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Can't afford the repayments: Sydney postcodes where homeowners have 'unsustainable' debt

Can't afford the repayments: Sydney postcodes where homeowners have 'unsustainable' debt

Akram Zaki, with wife Zel and 17-month-old son Ezra, saved big when they refinanced their Blacktown home. Homeowners in much of Sydney cannot afford their mortgages and would be in financial trouble if there was a rapid rise in interest rates. That's the finding of new economic modelling, which...

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RBA says surging house prices are a government problem

RBA says surging house prices are a government problem

Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed a 6.7 per cent jump in the June quarter in its measure of house prices. The Reserve Bank has urged governments to deal with tax and social security policies to bring surging house prices under control after new figures showed the biggest jump in nation...

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Perth house values climb $260 a day amid fears of living standard hit

Perth house values climb $260 a day amid fears of living standard hit

The average new mortgage to buy an established house in WA has soared by almost $50,000 in two years amid a nationwide glut of home lending. The rapid increase has raised fears our obsession with pumping money into real estate may hurt Australia's long-term living standards. As Perth's median h...

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Aussie suburbs where house prices are rising by up to $100k a month

Aussie suburbs where house prices are rising by up to $100k a month

The Beach Hotel in Byron Bay, an area which has seen the biggest rise in prices out of any other area in Australia. New data reveals you'd need to be making an extra $20,000 a month or more to break into the market for a 20 per cent house deposit in these suburbs. Property prices have risen as ...

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Low rates trump new supply to push up house prices, RBA says

Low rates trump new supply to push up house prices, RBA says

"If housing prices are rising, it's because someone can afford to pay those prices. But the issue is that not everybody can": RBA assistant governor Luci Ellis. Australia's fast-rising housing prices are a consequence of lower interest rates and people's ability to spend more on homes, and not e...

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NAB Quarterly Australian Residential Property Survey Q2 2021

Housing market sentiment lifts to a new high and dwelling prices now expected to grow around 19% in 2021 and 4% in 2022. Housing market sentiment lifts to a new high as house prices and rents continue to grow across the country. But the survey is tipping slower growth in prices over the next 1-2...

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House prices jump $52,600 in three months, and the Reserve Bank says it can't do much about it

House prices jump $52,600 in three months, and the Reserve Bank says it can't do much about it

Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe says the economic recovery will depend heavily on the level of vaccinations and how Australians adapt to living with COVID. Australian house prices are now 19 per cent higher than they were before the pandemic, but the Reserve Bank of Australia won't be lifting ...

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'Pretty stretched': Westpac boss says housing affordability is getting worse

'Pretty stretched': Westpac boss says housing affordability is getting worse

Westpac CEO Peter King: "When we look at housing affordability at the moment it’s pretty stretched." Westpac chief executive Peter King has underlined a deterioration in housing affordability, saying regulators should wait for lockdowns to end before assessing whether there was a need for ...

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Australia's most expensive LGAs: Sydney's Northern Beaches worth more than Hobart and Canberra combined

Australia's most expensive LGAs: Sydney's Northern Beaches worth more than Hobart and Canberra combined

Sydney's affluent Northern Beaches Council area is worth more than the collective value of both Canberra and Hobart. One of Sydney's 12 local government areas is home to such pricey property that the total value of residential real estate within its boundaries is worth more than all the dwelling...

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Australian real estate: How Alex Veljancevski built his eight-property portfolio at just 31

Australian real estate: How Alex Veljancevski built his eight-property portfolio at just 31

The Sydneysider purchased his first place at age 19 while at university and now has eight properties, including one worth $1.9 million. Alex Veljancevski purchased his first home at just age 19 and has gone on to build a property portfolio worth $5.2 million,which recently allowed him to buy his...

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Sydney house values climb $850 a day amid fears of living standard hit

The average new mortgage to buy an established house in NSW has soared by more than $200,000 in two years amid a nationwide glut of home lending, raising fears our obsession with pumping money into real estate may hurt Australia's long-term living standards. As Sydney's median house price climbs...

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Buying a home can feel impossible. Here are alternative ways to get into the housing market

Buying a home can feel impossible. Here are alternative ways to get into the housing market

Nic and Chris are trying a rent-with-option-to-buy option in their home city of Melbourne. Hands up if you're sick of being locked out of the housing market right now. If you've been paying attention, then you'll know that in the past 12 months alone prices have gone up by an eye-watering $100,...

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What the median house price gets you in Australia's most expensive suburbs

What the median house price gets you in Australia's most expensive suburbs

A multimillion-dollar budget may not go as far as you think in the top-priced suburbs. When it comes to buying a house in some of the nation’s most expensive suburbs, a multimillion-dollar budget may not stretch as far as you think. That glamorous waterfront mansion you dream of buying wh...

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Housing big spenders fear going bust when interest rates rise

Monthly mortgage repayments now chew up 42 per cent of after-tax income in Brisbane. More than half of homeowners are concerned about interest rates increasing in the near future, with 15 per cent fearing they will be unable to make their repayments. And those fears are felt most acutely by hou...

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Three things you should do if you've just purchased an investment property

Three things you should do if you've just purchased an investment property

If you've just purchased an investment property, it's a good idea to consider hiring a property manager. You've done all the hard yards of haggling with lenders, researching the market and negotiating with agents to secure your first investment property. Surely it's time for a well-earned rest? ...

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Australians save $60 billion a year on overseas travel, spend part of it on buying property

Australians save $60 billion a year on overseas travel, spend part of it on buying property

Buyers are using savings from cancelled holidays to buy holiday homes. Australians have saved some $60 billion a year in cancelled overseas travel because of the pandemic, figures show, with part of that cash flowing into the property market. Buyers lucky enough to keep their jobs have been tak...

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Property prices have surged faster than the annual household wage in these suburbs

Property prices have surged faster than the annual household wage in these suburbs

The coronavirus outbreak and continued lockdowns and restrictions have done little to dampen Australia's property market. Recent Domain data shows that property prices have reached record highs across all capital cities as the perfect storm for Australia's property market continues to roll out. ...

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'Brutal' property prices forcing locals out of a family town

'Brutal' property prices forcing locals out of a family town

They had to have serious conversations about their much wanted a child and the impact it could have on buying a house. As property prices skyrocket in coastal areas around Australia, the market is being described as "brutal" for families trying to purchase a place. Mum of three Rachae Hutton is...

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Housing market in 'tricky territory', warns Westpac

Housing market in 'tricky territory', warns Westpac

Westpac senior economist Matthew Hassan said the Aussie property market is stuck in a tricky situation. Australia's housing markets are entering very tricky territory as the return of COVID-19 lockdowns yet again disrupt activity and price momentum in major markets, Westpac said. This, combined...

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Australia's construction boom will hit a wall by 2022, according to a new report

Australia's construction boom will hit a wall by 2022, according to a new report

A report from Australia's peak residential building body has projected that the current construction boom will likely end by mid-next-year. The almost 33% uptick in building projects since 2019 was unsustainable, it said in its quarterly report. The projections follow warnings from builders a...

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Australian property prices are $103,400 higher than last year, CoreLogic says

Australian property prices are $103,400 higher than last year, CoreLogic says

Sydney's median property price lifted 1.8pc to $1.04 million in August. Australian house prices have become even more expensive, with coronavirus lockdowns across NSW, Victoria and the ACT having practically no impact on property values. Key points: Darwin, Canberra and Hobart saw the biggest ...

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Southern developers make a beeline for the Gold Coast

Southern developers make a beeline for the Gold Coast

Palm Beach has become a hotspot for interstate developers. A raft of Sydney and Melbourne developers are snatching up landholdings along the Gold Coast's middle and southern beaches, as demand for high-end apartments in the region grows. With 12,000 Victorians and 18,000 Sydney-siders last year...

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Lockdowns hit property auction clearance rates

Lockdowns hit property auction clearance rates

Properties are being withdrawn from auction, but prices tipped to keep rising, but a slower rate. Ongoing lockdowns in Sydney and Melbourne have hit property auctions in our two biggest cities, but most experts do not expect to see an end to the prolonged boom any time soon, though price rises a...

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Weaker demand, higher stock to slow house price growth

Weaker demand, higher stock to slow house price growth

House price growth is set to slow further in the months ahead as affordability worsens. The unparalleled growth in home prices over the past year is expected to slow further, with the pool of buyers not deep enough to absorb the amount of stock sellers are likely to unleash once the lockdowns en...

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Property prices predicted to climb from current eye-watering heights

Property prices predicted to climb from current eye-watering heights

Even buying a dilapidated home in Sydney has become eye-wateringly pricey. But rental affordability has only worsened by 1.5 percentage points over the past 20 years. Property prices have soared beyond the reach of many Aussies - and experts warn home ownership could become even more unattainabl...

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Developer fees adding up to $85,000 a block, driving up housing prices

Developer fees adding up to $85,000 a block, driving up housing prices

Developer fees are adding up to $85,000 to new house prices, with doubts they are going into essential local infrastructure. Developers are paying up to $85,000 for every housing block they put on the market, with research showing the fees are driving up property prices and in some cases aren't ...

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Housing affordability worsens most in wealthy areas

Housing affordability worsens most in wealthy areas

Average home buyers in Pittwater, in Sydney's northern beaches, now need 93 per cent of their household income to afford a mortgage, according to CoreLogic. Housing affordability has deteriorated the most across the Pittwater area in Sydney's northern beaches, with the proportion of income neede...

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Fury at developers as homes on Gold Coast street begin "sliding towards neighbours'

Fury at developers as homes on Gold Coast street begin "sliding towards neighbours'

Homes in the Stockland Riverstone Crossing development in the Gold Coast are fenced off after what residents say was a completely preventable landslip. Families have labelled a developer "big fat liars" after newly built homes began splitting in half and sliding towards their neighbours. Reside...

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First home buyers: how 26yo public housing resident bought three properties

First home buyers: how 26yo public housing resident bought three properties

After intensively saving from the age of 15, Ms Tran was able to buy her first home at 24. Growing up in public housing, Linda Tran started saving to buy a property at the age of 15. But she admits her strategy might not be for everyone. Starting at the age of 15, Sydney woman Linda Tran saved ...

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What the median house price gets you in Australia's most expensive suburbs

What the median house price gets you in Australia's most expensive suburbs

A multimillion-dollar budget may not go as far as you think in the top-priced suburbs. When it comes to buying a house in some of the nation's most expensive suburbs, a multimillion-dollar budget may not stretch as far as you think. That glamorous waterfront mansion you dream of buying when you...

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Building demand drives 1.4% quarterly increase in Australia's housing construction costs

Building demand drives 1.4% quarterly increase in Australia's housing construction costs

CoreLogic's national measure of residential construction costs show an increase of 1.4% in the three months to June 2021, outpacing the Consumer Price Index of 0.8% for the same period. The latest Cordell Housing Index Price (CHIP) results show an annual growth rate of 3.9% and the largest quart...

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Reforms needed before Victoria hits 10 million people, infrastructure adviser says

Reforms needed before Victoria hits 10 million people, infrastructure adviser says

Melbourne's population is predicted to boom in outer suburbs. The population of Melbourne's fringe suburbs will grow by more than 900,000 people in the next 30 years, leading Victoria's independent infrastructure adviser to urge sweeping reforms to housing, transport, and energy use. Infrastruc...

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Huge Mardi subdivision to be decided by regional panel

Huge Mardi subdivision to be decided by regional panel

A 246-lot community title subdivision at Mardi has been submitted to Central Coast Council and will be decided by the Hunter Central Coast Regional Planning Panel. The 223ha site is eight allotments collectively known as 414 Old Maitland Road, Mardi, situated to the west of the M1 Motorway. It ...

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Is it better to rent or buy? I ran the numbers to find out...

Is it better to rent or buy? I ran the numbers to find out...

Just before purchasing my first home nearly two years ago, I was paying $650 a week rent to live in a similar, two-bedroom unit in an adjacent suburb. Property enthusiasts would no doubt bemoan this money as "dead money" and celebrate my entry into the hallowed halls of home ownership. But am I...

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Why rentvesting is a smart move to break into property market

Why rentvesting is a smart move to break into property market

It's no secret it's getting harder to own a home, but could rentvesting hold the key to cracking the market? Rentvesting could be the answer for budding buyers struggling to break into the market, experts say. The strategy involves getting on the property ladder by buying an investment where yo...

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Price Pressures, Labor Shortages Rein in Construction Activity

Building costs are rising at a faster rate than inflation as construction demand continues to outstrip supply for both labour and materials. Despite billions of dollars' worth of stimulus being poured into housing and construction, activity will continue to decline due to the pandemic. Global s...

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Greater Sydney has 'housing supply crisis' as report warns prices will continue to surge

Greater Sydney has 'housing supply crisis' as report warns prices will continue to surge

A report says there is a housing "supply crisis" in NSW. Greater Sydney's eye-watering house prices have surged this year with a new report warning there will be more rises on the way. The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) released a report today which claimed the NSW government h...

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Why investors are turning to the booming house-and-land market

Why investors are turning to the booming house-and-land market

Traditionally, the holy grail of property investing has always been land. Today, because of the pandemic, the lure of owning your own piece of dirt has never been stronger - or the returns higher, compared with townhouses and apartments. "Tastes shifted over the past few years into investing in...

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The hidden services that could cost you when you're buying a home

The hidden services that could cost you when you're buying a home

Buying a home? There are plenty of financial factors beyond the mortgage. From solicitors and pest inspectors, to buyer's agents and brokers, if you're looking to buy a home, you're bound to make a bunch of acquaintances. The thing is, many of your new-found friends come at a cost. And - most o...

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APRA warns of housing market risk

APRA warns of housing market risk

Australia's banking regulator says the state of the housing market could pose a risk to the economy. Australia's banking regulator doesn't know if the housing market looks risky but can't say whether its in a bubble. The head of the banking regulator says the current state of the housing market...

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How to buy an investment property: real life Monopoly man reveals how he got 39 homes

How to buy an investment property: real life Monopoly man reveals how he got 39 homes

Property investor George Markoski, with wife Christina, owns 39 properties. He may not have the top hat, cane or bushy grey moustache but George Markoski has become a real life Monopoly Man like in the widely played board game. The property investor who was obsessed with Monopoly as a child cur...

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Central Coast property: Sydney buyers flock to 'safe haven' amid COVID-19

Central Coast property: Sydney buyers flock to 'safe haven' amid COVID-19

Sydney buyers flock to 'safe haven' Central Coast property amid COVID-19. At a time of great uncertainty in the property market, it appears that Sydney buyers are flocking to the Central Coast. Top selling agency McGrath have reported an 'unexpected upward trend' that has evolved over the past ...

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First-home buyers dropping out of the property market as investors return, new data shows

First-home buyers dropping out of the property market as investors return, new data shows

First-home buyers are dropping back from their 2020 boom levels. First-home buyers are getting crowded out of the hot property market by stiff competition from investors, downsizers and buyers in between. The value of loans to first-time buyers dropped 7.8 per cent in the month of June, ABS fig...

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Lockdowns spark city exodus as thousands head to the hills

Lockdowns spark city exodus as thousands head to the hills

Since the start of the pandemic, a net 24,500 people have left Sydney for other parts of NSW. In total, almost 40,000 have moved out of Sydney since the pandemic started, with more than 10 per cent making the move to Brisbane.. But there are signs of change. In the first three months of this yea...

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Houses earning more than Australia's highest paid professionals

Houses earning more than Australia's highest paid professionals

Home owners are out-earning some of Australia's top professionals, with rapid price growth seeing house values climb by more than $1000 per day in some cities. Houses are out-earning some of Australia's top-paid professionals, with price growth in some cities outstripping the income of surgeons,...

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What is the 2 per cent rule in real estate investing?

What is the 2 per cent rule in real estate investing?

What is the 2 percent rule in real estate? We look at how this investing guideline works, and how it can be practically applied in real life. You may have heard about the different "rules" in real estate investing. There's plenty of percentage rules floating about; there's the 50 per cent rule,...

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Homebuyers forced to go to extremes to get land in Sydney’s southwest as report reveals block "shortage"

Homebuyers forced to go to extremes to get land in Sydney’s southwest as report reveals block "shortage"

Michael and Deanna Parzakonis bought a block of land in the Mirvac estate The Village in Menangle after their name was drawn out of a ballot. Homebuyers have been forced to jump through hoops or play a form of Lotto to get blocks in new estates in Sydney's southwest amid a crippling land shortag...

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Sydney house prices: The COVID-19 effect sees lifestyle locations soar up to 38.7 per cent in a year

Sydney house prices: The COVID-19 effect sees lifestyle locations soar up to 38.7 per cent in a year

Peter Harvey and Kylie Storen recently traded their Fairlight house for a Manly semi to live closer to the beach. He says he was spurred on by lockdowns and the rise of working from home. Sydneysiders are paying a pretty penny for big homes near parks and beaches as home owners place more value ...

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Rentvesting isn't just for first-time investors, it's here to stay

Rentvesting isn't just for first-time investors, it's here to stay

The cyclical sizzling of Australia's property market has driven more and more Australians to embrace rentvesting. Rentvesting isn't new, it isn't just for first-time investors, and it's probably here to stay. Homeloanexperts.com.au CEO Alan Hemmings said that rentvesting has become more popular...

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Regional house price growth in Australian towns reaches dizzying new heights

Regional house price growth in Australian towns reaches dizzying new heights

House prices in Australia's most popular regional towns have continued their phenomenal run of growth. Regional Australia is continuing its dizzying house price growth, with a jump of 4.5 per cent this last quarter alone, and a spectacular 12.5 per cent rise over the past year, latest figures sh...

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John McGrath - Investors replacing first home buyers

John McGrath - Investors replacing first home buyers

Investor activity across Australia has soared in recent months, with the highest amount borrowed to buy investment properties since mid-2015, however, John McGrath founder and executive director of McGrath Estate Agents cautions investors not to overextend for fear of missing out. Investor activ...

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Kembla Grange 'prison land' proposed for housing, industrial development

Kembla Grange 'prison land' proposed for housing, industrial development

The land proposed for rezoning stretches along West Dapto Rd to the west. Moves to develop vacant land at Kembla Grange are continuing at a cracking pace with a proposal to rezone a large BlueScope property holding on the agenda. Under the proposal, to be considered by Wollongong City Council o...

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Sydney investors bet big on Orange

The Orange community will shortly welcome the city's newest main street hotel development with a commercial value of over $35 million to the local economy. The proposed development, features a 4 star 98-room international hotel, a family focused bar and brasserie, outdoor cinema and pool, alfres...

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Worst suburbs to be a landlord: where investors are losing the most money

Worst suburbs to be a landlord: where investors are losing the most money

High density areas such as the Parramatta region in Western Sydney have more vacancies. How long can low interest rates last? Lockdowns, border closures and a depleted pool of international students have been bleeding landlords dry in parts of Sydney and Melbourne. With vacancies elevated and ...

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Another Satisfied Client

Another Satisfied Client

Our client wanted to purchase a dual occupancy property and had a budget of $700,000. Based on their requirements and our own research and analysis, we recommended him a dual occupancy in Bellbird, NSW.   Our solution: a fixed price, full turnkey 3+2 dual occupancy in Bellbird, which is lo...

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Duplex Solution- A Satisfied Client

Duplex Solution- A Satisfied Client

Our client wanted to purchase an investment property in a high growth region and had a good budget of $900,000. Based on their requirements and our own research and analysis, we recommended them a duplex solution in Heddon Gretta, NSW. We got our partner builder on board and packaged the solution...

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New Queensland town will be built to accommodate thousands of Australians priced out of the Sydney and Melbourne markets

New Queensland town will be built to accommodate thousands of Australians priced out of the Sydney and Melbourne markets

'Shoreline' at Southern Redland Bay, 43km south-east of Brisbane, will see 3000 homes housing more than 10,000 people The new development will offer 3000 new homes for up to 10,000 people 'Shoreline' will cover 243 hectares at Southern Redland Bay south of Brisbane It follows the announcement ...

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'Builders are going bust': Construction material shortages cause costly delays

'Builders are going bust': Construction material shortages cause costly delays

Builders say they are being hampered by lengthy and costly delays due to a perfect storm of global and local events. A shortage of building materials including timber, bricks and windows has led to costly delays for renovations and new homes. A construction boom spurred by people investing in h...

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Farm labourer who dropped out of school uses cunning strategy to buy 26 properties worth $9.5m

Farm labourer who dropped out of school uses cunning strategy to buy 26 properties worth $9.5m

Investor Sam Gordon quit his job at 28 and used the rental income from his properties to travel the world. High school dropout turned real estate investor Sam Gordon owns so many properties he often needs a minute or two to remember exactly where they are. At 31 , the Southern Highlands native ...

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Homeowners got $2 trillion richer during the first three months of the year

Homeowners got $2 trillion richer during the first three months of the year

KEY POINTS Homeowners with mortgages saw their equity jump by 20% in the first quarter from a year earlier. This represents a collective cash gain of close to $2 trillion. Per borrower, the average gain was $33,400. Record-low mortgage rates for much of last year only added to the buying fre...

