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THINK SMALL: ARCHITECTS SHRINK HOMES AND APARTMENTS AS HOUSE AND LAND PRICES SOAR

Australia has the world’s biggest new homes, but will need smaller, smarter, more sustainable and affordable housing for space-constrained future cities. “Australians need to be more modest in the space they’re taking up,” says architect Andrew Maynard. “Culturally, Australians have quite an introspective attitude to space – we want a pool, a tennis court, a […]

CHANGE POWER CHANGE LIVES

CHANGE POWER CHANGE LIVES

CHANGE POWER CHANGE LIVES Climate change is real. It’s happening now. And it’s affecting the world’s poorest people the most. Like in Papua New Guinea where prolonged drought, caused by El Niño, has ravaged the once fertile land. Or in Vanuatu and Fiji, where people are facing increasingly destructive cyclones. Or in Tuvalu, where rising […]

SUPPLY AND DEMAND BALANCE EASES BUBBLE CONCERNS

SUPPLY AND DEMAND BALANCE EASES BUBBLE CONCERNS

SUPPLY AND DEMAND BALANCE EASES BUBBLE CONCERNS Concerns of a bubble in Australia’s housing market are overblown according to a senior official from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), who believes the market is in a better position than it has been in recent years. Speaking at the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) National […]

TOP 20 THINGS TO EXPECT IN REAL ESTATE IN 2016

TOP 20 THINGS TO EXPECT IN REAL ESTATE IN 2016

The top 20 things to expect in real estate in 2016 Sydney price growth will be in single digits. Media will declare it’s because of the APRA measures, although Sydney market was declining before APRA moved. Melbourne will lead early on price growth but its market will peak before mid-year. The rate of annual price […]

PORT MACQUARIE TO GAIN REGIONAL CITY STATUS

PORT MACQUARIE TO GAIN REGIONAL CITY STATUS

Port Macquarie to gain regional city status Photo Hydro Photographics PORT Macquarie will be recognised as a regional city for the first time as part of a draft blueprint for the North Coast. The NSW Government’s draft North Coast Regional Plan sets out a vision for the region over the next 20 years, setting the agenda for generating […]

THE RBA LEAVES RATES ON HOLD

THE RBA LEAVES RATES ON HOLD

March 1st 2016 The RBA leaves rates on hold – who cares and what does it mean to you? As discussed previously, the RBA decision on rates will have very little impact on the Bank’s interest rate movements. Owner-Occupiers will continue to be rewarded for pulling out their loan statements, checking the interest rate they […]

Higher rates remain on the cards despite another Senate Enquiry

I was interested to read in the recently how three high profile finance experts fronted the Senate Economics References Committee regarding Credit Card interest rates. David Koch, Paul Clitheroe and Ross Greenwood referred to by News Corp’s John Rolfe as Australia’s three wise men of personal finance presented their case on behalf of their various […]

NRAS Updates & 13/14 Statistics, September 2014

NRAS Updates & 13/14 Statistics, September 2014

 2013/14 NRAS RTOs and incentives The Federal Government has been delayed in issuing refundable tax offset certificates. All NRAS Participants have received an update from the Federal Government on the 5th of September regarding RTO certificates. At this time, the Federal Government anticipates a further four to six weeks delay before the certificates are released due […]