affordability

Goodbye to high land prices

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  Next week, a disappointed man and his family are flying out to a new life in Seattle, Washington. They came to Australia seeking new opportunities in a high growth economy. They love Australia, love Melbourne, but have been driven away by land prices that would consume their lifetime earnings. This couple are rational adults. […]

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Written Off: Negative Gearing Report

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by Philip Soos Executive Summary Negative gearing is a popular investment strategy as it allows a net loss to be deducted against an investor’s personal tax liability at their marginal tax rate. While negative gearing has likely been in operation since the first personal income taxation returns were filed many decades ago, the current housing […]

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Housing Bubble – Don’t Buy Now!

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David Collyer’s edited presentation from our Northcote Town Hall event earlier this year. With a jump in job losses last quarter, stock levels at near record levels, land supply in abundance and over 90,000 vacant properties here in Melbourne, one wonders how long Negative Gearing investors can hold these properties empty in lieu of capital […]

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Renovating for fun and profit

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Toby Johnstone in the Sydney Morning Herald is at it again, suggesting renovating for profit in Sydney makes sense. On September 8 he profiled 50 Princes Street Bexley where a bright-eyed couple spent 5 years reclaiming a ‘swamp’. The property is now for sale at $630-680,000. The higher figure is probably the real vendor expectation. […]

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A recipe for stability – introspective, moribund stability

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Dr Ellis is no help for the vast majority of Australians who simply want a home to call their own and not be some cats-paw in financier rent-seeking.

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What a load of garbage!

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Hobsons Bay Council is considering charging residents by the kilogram for garbage removal. While markets have their place, putting a price on rubbish will have many unintended consequences, few of them pleasant. The anti-social will cost-shift, stuffing their garbage into neighbors’ bins in the middle of the night. Locked bins? What about pedestrians who drop […]

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Big Holes or Money Pits?

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Major transport projects costing billions are being proposed for Sydney and Melbourne to shrink these sprawling cities. NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell’s plans to ‘fix’ Parramatta Road by ripping it up and installing the M3 in a cut-and-cover tunnel. The poor state of Parramatta Road has ruined the sleep of every NSW Premier since Charles Cowper […]

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House prices stagnate

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The ABS Eight Capital Cities House Price Indexes 6416.0 released today shows the property market is totally stagnant with prices unmoved, says Prosper Australia. “Property spruikers calling ‘Bottom!’ based on this data – and they will be – are misleading homebuyers. Sadly, they have come to believe their own one-sided narrative,” David Collyer Campaign Manager […]

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Five reasons First Home Buyers should stand aside

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The Don’t Buy Now! campaign urges the landless not to buy real estate until prices reset, just as they have in the countries we compare ourselves to. Property is grossly over valued measured against earnings or the rental income it can generate. This means young adults must take on a lifetime of heavy debt merely […]

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Housing flips into oversupply: it’s official

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3 July 2012 ABS Census data just released shows 1.1 million fewer households and 595,000 fewer houses in Australia than previous estimates; Morgan Stanley researchers calculate Australia now has a 341,000 OVERSUPPLY of houses. The Census revision obliged National Housing Supply Council chairman Owen Donald to recant recent NHSC calculations of a 228,000 dwelling undersupply […]

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