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Your guide to buying the perfect investment property: Young investor, 28, who bought her first block of land when she was 21 reveals why it's ALWAYS better to build rather than buy a home

Your guide to buying the perfect investment property: Young investor, 28, who bought her first block of land when she was 21 reveals why it's ALWAYS better to build rather than buy a home

Alex Fitzgerald purchased her first investment property when she was 21 and is inspiring other young people to get into the market. Alex Fitzgerald bought her first house and land package at the age of 21. The 28-year-old purchased her fourth investment property in September 2020. Building a...

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Women in Property Investing: Part 1

Women in Property Investing: Part 1

This is the first part in our series of documenting the journey of our female investor clients. As most women would agree, the journey of a female investor can be quite different from the ones made my men or couples. We hope this series would inspire more women to take ownership of their finances...

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Regional housing market doubles capital city value growth

Regional housing market doubles capital city value growth

Australia's regional housing market has far outpaced value growth across Australia's capital cities in the last 12 months, rising 13.0% compared with a 6.4% gain in capital city values. CoreLogic's quarterly Regional Market Update, which looks at capital growth over the 12 months to April 2021 i...

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Growth in regional rents is almost 3 times that of capital cities

Growth in regional rents is almost 3 times that of capital cities

CoreLogic has released its Quarterly Regional Report, which revealed the annual growth rate of combined regional dwelling values (13%) was more than twice that of the capital cities (6.4%) in the 12 months to April. Remarkably, rent values across the combined regional markets have outpaced capit...

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Morrison government to spend $600 million on new Hunter Valley gas power plant

Morrison government to spend $600 million on new Hunter Valley gas power plant

The coal-powered Liddell Power Station will shut in 2023. The Morrison government will spend up to $600 million to build a new gas power plant in the NSW Hunter Valley. The government says the plant, scheduled to come online in summer 2023-24 to replace the coal-fired Liddell power plant follow...

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'It would be horrific': Gladys Berejiklian comments on Spring Farm class action

'It would be horrific': Gladys Berejiklian comments on Spring Farm class action

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has offered her condolences to the community. Yet another group of NSW homeowners is dealing with potentially worthless property after homes started "sinking" into the ground. Residents in Spring Farm, in Sydney's west, last week filed a massive class action against t...

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First-home buyers fear missing out more than overpaying for property

First-home buyers fear missing out more than overpaying for property

First-time buyers are growing wary of paying too much. Exhausted first-home buyers fear they're overpaying for property in the boom market but are diving into purchases anyway, research shows. An overwhelming 82 per cent of the property buyers polled in a quarterly survey by ME Bank said they "...

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New home sales sink as HomeBuilder qualifying period ends

New home sales sink as HomeBuilder qualifying period ends

More than meets the eye: New home sales fell in April, but from extreme highs. New home sales halved nationally in April, a month after the deadline ended for prospective buyers to benefit from the federal government's HomeBuilder stimulus, industry figures showed on Thursday. Total new sales d...

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Expats returning to the country have boosted the property market

Returning to Australia from overseas is still challenging, but we have seen huge numbers of expats make the journey. And that has meant a big fillip for the property market. Many of course had owned their home back here, but for others it has meant finding one. Maybe initially as a rental and t...

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Fair Trading inspectors find 'structural issues' at major Sydney apartment development

Fair Trading inspectors find 'structural issues' at major Sydney apartment development

One of Sydney's biggest residential property developments is under review amid the discovery of "structural issues" that will require "specialist engineering advice". Toplace Group's Skyview apartment complex in Castle Hill will consist of about 960 "luxurious" one, two and three-bedroom apartme...

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First-home buyers get budget help to enter skyrocketing market

First-home buyers get budget help to enter skyrocketing market

Australians will be given more help to buy their first homes in a budget boost that offers loan guarantees and more scope for people to use superannuation to save a deposit that helps them enter the booming housing market. First-home buyers will be able to release $50,000 from special accounts w...

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There will be 150,000 new homes in Sydney in four years. More than 200 suburbs will get none of them

There will be 150,000 new homes in Sydney in four years. More than 200 suburbs will get none of them

More than 150,000 dwellings are forecast to be built across Sydney in the next four years but more than a quarter of the city's suburbs will be untouched by the development. NSW Department of Planning forecasters estimate between 132,800 and 171,200 new homes will be built in Sydney by 2025, ref...

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Newcastle Airport gets federal budget lift

Newcastle Airport gets federal budget lift

Large international aircraft such as Boeing 777s and Airbus 330s will be able to land in Newcastle under a plan to upgrade the regional NSW city's airport runway and other facilities. Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the $66 million investment, to be announced in next week's federal budget, wi...

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Sydney and Melbourne property prices slow after record-breaking boom

Sydney and Melbourne property prices slow after record-breaking boom

Buying a house in Sydney and Melbourne is now tens of thousands of dollars more expensive than it was just a month ago but there are signs the strongest property boom in decades is slowing. Property prices increased 1.8 per cent nationally in April with every capital city and region recording gr...

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‘Land value only’: property buyers pay up to $6m at auction just for chance to bulldoze old houses

‘Land value only’: property buyers pay up to $6m at auction just for chance to bulldoze old houses

The backyard of this Riverview house was so overgrown the selling agency discovered a pool they hadn't known was there. Sydney bidders paid up to $6 million under the hammer this weekend for houses they didn't even want. Rundown properties with scope for development got some of the biggest pric...

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Happy Client of Koala Invest

Happy Client of Koala Invest

Koala Invest has assisted another client in achieving the milestone of acquiring an investment property. Our client wanted to buy a high cash flow and positive geared property : total budget was under $675k. They wanted a property with high rental yield and less vacancy rate. Based on the clien...

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Why buying an apartment for investment is a bad idea despite Australia's booming property market

Why buying an apartment for investment is a bad idea despite Australia's booming property market

Apartments are in oversupply in suburbs where house prices are booming Rental vacancy rates are also higher than average in suburbs near universities  Belle Property Ryde principal Phillip Allison conceded unit oversupply issue  Moody's Investors Service issued a warning about credit...

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Unit prices fall in many city suburbs amid house-led real estate boom

Unit prices fall in many city suburbs amid house-led real estate boom

Ian Kingsford-Smith and Berni Joseph in front of their new apartment, near Parramatta in western Sydney. Despite house prices rising at their fastest pace in 32 years, apartments in Australia's most oversupplied cities aren't getting as much love from buyers. In some areas, unit prices have tum...

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Housing again at forefront of Australia's economic growth, making banks happy

Housing again at forefront of Australia's economic growth, making banks happy

There has been a shift in housing preferences in Australia post-COVID-19. Miraculous. That's how Commonwealth Bank's boss described Australia's economic recovery last week. But it was a strange word to choose. "Miraculous" can suggest a miracle has occurred, which implies the hand of God has b...

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‘Not in my domain’: Commissioner powerless to help woman at centre of Sydney defects debacle

‘Not in my domain’: Commissioner powerless to help woman at centre of Sydney defects debacle

Maryam Behrouz stands to lose her life savings. A Sydney woman has been told there is nothing the NSW Building Commissioner can do to help recover her life savings after she bought into a 300-apartment tower that had alleged major defects, despite him reportedly saying an investigation is &ldquo...

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Another Satisfied Client

Another Satisfied Client

Koala Invest has assisted another client in achieving the milestone of acquiring an investment property. Our client wanted to buy a high cash flow and positive geared property : total budget was under $650k. They wanted a property with high rental yield and less vacancy rate. Based on the clien...

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Trade and product shortages amid HomeBuilder Grant-induced building boom 'a perfect storm', industry experts say By Rachel McGhee

Trade and product shortages amid HomeBuilder Grant-induced building boom 'a perfect storm', industry experts say By Rachel McGhee

Australia's building sector is bearing the brunt of a "perfect storm" of events, with near-record new home approvals putting intense pressure on supply chains and sparking construction delays. December 2020 has seen 13,527 new homes approved, the Housing Industry Australia (HIA) said, which is a...

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Change in Price of the Property

Change in Price of the Property

There is a minor change in the Price of the Property, " 27, William Tester Drive, Cliftleigh" that is published in the our Newsletter yesterday. The price is to be discussed with our Associates.

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‘Biggest boom ever’: Sydney suburbs where home prices could skyrocket even more

‘Biggest boom ever’: Sydney suburbs where home prices could skyrocket even more

Phil and Vanessa Machin, with daughter Chloe, bought in the red hot northern beaches market. Sydney's explosion in house prices is on track to become our biggest ever property boom, with prices set to continue rising in every city region this year. New sales analysis showed there were 140 subur...

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Happy Dual Occupancy Client !!!

Happy Dual Occupancy Client !!!

More Happy Clients have found their perfect investment with Koala Invest's assistance Koala Invest has helped another of its client in finding the perfect Investment home . Our client was searching for a dual occupancy under $650k with a block size of at least 450m2. We presented a range of op...

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*Happy Dual Occupancy Client*

*Happy Dual Occupancy Client*

" Koala Invest" once again put forth an exclusive option considering the prerequisite of the Client offering a dual occupancy under $500k with a block size of at least 500 m2 , providing a high rental yield of 4.9%.The client bought the full turn key fixed price package within their budget. It i...

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Buyers struggle to get hold of accurate price guides in hot Sydney market

Buyers struggle to get hold of accurate price guides in hot Sydney market

Recent buyer Melissa Steckler said price guides were "laughable" as she quickly realised she was regularly underquoted. Desperate Sydney buyers are facing the near-impossible task of finding homes they can afford as increasingly inaccurate price guides are throwing many off course in the hottest...

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Happy SMSF Client

Happy SMSF Client

More Happy Clients have found their perfect investment with Koala Invest's assistance. Koala Invest has helped another of its client in finding the perfect Investment home through SMSF. Our client was searching for a dual occupancy under $650k with a block size of at least 600m2. We presented a ...

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Forrest willing to fund $1b green power station in NSW

Forrest willing to fund $1b green power station in NSW

Fortescue Metals Group chairman Andrew Forrest. Andrew Forrest says he is willing to build a gas and hydrogen fuelled power station at Port Kembla to supply Sydney and NSW industries and households with affordable, green energy, and will start work as soon as he gets approvals from the Morrison ...

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Happy Investor

Happy Investor

Koala Invest has assisted another client in achieving the milestone of acquiring an investment property. Our client wanted to buy a high cash flow and positive geared property : total budget was under $650k. They wanted a property with high rental yield and less vacancy rate. Based on the clien...

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Developers preparing for home buying frenzy

Developers preparing for home buying frenzy

Home sales are expected to spike in the next two weeks as first home buyers seek to get their purchases over the line before the HomeBuilder scheme ends. This comes at a time when Sydney property prices have finally cracked their peak levels from 2017 and in which house prices, home loans and...

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**Happy Client **

**Happy Client **

Koala Invest has helped another client in achieving the milestone of acquiring their first investment property. Our client wanted to buy a high cash flow and positive geared property: total budget was between $600-$650k. They wanted a property which is close to all amenities with high rental yie...

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Strong growth phase continues for house prices

Strong growth phase continues for house prices

Australian house prices rose at their fastest rate in nearly two decades in February, with 2.1 per cent growth for the month the biggest monthly change since August 2003. CoreLogic’s latest look at house prices showed home values rose across all capital city and rest of state regions, w...

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HomeBuilder’s success has a dark side with building prices set to increase

HomeBuilder’s success has a dark side with building prices set to increase

Metricon Queensland general manager Luke Fryer, with developer Keith Johnson (right), says they are committed to fixed-price contracts and they absorb the price rises. Budding property owners are being urged to lock in the price of new builds with costs set to rise dramatically because the succe...

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*Another Happy Client*

*Another Happy Client*

Koala Invest has assisted another client in achieving the milestone of acquiring an investment property. Our client wanted to buy a high cash flow and positive geared property : total budget was under $650k. They wanted a property with high rental yield and less vacancy rate. Based on the clien...

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Sydney auctions: West Pennant Hills house sells for $2.072m

Sydney auctions: West Pennant Hills house sells for $2.072m

Auctioneer Stu Benson from Benson Auctions at the successful sale of 102 Eaton Road. A tightly-held home in the Hills District sold for almost $450,000 above reserve on Saturday in a hot auction that drew more than 30 bidders. The four-bedroom West Pennant Hills home, on the market for the firs...

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How COVID has shifted investor mindset in the property hunt

How COVID has shifted investor mindset in the property hunt

Historically, investor demand for housing has been very much focused on inner-city areas of major capital cities and popular holiday destinations, such as Queensland’s Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. But the repercussions of COVID-19 and closed international borders have forced some dramati...

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House prices record sharpest increase since 2003, CoreLogic says

House prices record sharpest increase since 2003, CoreLogic says

CoreLogic says housing stock on the market for sale is extremely low, while buyer activity is high. Australian house prices have posted their sharpest monthly increase since August 2003, with analysts at CoreLogic saying the market is now entrenched in one of its strongest growth phases on recor...

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Sydney exodus drives regional property prices up and locals out of the market

Sydney exodus drives regional property prices up and locals out of the market

An influx of former Sydney residents combined with a lack of housing stock is propelling regional New South Wales property prices to record highs, while pushing locals out of the market. Key points: Regional NSW property prices rose by almost 10 per cent last year Researchers expect city resid...

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House prices return to record highs as COVID rally continues into 2021

House prices return to record highs as COVID rally continues into 2021

House prices are back around the record levels set in 2017, but apartments are not performing as well. A 0.9 per cent rise in house prices last month has taken Australian housing values to a record high. exceeding the peak reached in 2017. Key points: Home prices are 0.7 per cent above their p...

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A school, shopping precinct, playing fields and 5000 homes ready for Lochinvar

A school, shopping precinct, playing fields and 5000 homes ready for Lochinvar

LOTS FOR LOCHINVAR: Maitland City Council's Development and Environment Manager David Simm pictured last year at Gillieston Heights. Lochinvar is set to become Maitland's next boom town with the first of 5000 housing lots on public exhibition and a school and shopping precinct to come. Maitland...

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More Aussie house hunters looking to go 'off grid' in COVID's wake

More Aussie house hunters looking to go 'off grid' in COVID's wake

The coronavirus pandemic has brought about many unexpected changes to the property market, including soaring demand for regional properties and larger homes. But perhaps even more unforeseen is a strong trend towards 'off-grid' living.  New figures have revealed a significant increase in th...

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First home buyers to slow down; investors to return in 2021

After the domination of first home buyers in the 2020 property market, investors are expected to make their market comeback this year. Following the introduction of the federal government's First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, the pandemic further accelerated first home buyer activity across property...

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* Happy Client *!!!!

* Happy Client *!!!!

Koala Invest has assisted another client in achieving the milestone of acquiring an investment property. Our client wanted to buy a high cash flow and positive geared property : total budget was under $650k. They wanted a property with high rental yield and less vacancy rate. Based on the clien...

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Australia's housing prices are predicted to rise by more than $160,000

Australia's housing prices are predicted to rise by more than $160,000

Australian house prices are expected to skyrocket by 16 per cent over the next two years, rising by as much as $160,000 in some capital cities. Commonwealth Bank's head of economics Gareth Aird predicted house prices will rise by 9 per cent in 2021 and 7 per cent in 2022 in an economics issues p...

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Rents in Australia are rising again, with tenants in some cities paying up to 12% more this year

Rents in Australia are rising again, with tenants in some cities paying up to 12% more this year

Perth's rental market is becoming increasingly expensive as low vacancy rates bite. Australia's rental markets are becoming increasingly expensive again, as vacancy rates fall across the country. Perth tenants are now paying 12% more than they were 12 months ago, while Darwin houses cost almost...

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"Another Happy Client" !

"Another Happy Client" !

More Happy Clients have found their perfect investment with Koala Invest's assistance Koala Invest has helped another of its client in finding the perfect Investment home . Our client was searching for a dual occupancy under $600k with a block size of at least 500m2. We presented a range of op...

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The house always wins: why house sales vastly outstripped unit sales over the year

The house always wins: why house sales vastly outstripped unit sales over the year

In the year to January, CoreLogic estimates that there were 459,308 properties transacted across Australia. Most of these sales were houses, rather than units. It is not unusual for house sales to make up the majority of transactions, with houses making up an average 70.2% of annual sales volume...

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 "Happy Client"!!!

"Happy Client"!!!

Koala Invest has helped another client in achieving the milestone of acquiring their investment property. Our client wanted to buy a high cash flow and positive geared property: total budget was between $650-$700k. They wanted a property with high rental yield and less vacancy rate. Based on th...

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"Another Happy Client"

"Another Happy Client"

Koala Invest has assisted another client in achieving the milestone of acquiring an investment property. Our client wanted to buy a high cash flow and positive geared property : total budget was under $650k. They wanted a property with high rental yield and less vacancy rate. Based on the clien...

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Capital City House Prices Hit New Peaks

Capital City House Prices Hit New Peaks

Australian house prices hit record highs along the east coast, marking the steepest increase in four years and rounding out a year of unprecedented events and price predictions. The median house value now sits at $852,940, up 4. 1 per cent over the quarter and 5.8 per cent in the year according ...

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HomeBuilder Take Up Doubles Expectations

HomeBuilder Take Up Doubles Expectations

The HomeBuilder grant scheme is twice as popular as anticipated and is set to cost the government an expected $2 billion. The original estimate for the scheme was $680 million for 27,000 grants when the prime minister first announced the initiative in June. The latest figures released from the ...

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Stockland Lodges Plans for $500m North Sydney Tower

Stockland Lodges Plans for $500m North Sydney Tower

Stockland has lodged plans for a $500 million North Sydney office tower as it banks on a post-pandemic return of workers to Sydney's second CBD. Known as 110 Walker Street, the development application consists of 75,000sq m of net lettable area on a 2,300sq m site which was previously amalgamate...

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Home Loan Lending Strongest in Five Years

Home Loan Lending Strongest in Five Years

Demand for mortgages is starting to rise reveals the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures. Up to $26.5 billion worth of housing finance commitments were made in July this year, marking the second consecutive month of increases. ABS chief economist Bruce Hockman said growth in new lend...

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Government Lists 9.5ha Site in Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct

Government Lists 9.5ha Site in Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct

The Queensland government has launched a parcel of development-ready land within the 200-hectare Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct at Southport. Development of the 9.5 hectares, marketed as "Lumina", will be a commercial cluster based within the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, t...

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Another Happy Client-"Knock Down Rebuild" !!!

Another Happy Client-"Knock Down Rebuild" !!!

Glad Tidings of a brand new home in the same vicinity from a satisfied Client of "KOALA INVEST" through the "Knock down Rebuild Process". The budget of $610K for a new spacious and Contemporary home of 176 Sqm. was perfectly matched by providing appropriate drawings, materials and services by ou...

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"Happy Dual Occupancy Client"!

"Happy Dual Occupancy Client"!

Koala Invest has assisted another client in achieving the milestone of acquiring their first "Dual Occupancy" investment property. During the initial discussion,We explained the client about dual occupancy property as investment and was happy to acquire a property from us. Based on our research...

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Client's Success Story

Client's Success Story

Koala Invest has helped another client in achieving the milestone of acquiring an investment property. Our client wanted to buy a high cash flow and positive geared property : total budget was under $650k. They wanted a property which is close to all amenities with high rental yield and less vac...

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Builder's collapse leaves apartment owners fearing alleged $30m defects bill

Builder's collapse leaves apartment owners fearing alleged $30m defects bill

Hundreds of Sydney apartment owners are facing an uncertain future after the collapse of a company linked to the builder of the Opal Tower, with allegations that it collectively owes them $30 million to repair seven defective builds across the city. The revelations come as another high-profile c...

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Housing markets predicted to have a bumper year

After a crazy year, record-low borrowing costs and government efforts to stimulate the economy have set Australian housing prices up for further growth in 2021 - after every city bar Melbourne closed the year in positive territory, having already made up their losses triggered by the pandemic. A...

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House prices rise with regional market outperforming capital cities, CoreLogic data shows

House prices rise with regional market outperforming capital cities, CoreLogic data shows

House prices in regional Australia have risen at a higher annual rate than in capital cities for the first time in more than 15 years, as COVID-19 increases people's desire to live outside the big smoke. Annual data by real estate analysts CoreLogic shows dwelling values in capital cities rose 2...

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Australia's property market 'far stronger than expected' considering the pandemic

REA Group Chief Economist Nerida Conisbee says Australia's property market has been "far stronger than expected," this year considering the COVID-19 pandemic. "When the first lockdown hit in March, I certainly don't think anyone though that there would be pretty much no price decline in most of ...

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Success story of a young investor !!

Success story of a young investor !!

Koala Invest has assisted another client in achieving the milestone of acquiring an investment property. During the initial discussion , Koala team explained the benefits of positive geared and high cash flow investment properties to the client.And they understood that this kind of property will...

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Why now might be the time to invest in the property market

Why now might be the time to invest in the property market

A shortage of rental accommodation, multiple applications per property and rising rents are proof that Australia's rental market is undersupplied, with predictions the country could soon see the "biggest rent increases in living memory". Propertyology head of research Simon Pressley said the pro...

