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A New Year’s Resolution – Don’t Buy Now!

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The Australian property market ended 2011 on the ground in a foetal position after a serious assault by Harsh Reality. Symptoms include: • A year’s supply of unsold houses on the market • Low and falling building applications • Low and falling finance approvals • Failing auctions nationwide • First home buyer indifference • Universal […]

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A Walk in the Park

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    The City of Boroondara craves more parkland. Council wants open space within 500 metres of all residents without crossing a major road. This is a worthy objective that will improve the health and wellbeing of all, and every local government should embrace the idea. There are a few problems. Boroondara will have to […]

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Melbourne ‘Stale Stock’ getting smelly

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photo credit: Ennor 17 November 2011 MELBOURNE:- The number of unsold properties in Melbourne has risen another 6.2 per cent in the last month, following a 20.4 per cent rise earlier, and an 18 per cent rise the month before that. “’Stale Stock’ on the market is up a net 51 per cent in three […]

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A nation renting

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Developer Levies drive up land prices

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10 November 2011 MELBOURNE:- The Growth Corridor Plan announced by the Baillieu Government presents Melbourne with big challenges. How to pay for the massive infrastructure needed is front and centre – and unmentioned in the Plan. “Demand for new and better transport links around developments and the extra traffic burden they bring onto the existing […]

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“No Visible Means of Support”

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photo credit: DrWurm A term employed in Vagrancy statutes to test whether an individual has any apparent ability to provide for himself or herself financially. The Law frowns upon people who make their living outside formal employment. Yet it bows deep before land and property. Irrational confidence has inflated property prices so far they bear […]

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Property’s “Signs of Stabilising”

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photo credit: lynac The bullhawks are out in force, talking up last quarter’s smaller than expected price falls. Somehow here is evidence of the end of the downturn. Risk on! Throw caution to the winds! Really? It is easy to see why the bullhawks focus on that and claim it is simply noise, not a […]

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40,000 First Home Buyers On Strike

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photo credit: Jakob E 28 September 2011 MELBOURNE:- 40,000 young families turned away from a lifetime of heavy debt and bitter disappointment in the last year refusing to accept Australia’s grossly inflated house prices, according to a survey overnight by website RateCity. “Here is the evidence FHB’s are on strike, as we announced in March,” […]

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Why didn’t economists see Australia’s property bubble?

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photo credit: h.koppdelaney By Philip Soos This article first appeared at www.theconversation.edu.au and is republished under Creative Commons. One aspect of housing and stock market bubbles continually repeats: the vast majority of economists either miss or deny their existence. In recent years, enormous asset bubbles have burst in many countries. The most notable have been […]

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Prosper affirms ‘Don’t Buy Now!’ warning

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photo credit: :: Hello Mizu ::     18 August 2011 MELBOURNE:- Landowners are about to be economically decimated as Australia’s severely unaffordable house prices reverse, says Prosper Australia. ‘Stale Stock’ on the market in Melbourne is growing exponentially The sheer volume of unsold property is now indigestible Recent price falls must accelerate “We confirm […]

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