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The first-owners grant rotting housing from the inside

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.

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

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.

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

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.

NSW budget’s complex consequences for residential property

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.

After-effects of GFC disaster continue to emerge

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.

Rudd poll dancing to a different tune by trying too hard

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.

First homes: young buyers continue to flock to the market

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.

Big lie theory explains how the bubble inflates

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".

Spending borrowed monies leads to false bravado

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.

Keen on Keane: the great population overhang story

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.