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What happened to the property price crash that was predicted but never came?

What happened to the property price crash that was predicted but never came?

At the height of the pandemic, major banking economists sounded the alarm. They warned the coronavirus-induced recession could shave hundreds of thousands of dollars off the value of Sydney and Melbourne homes. But as the worst of the national COVID-19 restrictions passed, property prices fell o...

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Buyers Turn to Outskirts of Byron Bay for Lifestyle in Line With a Post-Covid World

Buyers Turn to Outskirts of Byron Bay for Lifestyle in Line With a Post-Covid World

As the famed coastal hotspot is overrun with new interest--and sky-high prices--wealthy buyers are looking elsewhere BY MICHELLE SINGER As Australia's wealthy descend upon the coastal lifestyle hotspot of Byron Bay, helping house prices rise to record levels, the hunt is on to uncover the count...

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Stiffer market competition on the horizon as investors slowly creep back

Stiffer market competition on the horizon as investors slowly creep back

With first-home buyers and upgraders dominating the market, the quiet pick up in investor activity is going largely unnoticed. The most recent home lending data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) found that in September 2020 there was $5.3 billion in new lending to investors. While t...

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How the Australian property market avoided a crash in 2020

Australia headed to its first recession in over 28 years, but no drastic decline was seen in the housing market. Here's how the property market managed to handle the downturn. 2020 has seen devastation across a number of sectors, with wages down by 4.3 per cent and payroll jobs decreasing by 3.0...

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HomeBuilder success sees scheme extended beyond 2020

A further 15,000 homes are expected to be constructed or majorly rebuilt after the federal government revealed a three-month extension to its HomeBuilder scheme. HomeBuilder was initially brought in as a COVID-19 stimulus measure to drive demand in the construction sector and support jobs. The ...

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Canberra now Australia’s second most expensive property market

Canberra is now Australia's second most expensive property market, overtaking Melbourne. New data from property research firm CoreLogic shows Canberra now carries a median value of $672,866, overtaking Melbourne which sits at a close $672,172. Sydney remains the most expensive property market i...

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Low cost of debt ‘firing up’ house prices in capital cities

Houses are rising in price again in most capital cities and although the rental market remains weak there are some surprising increases in value. REA Group Chief Economist Nerida Conisbee told Sky News 80 per cent of suburbs across Australia have seen prices soar. "Sydney is stand out the most ...

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Federal Government extends HomeBuilder program for another three months but at a lower rate

Federal Government extends HomeBuilder program for another three months but at a lower rate

Property price caps have been lifted and the amount of time given to start construction extended. A Federal Government program offering cash grants for housing construction projects has been extended, but at a lower amount. The HomeBuilder scheme currently provides $25,000 grants to eligible pe...

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NSW to phase out stamp duty as state announces record deficit

NSW to phase out stamp duty as state announces record deficit

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet will undertake the state’s biggest tax reform in decades with stamp duty to be phased out to boost the economy as NSW records a historic $16 billion budget deficit. In his fourth budget, handed down on Tuesday, Mr Perrottet said replacing stamp duty with an annu...

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Housing sentiment bounces back to pre-COVID-19 levels

Housing sentiment has almost rebounded to pre-COVID-19 levels, with home owners less worried about the state of the property market, says the ME Quarterly Property Sentiment Report. The latest edition of the report, conducted in October 2020, says 38 per cent of Australians in the property marke...

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House prices predicted to soar after RBA’s historic cut

House prices predicted to soar after RBA’s historic cut

The Reserve Bank's cash rate cut to 0.1 per cent will have ripple effects for Australia's property prices, as well as mortgages and personal savings, all which move according to the national interest rate. Historically, when interest rates have been slashed, house prices tend to push upwards. T...

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South Australia to see ‘mini property boom’: Land Services SA

After the property market has witnessed a lull in activity as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, South Australia is expected to experience a “mini property boom”, aided by the federal and state government support for new homes. The government’s support for new homes came in the...

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Cessnock and Maitland forecast to be among the fastest growing areas in the state

Cessnock and Maitland forecast to be among the fastest growing areas in the state

The Lower Hunter's population is forecast to boom in the next two decades with Cessnock and Maitland tipped to be among the fastest growing areas in the state. Department of Planning population projections show an extra 131,500 people will live in the Hunter Region by 2041, an average increase o...

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Looking towards 2036: what will Maitland look like in 20 years?

Looking towards 2036: what will Maitland look like in 20 years?

East Maitland will be one of the Hunter's "catalyst areas" in the next 20 years, setting targets for 1750 extra jobs, 550 extra homes and improved transport connections between Green Hills shopping centre and new hospital site. The plan is one of a raft of initiatives contained in documents outl...

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Regional hotspots where house prices have surged

Regional hotspots where house prices have surged

Many of Australia's regional towns have proven resilient to the pandemic with house prices rising despite the disruption, even as the country's two largest housing markets of Sydney and Melbourne suffered. Outside of the regional coastal markets, Dubbo, in the central west of NSW with an estimat...

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Sales of new homes increase since same time last year

Sales of new homes increase since same time last year

"The full impact of HomeBuilder is now evident in the HIA's New Home Sales Report with sales now 11.8 per cent higher in the seven months since restrictions came into effect than at the same time last year," commented HIA Chief Economist, Tim Reardon. The HIA New Home Sales report - a monthly su...

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Costco plans $60 million Lake Macquarie project

Costco plans $60 million Lake Macquarie project

Costco is to develop a $60 million warehouse and fuel station project in Lake Macquarie City in New South Wales' Hunter Valley region. Occupying a 14,000sqm site, part of the former Pasminco mining company's land, the development will be Costco's fourth warehouse in the state. The project will i...

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Plans for new $780 million John Hunter Hospital building unveiled

The concept design for the new, seven-storey Acute Services Building for John Hunter and John Hunter's children's hospitals has been unveiled, marking a milestone for the NSW Governments $780 million health precinct. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct ...

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Energy Renaissance names Hunter region for Australia’s first battery “gigafactory”

The New South Wales Hunter region has been named as the preferred location for what is likely to be Australia's first gigawatt-scale lithium-ion battery manufacturing operation, right in the middle of the state's coal and gas heartland. Energy Renaissance said on Tuesday that it would start buil...

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The Sydney suburb that's SINKING: Mayor issues chilling warning that 841 homes - worth $605million - are at risk of collapse or serious damage

Properties suffered sunken driveways, cracked brickwork and damaged roads The council have extended the number of homes with warnings from 195 to 841 Building group Lendlease is 'disappointed' by the council's 'premature response' Sinking ground reclaimed from a swamp is ripping homes apart an...

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$6 million cancer centre slated for Maitland

$6 million cancer centre slated for Maitland

Cancer patients in Maitland will soon no-longer have to make the exhausting trip to Newcastle for treatment. Construction on a new $6 million cancer centre, which will provide access to cutting-edge radiation therapy treatments, medical oncology and clinical trials is beginning at Metford. A &l...

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Sydney’s newest urban master-planned community, Wilton Greens, has secured 105 land sales valued at $30.8 million.

Sydney’s newest urban master-planned community, Wilton Greens, has secured 105 land sales valued at $30.8 million.

Developed by Risland Australia, the sales occurred within three weeks of the project's launch, making it one of the fastest selling in New South Wales. Located within Sydney's south west growth corridor in the Wollondilly area, the Wilton Greens will comprise 3,600 land parcels spanning 433ha. ...

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Federal Government to pledge $560 million towards the construction of the Singleton Bypass

Federal Government to pledge $560 million towards the construction of the Singleton Bypass

AFTER years of talk, the Federal Government will finally commit $560 million towards the development of the Singleton Bypass at Tuesday's budget. Given the project's estimated cost of around $700 million, only another $45m would be required by the state government, who have already spent or pled...

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Home listings point to rising confidence, activity

Real estate markets across the country, with the exception of Melbourne, are returning to the normal pattern of spring selling seasons, as new home listings increase and older homes are snapped up by buyers returning to the market. Sydney's stock on market rose 1.8 per cent last month from Augus...

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Government extends first home buyer support in hope of driving new construction

Government extends first home buyer support in hope of driving new construction

The Federal Government will add an additional 10,000 places to a scheme designed to make it easier for first home buyers to purchase a house with a small deposit. The First Home Loan Deposit scheme allows people to purchase property with a deposit of five per cent, with the Government guaranteei...

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First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS)

Overview 3 October 2020: The Australian Government has announced an additional 10,000 First Home Loan Deposit Scheme places will be provided from 6 October 2020 to support the purchase of a new home or a newly built home. More information will be available on the NHFIC website from Tuesday 6 Oct...

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Not quite less than zero: RBA looks at lower rates and more borrowing

Not quite less than zero: RBA looks at lower rates and more borrowing

The Reserve Bank says with interest rates to remain lower for longer, all levels of government can borrow for job-creating projects. The Reserve Bank could push interest rates closer to zero to help the economy out of the coronavirus recession as it presses all levels of government to use their ...

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Billionaire family's windfall gain 'tip of iceberg' for land sales near new airport

Billionaire family's windfall gain 'tip of iceberg' for land sales near new airport

A billionaire family's windfall gain from the sale of land next to Western Sydney Airport has been described as the "tip of the iceberg" for the surrounding area, sparking calls for changes to ensure a far greater slice of the market uplift is returned to taxpayers. The federal government forked...

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Even in the midst of a recession the Australian housing market continues along its merry way

Even in the midst of a recession the Australian housing market continues along its merry way

The main reason for this is the incredibly cheap mortgage rates currently available The Australian housing market is a peculiar beast. You would think that in the midst of a worldwide pandemic that has seen Australia’s economy crash by 7%, and around one in five Australians either unemploy...

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Whizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-19

Whizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-19

28-year-old real estate “whizzkid” Eddie Dilleen who has been buying up a storm across Brisbane when the rest of the country was in COVID-19 lockdown. Pictured at one of his properties in Greenacre, Sydney. A 28-year-old ‘whizzkid’ bought almost one property a month whil...

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Rezoning approved for a 300 lot housing subdivision

Rezoning approved for a 300 lot housing subdivision

A 27.2ha parcel of land at Lake Munmorah has been rezoned for a 300 lot housing subdivision to be bounded by environment conservation lands (green corridors). There was no debate on the matter when Central Coast Council put through the rezoning proposal at its April 27 meeting. A site specific ...

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House prices will boom again next year, according to Westpac, making Australia's cities less affordable. Here's how each capital is predicted to fare.

House prices will boom again next year, according to Westpac, making Australia's cities less affordable. Here's how each capital is predicted to fare.

Westpac has updated its property forecasts, expecting a serious boom in the coming years. The bank’s economists expect prices to fall nationwide by just 2.3% more to June before booming to 2023. Fuelled by low-interest rates and record economic support, chief economist Bill Evans and Ma...

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Westpac Predicts House Price Surge

Westpac Predicts House Price Surge

Westpac is the latest bank to upgrade its short-term home price targets, citing record low interest rates, ongoing regulator support and a steadying economy for its more positive outlook. The bank says residential property prices are now expected to experience a 5 per cent correction through to ...

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Construction begins on $22m Corrimal housing project, a collaboration between Housing Trust and Traders in Purple

Construction begins on $22m Corrimal housing project, a collaboration between Housing Trust and Traders in Purple

A leading Illawarra community housing provider's latest project represents one of the largest purchases made in the organisation's 37-year history. Construction has begun on a new $22 million building project in Corrimal that will provide affordable rental housing. The Robert Street complex wil...

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Economist update: Regional areas dominating strongest price growth

Economist update: Regional areas dominating strongest price growth

The shift in interest to the regions is one of the more fascinating (and positive) trends to come out of COVID-19 – and the high level of interest in regional Australia is now flowing through to short-term pricing growth. Looking at the Local Government Areas that are seeing the strongest ...

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Teen homeowner Maddie Pickering started saving for home aged 11

An Aussie teenager who started planning and saving for her dream from the age of 11 saved up a $30,000 deposit and hopes to move in to her new home by Christmas. Maddie Pickering, 19, who has worked and saved through her school years, finished her senior matriculation certificate a year before h...

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Depreciation still the second highest deduction for property investors

Revealed by latest ATO investment property statistics Depreciation remains the second highest deduction for property investors after interest repayments, according to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). ATO investment property statistics recently released from financial year (FY) 2017/18 reve...

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NSW Central Coast cafe owner says JobSeeker forcing closure ahead of bumper tourism season

NSW Central Coast cafe owner says JobSeeker forcing closure ahead of bumper tourism season

The New South Wales Central Coast is expected to boom this summer, with holidaymakers opting for a beachside getaway amid ongoing pandemic travel restrictions. But the future is not so bright for a well-established café in the coastal village of Avoca Beach, which has been forced to close...

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Major housing and recreation redevelopment at Doyalson planned

Major housing and recreation redevelopment at Doyalson planned

Doylo Lifestyle Group has passed its first hurdle for a major housing and recreation redevelopment to be staged over 20 years on 45ha at Doyalson. At its April 27 meeting, Central Coast Council voted unanimously to rezone land for low density housing and to forward a proposal to the NSW Planning...

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Economist update: Regional areas dominating strongest price growth

Economist update: Regional areas dominating strongest price growth

Looking at the Local Government Areas that are seeing the strongest growth over the past three months, it is overwhelmingly dominated by regional areas. Most of these are lifestyle areas – white-collar nomad driven – that have become popular over time, but particularly so since COVID-...

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Refinancing boom lifts investor lending

New loans for residential investments rebounded 15.2 per cent in the three months to June over the previous quarter as investors refinanced to new lenders, taking advantage of record low interest rates. During the past 12 months to June, new mortgages taken out for investment purposes jumped by ...

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Regional vacancies tighten as tenants flee CBDs

Residential vacancies in outer suburbs and regional areas fell sharply in July, while CBD apartments sat empty as professionals who could work remotely abandoned their city flats in favour of larger homes to escape the spreading virus. The SQM Research July vacancy rate report showed a slight dr...

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‘Licking their lips’: Who is still buying property in Australia’s recession?

‘Licking their lips’: Who is still buying property in Australia’s recession?

The Australian property market has taken a battering amid the COVID-19 pandemic with prices falling or stagnant in most cities, but white-collar workers, doctors and busy tradespeople have still been snapping up homes, agents said. Although the Australian economy fell into a recession in the Jun...

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Construction of new Sydney airport terminal due to start next year

Construction of new Sydney airport terminal due to start next year

Construction of a passenger terminal at Sydney's new $5.3 billion international airport is expected to start by the end of next year after several large contractors were shortlisted for the work. The federal government has also released further concept designs for Western Sydney Airport's termin...

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New housing code fast tracks development and packs in more people

New housing code fast tracks development and packs in more people

A new housing code, which allows dual occupancies, terraces and manor houses to be fast-tracked as complying development, now applies in all council areas. The Low Rise Housing Diversity Code (previously called the Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code), which started on July 1, allows developmen...

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Shire gains major concession in new code governing dual occupancies, terraces and manor houses

Shire gains major concession in new code governing dual occupancies, terraces and manor houses

Sutherland Shire has gained a late, major concession in the application of a new state-wide housing code. Planning Minister Rob Stokes has agreed to exclude the R2 low density residential zone in the shire from the new system. The code allows dual occupancies, terraces and manor houses to be ap...

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Insane demand from city buyers is shaking up regional markets

Insane demand from city buyers is shaking up regional markets

For Kiia Liind and Michael Canty, COVID-19 was the push they needed to get out of the city for good. The couple who have been renting in Melbourne's inner-eastern suburb of Alphington will be moving to their Barwon Heads home near Geelong in three weeks - a plan that has been accele...

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The NSW regions set to boom due to influx of Sydney residents

The NSW regions set to boom due to influx of Sydney residents

COVID-19 has accelerated a trend of Sydneysiders moving to regional NSW and the exodus from the big smoke is expected to drive up property values in key towns once the pandemic blows over. The areas set for the biggest jump in prices included the Hunter Region, Albury, Mudgee, Orange and Goulbur...

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Charter Hall plots research hub in Sydney's south-west

Charter Hall is laying the foundations for an emerging health and medical research hub in Sydney's south-west as it kicks off the first stage of a joint $350 million project with Western Sydney University. An impression of the emerging precinct, to be known as Innovation Quarter or iQ The&nbs...

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Housing pipeline swells in July as confidence returns

The housing pipeline picked up in July as new home approvals jumped more than expected. There was a surge in detached dwellings and apartments as improving consumer sentiment made the monthly total climb at its fastest pace in five months. New dwelling approvals rose 12 per cent from June to 13,...

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House prices: Why the home of federal Parliament is bucking the national trend

House prices: Why the home of federal Parliament is bucking the national trend

Australia’s property market is on the slide as the coronavirus weighs on buyers’ confidence, but one market has defied expectations and emerged as the “clear winner” amid the pandemic. Canberra – home to federal Parliament, Lake Burley Griffin and the Floriade &ndas...

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Household savings climb as Aussies hunker down for recession

Households are using the pandemic year to build their nest eggs and gird against recession, with savings and investments trending higher since the start of 2020. The average total balance of Commonwealth Bank savings accounts and term deposits, which accounts for a large portion of the market, i...

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Buyer’s agent who owns $12m worth of properties reveals how to make money in a recession

A buyer’s agent with a $12m portfolio of properties, many purchased during the global financial crisis and other downturns, has revealed how to capitalise on the current environment. Investor Lloyd Edge has bought mutiple homes during downturns. Buying property in the middle of a recess...

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Winarch Capital's Morisset development gets approval

Winarch Capital's Morisset development gets approval

Lake Macquarie Council has approved Winarch Capital's $235 million redevelopment of the 90 hectare Morisset Golf Course, allowing the developer to subdivide and sell part of the site to Ingenia Communities. Winarch Capital managing director Paul Lambess said the council has given th...

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Sales of over $3.5 Million just closed!

Sales of over $3.5 Million just closed!

We believe that good work should always be celebrated. Our team has been working hard to ensure that both our homeowner and investor clients get the best value for their money and their efforts have borne fruit. We have just finalized sales of over $3.5 Million!

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Developer, builders need more time as housing demand surges

Developer, builders need more time as housing demand surges

A combination of federal and state housing stimulus drove a huge rise in new home sales in Perth in June and July, according to figures provided by developer Satterley Property Group. Having averaged about 300 sales a month in 2019, and 375 in May, lot sales surged to 1550 in June after ...

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Boy, aged just 8, becomes one of Australia's youngest property investors as he purchases his first home for $970,000

An eight-year-old boy has bought his first home after outbidding other shoppers at a Sydney auction. Michael Hamdan, from the city's south west, snapped up a cluster of five one-bedroom studios in Greenacre on Saturday for $970,000.  The youth could now be Sydney's youngest property invest...

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Coal projects fast-tracked…

Coal projects fast-tracked…

Proposed changes at Chain Valley Colliery, Mannering Colliery and Vales Point Power Station have been fast tracked by the NSW Government to inject $65M into the economy and boost employment by 170 jobs. It is one of 19 projects nominated in the third round of the NSW Planning System Acceleration...

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Construction industry calls for HomeBuilder extension to prevent 'calamitous' economic slump

Construction industry calls for HomeBuilder extension to prevent 'calamitous' economic slump

Master Builders Australia wants the federal government to extend the HomeBuilders stimulus program for a year, at an estimated cost of $1.3 billion. Master Builders Australia claims the scheme announced in June has been "the most effective government stimulus measure in a decade".The building an...

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Gold Coast property in demand from southern state buyers despite the closed border

Gold Coast property in demand from southern state buyers despite the closed border

Queensland’s border may be closed to NSW, Victoria and ACT but that’s proving no obstacle for property hunters from the southern states, with reports of a surge in buyers snapping up homes sight unseen. Andrew Bell, chief executive of Ray White Surfers Paradise, said since the s...

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Oran Park Tavern gets the green light

Oran Park Tavern gets the green light

A rooftop cocktail bar, a gold class cinema and a high-end steakhouse are just some of the features listed in plans for the region's newest pub. The $38 million Oran Park Tavern has been approved by the Sydney Western City Planning Panel. Momento Hospitality, operators of the Bella Vista Hotel,...

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Ripley Rail Line a Crucial Link in Region’s Infrastructure Chain

Ripley Rail Line a Crucial Link in Region’s Infrastructure Chain

Connectivity is key to transforming the Ripley region over the next decade, with Ripley Town Centre at the heart of a 25-kilometre public transport corridor from Ipswich Central to Springfield Central, providing residents with affordable access to surrounding communities and ensuring new cities a...

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Gold Coast Airport Rail Plans Pick Up Steam

Gold Coast Airport Rail Plans Pick Up Steam

Plans are picking up steam to connect the Gold Coast light rail to the airport and create a pedestrian “ocean-way” along Palm Beach. Council and the state government are embarking on the $7 million joint venture to create a business case for the rail project aimed to boost the local ...

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Why Have Capital Cities Performed Differently Amid Covid-19?

Why Have Capital Cities Performed Differently Amid Covid-19?

