Hit over the head with a plasma screen

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Have you noticed? Owning a modern flat screen television proves you are not saving every day in every way – the sacrifice essential for home ownership. This theme is raised again and again by the shills and trolls pouring venom into the debates on the blogs and internet sites devoted to housing affordability. Puzzling, until […]

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Don’t be surprised if the GDP is shocking

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photo credit: Jasmic Gavin R. Putland in today’s Crikey Enewsletter: Without the benefit of reading today’s balance-of-payments figures from the ABS, I’m expecting tomorrow’s GDP figure for the March quarter to be worse than the median forecast of mainstream economists. Probably much worse. As Bloomberg reports this morning, the median forecast is for a contraction. […]

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Can You Smell the Fear?

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On Tuesday, SQM Research released their forecast for house price movements this year. Louis Christopher is as dour as a maiden aunt.

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Australia’s fatal flaw: Negative Gearing

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“You only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out.” – Warren Buffett, Chairman’s letter 2001. Negatively geared property investors are exposing themselves, the banks and every Australian citizen to capital destruction, a highly infectious disease that leaves permanent scars. Negative geared property is the glaring weakness in Australia’s deflating housing market. […]

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Tinkering on the Edge

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photo credit: flatworldsedge Economic Answers Way off the Mark by Karl Williams Another neoclassical excuse-maker has just hit the airwaves, claiming to identify the causes of the GFC and even hailing Alan Greenspan as the prophet who was ignored as the GFC loomed! Once again, the fact that our economic system allows land speculation – […]

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Speculative Vacancies Twist the Supply and Demand Pretzel

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Australians debate property prices without end. Fortunes and future happiness pivot on the balance of supply and demand. Yet good statistics about this crucial matter are rare. There are many heavily geared investors in residential real estate cozying up alongside the majority of ordinary citizens who just need somewhere to live. Both groups are desperate […]

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Ghosting Fiscal Conservatism

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Housing auction clearance rates are being over stated to protect ‘the market’. Why has our financial data been distorted to suit those ‘in the know’?

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Supporting the Have Not’s

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Supporting the Have Not’s – Why the Home Buyer’s Strike must continue.

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Home Buyer’s Strike and the Housing Bubble Bursts

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This is an article written for our Progress magazine. Grab a free trial subscriber’ship today. Download the Home Buyer’s Strike special edition. On March 15, Prosper announced to the media that first home buyers were on strike and refusing to commit at current inflated prices. This campaign was created as a warning to naive buyers […]

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Banks Say Thanks to Bailleu for Cutting Stamp Duty

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photo credit: Karsoe The new Victorian Liberal Government’s move to provide a 20% cut to Stamp Duty will have bankers wringing their hands. The market price for a house will vary little. There will be no saving for First Home Buyers. A 20% reduction for barely 15% of the market (FHO’s) will not be enough […]

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