Philip Soos

A plague on Aussie housing

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  By Philip Soos Is Australia’s residential property market in a price bubble? This question has been much debated over recent years as housing prices leaped then slowly receded, resulting in entrenched views on both sides. Certainly, mainstream opinion is opposed to the idea that a housing bubble exists, with the government, FIRE sector (finance, […]

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Time To Get Real

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13 December 2012 Citizens deserve the truth: property prices are down -8.6 per cent nationally in real terms. Removing inflation from real estate prices reveals falls from peak of -11.2 per cent in Melbourne and -11.6 per cent in Brisbane in real terms, according to fresh analysis by researcher Philip Soos, deflating the ABS house […]

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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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There are predators in our own backyard, but where are our financial watchdogs?

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A former mortgage broker – who is now facing fraud charges – has blown the whistle on predatory lending practices in Australia’s financial services industry.

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Don’t blame foreign investment for rising house prices

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Republished with thanks from The Conversation One question that arises on the topic of real estate is the scale of foreign investment and ownership in Australia. It is understandable that the public has concerns about such investment, especially as precious little information is available. An interesting case arose late last year as Chris Vedelago, The […]

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Beware the rent-seeking organisation: don’t be dudded by housing data

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Reprinted from The Conversation One of the more interesting outcomes the 2011 Census produced was the figures concerning the housing market. The reason for this interest is how the results contrasted with the idea that Australia currently suffers from an acute housing undersupply or shortage. Taking the lead in promoting this idea is the National […]

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Speculative Vacancies in Melbourne Report: 2012

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20 June 2012 There are 90,700 vacant houses in Melbourne – 5.9 per cent of the total – according to Earthsharing Australia’s 5th annual Speculative Vacancies Report. “Our lazy land use makes a mockery of the drive for affordable housing,” researcher Philip Soos said today. Vacancy hotspots include: Docklands 14.1%, Williams Landing 13.5% and Truganina […]

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Empty Land and Homes

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5th Speculative Vacancies Report Thursday June 21st, 6.30pm Presenter: Philip Soos, Researcher, Deakin Uni Prosper rooms, 1/27 Hardware Lane, Melbourne RSVP Exciting researcher Philip Soos is set to release Earthsharing Australia’s 5th Speculative Vacancies report. Over 1 million homes have been surveyed with extensive findings on commercial vacancies. The figures are jaw dropping in light […]

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Welfare offers rich pickings for the wealthy

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“The greatest source of redistribution to the rich occurs through the land market, which is usually the largest tangible market in modern economies.”

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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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