Not every Australian housing market has performed the same way since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. The latest Corelogic home value index results reveal that since March, Melbourne property values have fallen 3.5 per cent. Meanwhile, the ACT dwelling market reached a record high. And from...

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Canberra: Australia’s Strongest Real Estate Economy is a Market Ripe for Investment

Canberra: Australia’s Strongest Real Estate Economy is a Market Ripe for Investment

Bucking the nationwide trend of falling capital city house prices, Canberra’s market is only just warming up. There has never been a better time to live, work or invest in Canberra. Australia’s youngest capital city is undergoing an unprecedented transformation, with more than $2.9 ...

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"Regional suburbs witnessing low vacancies while capital cities struggle to find tenants"

"Regional suburbs witnessing low vacancies while capital cities struggle to find tenants"

Residential vacancies in outer suburbs and regional areas fell sharply in July, while CBD apartments sat empty as professionals who could workwhile CBD apartments sat empty as professionals who could work remotely abandoned their city flats in favour of larger homes to escape the spreading virus....

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Sydney auctions: demand for multi-generational living pushes up prices for prized homes

Sydney auctions: demand for multi-generational living pushes up prices for prized homes

Two generations of a Caringbah South family joined forces to beat stiff competition at auction for their neighbour’s house with water views. The family paid $1.897m for the Cumbee Lane house with views of the Port Hacking waterway and Royal National Park, beating “spirited&...

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Sydney market prepares for big Spring as 6000 properties hit market in past month

Sydney market prepares for big Spring as 6000 properties hit market in past month

The Sydney residential market looks set to kick off spring with a bumper number of offerings. Over the past month 6000 new listings have hit the Sydney market, which is up 27 per cent on the same period last year. These early bird offerings have taken the total Sydney listings to around 20,000, ...

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Sydney apartment buyers pay 68pc premium

People in Sydney pay 68 per cent more for apartments than they cost to build, a gap the Reserve Bank says indicates a shortage of properties. RBA staffers Keaton Jenner and Peter Tulip said planning restrictions have created the shortage which is most acute in the eastern suburbs, Leichhardt and...

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All the grants, schemes and incentives available for first-home buyers around the country

All the grants, schemes and incentives available for first-home buyers around the country

If first-time home buyers manage to navigate their way through all the options, conditions and qualifications for assistance with buying their first home, then they’ve earnt every cent. In some states you have to buy a brand-new home, in others it can be newly renovated or less than five y...

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In the race to house Canberra's booming population, some are unsure about the bush capital's development

In the race to house Canberra's booming population, some are unsure about the bush capital's development

Over the next two decades, Canberra will need to build 100,000 new homes — approximately 12 per day — to accommodate the city's booming population. The ACT is expected to welcome an additional 170,000 people in just over 20 years. But where and how those people are housed will shape ...

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Increasing real interest rates, Victorian lockdown make RBA decision tougher

Increasing real interest rates and Victoria's stage-four lockdown will force the Reserve Bank to re-examine policy settings and its forecasts for the national economy amid growing evidence the jobs market has deteriorated in the past fortnight. The RBA board is expected to hold official interest...

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Regional property price growth is triple that of capital city markets

Regional property price growth is triple that of capital city markets

Regional property markets have significantly outperformed city markets on average over the past year and new research indicates median prices in regional areas across the country were up by an average of 3.4 per cent for the year to June 30, 2020. By contrast, capital city markets grew by just 1...

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Coronation Makes $293m Build-To-Rent Plans

Coronation Property are moving forward with plans to build 790 build-to-rent apartments in western Sydney’s Merrylands at an estimated cost of $293 million. The developer lodged an application for the site at 52-54 McFarlane Street next to the Stockland Merrylands Shopping Centre. The pla...

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Home loan war heats up with rates under 2 per cent

A new front in the home loan interest rate war has broken out, with variable interest rates falling below 2 per cent for the first time. A smaller lender is offering a variable-rate home loan of 1.99 per cent and more lenders are expected to follow suit, as competition for new mortgages intensif...

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Modern duplexes prove popular with young families

Modern duplexes prove popular with young families

These Ermington duplexes have been snapped up by out-of-area buyers. HOUSE hunters are flocking to a western Sydney suburb to choose from its selection of modern duplexes — many of which are the size of a typical stand-alone home. Two young families will soon move into their semi-deta...

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NSW to cut land tax for 20 years in ambitious build-to-rent scheme

The Berejiklian government will cut land tax for the next 20 years for new build-to-rent housing projects in an Australian-first designed to give renters longer-term leases. NSW will give a 50 per cent discount on land tax to developers who invest in build-to-rent schemes, which are designed to ...

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How hopeful home buyers are making the most of the current climate

How hopeful home buyers are making the most of the current climate

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt property markets across the country, none more so than in Victoria, industry experts are reporting a wave of activity from first-home buyers spurred on by increased government support. “First-home buyers are out in force,” says Antony ...

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Sydney suburbs seeing double-digit price growth: REA's Nerida Conisbee

Sydney suburbs seeing double-digit price growth: REA's Nerida Conisbee

We are in recession; unemployment is rising, and we should be in a situation where house prices catastrophically fall. Yet, they remain resilient. Across Australia, prices have softened slightly since March (except in Canberra), but comparing prices to the same time last year, Sydney is doing re...

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NSW government announces changes to stamp duty threshold; boost for first homebuyers

First homebuyers who purchase a property worth up to $1million will save thousands on stamp duty costs under new NSW government scheme. In changes announced today by NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet to stamp duty threshold, stamp duty will be waived for homes up to $800,000 and di...

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Big boost for first home buyers and construction industry as stamp duty slashed

First home buyers and the construction industry will be the big winners under a targeted boost, which will eliminate stamp duty on newly-built homes below $800,000 and slash thousands of dollars for properties up to $1 million.  Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the change to stamp duty thres...

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Stamp duty paused for NSW first home buyers to boost construction

The Berejiklian government will temporarily axe stamp duty on new homes under $800,000 for first home buyers in a bid to boost construction and create jobs amid the COVID-19 crisis Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the government expected more than 6000 first home buyers would benefit from the cha...

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Oran Park Tavern one step closer to approval

Oran Park Tavern one step closer to approval

A rooftop cocktail bar, a gold class cinema and a high-end steakhouse are just some of the features listed in plans for the region's newest pub. The proposed Oran Park Tavern is set to go before the Sydney Western City Planning Panel on August 3. Momento Hospitality, operators of the ...

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Melbourne house prices drop 3.5 per cent to median $881,000 in June quarter amid COVID-19 crisis, the sharpest fall in Australia

First-home hopeful Jyi McWilliams faces fierce competition for entry-level properties, even as Melbourne's median house price falls.  Melbourne house prices have fallen more than any other capital city during the COVID-19-related recession, new figures show, with experts warning there are...

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Build-to-rent on the cusp of exponential growth

Build-to-rent on the cusp of exponential growth

The build-to-rent sector is on the cusp of exponential growth after the development pipeline crossed a threshold of 11,000 units, with investors favouring assets delivering reliable income streams amid the coronavirus pandemic, a CBRE report says. Over the past 12 months, more than 30 major buil...

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The best places to buy a property in Sydney for less than $700k

Western Sydney is full of affordable housing options. In a property market as diverse as Sydney, $700,000 is going to buy you very little in some parts while in other locations it can still mean a good quality home or investment. There was “a rich and varied tapestry of property o...

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Lender slashes LMI costs for FHBs

A major bank-owned lender has introduced a new LMI offering for first home buyers with a 15 per cent deposit. Westpac subsidiary St.George Bank has announced the rollout of a new offering for first home buyers (FHBs) that are unable to unsecure a 20 per cent deposit.Effective from Monday, ...

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Regional property markets to benefit from COVID decentralisation

Eliza Owen, Head of Research Australia at CoreLogic, has penned research arguing that Australia’s regional property markets could stand to benefit from COVID-19 as working from home becomes the new normal:  An emerging narrative around regional dwelling markets is that they may see in...

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The 13 NSW projects set to inject more than $4 billion into the economy

The state's first hydrogen gas plant, the revamping of a western Sydney CBD and Central Station's planned tech hub are all part of the latest bundle of projects and planning proposals being rapidly assessed by the NSW government. Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes on Saturday announc...

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Forget Cities, the Post-Covid Push Towards Towns

Forget Cities, the Post-Covid Push Towards Towns

Changes in high-density cities as a result of the coronavirus pandemic could prompt a shift in housing demand towards smaller towns and suburban or rural areas. Current flexible working conditions could reduce demand for centralised office space, ultimately enabling workers to live further from ...

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Western Sydney Aerotropolis: Australia’s Next CBD Takes Shape

Western Sydney Aerotropolis: Australia’s Next CBD Takes Shape

The Western Sydney Aerotropolis, a multi-billion-dollar development to complement the upcoming Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek, is beginning to take shape.The new city, surrounding the under-construction Nancy-Bird Walton Airport, will include commercial, agricultural, industrial and res...

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St George drops mortgage insurance to $1

St George drops mortgage insurance to $1

Westpac-owned St George Bank has slashed its lenders mortgage insurance (LMI) charges to just $1 for qualified first home buyers borrowing up to 85 per cent of the property value despite heightened economic uncertainty during the pandemic. St George is effectively waiving LMI charges f...

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One in 10 off-the-plan apartment buyers lost their deposits in June quarter

One in 10 off-the-plan apartment buyers lost their deposits in June quarter

One in 10 off-the-plan apartment buyers have lost their deposits in the last quarter, according to analysis by Digital Finance Analytics. Out of around 35,000 off-the-plan settlements between March and June, 3000 have collapsed. Off-the-plan values have dropped between 10 and 15 per c...

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HomeBuilder scheme may be exploited by dodgy builders experts warn

Unscrupulous builders may take advantage of the Federal Government’s newly announced HomeBuilder scheme, warns NSW builder broker, Builder Finders. The $688 million stimulus initiative will provide $25,000 for Australians to spend on building or upgrading their home in a bid to support Aus...

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Land sales soar as buyers rush to get HomeBuilder grant

Land sales soar as buyers rush to get HomeBuilder grant

First-home buyers are "vacuuming up" available titled land, even blocks that have been sitting on the market for more than two years, in a rush to get the HomeBuilder grant, agents and developers say. Inquiries have tripled and land sales have gone up by more than 300 per cent since th...

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Millennials Making Big Move To Regions

Regional Australia attracted more people than it lost to capital cities during the last census, reveals a new report, which also found Sydney lost more millennials to the regions than it gained between 2011 and 2016. Regional Australia Institute’s “Big Movers” report examines h...

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NSW Fast-Tracks $4.7bn in New Approvals

NSW Fast-Tracks $4.7bn in New Approvals

A $1.2 billion over-station development at the future Victoria Cross metro station in North Sydney has topped the latest list of projects to be fast-tracked by the NSW government. The North Sydney development, along with 18 other state-significant projects valued at $4.7 billion, have be...

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Buyer demand is growing - what’s happening in the housing market?

Any discussions about the Australian property market lately have been pulled in different directions by opposing opinions and forecasts. Key Takeaways: The Australian housing market has remained resilient to material correction Serious buyer activity on realestate.com.au has increased compar...

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Sydney to become home to world's tallest 'hybrid timber' tower

Atlassian plans to build the world's tallest hybrid timber tower for its new headquarters next to Central Station, reshaping the skyline at the southern end of Sydney's CBD. The 40-storey building will become the centrepiece of the state government-planned tech hub, which will eventually span fr...

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Proportion of first-home buyers in the market hits a decade high

Proportion of first-home buyers in the market hits a decade high

Millennials are leading Australia’s house hunting charge as real estate agents across the capitals report a surge in first-home buyers looking to make lemonade from COVID-19 lemons. While investors steer clear of the market and mature property owners resist the urge to sell for fear of a d...

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Land sales skyrocket as buyers pounce on HomeBuilder grants

The chance to build a brand-new home for a bargain has lured thousands of Aussie buyers into the market as developers across the nation report skyrocketing sales and inquiries mere days after the launch of the federal government’s new HomeBuilder scheme. Despite initial confusion over gran...

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'Free money': Real estate agents flooded with calls about HomeBuilder grant

'Free money': Real estate agents flooded with calls about HomeBuilder grant

Real estate agents in outer suburbs have been flooded with calls about the Morrison government's HomeBuilder grant for new homes and renovations, but major industry groups warn many people will fail to qualify unless the scheme is expanded and normal processes are suspended. Liverpool-based ...

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Overseas property investors are looking to Australia, but is now a good time to buy?

Overseas property investors are looking to Australia, but is now a good time to buy?

Australia's property sector has dipped slightly during the corona virus crisis but first-home buyers are still likely to struggle to crack the market. As the coronavirus pandemic brings huge chunks of the Australian economy to a grinding halt, the real estate market looks to have weathered the w...

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Construction to begin on $11 billion Western Sydney airport metro line

Construction will begin this year on a metro line linking the new Western Sydney airport and St Marys railway station, after a $5.25 billion injection from the Federal Government announced today. Two new metro stations will also be built at Luddenham and Orchard Hills as part of th...

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Cross River Rail: Everything You Need to Know

Construction on Queensland's biggest infrastructure project, the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail is quickly taking shape. When realised, the Queensland government-led project will comprise a 10.2 kilometre rail line which will run from Dutton Park in Brisbane's southern suburbs to Bowen Hills in t...

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Covid Conditions Ripe for Build-to-Rent

At a time when Australia is looking to construction as a way to help the economy rebound as quickly as possible, build-to-rent is becoming an increasingly strong option. Build-to-rent developments, designed for renting professionally managed apartments on a long-term basis, are now serving as an...

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How the Fonzie Flat is changing the face of Australian property and easing our affordability crisis

How the Fonzie Flat is changing the face of Australian property and easing our affordability crisis

The Fonz — aka Fonzie, aka Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli — remains the epitome of TV cool, more than 30 years after the hit American sitcom Happy Days wrapped up. But that hasn’t stopped the comb-carrying, leather jacket-wearing, motorcycle-riding suburban legend from mak...

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Families with a combined income of less than $200,000 are the big winners in home grants scheme

Families with a combined income of less than $200,000 are the big winners in home grants scheme

Families with a combined taxable income of less than $200,000 are the big winners under Scott Morrison’s new homebuyers’ scheme which will ban millionaires from claiming the “free” cash. News.com.au has confirmed that a means test will be applied to the new stimulus gra...

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New home buyers to get cash grants! (Minimum, $20,000)

New home buyers to get cash grants! (Minimum, $20,000)

Buyers of newly constructed homes – whether homeowners or first home buyers – will be offered grants of at least $20,000 to help shield the building industry from the coronavirus-induced economic slowdown. The federal government is poised to announce the scheme this week, sources sai...

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Construction to Start on Macquarie Park’s Ivanhoe Estate

Construction to Start on Macquarie Park’s Ivanhoe Estate

Up to 3300 new homes will be built in Sydney’s north west after the New South Wales government green-lit concept plans for Ivanhoe Estate in Macquarie Park as one it "shovel ready" projects. Frasers Property Australia and community housing provider Mission Australia Housing are behind the ...

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Developer Secures Approval for $133m Central Coast Tower

Developer Secures Approval for $133m Central Coast Tower

Developer JMGM has won approval for a mixed-use residential building in Gosford on the New South Wales’ Central Coast. The developer’s application to develop 184 apartments, five levels of car parking and new retail space was approved last week. JMGM initially lodged plans i...

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Ripley Town Centre Sets New Benchmark

Ripley Town Centre Sets New Benchmark

Master developer and home builder Sekisui House Australia is challenging traditional conventions of masterplanned communities following the successful launch of the $1.5 billion Ripley Town Centre in June last year. Almost one year on, Sekisui House Australia continues to make inroads ...

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Property Council Proposal to Govt: $50,000 cheque to new home buyers, abolition of stamp duty and more!

Property Council Proposal to Govt: $50,000 cheque to new home buyers, abolition of stamp duty and more!

Buyers of freshly built homes would get a $50,000 cheque from the Morrison government under a $2.5 billion plan from the Property Council to kickstart the economy amid Reserve Bank warnings the housing sector faces an extended period of pain. The council also wants the abolition of stamp duty, t...

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House listings on the rise as confidence lifts

Listings are set to rise significantly over coming weeks as more vendors make plans to put their homes on sale, in an early sign of recovering housing confidence. CoreLogic's data showed pre-listing activity – measured by the amount of comparable market analysis (CMA) report generated...

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Teacher with 16 homes says opportunity is being missed during COVID-19 crisis

Teacher with 16 homes says opportunity is being missed during COVID-19 crisis

A former music teacher who started a $12 million real estate empire while working as a low-paid freelancer claims home seekers could be missing a rare opportunity during the COVID-19 crisis. Sydneysider Lloyd Edge, 45, currently owns 16 properties, bought using a mix of cunning tactics, and said...

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NSW Kick-Starts Economy With $7.5bn Project List

NSW Kick-Starts Economy With $7.5bn Project List

The NSW government has unveiled the first tranche of "shovel-ready" projects it says will kick start the state's lethargic construction pipeline in the wake of Covid-19. The 24 projects include Malcolm Turnbull’s pet project Snowy Hydro 2.0—a $4.6 billion injection—along with 4...

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Brisbane’s Top 15 Major Projects 2020

Brisbane is officially under construction. Everywhere you look, there is a major construction site underway. A city of 2.5 million, a region of 3.6 million, the city is undergoing monumental change, with 2020 welcoming the start of many new major projects about to come online. The video above co...

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Construction Industry Calls for Further Stimulus, Relief

New government stimulus measures to kick-start building activity have been called for, as the construction sector continues to navigate complexities amid the coronavirus pandemic. While projects that commenced prior to the onset of Covid-19 are providing short term work, Master Builder...

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Houses now more popular than units with property investors, research finds

Houses now more popular than units with property investors, research finds

Houses have become more popular with Australian property investors than units, new research shows, a trend that could become more prominent post-COVID-19. New properties have also become the investment of choice, the 1000 Assets Study by MCG Quantity Surveyors shows. The study assessed investmen...

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Impact on Property ‘Unclear’ as Unemployment Rate Hits 10pc

Unemployment is expected to rise to its highest rate in almost thirty years, with new figures forecasting the rate to increase from 5.1 per cent to 10 per cent in the June quarter. The latest treasury figures, released Monday night, said Australia’s unemployment rate could hit doub...

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Coronavirus Australia: WA, NT, ACT economies may fare better post-COVID-19

The economic news is grim with warnings of 10 per cent unemployment in the June quarter, weak economic growth and a fall in property prices as Australia navigates its way through the coronavirus pandemic. Major banks are expecting billions of dollars in defaults on loans that will simply never b...

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Why property prices will shoot up after the pandemic

Why property prices will shoot up after the pandemic

Property price growth is expected to skyrocket following the coronavirus crisis, if past economic recoveries are anything to go by. Experts are forecasting house values to shoot up at the end of the pandemic, which is consistent with what tends to happen after economic shocks. According to Pr...

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Developer levies under review in bid to boost housing supply, economy

Developer levies under review in bid to boost housing supply, economy

Developer contributions and levies will be the subject of a sweeping review as the Berejiklian government steps up attempts to boost Sydney's housing supply and local infrastructure in the face of a severe hit to the state's economy from the coronavirus pandemic. The government has appointed NSW...

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Off-the-plan apartments fall in value leaving buyers short-changed as COVID-19 hits

Buyers of off-the-plan apartments are beginning to bear the brunt of the COVID-19-led economic downturn with some struggling to settle on properties bought at the height of the market. According to a range of industry sources, some are now scrambling to secure finance, others are trying to find ...

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A COVID-19 mortgage deferral won’t affect your credit rating

Any Australian who is granted a six month deferral on loan repayments on their mortgage or other credit products, such as a credit card, will not have their credit rating affected as a result of that deferral, provided they were up to date with repayments prior to COVID-19.   The industry ...

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Developers report a rise in new home inquiries amid coronavirus restrictions

Developers report a rise in new home inquiries amid coronavirus restrictions

Isolation has put property at the front of people’s minds with developers reporting a rising rate of new home inquiries. Home buyers are making virtual inspections of new homes and visiting property websites in increased numbers, despite the limitations imposed by coronavirus, according to...

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Home sellers in parts of Sydney netted profits of more than $600,000

Homeowners were reselling their properties for more than $600,000 above the prices they paid for them in pockets of Sydney before coronavirus hit. An analysis of sales recorded over the December quarter showed about 92 per cent of Sydney vendors made a profit on their resales, but the gains were...

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Buying property in the Coronavirus times

Buying property in the Coronavirus times

Few of us will be buying or selling property in coming weeks, given the practical challenges and the need for caution. But there will be owners who are motivated to sell. In some instances, they have already bought a replacement home and are keen to offload the current residence to avoid bridg...

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Go-ahead given for medium-density homes

Go-ahead given for medium-density homes

There will be no further delays to the introduction of a code that will make it easier for landowners and developers to build terraces and other medium-density homes, NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes says. Despite the medium-density housing code coming into force two years ago, the introdu...

