Prosper Australia sees free access to quality land price data as a major way to reduce information asymmetry between buyers and sellers. In other words, it is harder to fool people who know the market price and where it is trending.

There are many private providers of real estate sale price statistics, like RP Data, SQM Research and the REIA. They cluster around the froth of weekly auctions and monthly price changes and are continually quoted in the mainstream media.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics data is accurate and well thought out. Sadly it is typically six months old at time of release, which limits its value. Prosper has repeatedly railed against this delay, see here and here.

These sources are little help to home buyers, who need to make an informed decision about whether buying now will prove sensible in a year, in five years and in ten years time.

The price of land – the largest asset class in every country – moves in very long cycles, typically 18 years, with larger super-cycles that can run for generations.

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Australia Constant Quality Real Housing Price Index 1880-2012 (1800=100; 2012 dollars)

Philip Soos Land Price Chart Pack

Australian Land Value Datasets – Philip Soos
Presented here is Australia’s single most comprehensive land value dataset, some of which dates from colonial records as early as 1836. This was compiled by Philip Soos, drawn from both new and esoteric public and private sources, including that of economists Robert Scott, Doug Herps, Alan Taylor, Terry Dwyer and Nigel Stapledon.

Speculative Vacancies in Melbourne
World leading data on land and housing vacancies.

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