Speculative vacancies

Freedom from the commercial vacancy straitjacket

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For over a decade we have reported on concerns over commercial vacancies in our Speculative Vacancies report. This is the first time we have been interviewed on this aspect of vacancy. Our latest such report found a 9.1% commercial vacancy rate throughout greater Melbourne during a period when yet again the media were gasping about […]

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Impeding the Market

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Here is the livestream of the report launch for Speculative Vacancies 9 – Impeding the Market: The accompanying powerpoint: Speculative Vacancies 9 – Impeding the Market from Prosper Australia Just how much market power should owners of real estate enjoy? Anyone who has ever uttered the words ‘housing supply’ must digest this report.

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Vacancies to rise in falling market

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By Michael Bleby, Snr Report, Australian Financial Review The number of vacant investor-owned properties in Melbourne remains high, with as many as 16.2 per cent homes sitting empty, according to the latest Speculative Vacancies report based on 2017 water usage data. The proportion of investment homes using less than 50 litres per day – equivalent […]

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Speculative Vacancies 9 – Impeding the market

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Key recommendations Water data indicates 60,901 residential properties were vacant in 2017 at a rate of 3.9%. Absolute vacancies using zero litres of water revealed 21,326 residential properties at 4.6% of the rental market. Up to 16.2% of investor owned rental properties were potentially vacant. Absolute vacancies had the potential to add 17.3% to housing […]

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Speculative Vacancies 9 report launch

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Tuesday April 9th, 6.30pm Level 1, 64 Harcourt St, North Melbourne Presenter: Karl Fitzgerald Prosper’s controversial report is back to investigate the number of vacant properties flying in the face of the ‘supply crisis’. *** If you are frustrated at the vacant blocks you pass on your commute and would like to be involved in […]

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The fragrant vagrant is not a rose by another name

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Melbourne City Council is wringing its hands again over developer land vagrancy – prime sites deliberately held vacant or with disused, dangerous buildings to assist developer lobbying of government for rezoning or advantageous building permits. The issue last hit the news when a wall collapsed at the old CUB site in Swanston Street in 2013 […]

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Vacancy a Sign of Systemic Failure

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Prosper President Catherine Cashmore is quoted in The Age with Land Bankers raise ire of the well-heeled. “Morally it’s not a good thing to do,” she said. “But let’s not blame the investors.” She pointed the finger at government policy: “The nation has been breastfed on the notion that the way to fund their retirement […]

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Pitfalls loom for vacancy taxes

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Governments make token moves in the right direction The Federal government announcement of a vacancy tax on foreign investors could be construed as pure populism. Foreign investors constitute some 11% of all residential property purchases. Barely 3% of those purchasers are the much vaunted Chinese investor. Domestic investors are up to four times more significant. […]

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Prosper SBS News

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Prosper Australia President Catherine Cashmore had a busy week. First, Catherine was interviewed by Raph Epstein for ABC FM Drivetime. Then Catherine was asked to appear on SBS News Saturday night in Vacant Homes in Sydney draws Attention of UN. Channel 9 news also referenced this report. Earlier in the week, our Speculative Vacancies Report […]

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Exposed: Scomo’s ‘fix’ on housing costs a sop to Libs’ Big Developer donors

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by Warwick Smith Warwick Smith smells a rat in Scomo’s sudden solution to housing affordability – planning reform – coming just ten days after developers’ call for same. SCOTT MORRISON has suddenly announced that he cares about housing affordability. This is interesting given his strident opposition to getting rid of negative gearing and the concessional […]

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