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Coronavirus And The Australian Property Market

Coronavirus And The Australian Property Market

Amid the spread of coronavirus, the past few weeks have seen increased expectations of an Australian recession, a slowdown in business activity and trillions of dollars wiped off global share markets. It has many asking what the impact of the coronavirus would be on Australian residential propert...

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Why now is the right time to buy a house

Why now is the right time to buy a house

with global stock markets swinging wildly from one extreme to the other as the coronavirus Covid-19 continues to spread, investors are feeling cold feet. But according to property experts, the tough economic climate could actually be viewed as a lucrative opportunity. “In times of economi...

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Bye-bye Kembla Grange? The three Illawarra suburbs set for a name change

Bye-bye Kembla Grange? The three Illawarra suburbs set for a name change

Kembla Grange will be split in half and renamed under a new Wollongong City Council proposal to create six new suburbs in West Dapto. Huntley and Avondale will also need to be split and given new names, as they are growing too large due to the rapid residential expansion in the area....

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How Canberra has become Australia’s new property unicorn

How Canberra has become Australia’s new property unicorn

Our nation’s capital might have a reputation for its umpteen roundabouts and bland politicians, but Canberra is shaping up to be a rare real estate beast that is proving profitable both in the long and short term. “It can be very attractive for investors who are looking at capital gr...

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How this 27-year-old built a $60m commercial property empire

How this 27-year-old built a $60m commercial property empire

Oscar Ledlin went from washing dishes in a Thai restaurant at the age of 14, to pushing barrows of concrete at 18, to building a multimillion-dollar commercial construction company by 21. “I wanted to have a $50 million development portfolio before retirement,” he told the Heral...

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RBA cuts rates to new record low to shield economy from coronavirus fallout

The Reserve Bank of Australia has cut official interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point to a fresh record low of 0.5 per cent as it attempts to protect the Australian economy from the financial fallout of the coronavirus outbreak. Westpac was the first of the major banks to react to the...

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How much will property prices increase in Sydney this year? By a lot, new forecast says

How much will property prices increase in Sydney this year? By a lot, new forecast says

Sydney is set for a fresh property boom, with both house and apartment prices predicted to skyrocket, passing the 2017 peak and chalking up record prices by the end of this year. Domain’s Property Price Forecasts – 2020, released Wednesday, predicts houses in Sydney will rise b...

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Revival of $315m West Dapto health precinct after years of inactivity

Revival of $315m West Dapto health precinct after years of inactivity

It’s been a decade in the planning, but so far the West Dapto field which was to become “the biggest private hospital and health precinct in NSW” remains a dusty construction site. However, that could soon change after a development application was recently lod...

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Alex Frino on Illawarra's economy, housing prices and employment

My first job out of university was as an analyst with a major global stockbroker with an exciting bunch of colleagues that would forecast the living daylights out of anything you might be interested in. For those of us who were over-keen and willing to work between Christmas and New Year...

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'Real pain': Hobart housing bubble set to burst in 2020

Property valuer Anna Porter has taken a contrarian view on Hobart, tipping the Tasmanian capital's housing bubble to burst in 2020. "Tasmania will be the market to really feel the pain for 2020," said Ms Porter in an outlook report for 2020 titled The Most Real 2020 Market Predictions ...

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New South Wales isn't building nearly enough houses for the future – and it means prices can only keep soaring

New South Wales isn't building nearly enough houses for the future – and it means prices can only keep soaring

Sydney’s property bounce may have a whole lot more in it. The suggestion comes as the latest New South Wales building approval numbers reveal the state isn’t building anywhere near enough houses to satisfy demand. Property developer group Urban Taskforce said it s...

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Illawarra agents look at the 2019 property market, offer advice for buyers in 2020

Illawarra agents look at the 2019 property market, offer advice for buyers in 2020

Prospective buyers in the Illawarra should get their finances in order, be confident and take advantage of stamp duty exemptions in 2020, agents suggest. Daniel Hastings, director and head auctioneer at MMJ Wollongong said the Illawarra property market started 2019 with the "finishin...

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Singapore's renewed love affair with Aussie property driving acquisitions

SINGAPORE investors' love for Australian real estate was rekindled this year, with acquisitions up 20 per cent to US$3.4 billion driven by the transparent and deep market, good yields, freehold opportunities and cheap currency. "Australia has always been a treasure cove...

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First-home buyer changes: What’s new from January 1, 2020?

The buzz for first home buyers come January 1 is that thanks to the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme they might just get onto the property ladder sooner – and with a bite-sized deposit. But with the scheme limited to 10,000 in the first half of the year, combined with its salary cap and purc...

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Brisbane apartments 'have the highest level of risk

Although the South East Queensland property market will have improved capital growth in 2020, investors should steer well clear of new inner-Brisbane apartments, a leading research house says. Riskwise Property Research expects prices across Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast ...

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Sydney’s moment of truth

Adozen cranes branch into the sky where tenants Bri Voto and Jason Martin look out from their front porch. Their yard spills onto an empty block that touches James Ruse Drive, near where the highway crosses the Parramatta River. A plank forms a makeshift bridge over the railway at Camellia statio...

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Dexus secures $2.1 billion redevelopment of Brisbane's Eagle Street pier

Dexus secures $2.1 billion redevelopment of Brisbane's Eagle Street pier

Two sparkly new office towers, a variety of restaurants and shops, a green open space, and enhanced riverbank facilities are on the cards for a $2.1 billion Brisbane waterfront master plan. Announced this morning by the Queensland Government the development will be helmed by property group Dexus...

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Illawarra's commercial property market enjoyed a strong 2019: agent

Illawarra's commercial property market enjoyed a strong 2019: agent

The year 2019 was "one of the stronger in recent times" for the Illawarra's commercial property market, an agent believes. Tim Jones, managing director of commercial sales at MMJ Wollongong said there was a sentiment that "not everything's going to the open market now - there's a fai...

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Growing concerns as markets set to surge in 2020

Home values in Australia's biggest cities are on course to record up to 14 per cent growth in 2020 as low mortgage rates and easier lending standards unleash buyer demand. But analysts warn worsening housing affordability and more homes on the market could cut the bull run...

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Illawarra agents discuss hot spot, up-and-coming suburbs for 2020

Illawarra agents discuss hot spot, up-and-coming suburbs for 2020

Illawarra agents have shared their tips for up-and-coming suburbs and growth areas in 2020. Neil Webster from Stone Real Estate - Illawarra told the Mercury there were several suburbs throughout the region that he expected to enjoy a resurgence next year. "In the northern ...

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Mirvac, John Holland to develop $800m Waterloo metro station project

Mirvac, John Holland to develop $800m Waterloo metro station project

Developer Mirvac and its joint-venture partner John Holland have won a tender to build the $800 million mixed-use Waterloo metro station in Sydney's inner south. Under the plan, the consortium will construct the station, three towers and two mid-rise buildings above and adjacent to the sta...

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Central Coast properties sell well above expectations at auction

Central Coast properties are selling well above expectations at auction. The Central Coast auction market continues to perform strongly, with several properties selling for well above expectations. One block of land at 563B The Entrance Rd, Erina Heights sold for $1.63 million, a ...

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Blue Haven on the Central Coast has affordable property and the best school in Australia

Principal Paul McDermott with Blue Haven students. The school recently won the coveted award of ‘Australia’s best public primary school’ at the Australian Education Awards. Picture: John Feder/The Australian. A Central Coast suburb with some of the most affordable property ...

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Mulpha’s $1bn Norwest Masterplan Wins Approval

Mulpha’s $1bn Norwest Masterplan Wins Approval

A series of nine high-rise towers, ranging from eight to 26-storeys, has been approved as part of Malaysian conglomerate Mulpha’s $1 billion masterplanned residential proposal for The Greens in Sydney’s Norwest. The project will deliver a total of 864 residential apartments, at 40 So...

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Long Jetty highlighted as top suburb for consistent property sales

Long Jetty highlighted as top suburb for property sales consistency. A new report from Hotspotting.com.au has highlighted Long Jetty as one of the top suburbs in the nation for consistent property sales. With a median house price of $660,000, the trendy Central Coast hot spot has shown regu...

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Government Accelerates $3.8bn Infrastructure Spend to Spur Economy

The federal government has announced it will put billions of dollars towards significant projects across the country, accelerating major infrastructure investments in a bid to stimulate the nation’s economy. Dismissing the move as “panic” or “crisis measures&rdquo...

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Landcom Plans 3500 New Homes in Glenfield

Landcom Plans 3500 New Homes in Glenfield

Plans for up to 3,500 new homes in Sydney’s south-west are in place for surplus government land in Glenfield. Landcom, the New South Wales government property arm says it will transform the land around the existing Hurlstone Agricultural High School into a new housing development and commu...

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Gregory Hills’ new lifestyle precinct one step closer

Gregory Hills’ new lifestyle precinct one step closer

A cinema complex, two hotels, a recreation centre and restaurants will be built in Gregory Hills.  The NSW government Regional Planning Assessment Panel has approved a large retail centre known as SOMA Lifestyle. The six-hectare site will fall between the coming SOMA W...

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A near-record number of cashed-up Australians are rushing back into the booming property market

When it comes to property, the proportion of Australians intending to buy a house has jumped back to record highs, according to the latest Commonwealth Bank (CBA) research. The last high was recorded in early 2017, just before property prices in the major city markets of Sydney and Melbourne ...

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Canberra a safe bet in hot housing market in 2020, says report

Canberra a safe bet in hot housing market in 2020, says report

Canberra home prices are set to climb in 2020, even if economic conditions deteriorate nationally, according to a new report released today. In fact, under four scenarios explored by the Housing Boom and Bust Report for 2020, released by SQM Research, Canberra is the safest bet in the count...

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High-end auctions are booming

Low stock levels are pushing up prices for middle- and upper-range houses across the eastern seaboard as competition mounts before the end of the year. In Sydney's leafy Mosman, an investor paid $15,000 over reserve to beat four other bidders in the race for a one-bedroom apartment with wate...

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Premium homes in Sydney to outperform in 2020

Premium homes in Sydney to outperform in 2020

Sydney's premium market is poised to grow by 4 per cent in 2020, while Melbourne is set to rise by 3 per cent – trumping Vancouver, New York and Dubai – amid growing confidence bolstered by lower interest rates and limited supply pipeline, the Knight Frank Prime Global Forecast 2020 s...

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Council Bans Townhouses and Units in Brisbane’s Suburbs

Council Bans Townhouses and Units in Brisbane’s Suburbs

Townhouses and apartment blocks are no longer welcome in Brisbane’s character suburbs after the Brisbane City Council voted to protect single house blocks under a two-year protection order. The temporary local planning instrument, aiming to stop larger developments from moving into...

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Top Regional Hotspots Primed for 20pc Price Growth

Top Regional Hotspots Primed for 20pc Price Growth

The housing market recovery in the country's two biggest cities are now having a knock-on effect in a number of regional locations around Sydney and Melbourne, with median house prices expected to increase over the next three years. Regional areas have fared better than many metropolitan...

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Queensland Push for 2032 Olympics

Queensland Push for 2032 Olympics

A collection of 32 prominent business and sports personalities have urged premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to commit to south-east Queensland's bid for the 2032 Olympics, which is due by the end of the month. The state government previously unveiled soft infrastructure plans and confirmed t...

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House Price Surge Continues in ‘Rapid Recovery’: Corelogic

House Price Surge Continues in ‘Rapid Recovery’: Corelogic

Australia’s housing market is now five months into its recovery, as Sydney and Melbourne drive the turnaround with values up by 2.7 and 2.2 per cent respectively for the month of November. The national index recorded an increase of 1.7 per cent for the month, with all capital citie...

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Reshaping the 'boomburgs': Minister takes on challenge of managing Sydney's urban sprawl

In the next 17 years, Sydney's population is expected to grow by 1.5 million people, a large percentage of whom will pour into the south-west growth corridor.   This has communities like Wilton, which are outside the boundaries of metropolitan Sydney, concerned that their semi-rural li...

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Parramatta high-rise towers to make Sydney Australia's first two-CBD city

Parramatta high-rise towers to make Sydney Australia's first two-CBD city

The cranes rising in the air above Parramatta are set to give way to towers up to 67 storeys over the next decade as the skyline of Sydney's fast-growing second CBD continues to take shape. The City of Parramatta Council, which is overseeing an unprecedented wave of public and private investment...

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Opal Tower unit owners launch multi-million-dollar class action against NSW State Government

Owners of units in Sydney's Opal Tower are seeking millions of dollars in compensation from the State Government in a class-action lawsuit. Owners of units in Sydney’s Opal Tower are seeking millions of dollars in compensation from the State Government in a class-action lawsuit. In do...

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Brisbane to outshine Sydney and Melbourne dwelling prices in 2020: Westpac

Brisbane to outshine Sydney and Melbourne dwelling prices in 2020: Westpac

They believe the Queensland capital will see eight per cent increases next year, above the six forecasted for the two major capital city markets. Westpac suggest the strong momentum in Sydney and Melbourne will fade as affordability issues re-emerge and population slows. Brisbane is well positi...

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Another Happy Dual Occupancy Client !!

Koala Invest has helped another of its client in finding the perfect Investment home. Our client was searching for a dual occupancy under $600k with a block size of at least 500m and garages for both units. We presented a range of options in the Newcastle region that offered excellent rental yi...

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Sydney, Melbourne in Top Five Asia Pacific Markets

Investors in the Asia Pacific are doubling down on markets that are “large, liquid and defensive” as real estate globally enters a period of slower growth, according to a 2020 Asia Pacific real estate forecast published by PwC and the Urban Land Institute. Sydney and Melbourne rank i...

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House Prices Set to Rise 7 to 11pc in 2020: SQM

Sydney and Melbourne dwelling prices are forecast to drive the nation’s housing market bounce back next year. SQM Research tips Sydney could rise between 10 to 14 per cent and Melbourne 11 to 15 per cent over 2020. The latest Housing Boom and Bust Report expects most of Australi...

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Best areas to invest in Newcastle and the Central Coast in 2019

Have you been diligently eyeing real estate in Newcastle and the Central Coast? If the answer is yes - you've been doing your homework! In the midst of the nation's record-breaking property downturn, these two beautiful regions - packed with vineyards and exquisite coastlines - have experienced c...

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First Home Buyers: How to buy with just a 5 per cent deposit

First Home Buyers: How to buy with just a 5 per cent deposit

The hardest part of buying a property in Australia isn't necessarily affording the sky-high prices – it's mustering up enough cash to cover a 20 per cent deposit for a loan. The hardest part of buying a property in Australia isn’t necessarily affording the sky-high prices – i...

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The RBA is anticipating a housing shortage and another crazy price boom in markets that really don't need it

The Australian property market looks set for another crazy ride according to the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) which is forecasting another price boom. Australian property is in for another crazy ride. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida, Getty Images) The Australian property market looks set fo...

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Suburbs where property investors aren’t making money

Rent prices nationally have been fairly steady across houses and units over the last quarter, but one market is seeing falls. Sydney’s west is meant to be an investor’s market – but rent prices are falling. Source: Getty Rent prices nationally have been fairly steady across ...

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Early signs that interest rate cuts are working, says HIA

Household lending has increased over the last quarter Interest rates are helping first home buyers to get into the market.   The HIA said figures released by the Australia Bureau of Statistics this wee...

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Loans to investors and owner-occupiers continue to rise

CEO Susan Mitchell of Mortgage Choice said investors are driving the rise in home loans. The latest data from the ABS reveals that, in seasonally adjusted terms, there was an increase in the number and value of home loans to owner-occupiers and an increase in the value of loans to inve...

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In Tarneit on Melbourne's fringe, the Australian dream has become a suburban nightmare

When the Bahadur family moved into their new home in Melbourne's booming outer west four months ago, they dreamed of suburban bliss. But it turned out to be a nightmare. PHOTO: Binod and Namrata Bahadur say they feel trapped in their new outer-Melbourne home. (ABC News: Elias Clure) ...

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Sydney and Melbourne house prices could return to peak levels sooner rather than later

Melbourne and Sydney house prices could return to peak levels over the next three years, economists are predicting. With a quicker-than-expected turnaround since the market slump between 2017 and 2019 in both capitals, pressure is now increasing on those looking to get into the market. &nbs...

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Which investor type are you?

It’s nice to believe we’re unique but, in truth, human patterns of behaviour are predictable. This isn’t always a bad thing – particularly for professional advisors like me who’ve operated in a specialist field for some years. It’s nice to believe we’r...

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Should I buy a first home or an investment property?

There will be a million arguments as to why you should rentvest and then another million as to whether you should by a home – but the real danger is doing nothing. Previous Some decades back the Great Australian Dream had aspirational young Aussies following a familiar path when it came ...

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The RBA looks to take Australia into uncharted territory with a 0% interest rate. This is what it would mean.

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cut the official cash rate on Tuesday to 0.75%, and gave its strongest indication now that it might go to 0%. Australia is headed out to the economic unknown for the first time. (Photo by Paul Kane, Getty Images) The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cut the ...

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Why property prices in these suburbs have barely changed in five years

We often hear about where house prices are growing and falling the most, but there are a clutch of suburbs across Australia’s capitals where prices are still at the same point they were five years ago. We often hear about where house prices are growing and falling the most, but there are...

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Confidence in Canberra’s property market rebounds to top the nation

Confidence in Canberra’s property market has grown by 21 index points to 144 over the past quarter, defying a national downward trend. Confidence in Canberra’s property market has grown by 21 index points to 144 over the past quarter, defying a national downward trend. House price...

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House values jump 1.9 per cent in a month in Sydney and Melbourne

House values in Sydney and Melbourne jumped by 1.9 per cent in September as other capital city property markets struggled to gain traction on the back of the Reserve Bank's cuts in official interest rates. House values in Sydney and Melbourne jumped by 1.9 per cent in September as other capita...

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Canberra property prices higher than they were a year ago

The price of property in Canberra is rising, according to new figures.   On mainland Australia, the ACT is the only state or territory where prices of homes (whether houses or flats) are higher than they were a year ago, according to CoreLogic which tracks property prices. ...

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Dollar hits decade low after RBA cuts rate to 0.75pc to head off rising unemployment

The Reserve Bank has driven its official cash rate below 1 per cent for the first time as it battles to head off rising unemployment and stimulate a stalling economy. The Reserve Bank has driven its official cash rate below 1 per cent for the first time as it battles to head off rising unemplo...

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Generation Rent: Aussies who fear they’ll rent forever

Australia’s “generation rent” is a growing breed, but property and finance experts believe there is light at the end of the tenant tunnel for those who can think outside the box. A growing number of Australians are becoming part of ‘Generation Rent’. Picture...

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Australia not an interest rate island: RBA signals more cuts

Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe has signalled further cuts to interest rates as early as next week to keep ahead of tumbling global rates while urging the nation's businesses to use the abundance of cheap money to expand and hire more staff. Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe has signalled fu...

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Chinese buyers are getting ready to flock back into Australia's 'cheap' property market – with one city emerging as their clear favourite

weak Aussie dollar is delivering an 11.1% discount on Australian property for Chinese (Photo by China Photos, Getty Images) Chinese have ranked Australia as their number one destination to buy property, with 27% of tourists telling Chinese portal Juwai they’ll consider buying a propert...

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CBA slashes fixed rates as home loan war heats up

The Commonwealth Bank, the nation’s biggest lender, slashed its fixed rates by up to 90 basis points across its mortgage range as the battle for market share among the major banks intensifies. The Commonwealth Bank, the nation’s biggest lender, slashed its fixed rates by up to 90 b...

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Chinese-Australian property investors stand to lose millions in collapse of apartment developer Ralan Group

Property developer Ralan Group's collapse has left thousands of investors facing financial ruin PHOTO: Former Ralan salesman Stanley Xie. (ABC News: Jerry Rickard) Stanley Xie feels angry and frustrated. Most of all, he feels a sense of guilt. “Because of me, they lost their ...

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Proposed western Sydney airport to push up prices in Badgerys Creek

First home buyers, astute investors and optimistic land bankers are narrowing in on property in Badgerys Creek and neighbouring suburbs due to expected price growth following the eventual development of the Aerotropolis. Nestor and Rebecca Chan are looking to buy in Badgerys Creek or a neigh...

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Shayher Group Returns to Sydney With $63.6m Ashfield Buy

Shayher Group has picked up two campus-style office buildings in Sydney’s inner west less than a month after its near-$100 million acquisition of the historic Bulimba Barracks site in Brisbane. The Taiwanese-backed developer secured the two buildings at 2-6 Cavill Avenue in Ash...

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Australia’s Top 100 Rental Suburbs.

New research reveals the top 100 areas across Australia where property investors could find higher rental returns and positively-geared investments. New research reveals the top 100 areas across Australia where property investors could find higher rental returns and positively-geared i...

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The Value-Add Game: How Developers Optimise Existing Projects

An overwhelming 81 per cent of Australia’s buildings are more than 10 years old. As demand for new buildings and spaces increases, repurposing existing developments is now a timely investment for many property owners and developers. An overwhelming 81 per cent of Australia’s buildi...

