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How the property bubble is making us poorer (you wouldn’t read about it)

Even if you own your home, higher property values just means higher rates and taxes, which means less money in your pocket. The only ones who benefit from the bubble are those in the property industry — and of course, the property press.

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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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Generous investor tax breaks pricing home buyers out of the market

If a discounted rate of capital gains tax and negative gearing are supposed to be getting new housing built, they’re doing a terrible job, write Grattan Institute’s Jane-Frances Kelly and Paul Donegan.

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Magic dust of confidence and reading the RBA tea leaves

What were in the Reserve Bank tea leaves yesterday? Not great news for a new government, with worries particularly for the banking sector. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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Bigger is still better, but boomer downsizing will hit property

Property needs must be addressed if we’re to free up the stagnation which will impact city dwellers as the population expands — and grows older. Property analyst Catherine Cashmore explains.

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What The Block reveals about the property market

No sooner had the hammer fallen on Bondi, than the spruiking began on The Block 2013’s next instalment. Property Observer examines the local market.

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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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Co-operatives: an answer to affordable housing?

With increasing pressure on policymakers to find creative solutions to the housing affordability crisis, more consideration should be given to co-operatives. ANU student Farz Edraki is glad he’s part of one.

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Investor activity is causing property markets to stagnate

The lack of feasible and affordable new properties and the consequential stagnation is producing a ripple effect of unfortunate consequences, writes property expert Catherine Cashmore.

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‘How big are your balls?!’: Fairfax v News in Geelong ad war

Antony Catalano’s Melbourne publishing empire will take a real estate agent to court over deals with the News Limited-owned Geelong Advertiser. It’s an old-fashioned newspaper war in Victoria.

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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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Lobbyist bluster can’t hide struggling property market

The performance of property has confounded most optimists who have long claimed that property prices would be cushioned by interest rate drops.

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No surprise the property market isn’t picking up

When interest rates are low, it stands to reason, expected growth in the economy is waning. Which doesn’t inspire anyone to take a punt on growth assets, writes market analyst Catherine Cashmore at Property Observer.

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Our property market in the biggest hole for a decade

The world’s housing market decline accelerated during the March quarter, with house price falls in 26 countries and house price gains in only 10, writes Jonathan Chancellor of Property Observer.

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Australian housing: an unsustainable Ponzi scheme

Deakin University’s Philip Soos pulls no punches in his assessment of the Australian real estate industry, describing it as a Ponzi scheme and a bubble waiting to burst, writes Larry Schlesinger.

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Is Australia’s housing bubble finally close to bursting?

One of the world’s last and greatest house price bubbles is finally ending, argues economist Steve Keen.

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Truce in Melbourne property ad wars: Fairfax, Catalano deal

A truce has been declared in Melbourne’s real estate advertising wars, with Antony Catalano’s Weekly Review set to merge with Fairfax in a pioneering 50-50 joint venture.

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Held up by red tape, developers want ‘super councils’

As new home sales decline and residential construction remains in the doldrums, Australia’s biggest property developers are pointing the finger of blame at councils.

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Joye: the great Australian rental inflation

There is a lot of talk about house prices in Australia. We hear much less about rental costs, writes Christopher Joye of Property Observer.

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RBA independence on the line in complex Cup Day scenario

After the 0.3% core inflation result yesterday a rate cut next Tuesday should be a done deal. But it remains a complex scenario, says Christopher Joye 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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Should the property market tumble, taxpayers will foot the bill

Let’s say it again … the big four banks did not save Australia from the global financial crisis.

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Home buyers should look at the scales: debt and students unbalancing market

Figuring out the intrinsic value of an asset is fraught with many variables. That is largely why most people are unable to correctly value shares and property and why so often asset markets are prone to wild bouts of optimism (booms) and pessimism (busts). The situation is further exacerbated by the use of debt to […]

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Get set for another surplus: this time in housing

Combined with increasing interest rates (as the cost of money returns to a more reasonable level), it appears that the market will be belatedly doing its job, proving the adage, the solution to high prices is … high prices.

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Houses are just very, very expensive consumer items

We like to claim that property is a productive item, that it fuels our economy and provides our safe nest egg of wealth. But there’s nothing productive for the economy in buying and selling houses, writes Kris Sayce.

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