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The Australian Hotel Market Continues to Attract Strong Levels of Foreign Capital

September 8, 2017

The Hotel Conversation

Commercial property investment across the hotel, office, retail and industrial sectors remained buoyant in the 2016/2017 financial year, according to new reports from Colliers International. The Australian hotel market continues to attract strong levels of foreign capital, led by buyers from Asia, but both domestic and international investors regard Australia as relatively low risk and a […]

What Do China's New Capital Controls Mean for Australian Real Estate?

August 30, 2017

The Real Estate Conversation

Last week, the Chinese government issued new guidelines to restrict, and in some cases ban, Chinese companies from engaging overseas in certain sectors, including real estate. The National Development and Reform Commission, China’s state planning agency, listed three categories of overseas investment: those that are banned (including gambling), those that are restricted (including property, film, and sports), and those […]

New Rules Mean Lenders See 'Positive Data' When Assessing Loans

August 9, 2017

The Real Estate Conversation

From the end of this year, ‘positive data’ will be available to lenders to help them assess loan applications. The federal government has fast tracked changes that will allow greater data sharing between banks, meaning borrowers will be able to be assessed on how well they have repaid loans in the last two year. “The government’s […]

Hunter property market on fire

August 8, 2017

The Land

RURAL property values in the Hunter Valley are running hot, in both the agriculture and lifestyle markets. Commercial agriculture dominates in the upper Hunter while lifestyle is more of a feature at the lower end of the valley, particularly around wine country near Cessnock. Director in charge of sales and marketing for Landmark at Scone, […]

Lower Hunter Property Prices on the Move

July 29, 2017

Newcastle Herald

NEWCASTLE real estate prices have been getting a lot of attention lately, and with good reason. Data issued this week reveals that regional areas are the new lands of opportunity for buyers and the Hunter is booming. It has been one of the best performing non-capital city areas in Australia for the year to May according to property […]

Iris Plans Larger Residential Developments

July 1, 2017

The Australian Financial Review

Sydney developer and hospitality group Iris Capital is considering a move into larger-scale residential developments, banking on strong demand from homebuyers in the capital city and regional centres. The developer has also been buying retail and hospitality investment opportunities, swooping on the $20 million heritage building with retail tenancies next to the MLC Centre in […]

 

NSW Scraps Stamp Duty for First-Home Buyers

June 13, 2017

Australian Property News

NSW  will scrap stamp duty for first home buyers on existing homes up to $650,000 from July 1 and increase the threshold for new homes to the same level, despite  a warning from former Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens  against “self-defeating” subsidies that inflate house prices . On Thursday, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a long awaited housing […]

ONE OF SYDNEY'S MOST SIGNIFICANT COMMERCIAL SALES

June 8, 2017

ALAN JURD

In one of Sydney’s most significant commercial property transactions this year, businessman Duncan Hardie has sold his four storey heritage building located adjacent to the MLC Centre at 106 King St SYDNEY for a record $360,000.00 per square metre. With a ground floor tenancy to ” Le Creuset ” and three floors of office space, […]

NSW Farm Sales Showing Price Growth: Low Interest Rates, Confidence Fuel Sector

May 18, 2017

Australian Property News The Australian Financial Review

More than $25 million of rural property has been sold in northern NSW in the past few weeks showing further increase in land values fuelled by low interest rates and confidence in the sector. Andrew Street of Landmark Harcourts Gunnedah recently sold more than $7.9 million of property, including Lalagooli and Lalagooli West in Gunnedah. “The […]

Chinese Investment in Real Estate Grows to $32B

May 16, 2017

Australian Property News www.commercialrealestate.com.au

The figure is similar to the previous year when $46.6 billion in approvals were awarded to Chinese investors. While this puts China far ahead of the second-biggest foreign investor, the US, which has had $31 billion in investments approved, the US still owns four times more Australian assets than China does, Chinese property group Juwai.com […]