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Government Lists 9.5ha Site in Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct

The Queensland government has launched a parcel of development-ready land within the 200-hectare Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct at Southport. The Queensland government has launched a parcel of development-ready land within the 200-hectare Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precin...

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Frasers Property Buys 43-Hectare Land Parcel in Melbourne

Frasers Property has purchased a 43-hectare land parcel from a private syndicate in Melbourne’s west for $27.5 million. Frasers Property has purchased a 43-hectare land parcel from a private syndicate in Melbourne’s west for $27.5 million. The land buy marks the second major Melbo...

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Home Loan Lending Strongest in Five Years

Demand for mortgages is starting to rise reveals the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures. Demand for mortgages is starting to rise reveals the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures. Up to $26.5 billion worth of housing finance commitments were made in July this year, mar...

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House Prices Rise for First Time Since Downturn

Demand for mortgages is starting to rise reveals the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures. Demand for mortgages is starting to rise reveals the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures. Up to $26.5 billion worth of housing finance commitments were made in July this year, mar...

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Sydney’s Emerging Aerotropolis Suburbs Offering Gains for Developers

Sydney's emerging greenfield suburbs such as Gledswood Hills, Oran Park, Gregory Hills and Leppington are benefiting from future infrastructure hotspots such as the Aerotropolis, Western Sydney International Airport and Sydney Science Park. Sydney’s emerging greenfield suburbs su...

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Co-Living Operator to Launch Four New Properties

Singaporean co-living operator Hmlet has raised $55 million to accelerate its expansion along Australia’s east coast, with “immediate” plans to launch co-living properties in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Singaporean co-living operator Hmlet has raised $55 million to ...

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Brisbane house price growth to ‘accelerate’ 19pc in next 3yrs

Brisbane is on the cusp of a mini boom with house prices set to “accelerate” over the next three years. Houses and apartment buildings are seen in the Brisbane suburbs of Paddington. BRISBANE is on the cusp of a mini-boom with house prices set to “accelerate” o...

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Looking towards 2036:- 60,300 new dwellings proposed for the Greater Newcastle,including Maitland,Lake Macquarie and Newcastle

East Maitland will be one of the Hunter’s ‘catalyst areas’ in the next 20 years, setting targets for 1750 extra jobs, 550 extra homes and improved transport connections between Green Hills shopping centre and new hospital site.   East Maitland will be one of t...

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Looking towards 2036- 60,300 new dwellings proposed for the Greater Newcastle,including Maitland,Lake Macquarie and Newcastle

East Maitland will be one of the Hunter’s ‘catalyst areas’ in the next 20 years, setting targets for 1750 extra jobs, 550 extra homes and improved transport connections between Green Hills shopping centre and new hospital site.   East Maitland will be one of t...

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The Sydney suburbs bearing the brunt of a 20-year population boom

Five of Sydney's 15 major regions are bearing the brunt of the population boom, having absorbed well over half of the city's growth during the past two decades. Five of Sydney’s 15 major regions are bearing the brunt of the population boom, having absorbed well over half of the city&...

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House Prices Rise for First Time Since Downturn

House prices increased across five of Australia’s eight capitals over August, the latest confirmation of the ongoing turnaround in residential market conditions. House prices increased across five of Australia’s eight capitals over August, the latest confirmation ...

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Lendlease Wins Badgerys Creek Airport Contract

Lendlease’s engineering arm is for sale following being hit by losses and concern private contractors had been taking excessive risks to win low-margin work, the unit is still taking on projects deemed lower risk. Lendlease Engineering and joint venture Partner CPB Contractors hav...

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Dual income property – one property, two rents

Dual income properties have become a popular investment strategy in recent years. Increased property prices have forced many out of the market, causing a surge in demand for alternative living arrangements. Dual income properties have become a popular investment strategy in recent years.&nbs...

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Marriott Debuts in Canberra.

Canberra construction giant Geocon has signed an agreement with Marriott International regarding its $200 million Midnight hotel in the inner-city suburb of Braddon. Canberra construction giant Geocon has signed an agreement with Marriott International regarding its $200 million Midn...

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New rules for construction certificates and occupation certificates now imminent: More complexity, increased risk of delay

The NSW Government is pushing ahead with changes to the rules governing construction certificates, occupation certificates and the supervision of building work. The NSW Government is pushing ahead with changes to the rules governing construction certificates, occupation certificates and the su...

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Are dual-income properties the ‘holy grail’ for investors?

Residential rental yields remain low in Australia’s biggest capital cities, so it is little wonder dual income properties appeal to investors seeking to maximise their returns. Residential rental yields remain low in Australia’s biggest capital cities, so it is little wonder dual i...

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Newcastle Airport purchases land for Astra Aerolab project

Development of a new high-tech hub at Williamtown could begin as early as next month after Newcastle Airport bought land for the project. Parliamentary secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald, deputy NSW premier John Barilaro and Newcastle Airport CEO Dr Peter Cock at the announcement of...

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NSW funds defence precinct near Williamtown

The new ‘Astra Aerolab’ will house maintenance and support services for Australian fighter jets The NSW government has announced $11.7 million in funding to create a defence, aviation, aerospace and technology precinct in the Hunter region. NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro mad...

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Infrastructure Australia says roads and transport must 'catch up' to keep pace with population

The cost of congested roads and over-crowded public transport systems will double unless governments do more than just play "catch up" on transport projects, Australia's infrastructure advisory body has warned. The cost of congested roads and over-crowded public transport systems will double...

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Changing places: research study finds population growth could be best placed in regional centres

Greater Newcastle's population could increase to more than 1.8 million by 2056 if a regional growth plan was adopted by governments to more widely distribute the future population settlement pattern, a report from the Regional Australia Institute says. Greater Newcastle’s popul...

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Brisbane Industrial Market Experiencing 'Boom Like Conditions'

Queensland’s booming industrial market has continued to strengthen with population growth, e-commerce and infrastructure projects acting as key market drivers. Queensland’s booming industrial market has continued to strengthen with population growth, e-commerce and infrastructure...

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Development Application to be lodged for 5 Parramatta Square

City of Parramatta Council is one step closer to the construction of 5 Parramatta Square, the City’s new civic, cultural and community building, after it received endorsement from the Council to lodge a Development Application (DA) for the building. City of Parramatta Council is one step...

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Architect firm behind New Acton unveil plans for $750 million Kingston Arts Precinct

Fender Katsalidis, the architects behind Canberra’s NewActon precinct, has signed a contract to lead the design of the mixed-use Kingston Arts Precinct development. Fender Katsalidis, the architects behind Canberra’s NewActon precinct, has signed a contract to lead the design of th...

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Newcastle University unveils plans for new $200m STEMM building at Callaghan

Newcastle University has unveiled plans for its grandest infrastructure investment, a $200 million "flagship" multi-discipline building at its Callaghan campus. Newcastle University has unveiled plans for its grandest infrastructure investment, a $200 million “flagship” multi-d...

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Geocon wins approval for $200 million city development

Geocon has won approval for its landmark $200 million city project, paving the way for another 520 apartments to be added to the Canberra skyline. Geocon has won approval for its landmark $200 million city project, paving the way for another 520 apartments to be added to the Canberra skyline...

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Maitland and Cessnock big winners if airport expansion approved

FLYING HIGH: Cessock Airport could become a commercial aviation hub.   Maitland and Cessnock’s economies are poised to cash in on plans to expand Cessnock Airport, which could result in big tourism and business bucks for the two leading Hunter hubs.     ...

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When it comes to tall buildings in Canberra, is the debate about height or density?

When Isaac Karachepone moved to Canberra a year ago, moving into an inner-city apartment was a no-brainer. When Isaac Karachepone moved to Canberra a year ago, moving into an inner-city apartment was a no-brainer.   And the fact that the apartment he eventually rented in the New...

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Sydney house price falls slow as property market downturn nears its end: new report

Sydney’s largest correction in house prices since the 1980s appears to be near its end, with prices increasing in more than half of the city’s regions in the June quarter, new data shows.   Sydney’s largest correction in house prices since the 1980s appears to be ...

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Australia’s Housing Market Is Suddenly Heating Up Again

After a two-year slide, Australian house prices look to have bottomed out, sending buyers flocking back to the market. After a two-year slide, Australian house prices look to have bottomed out, sending buyers flocking back to the market.   Case in point: An auction for a four-bedro...

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Residents Complain of ‘Cracking’ in Melbourne’s Tallest Tower

Residents of Melbourne's partially completed super-skyscraper Australia 108 have expressed concerns over the structural integrity of the building, claiming to have experienced loud cracking sounds among a number of other defects. Residents of Melbourne’s partially completed super-skyscra...

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Serial offenders signed off on apartment blocks

Four apartment blocks at the centre of Sydney’s building standards crisis were signed off by private certifiers who have a track record of disciplinary action against them. Four apartment blocks at the centre of Sydney’s building standards crisis were signed off by private certifie...

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Melbourne property downturn over: Median house prices rise for first time in 18 months

Melbourne’s biggest property downturn since the 1980s appears to be at an end, with the latest figures showing a rise in both house and unit prices for the first time in 18 months. Melbourne’s biggest property downturn since the 1980s appears to be at an end, with the latest figure...

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Sydney property developer Ralan collapses

Hundreds of Gold Coast and Sydney off-the-plan apartment buyers have been caught out by the collapse of one of the country's biggest private developers, William O'Dwyer's Ralan Group. Hundreds of Gold Coast and Sydney off-the-plan apartment buyers have been caught out by the collapse of one of...

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Sydney home prices grow again for second consecutive month

Sydney home values have grown again for the second month in a row after falling for nearly two years. The median price of all dwellings, including units, townhouses and houses, increased 0.2 per cent over July, CoreLogic’s latest home value index showed. This was an improvement on the 0.1...

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Hong Kong developer snaps up popular land in Warnervale town centre

Property developers have scrambled to get their hands on a site in the master planned Warnervale town centre on the Central Coast, with the sale going to a Hong Kong buyer. Another development site in the Warnervale Town Centre has been sold with a parcel of Woongarrah land collecting $6.4 m...

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Banks continue revising mortgage serviceability policies

Three more lenders have announced cuts to their interest rate floors for home loan serviceability assessments in response to APRA’s new guidance. Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, the Bank of Sydney and Auswide Bank have made changes to their mortgage serviceability assessment policies. The ch...

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First flickers of FOMO as property market turns

Investors and first-home buyers are reporting the first flickers of FOMO as parts of the property market start to turn and buyers move to get in at the bottom. Investors and first-home buyers are reporting the first flickers of FOMO as parts of the property market start to turn and buyers move...

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Buyers ‘Spurred On’ by Market Bottom: Domain

Sydney’s property price falls slowed in the June quarter, while Melbourne’s median house and unit price increased, a move marking the first uptick in value since late 2017 for the Victorian capital.   Sydney’s property price falls slowed in the June quarter, whi...

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Buying a house might seem impossible for some. But this young woman did it by rentvesting

Have you been renting for years, feeling like buying a property is getting further and further out of reach? Have you been renting for years, feeling like buying a property is getting further and further out of reach? Despite the recent dip in property prices, the median price in Sydney is ...

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Happy SMSF client leases property on the same day of settlement.

Great news from one of our clients with tenants found for their new investment home in Cliftleigh, NSW on the same day of settlement, a KOALA INVEST RECORD!! HAPPY CLIENTSNEW SOUTH WALESPROPERTY AND INVESTMENT NEWS Related Posts Inner Brisbane Apartment Market to Stabilise in 2...

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Fourth Sydney Apartment Block Abandoned

A fourth Sydney unit block has been abandoned after the developer failed to undertake adequate remediation of the site — building 127 apartments and townhouses on contaminated ground. A fourth Sydney unit block has been abandoned after the developer failed to undertake adequate rem...

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Home Ownership Down, Renters Up: ABS

Twenty years ago about a quarter of Australians — 27 per cent — rented, but this figure has increased as the number of Australians owning their own home has fallen. Twenty years ago about a quarter of Australians — 27 per cent — rented, but this figure has increased as ...

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Brisbane tower owners hit by low demand and high supply

Brisbane’s office towers have been hit by the double whammy. Brisbane’s office towers have been hit by the double whammy. Supply has soared with three new towers, started enthusiastically years ago, all being completed in a market where demand is weak due to the collapse in resou...

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Converting commercial buildings into residential

Many landlords and property investors are transforming tired commercial buildings into prime urban real estate. So how can you take advantage of this trend? Many landlords and property investors are transforming tired commercial buildings into prime urban real estate. So how can you take adv...

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Harry Triguboff hits Canberra for first time

Meriton head Harry Triguboff is making his next move, into the Canberra market. Harry Triguboff’s Meriton empire has made its first move into the Canberra market after 56 years in the business, acquiring a site to build a 17-level, five-star hotel in the city’s CBD. The Australi...

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Potts Point garages set to be turned into a five-storey boarding house

facebook twitter linkedIn A five-storey “new generation” boarding house has been proposed in Potts Point on a garage site about a quarter of the size of a tennis court. A five-storey “new generation” boarding house has been proposed in Potts Point on a garage site abo...

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Surge in planned office developments in Sydney’s Alexandria as landlords chase bigger returns

A flurry of new office buildings has been added to the construction pipeline in a rapidly gentrifying pocket of Sydney’s inner-south, as weak retail activity and a flat residential market sees developers changing tack. A flurry of new office buildings has been added to the construction...

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Yet Another Happy Dual Occupancy Client!!

More Happy Clients have found their perfect investment with Koala Invest's assistance Koala Invest has helped another of its clients in finding the first perfect investment property. Our client was searching for a good investment property with higher rental yields. We presented a range of ...

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Major bank lowers serviceability floor

A big four bank has updated its home loan serviceability assessment policy in response to APRA’s regulatory amendments. A big four bank has updated its home loan serviceability assessment policy in response to APRA’s regulatory amendments. ANZ has announced that it wil...

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Apartment oversupply puts squeeze on rents

An investor-led building boom has almost doubled the size of the Sydney apartment rental market in two years, forcing landlords to drop rents more than $100 a week in some areas to secure tenants, and casting a shadow over the thousands of units still under construction. An investor-led bu...

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Zetland apartments abandoned in secret evacuation over 'severe' defects

An inner Sydney apartment building remains abandoned eight months after its occupants were evacuated over water and fire safety defects, in revelations expected to deliver a fresh blow to confidence in the city's building standards. An inner Sydney apartment building remains abandoned eight mo...

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'It hasn't worked': Premier admits Sydney's building industry is failing

Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the system of regulation in the building industry is not working after the Herald revealed the evacuation of a third apartment building in Sydney. Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the system of regulation in the building industry is not working after&nb...

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'It hasn't worked' Premier admits Sydney's building industry is failing

Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the system of regulation in the building industry is not working after the Herald revealed the evacuation of a third apartment building in Sydney. Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the system of regulation in the building industry is not working after&nb...

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Home loan borrowing capacity to be boosted as APRA scraps rule

A key constraint on borrowing limits that were put in place during the property boom has been removed by the banking regulator. It's another move that may stimulate the soggy mortgage market. A key constraint on borrowing limits that were put in place during the property boom has been remo...

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The pros and cons of buying a house & land package

Every journey to home ownership is different and it didn’t take Cerise Canon long to realise the appeal of buying a house and land package in one of Australia’s growth corridors. Every journey to homeownership is different and it didn’t take Cerise Canon long to realise the a...

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The property market recovery gains momentum

The housing recovery is gaining momentum as buyers, buoyed by better borrowing conditions, stake their claim in a smaller pool of homes on the market. The housing recovery is gaining momentum as buyers, buoyed by better borrowing conditions, stake their claim in a smaller pool of h...

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APRA bins buffer, lets lending rip

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority has removed the serviceability buffer that required banks to assess all borrowers against their capacity to repay the loan at 7 per cent. The change – effective immediately – was flagged by The Australian Financial Review&...

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Land vs location: Which is a better investment?

What has the best investment outlook – a house on a big block of land on the edge of suburbia or small yet affordable house closer to town? What has the best investment outlook – a house on a big block of land on the edge of suburbia or small yet affordable house closer to tow...

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RBA cuts cash rate to new record low of 1 percent

The Reserve Bank has cut the official cash rate for the second month in a row to a fresh record low of 1 per cent as it desperately tries to pump some juice into Australia’s stalling economy. The Reserve Bank has cut the official cash rate for the second month in a row to a fresh recor...

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Modest recovery’ forecast for Melbourne market in 2020

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel in Melbourne’s property market, which has shown positive signs in recent weeks as it shivers through wintry conditions. the fog could soon be lifting from Melbourne’s property market. Picture: Nicole Garmston There’s a lig...

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Sydney property prices to rise by end of 2019, analysts predict

Leading property analysts believe the Sydney market will bottom out by spring and hit positive territory by the end of the year, on the back of a "confidence boost" from the Coalition's surprise election victory. Leading property analysts believe the Sydney market will bottom out by spring and...

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Auctions Clearance Rates Bounce Back

Auction volumes across the country last week recorded their strongest numbers in 12 months. Auction volumes across the country last week recorded their strongest numbers in 12 months. Data firm Corelogic recorded a national clearance rate of 66.4 per cent from close to 1,500 auction...

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House prices boom in suburbs along Metro Northwest train line

House prices in suburbs along the new Sydney Metro Northwest train line have grown by almost triple the national average — and the new transport link has been credited as a significant driver. House prices in suburbs along the new Sydney Metro Northwest train line have grown by almost tr...

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Granny Flats Have Potential to Shake Up the Housing Market

  Despite a cooling housing market over the past 12 months, many of the housing challenges that have plagued Australians in recent years show no signs of diminishing. Despite a cooling housing market over the past 12 months, many of the housing challenges that have plagued Australians ...

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Melbourne Lot Sales Slump, Prices ‘Overvalued’

Developer value-add incentives like rebates and low deposit terms have had little effect on Melbourne’s land market, with lot sales for the March quarter down 59.5 per cent from 2018. Developer value-add incentives like rebates and low deposit terms have had little effect on Melbourne&rs...

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Greater Sydney Housing Supply Forecast: 191,550 New Homes by 2023

Construction of 191,550 new homes in Greater Sydney is forecast in the next five years, a 22 per cent increase, or an extra 34,300 new homes, with Parramatta anticipated to become home to a vast majority of them. Construction of 191,550 new homes in Greater Sydney is forecast in the ne...

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Property investment habits of the different generations

Over a lifetime your financial position and priorities develop and change.The typical pathway starts with saving, accumulating wealth in your working years, and then spending your retirement enjoying the results of your hard work. Over a lifetime your financial position and priorities develo...

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Housing Downturn Is Nearing End, 3pc Left to Fall

  With cash rate cuts well and truly priced in and a widely-reported improvement in sentiment, Australia’s housing market is looking like it may bottom out earlier than expected. With cash rate cuts well and truly priced in and a widely-reported improvemen...

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Student accommodation investment trends

When you purchase a property and rent it out to university students, you can often get a higher-than-average rental yield for the area. According to the Knight Frank 2018 Australian Student Accommodation Insight Report, a number of property investors have already entered the student acc...

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Are you claiming all available tax deductions from your investment property?

Are you claiming all you’re entitled to at tax time? Find out what tax deductions you can claim on an investment property and maximise your deductions this June 30. Are you claiming all you’re entitled to at tax time? Find out what tax deductions you can claim on an investment pr...

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Canberra – why the birthday city is a great investment option

Canberra turns 106 today (Canberra Day) and our nation’s capital, which was officially named in March 1913, is stacking up against Sydney and Melbourne in terms of its affordability as an investment option. Canberra turns 106 today (Canberra Day) and our nation’s capital, which w...

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Using equity to buy a second property

Are you a home owner looking to buy an investment property? You may be able to use the equity in your home as a deposit to buy the property without using your own cash. Are you a homeowner looking to buy an investment property? You may be able to use the equity in your home as a de...

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Rentvesting – a step on the first rung of the property ladder

Where you want to live is not always where you can afford to live. Rentvesting lets you live where you want, while getting a foot on the property ladder. Where you want to live is not always where you can afford to live. Rentvesting lets you live where you want while getting a foot on the pr...

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Rental Conditions Favour Tenants in These Capitals..

It's now more expensive to rent a house in Hobart than Melbourne, with rents rising in the Tasmanian capital 7.1 per cent over the quarter. It’s now more expensive to rent a house in Hobart than Melbourne, with rents rising in the Tasmanian capital 7.1 per cent over the quarter. W...

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Tenant Demand in Gold Coast Office Market Expected to Rise

Investment activity in the Gold Coast office market was subdued in 2018 with few assets on offer, although Knight Frank expects the tide to change this year with around $90 million in assets hitting the market in 2019's first quarter. Investment activity in the Gold Coast office market was sub...

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Mantle Group Lists 184ha Master Planned Site

The former home of the Terranora Lakes Country Club owned by hospitality heavyweights Godfrey and Jenny Mantle has come to market with project approval for more than 1600 residential lots. Spanning a significant 184-hectares of land in northern New South Wales, and located seven-kilometres fro...

