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"Cooling Not Crashing": HSBC Forecasts House Price Growth of 3-6% in 2018

January 3, 2018

The Real Estate Conversation

The Australian property market is ‘cooling not crashing’ according to HSBC’s latest Downunder Digest. HSBC is forecasting nationwide property market growth of 3-6 per cent in 2018, an outcome that will deliver the much-hoped-for soft landing. “We do not expect a sharp decline in housing prices,” said the report. With Sydney prices down 1.3 per cent in the […]

Australia Ranks 11th on Knight Frank's Global House Price Index

September 27, 2017

The Real Estate Conversation

Knight Frank’s Global House Price Index for the June quarter puts Australia in 11th place, up nine places from its 20th ranking in the March quarter. Australia recorded 10.2 per cent annual growth to June, compared with 5.3 per cent the previous quarter, according to Knight Frank. The survey, which was first collated in 2016, looks at […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Knight Frank Wealth Report Shows Australia Still Mixing It with the Best

March 1, 2017

Australian Property News The Real Estate Conversation

Knight Frank’s Wealth Report 2017 shows that Australasia was the strongest-performing region for luxury house price growth in 2016, with its luxury home price index climbing 11.4 per cent over the year. Knight Frank’s Prime International Residential Index (PIRI 100) index tracks the value of luxury homes in 100 cities around the world. The top performers for 2016 were Shanghai […]

Investing in the Hunter Valley

July 8, 2016

The Real Estate Conversation Uncategorized

With the downturn of coal prices over the last three years and the contrasting rise in Sydney property values, places like the Hunter Valley have been easy targets for property commentators to hand out a belting to. These same people either suffer from short memories or selective hearing for it wasn’t that long ago when […]

Australia's greenest residential community

March 18, 2015

The Real Estate Conversation

Alkimos Beach, the most significant coastal development north of Perth in 50 years, has been awarded Australia’s first 6 Star Green Star – Communities rating for a residential master-planned project from the Green Building Council of Australia. The project was assessed against best practice benchmarks for governance and innovation, design excellence, environmental sustainability, economic prosperity […]

What US$1 million buys in real estate around the world

March 6, 2015

The Real Estate Conversation

You’ll get 41 square metres of luxury real estate in Sydney and 117 square metres in Melbourne with US$1 million, according to the latest Wealth Report 2015 from global property consultancy Knight Frank. The firm has just released the ninth edition of The Wealth Report 2015, with Melbourne included for the first time in its […]