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Melbourne and Sydney are in housing oversupply

by Lindsay David If I were an Australian central banker, politician, bank economist, or even a negatively geared property investor, I’d be telling you Australia has a chronic housing shortage, which is responsible for our sky-high housing prices. But as an...

Swing that Cat!

New Sydney flats will have to be bigger, the NSW Land and Environment Court ruled last week, overturning long accepted common practice allowing minimum one-bedroom unit sizes at 50m2. Dual-aspect flats must be a minimum 58m2 and more common single-aspect flats 73.4m2....

Land tax is simple and equitable

by Alex Sachez Australians love their property. Whether it be their own place of residence or whether it be their nest egg investment place, Australians love to buy and accumulate property. You don’t have to look too far to see how the property obsession leaches...

Oh look! A baby swan!

Australia desperately needs an alibi – a Black Swan event – to nominate as the tipping point that ended the land bubble. Government is rigid with fear about the political consequences of being blamed for the turn. Whoever presides over the shift will earn a page in...

Unstable land needs firm foundations

Prosper usually looks at macro economics yet a micro example of what can go wrong in the property market – very, very wrong – might aid your concentration. Andrew, a Sydney ‘investor’ bought properties in Mackay and Blackwater Queensland, “when rents were crazy...

The great grey gouge of the West

By Leith van Onselen There’s an inter-generational war going on in the UK, which is also being played-out across most developed nations, whereby older generations are ‘making out like bandits’ at the expense of their children and grandchildren. Here’s the Financial...

The Rotting Fruits of a 100 Year Old Trend

By Calllum Newman of The Daily Reckoning Perhaps you heard the news? The Australian Financial Review reported ‘Hong Kong-listed property giant R&F Properties has agreed to buy a Brisbane riverfront site for more than $80 million, greater than four times what DEXUS...

Soos and Egan – Australian Property Chart Pack

  By Philip Soos and Paul D. Egan This chart pack presents the latest statistics for 2014, updating the dataset provided earlier last year. When adjusted for inflation and quality, housing prices have boomed nationwide since 1996, hitting a peak in 2010, before...