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The first-owners grant rotting housing from the inside

The first-home owner grant recklessly shifts wealth towards home owners and investors, doing nothing to improve affordability. It needs to be addressed.

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Hey Newman, first-home buyer grants just don’t work

Despite the low success rate, governments continue to offer small sums of money to first-time buyers and wonder why it never works. Property guru Terry Ryder of Property Observer explains.

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Is it any wonder first-home buyers baulk at what’s on offer?

Regardless of the accuracy of the Demographia report, Australia’s housing market is definitely unaffordable for those trying to get into it. Analyst Catherine Cashmore explains why.

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NSW budget’s complex consequences for residential property

It has taken a few days for the immediate impact of the NSW budget housing initiatives to sink in, writes Jonathan Chancellor of Property Observer.

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After-effects of GFC disaster continue to emerge

Governments have a habit of meddling with things. This is largely due to the political imperative of being seen to be doing something to fix economic problems.

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Rudd poll dancing to a different tune by trying too hard

Kevin Rudd is learning a difficult lesson, not only politics, but in popularity. That is: if you try too hard to be liked, you almost certainly won’t be.

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First homes: young buyers continue to flock to the market

Those who thought that the gradual reduction in the first home-owner’s grant in September would cool the first home-buyer market have, for the time being, been proved mistaken.

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Big lie theory explains how the bubble inflates

Why are seemingly rational people paying so much more for property than they did even as recently at 10 years ago? They fall for the “property lie”: the myth that property “never falls in value” and will be “more expensive next year”.

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Spending borrowed monies leads to false bravado

If you were to believe world stock markets, the recession is drawing to a close, with the wisdom of government spending and global monetary easing spurring the world to another economic recovery. But the markets have long proven to be an unfaithful talisman.

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Keen on Keane: the great population overhang story

On Monday, Bernard Keane took economist Steve Keen to task over his call that property prices will fall next year. Today, Keen has his right of reply.

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Great Australian dream still sucking them in

The latest housing finance figures confirm there’s still solid demand for housing finance from investors and owner-occupiers.

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Housing: the market continues to astound

The most obvious problem with the first-home-owner’s grant is that it doesn’t actually benefit home buyers, since most recipients of the grant will probably be in competition with each other.

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Aussie mateship: buying homes together

Okay, so obviously the First Home Owners Grant just pushes up the price of real estate, but if you are still interested in cashing in on it, consider buying a home with a friend. Just pay attention to the legal nitty gritty.

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Housing is overpriced, Swan is making it so

As a treasurer, Wayne Swan makes a fine politician. In a free-market economy, it is not the role of the government to prop up over-priced assets — especially an asset as critical to millions of Australians as housing, says Adam Schwab.

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Building approvals boom amid “bubble” fears

The ABS released figures showing that building approvals bounced back strong in June after May’s one off plunge. Just don’t mention the housing bubble.

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Crikey cage match: the truth about house prices

The crystal ball gazing over house prices continues to twist and turn with two veterans of the genre going head-to-head. House prices will fall, argues Adam Schwab. Are you kidding me? counters Rismark’s Christopher Joye.

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Are we paying too much for the Australian dream?

In one of the more remarkable occurrences, residential property, despite macroeconomic indicators to the contrary, has been an incredibly resilient asset class this year. But that can’t last, argues Adam Schwab.

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BIS Shrapnel’s property confidence is … BS

When the First Home Owner’s Grant falls away and if interest rates return to 7-8%, it is a more logical response that house prices will fall in the coming years, rather than rise.

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ABS figures show the building boom is alive and growing

The 4.25% cut in interest rates and the first home buyer/builders grant continues to feed the rebound in home construction.

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The results are in: Labor’s stimulus worked

The Government targeted retail and construction, two of the biggest-employing sectors, and bombed them with cash, and it has worked.

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The FHOG: a band-aid over a gaping wound

The latest RP Data-Rismark property survey has unleashed a predictable bout of optimism regarding the future of the Australian property market.

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Rudd persists with first home buyers furphy

The First Home Owners’ Grant is a policy which significantly inflates the cost of property for first home buyers, and mostly benefits wealthy property investors and developers.

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Stanhope gets his revenge on journos

A tipster tells how ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope got his revenge on journos, and what happened to the Royal Vic Institute for the Blind’s assets?

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Building approvals offer glimmer of hope

Despite the sharp fall in home prices in the eight major capitals in the March quarter, there’s still demand for new home loans.

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First home owners grant must go

The first home buyer;s boost was the worst thing to ever happen to first home buyers.

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