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Canberra: Australia’s Strongest Real Estate Economy is a Market Ripe for Investment

Bucking the nationwide trend of falling capital city house prices, Canberra’s market is only just warming up. Bucking the nationwide trend of falling capital city house prices, Canberra’s market is only just warming up. There has never been a better time to live, work or i...

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Inner Brisbane Apartment Market to Stabilise in 2019

Brisbane’s apartment market has been steadily declining since 2016, but as supply and demand rebalance, inner Brisbane’s apartment market is expected to stabilise this year and into 2020. Brisbane’s apartment market has been steadily declining since 2016, but as supply and de...

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Alleged Melbourne landbanking scheme Askk that raised $10m frozen by court

The Federal Court of Australia has frozen a suspected land banking scheme in Melbourne that raised more than $10 million from investors, after an application by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission.The scheme is operated by Broadmeadows-based Askk Investment Group. It ...

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Melbourne Suburban Rail Loop Moves Ahead

Initial site investigations for Melbourne's $50 billion Suburban Rail Loop will start in the second half of 2019 with specific station locations for the underground network yet to be finalised. Initial site investigations for Melbourne’s $50 billion Suburban Rail Loop will start in the s...

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Sunshine Coast Gets $225m Airport Runway in Tourism Boost

The Sunshine Coast will open up to more airborne visitors as a result of the construction of a new airport runway, generating demand for more tourism accommodation and services. The Sunshine Coast will open up to more airborne visitors as a result of the construction of a new airport runway, g...

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Brisbane’s out-performing real estate markets: Hotspotting’s Terry Ryder

Brisbane is like a car where the engine is revving but it can’t move forward because the handbrake is on. The city’s property market is poised for an up-cycle but, according to the generalised price data published in mainstream media, it’s not yet happening. Brisbane is lik...

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Australia’s new capital for residential market growth

Brisbane has just earned the title of Australia’s top capital for price growth in the luxury residential market for the first time. Brisbane has just earned the title of Australia’s top capital for price growth in the luxury residential market for the first time. The city surpasse...

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How good an investment is south-east Queensland..

Why do we believe we’ll see increasing investor interest in this market? Strong population growth, a diversified and growing economy, and substantial investment in infrastructure should combine to boost demand. Why do we believe we’ll see increasing investor interest in this mark...

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APRA Moves to Scrap 7pc Loan Buffer

In a move that is most likely to benefit owner-occupiers and the wider property market, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority is proposing the 7 per cent serviceability buffer on home loans be removed. In a move that is most likely to benefit owner-occupiers and the wi...

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Worst of Housing Market Conditions ‘Now Behind Us’: Corelogic

Sydney and Melbourne dwelling values have now recorded respective falls of 14.5 per cent and 10.9 per cent since peaking in late 2017. But, as the downturn becomes “geographically diverse” with more regions across the country recording declines in values, CoreLogic’s index re...

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‘The tap has been turned back on’: APRA to relax assessment rate for home loans

Property markets across the country have been given a shot in the arm, with Australia’s banking regulator announcing its plans to relax the assessment rate for home loans. Property markets across the country have been given a shot in the arm, with Australia’s banking regulator an...

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Regional Australia is big winner in the Federal Budget

There was very little directly related to housing in this year’s Federal Budget, however regional Australia is the clear winner. There was very little directly related to housing in this year’s Federal Budget, however regional Australia is the clear winner.   More sp...

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Sydney Rental Vacancy Rate Surges

Sydney's rental vacancy rate has lifted to 3.4 per cent in April with nearly 8,000 homes across the city emptying over the past year. Sydney’s rental vacancy rate has lifted to 3.4 per cent in April with nearly 8,000 homes across the city emptying over the past year. Data released by SQ...

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Green light for $650 million Sydney's Cockle Bay project

$649 million redevelopment in Sydney’s Cockle Bay, announced more than three years ago but left up in the air due to overshadowing concerns, has been given the green light by the state’s independent planning commission. A $649 million redevelopment in Sydney’s Cockle Bay, a...

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Property buyers get twice the house with half the mortgage by using clever strategy

Young couples are securing Sydney homes while still living a high life of holidays and expensive dinners by using a clever home building strategy that minimises their mortgage obligations. Young couples are clawing their way onto Sydney’s elusive property ladder without skimping on luxur...

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Tuggerah Lakes Private Hospital to open in May 2019

  Tuggerah Lakes Private Hospital (TLPH), the former Wyong Shire’s newest major health facility, has moved closer to completion, with staff announcing that the hospital will open in May. Tuggerah Lakes Private Hospital (TLPH), the former Wyong Shire’s newest major health fa...

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Nanshan Group Plans $225m Tourist Resort, 300 Homes in Hills District

Nanshan has lodged plans with council for the progressive development of the 227-hectare site into a masterplan for 300 homes, a hotel precinct with a 150-key hotel and an internal road network and landscape strategy. Chinese investor Nanshan Group has plans to spend $225.5 million developing ...

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Revenue From Property Taxes Continues To Climb In 2017/18 Despite Housing Downturn

State and local governments collected a whopping $30.293 billion worth of property tax revenue over the 2017-18 financial year. If you were to compare these statistics to what was published last year, the figures would be vastly different. Previously, the ABS included stamp duties on conveyance...

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Australia’s Population Becoming More Diverse

Migration data which was recently released by the ABS showed that as of June 2018, an estimated 17,650,130 residents of Australia were born in Australia. Migration data which was recently released by the ABS showed that as of June 2018, an estimated 17,650,130 residents of Australia were bor...

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Rents Across Australia Rise Over The First Quarter Of 2019

The first CoreLogic Quarterly Rental Review for 2019, which tracks median rents and rental yields across Australia, shows that national weekly rents have risen by 1 per cent during the first three months of the year. “This seasonally strong first quarter has delivered the highest incre...

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Geelong Has Once Again Achieved Australia’s Highest Regional Results

Dwelling sales were down in four of the five Queensland regions over the year to November 2018 with the Wide Bay region the only location to see an increase in home sales (2 per cent). Queensland’s rental market saw advertised rental rates rise over the year to December 2018 with the e...

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NSW set to save on stamp duty

The NSW State Government have announced plans to change stamp duty price brackets. From 1 July 2019, stamp duty price brackets will be pegged to CPI (Consumer Price Index) resulting in savings for property buyers. Initial savings would be anywhere between $200 to $600 with those savings increasi...

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Maitland's new $43 million civic precinct will include the iconic Town Hall Cafe building

One of the city’s oldest commercial buildings will be incorporated into Maitland City Council’s $43 million civic precinct development which will include significant improvements to the town hall and the construction of a new administration building. General Manager D...

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Macquarie Park to get new $750m business district

A new commercial development at Macquarie Park has been labelled “Australia’s first community business district” by the developers who will commit $750 million to the project. A new commercial development labelled “Australia’s first community business district&r...

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Yet Another Happy SMSF Client!!

More Happy Clients have found their perfect investment with Koala Invest’s assistance Koala Invest has helped another of its client in finding the perfect Investment home through SMSF. Our client was searching for a dual occupancy under $650k with a block size of at least 600m2. We pre...

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Special planning proposals provide opportunity for 1,500 homes

Residential development at Lake Munmorah and a proposal to rezone land at Wallarah for employment uses and environmental conservation, are outlined in the Interim Darkinjung Development Delivery Plan Central Coast Council is currently progressing three Darkinjung planning proposals. Projects a...

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2020 Tuggerah Lakes Restoration Project launched

A Notice of Motion from Councillor Greg Best called for council to engage all levels of government in the timely lead-up to the 2019 elections, taking a “whole of lakes” approach through triggering a much needed 2020 Tuggerah Lakes Restoration Project. Central Coast Councillors v...

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NSW GOVERNMENT EYES NEW HOME FOR 4000 OFFICE WORKERS IN PARRAMATTA

The government’s property management agency, Property NSW, is calling for expressions of interest to lease office space for more than 4000 staff from 2022.   The NSW Government is on the hunt for up to 45,000 square metres of new office space in Parramatta. The gover...

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Australia's $133 billion property price slide rapidly becoming the worst in modern history

Australian property values fell $133.1 billion in the December quarter, with capital city home prices down an average of 2.4 per cent across the nation. Australian property values fell $133.1 billion in the December quarter, with capital city home prices down an average of 2.4 per cent acros...

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$470 million for the New Maitland Hospital.

The new Maitland Hospital could open as early as 2022, with the successful contractor and project manager announced on Wednesday.The new Maitland Hospital will be almost twice the size of the existing hospital, delivering on the NSW Government’s commitment to improve regional access to qu...

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$350m private hospital & medical precinct announced

A joint project by AA Crown Holdings and Northside Group, the $350m Northside Private Hospital and medical precinct will deliver world class medical services to complement Gosford’s existing public hospital. A major new private hospital and health precinct is earmarked for Racecourse R...

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ANZ woos property investors with interest-only loan change

ANZ Banking Group is loosening some of the clamps it put on interest-only mortgage lending in 2017, after pledging to reopen the door to property investors following a period of excessive caution. The big four lenders on Thursday said it would again start offering customers an interest-only peri...

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Sydney residents move out as city depends on migrants for growth

Thousands of Sydneysiders are leaving their home suburbs for other parts of the city and the state with new figures revealing a slowdown in the capital's runaway population growth.Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed the Greater Sydney area added 93,411 residents through 2017-18, taking th...

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New $470m hospital brings care to country NSW

The new Maitland Hospital will provide an extensive range of adult and paediatric services including emergency, paediatric, maternity, chemotherapy and state-of-the-art operating suites.Located on a greenfield site in Metford, the brand new $470 million Maitland Hospital is set to boast st...

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$780 MILLION TO REDEVELOP JOHN HUNTER HOSPITAL

Families across the Hunter region will benefit from the redevelopment of John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle. As the major teaching and referral hospital for our region, this $780 million investment in John Hunter Hospital will also ensure locals can receive essential healthcare closer to home. ...

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Dahua strikes $140m deal to buy Point Cook site from land bankers

Dahua has bought one of the last large parcels of land in Point Cook.   Related Posts NorthConnex Tunnel proceeding as planned November 1, 2017 The various hidden costs of buying an old house August 4, 2017

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Yet Another Happy Client!!

More Happy Clients have found their perfect investment with Koala Invest's assistance Koala Invest has helped another of its client in finding the perfect Investment home. Our client from Melbourne was searching for a dual occupancy under $600k with a block size of at least 600m and garages ...

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The Hunter Valley Investment Powers On

The project is set to generate 2000 new jobs and will be based at the Hunter Valley Economic Zone (HEZ), near Kurri Kurri at an estimated cost of 4 - 5 billion dollars. A Hong Kong investment firm says a deal has been signed to build two large coal-fired power plants ne...

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The leading regional economy in Australia:THE HUNTER REGION NSW

The Hunter region has an estimated 322,000 jobs and this is projected to increase to 384,000 by 2036. The Hunter has a GDP of $43 billion, substantially outpacing NT, TAS and ACT. This is in addition to urban development projects totalling nearly $4 billion dollars, vacancy rates in key areas as ...

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Coast’s water supply network gets $61million boost

Central Coast Council is preparing to deliver one of the region’s most significant infrastructure projects – a nine kilometre water pipeline from Mardi to Warnervale. The $61million project will boost water supply to the Central Coast’s rapidly growing northern suburbs and ...

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$2.8 Billion Tuggerah Precinct Investment : Central Coast

Now is the time to invest in Central coast region as NSW Government pledges $2.8 billion on new infrastructure. With creation of 5000 new homes, around 10,000 jobs created during construction of the project and more than 2,500 permanent local positions available as a result, this initial stage ...

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Warnervale new public school: Minister reassures parents

NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes has reassured parents that the new Warnervale Public School is on track to be completed by late 2021.     Mr Stokes was responding to concerns by Central Coast P and C president Sharryn Brownlee that the school plan might have been delaye...

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Housing slump bites as Sydney apartments line up for fire sale

Scores of apartments in a multimillion-dollar Sydney complex will be sold in one line by receivers after the project’s developer fell victim to Australia’s property slump. In a further sign of cracks in the apartment market, receivers and managers Newpoint Advisory are selling 61 uni...

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Australia's banking regulator just removed a rule that's played a crucial part in the housing downturn

The Australian banking regulator will remove restrictions on interest-only mortgage lending for some Australian banks from January 1 next year. APRA says macroprudential restrictions have “helped to reduce the risks associated with the high level of household indebtedness, subdue...

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Sydney rental reversal: falling rents, rising vacancies as landlords hang on

Fleet leasing executive Rebecca Crowley knew it was time to get out of Sydney when her landlord raised the rent on her two-bedroom apartment in Surry Hills to $900 a week.   She and her flatmate were already paying $807 a week. Her share accounted for 47 per cent of her take-home pay. So ...

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Maitland population breaks 80,000

Maitland’s population growth is showing no signs of slowing down, with more than 80,000 people now calling city home. Preliminary data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday estimated that 81,235 people lived in Maitland as of June 30 last year, almost 2000 more people ...

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NSW Government to crack down on dodgy building certifiers following Opal Tower saga

The NSW Government has announced a crackdown on dodgy building certifiers as it tries to manage the fallout from Sydney's Opal Tower fiasco.   Key points: Up to 30 per cent of certification work will be audited in NSW every year Corrupt certifiers or those who have negligently si...

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Big incentives for property investors under new housing package

As part of its housing affordability plans, the federal opposition has announced its plans to incentivise property investors should it come into power next year. On 16 December, Bill Shorten announced a $6.6 billion plan to address housing affordability, which directly involves incentives. ...

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Subcontractors are the human face of a construction industry in crisis

The construction industry is one of the backbones of the nation's economy and, in recent years, residential building on the east coast has been a key driver of growth.   Key points: Almost 1,700 construction businesses went bust last year, with big companies starting to fail Subc...

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GR Homes liquidation leaves Hunter family in limbo

Mayfield’s Ruth Larkin and Amie Wilson were excited to hear in September that their new home, which had been under construction for the past 12 months, would be completed early. But just two months later, they fear they will soon have nowhere to live.  ...

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A Fast Rail Future for NSW

The NSW Government has a vision for vibrant and growing regional economies, providing NSW residents with more jobs, greater opportunities and better quality of life. Vision Many of our state’s regional areas have room to grow and are keen to draw in more investment, ...

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Wyong Hospital redevelopment Pictures and video reveal plan

Designs have been unveiled for the $200 million Wyong Hospital Redevelopment. When complete, the redevelopment will increase the service capacity of the hospital with an additional building and a revamp of some existing areas. There will be a new and enhanced Emergency Department; enhance...

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Kangy Angy Rail Maintenance Facility: design images revealed

The first images of the $300 million new Intercity Fleet maintenance facility at Kangy Angy have been released by the State Government. The controversial development has been the scene of protests by local residents who say their quiet area has been totally trashed by construction of the f...

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Listings Lurch Higher as Housing Market Conditions Languish

The volume of housing stock listed for sale is currently higher, for this time of year, than it has been in many years. While total stock is elevated, newly listed stock remains at fairly similar levels to recent years which suggests that it isn’t a dumping of stock onto the market which ...

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Buying off-the-plan turns into a nightmare for Surry Hills couple

Apartment buyer Tom Christensen, 31, said buying a Sydney unit off-the-plan has left him “scarred”. He and his partner bought the inner city property four years ago for $1.65 million and despite being contracted to be completed in 2015 it was only finished this year. “If we&rs...

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Third of new units worth less than owners have to pay for them

Nearly a third of Sydney’s newly completed units are now worth less than what their buyers will have to pay for them. Many of the homes were purchased at inflated prices agreed during the housing boom two years ago but dropped in value as the market slumped over the time it took to build...

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Retail giants IKEA and Costco signal Newcastle's in store

FOR more than 100 years it was home to the Hunter’s first heavy industry, one of the region’s chief polluters.     Now it appears Boolaroo could soon be home to Swedish retail giant IKEA and American wholesale shopping juggernaut ...

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Residents seek compensation from 'house of horrors' boarding home

It has been 11 years since the first disturbing allegations began to emerge from the Grand Western Lodge boarding house in the small town of Millthorpe, near Orange, but the residents’ stories still send a shiver down the spine. ”The residents have told us how they were bashed up, to...

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Vacancy rate creeps back up in Sydney, down in regional NSW

Vacancy rates are starting to rise back after last month’s decline, new data shows The October 2018 edition of the REINSW Vacancy Rate Survey showed metropolitan Sydney vacancy rates were down 0.1 of a percentage point over the month to 2.1 per cent. Leanne Pilkington, presi...

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Australian sustainable design The challenges, what we’re getting right, and where to from here

The drive behind building more environmentally friendly residential homes is coming from individuals, not government bodies, and cookie-cutter developments are holding us back, according to a think tank assembled to address the issue of implementing sustainable design. The chair of the discuss...

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Developer Concessions to Increase Medium Density Housing in NSW

Low-rise medium-density housing, widely considered “the missing part” of NSW housing stock, could be the way forward as new concessions for developers kick in. NSW is currently experiencing consistent growth in townhouse development and a surge in medium-density viewership over the l...

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Wollongong boarding house in the centre of the city

An iconic property in Smith Street Wollongong that has operated as a boarding house for more than 30 years, will be auctioned next month.   The property at 65 Smith Street, is recognisable for the beautiful original home with a wrap-around verandah that sits beh...

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Two boarding houses proposed & another receives construction certificate

AUGUST 4, 2018   Two boarding house proposals, at Niagara Park and Wamberal, are currently being assessed by Central Coast Council, and a third, in Beane St, Gosford, has just been granted a construction certificate.A construction certificate has been granted for a $4m, 36-room boardin...

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Two boarding houses have been approved in Campbelltown

Two boarding houses in Campbelltown have been approved by council last night but councillors have warned they don’t want to see the area flooded with the high-density accommodation. A nine-bedroom boarding house was approved for 1 Bocking Ave, Bradbury while a 15-bedroom boarding house...

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Developer Proposes ‘New Age’ Boarding House for Parramatta

NSW-based developer Revelop Holdings have lodged a proposal with the City of Parramatta for an eight-storey boarding house. Designed by PBD Architects, Revelop have committed around $5 million to the project the site located at 109A Wigram Street, Harris Park – 30 kilometres from Sydney&...

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Multi-storey boarding house plan to boost affordable homes in Wollongong CBD

Housing affordability for low income workers in Wollongong has become a “serious and growing problem”, prompting a developer to pitch a plan to build what would become the city’s largest boarding house. Earmarked for the western edge of Wollongong’...

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Three 'new-generation' boarding houses planned for residential areas

The Sydney developer behind a $1.9 million boarding house complex planned for McLachlan Street has revealed he has two more proposed for Orange. Greg Kings said he would be developing a ‘boutique’ 14-room complex at 48 Molong Street and a larger “no more than 24 r...

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Sydney home prices just fell at the fastest annual pace since 1990

Australian home prices fell for a 13th consecutive month in October, driven by continued falls in Sydney and Melbourne, the largest and most expensive capital city markets. CoreLogic’s Home Value Index slid 0.5% — the same decline reported in September — leaving the decline o...

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Sydney-to-Canberra 'very fast train' the focus for $4.2-billion Snowy Hydro Fund

Part of the Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund is set to be spent on funding a new corridor for a “very fast train” between Canberra and Sydney. Key points: The NSW Government says the $4.2 billion fund will be used for rail and road connectivity, freight, aviation and digital connecti...

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Central Coast wave park: Council to investigate potential sites

FORCES are gathering for the Central Coast’s very own wave park. Millionaire properly developer Tony Denny would be willing to invest and Central Coast Council has committed to investigate potential sites. A wave park is a swimming pool with artificially generated, large waves simil...

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Snowy Hydro Scheme sale could deliver $400m to Central Coast

An estimated $400m in Snowy Hydro Scheme funding is expected to be made available to Central Coast Council from the NSW Government’s sale of its share of the Snowy Hydro Scheme to the Federal Government. The NSW Snowy Hydro Scheme Legacy Fund has a $4.1b commitment for projects in region...

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Wyong Race Club reveal $6 million master plan complete with all-weather track and more stables

CENTRAL Coast trainers are set to be the biggest beneficiaries of a $6 million master plan announced for Wyong Race Club today, with an all-weather training track headlining a huge investment in new and improved facilities. Punters can also expect a rather large increase in stabling capaci...

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Sydney house prices to fall 5.1 pc, but surge on Central Coast: Moody's

Sydney house prices will fall 5.1 per cent this year, and then tread water in 2019 with only a 0.6 per cent gain, according to forecasts by Moody’s Analytics and Corelogic. However, the correction in NSW won’t be uniform with more affordable areas like the Central Coast &nd...

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How Have Dwelling Values Shifted Across The Regional Areas Of Australia?

The latest CoreLogic home value index results show the slowdown in the national market has become more broadly based with regional dwelling value growth continuing to slow. In this week’s Pulse we look at how values have changed over the past 12 months outside of the capital cities. Over...

