affordability

Broadacre Land Prices To Fall Hard

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13 June 2012 Victoria Planning Minister Matthew Guy has made big land price falls on Melbourne’s outskirts a certainty with his extension of the metropolitan boundary by around 7000 hectares. “The gaping chasm between developer supply and buyer demand has never been wider.” Prosper Australia Campaign Manager David Collyer said today. “Minister Guy has just […]

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Psst! Stamp duty can be avoided

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As the Fairfax papers reported on April 14, the NSW government has rejected yet another recommendation to replace conveyancing stamp duty by a broad-based land tax. That is the effect of the “stamp duty replacement tax” recommended on page 13-4 of the Lambert Report, delivered in September and quietly released in February. It is often said […]

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The Sunshine State at Sunset

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If BoQ writes big losses and needs capital due to land price falls so far, what shape will the bank be in when the big corrections start?

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House Price Bust: Why Talk of a Bubble Won’t Wash

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Philip Soos notes eight of the nine substantial property price increases over the last 131 years have resulted in a decline. He can’t see why the largest increase on record would not precede another drop now. Soos does not buy the argument that Australia is suffering from a “chronic housing shortage”, saying property prices have continually experienced boom-bust cycles regardless of population growth.

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Land price too high

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From the Canberra Times 5 April 2012. Your article “Capital’s housing prices highest in the country” (April 3, p1) was missing one very important word – land. As we move toward Canberra’s centenary celebrations it is time to reflect on the great wedge that is driving an ever increasing gap between the privileged and unprivileged […]

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Now Everyone Hates Stamp Duty

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On Monday the Real Estate Institute of Victoria made public its submission to the Victorian Government on the framing of the state budget. They are big-hearted enough to call for an end to the First Home Bonus – a ‘gift’ to buyers that merely inflates land prices by more than the bonus and enriches sellers. […]

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Don’t Buy Now! campaign saves buyers $58,000 in one year

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28 March 2012 Young homebuyers who took Prosper Australia’s advice – Don’t Buy Now! – exactly a year ago have typically saved themselves $58,000. “I congratulate everyone who stood aside from this dreadful Ponzi scheme known as the Australian property market,” Prosper Australia Campaign Manager David Collyer said today. “These savings are staggering – they […]

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House prices are falling – somewhere else

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The land market is totally ‘gamed’ by spruikers spouting charming but misleading anecdotes and snippets of information, merely to foster ‘confidence’ and keep the mammoth Ponzi scheme going – even in a falling market.

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Housing bubble trouble: separating facts from fiction

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Reprinted from academic e-zine The Conversation In a previous article, I analysed four of the common arguments used by those who deny there is a bubble in Australia’s residential property market. The bubble deniers have employed other explanations for the largest run-up in prices in Australia’s 131 years of land sales records. Restrictive government regulations […]

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Australia deserves better property sales data

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12 January 2012 Prosper calls for timely, rigorous and transparent statistics on property sales to be collected by the ABS. “Property is the single largest asset market in Australia – worth around $5 Trillion,” Prosper Australia Campaign Manager David Collyer said today. “It is of profound importance to individual and national prosperity. The lack of […]

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