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Australia’s FIRE Sector Propaganda Matrix

by Paul Egan In the cult science fiction Matrix movies, people live within a simulated reality created by artificially intelligent machines who feed from their life energy; a dream world that has enslaved humanity due to a blissful lack of awareness of the invisible...

On the edge of realty (sic)

AHURI published Friday an important new research paper ‘The edges of home ownership’ about churn in the property market that deserves our close scrutiny and debate. Wood, Ong et al compare the UK and Australian experience of those leaving and reentering home ownership...

AFR deafens its readers

The Australian Financial Review today 19 September has no less than four articles disputing the existence of The Great Australian Land Bubble. Your civic duty to buy, buy buy by Jennifer Hewett Page 2 RBA hoses down property bubble talk by George Liondis and Jonathan...

Property bubble? That’s the theory, anyway

By Philip Soos Reprinted from The Conversation As Australian housing prices have boomed over the last decade and a half, there has been much discussion over whether a bubble exists in the residential property market. More recently, the concern is the record-low...

Victorian Values

‘A Guide to Property Values 2012’ by Victoria’s Valuer General was released July 5. It has been comprehensively ignored. The report dissects property transfers and prices lodged with the titles office. This dataset is the actuals, the definitive historical record, and...

H’infrastructure

The call for infrastructure spending to lift Australia’s productivity and efficiency widens and deepens every day. Around us, economic activity continues to weaken, particularly in construction. The call to spend big will soon be irresistible. The needs list is very...

Incoming! Everyone Duck! Incoming!

Everybody duck! A property spruiker has taken exception to Philip Soos’ panoramic chart pack of Australian property values. Cripes! Pete Wargent is an investment advisor and auto-publicist who operates toward the breathless end of the investment spectrum. His new book...

A long, ugly list of house price precedents

by Philip Soos For those interested in the Australian residential property market, below are a collection of figures illustrating long-term trends. Housing prices and land values are compared to a basket of fundamental metrics. Australians are fortunate because much...

The Land market’s big sigh

  The ABS House Price Indexes 8 Capital Cities Dec 2012 6416.0 was released this morning and shows prices rising 2.1 per cent for the year and 1.6 per cent for the quarter. This result will encourage those who see expensive land as a badge of honor. It provides...