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The Central Coast is proving to be a top performer in property during Sydney shift

THE Central Coast has been ranked in the top ten regional markets in the nation, and here is why. THE Central Coast property market is not only among the fastest-growing in the country, we also stand head and shoulders above the Sydney market. Such is the strength of our real estate portf...

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Major infrastructure projects set to transform Brisbane into a world-class destination

BRISBANE is on the brink of something big. Very big. A generational investment in infrastructure will transform Queensland’s capital over the coming decade. A host of major projects are underway or at an advanced stage of planning, which not only will help drive the state’s ec...

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Foreign students, population boom fuelling ACT economic surge: report

Booming foreign student enrolments at Canberra’s universities is fuelling growth in the city while the threat of public service job cuts is receding, says one of Australia’s leading private sector forecasters assessing the health of the nation’s economy. The double digit-grow...

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Canberra CBD to play home to UNSW digital tech innovation hub

The University of New South Wales Council has approved the strategic investment to develop a new research, education and innovation precinct in Canberra’s CBD. Located along Constitution Avenue, the proposed UNSW Canberra City Campus would deliver both short-term and long-term econ...

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ACT investment up with light rail, but expected to slow next year

ACT government investment in infrastructure projects has risen 10 per cent in the past year, largely due to the stage one light rail project, but it is expected to slow next year, as work on the project ends. The June quarterly Deloitte investment monitor shows the value of territory governmen...

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Australia's housing downturn is deepening as prices fall across most parts of the country

Australian home prices fell for an eleventh consecutive month in August, led by declines in a majority of capital cities. According to CoreLogic’s Hedonic Home Value Index, Australia’s median home price fell 0.3%, adding to a 0.6% drop recorded previously in July. That took the decl...

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$50b underground train network for Melbourne’s suburbs announced by Premier

MASSIVE $50bn pledge to connect all of Melbourne’s rail lines with an underground loop hasn’t been inspected by Victoria’s independent infrastructure body. The unfunded plan would take decades to build. A PROPOSED underground train network for Melbourne would carry passenge...

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Canberra is hot property for investors

Every other day we hear a media story claiming the Canberra apartment market is in the doldrums. Just this week, the tired mantra that Canberra’s unit market is stagnating, with no sustained growth in recent years, has been rolled out again. These claims couldn’t be further from...

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Property investing in Canberra – What you should know

For many years the word Canberra has been followed by a yawn, then associated with bureaucracy and stuffy politicians. However, those times, they are a changing! Would you believe Lonely Planet rated Canberra the third best global city to visit in 2018? The unemployment rate is the ...

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4 costs that people tend to overlook when investing in property

It is all about the money when it comes to investing in property, and preparing yourself financially is absolutely essential and will save you a lot of financial stress and baggage in the long-term. We have put together four of the major costs that you need to keep in mind when investing in pro...

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5 things you can do to protect your rental property

Whether you’ve just purchased your first investment property or if you’re juggling multiple rentals, as with many things in life, the unexpected can and will happen. For peace of mind – and to save you time and money – it pays to be prepared and plan ahead to protect yo...

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Australian property industry turns to India to supplement falling Chinese investment

The amount of Chinese cash which once poured into Australian property has about halved, leaving developers and agents scrambling to recapture the record volumes of investment. A joint report by Investorist and the Domain Group showed that as industry interest in selling off-the-plan ...

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Reliable returns and low holding costs on offer from this ‘disappointing’ state

While one expert has labelled this state as “disappointing” with a lack of high returns, he did say it makes up for it inconsistent returns. Not all areas can be high performing for property investors – there have to be some underperformers. According to Simon Pre...

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Tourism Central Coast encourages everyone to ‘have a little adventure'

Tourism Central Coast is spilling the beans on being “Sydney’s best-kept adventure secret” in its latest campaign.  “Our research identified very early on that there was a clear disconnect between perceptions of the Central Coast and the actual reality”, says A...

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Central Coast Gateway to future growth

Woongarrah, Hamlyn Terrace, Wadalba, Warnervale, and Glenning Valley are the epicentre of residential development on the Central Coast, endorsed by the NSW Government’s Central Coast Regional Plan 2036. This special report looks at how hundreds of acres of greenfield land and bush...

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$19 billion rise in Hunter land values with no end in sight

Great News for Hunter Region investors THE Hunter’s frenzied real estate market drove land values up almost 15 per cent, or more than $15 billion, last financial year to a new regional high-water mark. Figures issued by the NSW Valuer General estima...

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Aerotropolis: Gigabit city to create 12,000 jobs and 3000 homes in western Sydney

THE Western Sydney Aerotropolis officially lifts off today with the turning of the first sod on a $5 billion Sydney Science Park that will deliver 12,000 jobs and 3000 homes. The futuristic science park on a 280ha site at Luddenham is the first major development off the back of Sydney’s pl...

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Hills and Inner west lead Sydney price falls, Central Coast continues to grow!!

CoreLogic’s latest hedonic home value index released Wednesday showed the median price of a home across the city fell 0.6 per cent over July and 1.1 per cent over the past three months. It was the eleventh consecutive monthly fall in prices and means the typical price of a home is 5.4 pe...

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Developer Backs Innovative Build-to-Rent-to-Buy Model

Impeded by an uninviting property tax landscape, the build-to-rent sector has been stagnant in Australia despite the increasing viability of the model as home ownership rates continue to plunge. More than 40 per cent of Australians now rent by choice and the proportion of households in the renta...

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Victorian Government Pledges $5 Billion for Airport Rail Link

Construction of the long-awaited Melbourne airport rail link could start within four years after the Victorian Labor government promised to match a $5 billion funding pledge commitment from the federal government. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews promised his government would invest if Labo...

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Melbourne Airport Inks Deal for $100m Medical Marijuana Facility

Melbourne airport will soon be home to Australia’s largest state-of-the-art medical marijuana facility after signing a deal with ASX-listed medicinal cannabis grower Cann Group. Cann signed a heads of agreement on Wednesday for the lease of a five-hectare site in the Melbourne Ai...

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Aussie: 25 Years of Housing Trends

Aussie recently released there 25 Years of Housing Trends report. This report showcases: Strong housing market conditions have boosted household wealth over the past quarter of a century. The average mortgage size has increased at roughly the same pace as housing values. With mortgage rate...

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NSW Government Plans $386m Development at Tallawong Station

The NSW government’s land and property development arm, Landcom, has unveiled plans for a $390 million development for 1,100 homes adjacent to the new Tallawong Metro Station. The precinct, which will stretch across 7.8 hectares, will include 85,000sq m of residential development and 900...

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Brisbane Office Market's $2 Billion Investment Boom

Brisbane’s office market is starting to feel the positive effects of an economic turnaround coupled with a flurry of investment activity, with more than $2 billion worth transactions taking place in the city’s office markets last financial year. Savills office research recorded $1....

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Domain’s Rental Report: June 2018

Only one capital city’s median rental price for houses increased over the June quarter according to the latest Domain Rental Report out today. The national median rental price for houses remained steady at $437 over the three months to June, while the median unit rental price f...

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APRA investor crackdown behind drop-off in apartment approvals

A significant drop-off in apartments in the construction pipeline has dragged down the number of buildings approved across the country in February, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. And experts predicted the trend would continue as more developers dela...

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GPT, AMP and Brookfield Revise $1 Billion Darling Harbour Proposal

A joint proposal by GPT, Brookfield and AMP for the $1 billion redevelopment of Sydney’s Cockle Bay Wharf has undergone another set of revisions in plans submitted to the NSW government earlier this month. The consortium’s ambitious plans for a waterfront precinct, originally formula...

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Extremes of Australia’s property market growth and decline revealed

The disparate state of Australia’s property market has been laid bare in a new report, with prices in some markets falling by 7.4%, while others are booming, with price growth of just over than 16% year-on-year. The latest realestate.com.au Property Outlook Report, released today, s...

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Why your house is freezing in winter, and how to warm it up

Winter is here, and while you may be looking forward to a season of mulled wine and woolly jumpers, you’re probably less excited about months of huddling around your living room heater. If we live in a “sunburnt country”, then why do some of our houses feel so cold? Poor bui...

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Parramatta Set to Receive Two New Hotel Skyscrapers

Parramatta’s rapidly growing CBD is set to get even busier with hundreds of new hotel rooms set to come online by 2020. Two major hotel developments have been given the green light this month by the City of Parramatta, the 300-room Starwood Four Points by Sheraton and the ...

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Wayne Byres’ surprise APRA declares mortgage crackdown ‘largely done’

The regulatory clampdown on Australia’s heavily-scrutinised banks is now “largely done”, according to overseer Wayne Byres, who has declared “the heavy lifting on lending standards” has been completed. The chief of the Australia Prudential Regulation Authorit...

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Australia’s Top Performing Suburbs Revealed

Despite recent house price weakness, Australia’s property boom – which saw house prices in some areas of Sydney soar almost 90 per cent from 2010 – created windfall gains for some property owners. Property researcher Corelogic has revealed the top growth suburbs ov...

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NSW Pioneers Build-to-Rent in Redfern

New South Wales will be the first state to fund a dedicated build-to-rent model, Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward revealed on Friday. The minister revealed that a Communities Plus housing site in Redfern would be home to the nation’s first ever build-to-rent housing model. The Red...

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Melbourne Apartment Market Looking Up

Melbourne’s apartment market has not been immune to commentary about oversupply, however a new report suggests that current supply is balancing out demand in the inner-city apartment market with median prices growing steadily in the past six months. The report from researchers Secret ...

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Five things to consider before you buy a block of land

It’s more than a patch of dirt – this is the land where your dream house will soon live. So it pays to ensure your block is absolutely right for you. Here are some important factors to consider before buying your first block of land… Focus on w...

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Canadian giant makes play for Sydney’s Central Barangaroo

One of Canada’s largest property investors, Oxford Properties Group, has joined the race for the $1.4 billion office component of Grocon’s vast Central Barangaroo project on Sydney Harbour. The group’s interest in the project will tighten the contest for the proposed office...

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Parramatta’s $1bn Light Rail Set to Begin Construction

Parramatta’s Light Rail is scheduled to commence stage one of construction by the end of 2018 after receiving planning approval. The first stage of the Light Rail plan, a two-way track which will span 12 kilometres, will connect the Westmead health precinct to Carlingford via Parramatta ...

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Brisbane’s population picks up, but more people moving to Pimpama

BRISBANE is back among Australia’s fastest-growing cities thanks to a growth spurt, but more people are flocking to areas outside the state’s capital. New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the city’s population grew by 48,000 in the year to June 2017 to hi...

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Hobart now Australia's most unaffordable city for tenants, new report finds

Hobart has pipped Sydney to claim the unenviable title of Australia’s most unaffordable capital for tenants with the gap widening between incomes and the amount needed for rent, a new report has found. The Rental Affordability Index (RAI) is an indicator of the price of rents nationwide ...

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$300M Kangy Angy rail facility: Work to begin and new jobs created

IT’S time to accept that the rail maintenance facility is going ahead in Kangy Angy and celebrate the benefits to the Central Coast. That was the message from Central Coast Parliamentary Secretary Scot MacDonald as he turned the first sod at the Turpentine Road site yesterday. Const...

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State government to undertake major regulatory overhaul on short term letting industry

AIRBNB will make an aggressive push to convince NSW it contributes almost $1 billion and 7000 jobs to the economy as the State Government prepares to crack down on bad behaviour by short term letting guests. A major regulatory overhaul for the short term letting industry, including ...

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Owners on narrow blocks set to benefit under NSW government changes to housing code

Owners of small, narrow properties who never thought their blocks were suitable for development are set to benefit under new statewide planning laws designed to fast-track medium-density housing in NSW. Under the new medium-density housing code announced last week, duplexes, terraces and ...

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Two homes for the price of one Is building a duplex a good investment or double the trouble

Everyone loves a great deal, which is why home builders may be tempted by the idea of getting two homes for the price of one. Although it costs more to build a duplex than a single freestanding house, it’s usually cheaper than building two houses, and because both dwellings are on t...

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Regional markets are now consistently outperforming the combined capitals-CoreLogic

According to the CoreLogic hedonic home value index, national dwelling values were unchanged in March, with the steady month on month reading comprised of a 0.2% fall in capital city dwelling values while the combined regional markets saw values rise by 0.4%. Trends across the March quarter sh...

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Rates For Interest-Only Loans Continue To Drop

Lenders have successfully met the macroprudential limits set by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) in March 2017, halving the category in the December quarter. APRA’s December Quarterly ADI Property Exposures statistics, released last Tuesday, shows that interest-onl...

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Regional Markets Are Experiencing Superior Total Returns To Those In The Capital Cities

In NSW, returns from regional properties were almost double those in capital cities The CoreLogic total returns index measures the change in values and the rental return to determine the total gross returns from residential property.  The total returns index is valuable for investors as...

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Campbelltown’s population set to boom over next 30 years

CAMPBELLTOWN is set to more than double in size over the next 30 years with a radical new plan to be unveiled today providing a blueprint for how its residents will live and work in the city in the years to come. An extra 500,000 residents are expected to move into the area within three decade...

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DA vs CDC – Which one for me?

A DA (Development Application) refers to the process where Development Consent is required from Council in order to build something on your property – e.g. a new house, an extension or a deck. In some instances where strict, pre-determined criteria are met and the property ...

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Happy overseas client leases property within ONE DAY of Listing!!

Great news from one of our overseas clients with tenants found for their new Investment home in Melbourne in ONE DAY, a KOALA INVEST RECORD!! Related Posts Warnervale new public school: Minister reassures parents February 27, 2019 Canberra is hot property for...

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Sydney to Newcastle rail line to be a business case for faster services

REDUCING travel time between Newcastle and Sydney from three to two hours could be a “game changer” for the Central Coast. Straighter tracks, removal of level crossings and increased speeds over 120km will be explored with a view to shorten the journey on the Coastal rail line....

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Development Applications(DA), Complying Development Certificates (CDC) and Section 94 Contributions

DA, CDC and Section 94 Explained Two of the most asked about topics that often comes up when starting the planning process  are “What is the difference between a Development Application (DA) and a Complying Development Certificate (CDC)? and ” What are Section 94 Contributio...

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Dual Occupancy- What are they and Why are they so great?

What is a Duplex? What is a Dual Occupancy? Are there differences? Koala Invest strives to find the best solution for the rental market, and in doing so, we present a large percentage of our listings as Dual Occupancy or Duplex style housing. The following will give a brief overview of Dual ...

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12 Most Commonly Forgotten Hidden Costs when Building

Some of these may seem obvious but they are often forgotten When building any Property- Investment or not, it’s easy to miss costs which are not always obvious. Some of these additional costs can be expensive and may even create delays for tenants to be found or for you to move in. Mos...

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Residential Land in Short Supply, Prices Increasing

Recent study links Land price with availability and size A recent study by HIA and Corelogic has indicated a lack of residential land has lead to a 10.9 percent annual increase in the median lot prices.  This increase has created an all-time median price high of $267,386 per lot with th...

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Housing boom for Lake Macquarie Region

Housing approvals rose by 8 percent last year Recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics has shown a increase in housing approvals. “In total, 4618 approvals were issued for new dwellings across the Hunter, compared to 4293 in 2016, an increase of 8 per cent on already ...

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Central Coast investor snags 12.59ha for less than $6M

12.59ha close to Kooindah Waters Golf Club and other major Governement Investments A Central Coast based investor has picked up 12.59ha of land located close to the Kooindah Waters Golf Club for the princely sum of $5,665,000. Located in a Key growth area, the investor aims to eventuall...

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New rehabilitation ward in Woy Woy

New rehabilitation facilities have been approved for a local hospital. A new rehabilitation ward has been opened at the Woy Woy Hospital, which began construction in January 2017 at a cost of $10M, includes 24 rehabilitation beds, a gym, hydrotherapy pool, and a separate entranceway and faci...

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6 things you can claim to maximise your tax savings

  1. Interest Interest is by far the largest tax deduction in a negative gearing arrangement. Provided  your property is available for rent, the interest incurred on  money you’ve borrowed for the property is tax-deductible, including money used to purchase the property...

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Feeling priced out of Sydney? You're not alone.

Key workers are being shut out of Sydney Property New South Wales’s high house prices are forcing teachers, nurses, police and emergency workers to leave Sydney, with many struggling to even pay rent in the city, a new report has found.A University of Sydney report found in the 10 ye...

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Unit rentals in Central Coast are increasing by 5.7% annually

Renting an apartment on the Central Coast is almost as expensive as living in some parts of Sydney. Renting an apartment on the Central Coast is now nearly as expensive as living in some parts of Sydney. The median asking rent for a unit on the northern coastal region is now $370 a week, a ...

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Australia named One of the Stable Places to Invest

Mr Zigomanis said it wasn’t surprising that Sydney and Australia has seen slight ranking slips, or that Australia had failed to rank among the top five countries for capital growth: the United States, Brazil, China, Spain and Britain. Australia is also well behind countries such as the...

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Koala Invest provides REAL Investment Solutions

Koala Invest recently settled another Dual Occupancy Investment Package for one of our clients that offered the best in Capital Growth, Rental Yield and Rental Income.   Located nearby to the beautiful Lake Macquarie. Surrounded by 6 Public and Private Schools. Only a stone’s thr...

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Investment in Newcastle is Booming!

Newcastle has become one of Australia's investment hotspots Growth in Newcastle has been spectacular in the past 18 months, the median house price, which is only slightly over the $600,000 mark, is still about half that of Sydney. Growth rates were as high as 25 per cent at their peak per ye...

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Sydney needs more boarding houses

  I was a town planner at the former City of South Sydney in the mid-nineties when brothels became legal. Brothel operators could apply to legalise brothels that had been operating for decades. I remember someone objecting to a “proposed” brothel in East Sydney, saying it ...

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Draft Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan Outlines future changes for Newcastle Region

The NSW Government has released a Draft Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan which sets out urban strategies to 2036 for Newcastle City, Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland and Port Stephens. The plan was released on 30 November by NSW chief planner Gary White. It is at this stage a draft plan...

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NorthConnex Tunnel proceeding as planned

Great news for residents in the Central Coast and for tourism in the area. A faster and safer journey between the Central Coast and Sydney is on the way for motorists, with work onNorthConnex on track to be completed in late 2019.Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald M...

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How to earn two incomes from one property

The idea of earning two incomes from one property may sound too good to be true, but according to Phillip Allen, investment property strategist and owner of Latitude Property Group, dual income investments can help investors succeed in an increasingly competitive market. As the name suggests...

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High Density Construction set to slow down

A reduction in High Density dwellings of 10.8% has been recorded Tighter lending curbs on investors will deepen a downturn in high-rise apartment construction that will only bottom out in 2020, forecaster BIS Oxford Economics says. “We’re going to see some pretty big d...

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$12.5M Medical research institute for Gosford

World-class Central Coast Medical School and Research Institute announced for Gosford THE Turnbull government will commit $12.5 million more to the Central Coast Medical School and Medical Research Institute in Gosford so it can attract world-class academics and medical professionals when ...

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Is hiring a home inspector to inspect every accessible area really needed

Do you want to get your building that you are planning to buy inspected? Then, you need to hire an expert and professional Building Inspections Adelaide who will identify the hidden defects in the building  that would otherwise ignored by you. Basically, these defects will help you to get ...

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Canberra's apartment boom biggest since records began

Canberra’s housing boom in the past decade is the biggest on record for the ACT and has created an oversupply of more than 6000 apartments in the city, but if the population continues to grow at current rates, it is likely to soak up the excess supply. The boom had led to an oversuppl...

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The various hidden costs of buying an old house

Are you considering buying an old house to refurbish it and sell it off at a considerable profit? Or are you just planning to buy an old house to save some money? While buying an old house (by old we mean as old as 60-70 years) is a pocket-friendly option as compared to buying a new one, the...

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Newcastle is the next big thing to boom

STEP aside Sydney. While you’re one of the most expensive cities in the world, another city has become the next big thing. STEP aside Sydney.   Huge investments in transport, the rejuvenation of the city foreshore, a revitalised central business district, an upsized university a...

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Another Happy Client

Koala Invest recently found a perfect investment property for one of our overseas investors. We assisted with the purchase, construction and Foreign Investor requirements for our client to provide a simple investment process.Our first step was work with our client to find a set of criteria that...

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Record Land Price for Trinity Point

1164 m2 lakeside block in Morisset Park Land price records for Morisset Park have been smashed with a wealthy Sydneysider reportedly paying “Well over the $1M mark” for a lavish 8 bedroom Mansion on 1164m2 of waterside land. The build is expected to contain 660m2 of living space ...

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How to identify the best suburbs for property investment

What should you look for in a suburb when investing? A constant burning issue among investors is finding the next property investment hotspot. So where are the best investment suburbs in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane… or anywhere else in Australia for that matter? Hots...

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Dual Occupancy Vs Non Dual Occupancy Investment Returns

This is an extract from a Certified Practicing Accountant- David Shaw. It shows the cash positive opportunities a dual offers for a retiree or a first home investor. One of the most significant and positive development I have seen during my 4000 interviews over the past 10 years is the dual...

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