing community. The report compared the 80,000 apartments due to come onto the market over the next few years with the 80,000 vacant...

Kiwis look at Land Tax on foreigners

Following the move by the Victorian government to increase taxes on foreign investors in real estate, the New Zealand government is considering it. We do note this type of piecemeal reform arouses concern at its discriminatory nature, distilling the people’s...

Homeless Protest Tax Incentives for Hoarding

Today we featured in the Guardian article by Van Badham: Meet the homeless protesters who are taking on tax breaks for the rich. It has people talking – 236 shares and 208 comments in just a few hours. Badham writes: Word of this betrayal travelled through...