Auctions Bounce Back After Holiday Hiatus

May 2, 2017

The Real Estate Conversation

The preliminary clearance rate across Australia’s five capital cities last week was 76.9 per cent, up from 69.8 per cent the previous week, according to CoreLogic. The rebound occurred against a backdrop of higher auction volumes, with 2,347 properties taken to auction last week, up from 1,751 the previous week.  However, the number of properties taken […]

Australia is Building an Epic Number of Apartments Right Now, Especially in New South Wales

April 14, 2017

Australian Property News Business Insider Australia

Australia built a record number of residential dwellings in 2016, although you perhaps didn’t realise given the scale of price gains seen in southeastern capitals over the past year. Some 211,164 to be precise, up from 196,154 in 2015.  And 94,811 of those were “other” residential dwellings, with the vast majority of those apartments. Most […]

Australia Named as Top Cross-Border Investment Destination in Asia Pacific

April 8, 2017

Australian Property News

Asia Pacific real estate investors have nominated Australia as the top cross-border investment destination for the second consecutive year in CBRE’s Asia Pacific Investor Intentions Survey 2017. Some 29% of respondents identified Australia as their leading country for investment – double that of second placed Japan. The survey also identified that Asia Pacific real estate […]

Australian Apartment Prices Grew Faster Than Houses in the First Quarter of 2017

April 4, 2017

Business Insider Australia

Australia is building a record number of apartments right now, particularly in the eastern states. Given the attention the high-rise construction boom is receiving, leading to concern that Australia is perhaps building too many apartments in some areas, many believe that a price correction will follow suit. While many believe that is likely to occur, […]

10 Lowbrow Trends That are Making a Comeback

April 4, 2017

Architectural Digest

Everything blah is stylish again.  Never ceasing to keep us on our toes, designers seem to have resurrected the most banal surfaces, trims, and furnishings you would never expect to see in a well-designed home.  In some cases, dated materials have been reinterpreted in a modern design and suddenly don’t appear so dated.  In other […]

Why Chinese Investors Keep Buying Australian Property: It's Cheap

March 27, 2017

www.abc.net.au

Perspective could equally be thrown into the equation as well, and from the perspective of China’s rapidly growing millionaire class, Australian capital city properties are not only cheap, but high-yielding as well. Detailed analysis from the big broking house Credit Suisse has found that despite the hurdles to Chinese investment in Australian property constantly being […]

A Decorator's 5-Step Bedroom Makeover

March 27, 2017

The Spruce

Gorgeous, welcoming, and tranquil bedrooms: you pin and re-pin them on Pinterest, sigh over them on interior design websites, and drool over their images in glossy home décor magazines.  But if you are like many people, you shrug off the idea that you could have a bedroom just as beautiful, just as peaceful, just as […]

Landlords Should Child-Proof Their Investment Properties

March 24, 2017

www.yourinvestmentpropertymag.com.au

Figures from Kidsafe, a not-for-profit charitable organisation dedicated to preventing unintentional childhood injuries, indicates that approximately 250 Australian children are killed and more than 50,000 hospitalised each year due to unintentional injuries. Rather worryingly, more than half of fatalities and injuries in children aged up to four years occur in their own homes or backyards. […]

How a 26-Year-Old Turned His First Minimum Wage Into a $3 Million Property Portfolio

March 11, 2017

Australian Property News The Daily Mail

A 26-year-old man who was earning $60,000 a year has proven how its possible for anyone, including Gen Y, to get on the property ladder. Daniel Walsh, from New South Wales, has an impressive portfolio of eight properties across Australia’s east coast, worth $3 million. The train driver – who is renting in Picton, south-west […]

Australia Still a Property Hot Spot for Chinese Buyers

March 2, 2017

Australian Property News The Real Estate Conversation

The recent Chinese New Year holiday was a litmus test for the strength of Chinese demand for Australian real estate, with many investors combining the holiday period with buying property. Investorist, the global off-the-plan marketing site, surveyed its agents to gauge the level of interest in Australian property around the time of the Golden Week holiday and found […]