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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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Chinese real estate invasion? Not according to the data, fellas

Complaints about Chinese buyers inflating house prices miss the fact that foreign residential property investment encourages new housing construction.

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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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Tips and rumours

Pssst, want to buy a drug house? … lanyard intrigue as Parliament sits … ABC rethinking how it buys and makes content? …

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Cranes over cities need workers

Crikey readers have their say on the issues of the day.

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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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Property Observer | ECONOMY|

The cheapest capital city suburbs in Oz

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Business Spectator | ECONOMY|

House prices hit a debt ceiling

Mortgage debt is by far the largest component of debt in Australia today – government debt, which is the focus of political debate, is trivial by comparison, writes Steve Keen.

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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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Why abolishing negative gearing makes complete sense

Negative gearing is a poorly thought out policy which benefits a wealthy minority and penalizes the majority of Australians, both young and old.

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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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Meet the dream-gone-sour faces of the housing boom

The stressed recent first-home buyers are likely to be the first front in any housing collapse.

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Housing shortage? Don’t dwell on it, there isn’t one

If there is a housing shortage, why are rents not increasing? The mythical housing shortage claims continue in earnest as self-interest market participants warn of a dire deficit of suitable dwellings.

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Our dangerous debt affair

Is our economic future at risk as a result of the huge debts we’ve accumulated to indulge our love affair with housing?

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New York Times | ECONOMY|

No longer safe as houses

The US housing market is recovering post-GFC, but property will never be the guaranteed money maker it once was, warns experts.

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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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Residential housing market losing its froth

While the federal government does its best to quell the booming mining sector, the other boom area, residential housing, appears to be finally losing its froth.

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Interest rates send building approvals into a tailspin

A very sharp slump in building approvals will keep the Reserve Bank’s hands from the interest rate lever later today and for several more months as the size of the fall has come as a surprise.

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Mint | COMPANIES|

Holy real estate prices: how churches make money

Churches aren’t just selfless, religious organisations. If the Mormon church was a company, it would make the Fortune 500 list, while the Catholic Church owns more real estate globally than anyone else.

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Blunt Instrument | ECONOMY|

Our deep, bitter anger over housing prices

House prices is an election changing issue and not because homeowners are crowing about profits. Houses are too expensive, interest rates are rising and voters are getting resentful, writes Charles Purcell.

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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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The great real estate heist: how Fairfax lost $10 million

Fairfax’s real estate advertising business in Victoria has been gouged to the tune of $10 million by a former employee. And it seems senior management has been asleep at the wheel.

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Wall Street Journal | COMPANIES|

How much for the Hollywood sign?

The iconic Hollywood sign is at risk of being surrounded by new developments and a star studded cast are attempting a US$12.5 million public buyout. But will a mega-graphic ad company beat them to it?

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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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Property value never falls? Don’t put the house on it

Australians’ household debt levels are world leading. We pay about five-six times our household disposable incomes for our average dream home. This won’t end well.

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