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Infographic: politicians and their properties

Our politicians have pretty impressive property portfolios, according to parliamentary documents.

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Chop negative gearing and there’s savings for buyers and the budget

Negative gearing is costing the government billions but is doing absolutely nothing to boost supply. Let’s get rid of it, writes economist and MacroBusiness commentator Leith van Onselen.

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Chair sniffer deserves no sympathy

Crikey readers talk the death of renewable energy, Chinese investment in Australian property and chair-sniffing Troy Buswell.

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Mortgages dragging Australian economy into a productivity bog

Ross Gittins has stood atop his Fairfax soapbox to decry the “nation of rent-seekers”. But Gittins might be the biggest rent-seeker of all. His model is responsible for killing productivity.

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The real factor holding back productivity (hint: it’s not labour)

Bankers demand a reform agenda to boost productivity. But economist and commentator at MacroBusiness Leith van Onselen says there’s a big elephant in the room — and it’s not labour productivity.

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Only a matter of time before housing prices fall

Increased lending among owner-occupiers and investors is of little surprise given historically low rates. But this growth is unsustainable so long as first home buyers are priced out of the market.

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Strict defence: is DHA allowed to lease property to the public?

Defence Housing Australia, whose mandate is to provide housing for Defence personnel, has rented out several Townsville properties to the general public. Crikey intern Tim Oliver reports.

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Tinkler’s fall continues with loss off key mining asset

The bad news keeps coming for former mining magnate Nathan Tinkler. Crikey can reveal he has lost a key mining asset in Queensland.

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Tips and rumours

Tales from Sydney property market … why bogong moths love Parliament House … Zed Seselja poised and ready

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Abbott’s own Tea Party

Crikey readers talk the Commission of Audit and whether property development lobby groups should count as “lobbyists”.

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Media briefs: boats explained … royal babymania … psychic property …

Australian mags are getting in on the excitement over the imminent arrival of the royal baby. But do you really need to knit Wills and Kate and bub?

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Lies and propaganda: property media standards going, going, gone

Coverage of real estate is dreadful, says property writer Terry Ryder. Organisations with vested interests pump out propaganda press releases and so-called journalists recycle them. No questions asked.

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News Limited’s ‘premiere package’ for agents under attack

News Limited-controlled REA Group offered to establish a slush fund worth tens of thousands of dollars for a leading Melbourne real estate agent if it committed to an exclusive two-year advertising deal.

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Wealthy mansions are ‘on-shore tax havens’

Leading affordable housing advocate professor Julian Disney has described Australia’s mansions as on-shore tax havens that suck resources from more productive investments, and called for an end to the “huge distortions” in the way housing is taxed.

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Australian house prices continue to soar, but at what cost?

Another year, another massive increase in house prices and more excuses proffered by the real estate industry as to why Australia’s houses are among the most expensive in the world.

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Crikey Blogs | ECONOMY|

No stimulus on the housing front

Housing construction is not going to make any contribution to economic growth in the next couple of reported GDP figures, reports Richard Farmer.

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Busting the property myth: fewer residents, and rents are dropping

Why have rents started dropping, despite what some property writers tell us, asks Adam Schwab? Most likely because there is actually a surplus of rental stock rather than a shortage as alleged by the likes of the HIA.

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Not-so-lucky: Ireland’s economic woes worsen

Europe’s economic woes are back in the headlines, with Ireland appeaing in the most immediate danger thanks with the mooted €35 billion cost of bailing out Anglo Irish Bank causing Ireland’s budget deficit to increase to an alarming 32% of GDP (ten times the EU limit).

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Residential property prices: why the big ship is difficult to turn

Clearance rates are falling, stocks dwindling and even some real estate agents are expressing concerns about the prospects for the property market.

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China to cool overheating property sector with new tax

China has revealed plans to introduce a tax on property in a new bid to cool the overheating property sector, and to give governments a new source of revenues.

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Henry Review: What about the land tax that Henry proposed?

In contrast to the Henry report’s advice that payroll tax be eventually abolished, the Rudd government has decided to increase its own payroll tax, writes Gavin R. Putland.

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New York Times | LINKS|

Should you rent or buy?

A very clever interactive calculator by the NY Times showing exactly when is the best time to make the switch over from renting to buying a property. It’s aimed at the US market, but it’s fun to play with anyway.

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Both sides of politics prefer blowing up property bubbles to popping them

Tony Abbott’s position on housing prices is little better than that of property boosting Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, particularly his explicit support for high property prices. What happened to common sense?

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National Times | MARKETS|

Colebatch: Stop cheering the rising house prices

Homeowners might be counting their riches as house prices rise, but it’s screwing young Australians financially. Those who are down-grading win but the rest of society suffers, writes Tim Colebatch.

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Joye: RBA wakes up to the fact affordability battle won on supply side

The housing cost problems faced by Australians can be resolved mostly by elastifying the supply side — building more homes. The Reserve Bank is now waking up to the fact, writes Christopher Joye.

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