House Market Needs Sale +3 Data

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30 January  2013   Prosper repeats its call for timely, national data on property sales to be collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. “Buying and selling houses in Australia suffers from ‘information asymmetry’ – some participants know a lot more than others about current market prices,” David Collyer Campaign Manager Prosper Australia said today. […]

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Directly or indirectly, we all pay income tax

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The mascot of the anti-land-tax campaign is the “poor widow” — you know, the one who will allegedly be forced out of her home because she doesn’t have the cash flow to pay the tax on the astronomical value of the land under her house, and who can’t be compensated by cuts in income tax because […]

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Australia’s newest taxpayer

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  Linc Energy today announced a major shale oil and gas discovery around Coober Pedy in South Australia.  Unrisked prospective reserves have been separately estimated by two independent consultancies at 103 and 233 billion barrels of oil equivalent. That is an extraordinary find. The low estimate is equivalent to Kuwait’s proven reserves and the high […]

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Australian Cities Severely Unaffordable

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  The latest annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey ranks all Australian capitals as Severely Unaffordable. They’re right and the statistics back them. Housing has two elements, the building and the land.  What fluctuates is the land price; structures are worth only what they cost to build.  High land prices mean current buyers are committing […]

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A plague on Aussie housing

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  By Philip Soos Is Australia’s residential property market in a price bubble? This question has been much debated over recent years as housing prices leaped then slowly receded, resulting in entrenched views on both sides. Certainly, mainstream opinion is opposed to the idea that a housing bubble exists, with the government, FIRE sector (finance, […]

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Melbourne Rents Falling

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15 January 2013 MELBOURNE – The REIV yesterday forecast stable or declining nominal rents if current trends continue. This means rents are falling in real (after inflation) terms. “Shrinking residential rents are a profound set-back for negatively geared property investors,” Prosper Australia Campaign Manager David Collyer said today. “Their strategy is to sacrifice current income […]

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