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Judgement Day arrives for illegal foreign buyers

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reposted from Macrobusiness by Leith van Onselen Today is 1 December, which means that the amnesty on illegal foreign buyers of Australian residential real estate is over and the Government’s new penalty regime comes into effect. From today, a foreign national that has been found to have purchased an established dwelling without prior Foreign Investment […]

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Intergenerational fairness

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by Jesse Hermans Recently La Trobe’s Philosophy Politics and Economics Society and Ideas Society joint hosted an event on Intergenerational Fairness with some good insights into what future generations face – including my own. I was sorely disappointed by John Daley, CEO of the Grattan Institute, for two reasons – his excellent data collection not […]

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Top 100 Documentaries to Change the World

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Our documentary REAL ESTATE 4 RAN$OM made this list, and close to the top too. These cold winter days are perfect for a watch…. or re-watch!

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The housing crash we had to have: A Gen Y perspective on the bubble

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by Matt Ellis So bubble mania has finally hit the mainstream. The housing bubble question has landed squarely at the feet of the Prime Minister and his treasurer, and only 10 to 15 years late… What a relief it is then to hear our fearless leaders assure us that there is no bubble, endless house […]

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Greybeard and the Hipsters

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It has been so long since the last recession 1990-91 that anyone who experienced it in business or the workforce is an old white guy – they are at best in their late 40’s and the beard sprouts grey. Let me give you some human insights, hipsters. Recession is like drought – a money drought. […]

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The great land banking scam exposed

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by Cameron Murray Property development can be a dirty business, particularly when it comes to land-banking, which is the speciality of Australia’s largest developers. Land-banking involves the speculative buying of large parcels of land that are currently unsuitable for development in the hope of future development potential. But hope alone is not a business strategy. […]

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Australia’s land price conundrum

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by Bryan Kavanagh reposted from On-Line Opinion Whilst in Newgate Prison (1827-1830) for the abduction of heiress Ellen Turner, Edward Gibbon Wakefield had a great idea. If you kept land prices high in the new British colonies, people could be forced to work like slaves for you. You didn’t need convict labour. If people worked […]

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Melbourne and Sydney are in housing oversupply

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by Lindsay David If I were an Australian central banker, politician, bank economist, or even a negatively geared property investor, I’d be telling you Australia has a chronic housing shortage, which is responsible for our sky-high housing prices. But as an independent macro researcher, the data tells me otherwise. The best method to determine whether […]

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Property rentier collects its spoils

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By Leith van Onselen Hot on the heels of Prime Minister, Tony Abbott’s gutless announcement that he won’t reform negative gearing, prime spokesman for the property industry, the Property Council of Australia (PCA), has released the following statement: Executive Director, Nick Proud, said providing certainty on the future of this tax measure will benefit housing […]

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The rent ratchet mumble of the BBQ landlords

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Rents always go up – don’t they? The 1.2 million negatively geared Australian tax payers whose property expenses exceed their rental income think so. Their cunning plan is to patiently wait while the rent ratchet turns their negative cash flows positive and net income losses into profits. If house prices stabilise at current levels – […]

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