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The Number of Properties For Sale Rising by CAMERON KUSHER
09 November 2017

Throughout Spring, the number of properties advertised for sale typically climbs as vendors look to take advantage of the warmer climate and improved weather.  This year, as housing market conditions transition, stock levels remain tight across the strongest markets but are rising in areas where housing market...


Housing Affordability Deteriorates in Sydney and Melbourne Over the June 2017 Quarter by CAMERON KUSHER
09 November 2017

CoreLogic measures housing affordability in four different ways, the methodologies of which are detailed below: The ratio of median dwelling prices to median gross annual household income.  Utilising median household income data which has been modelled by the Australian National University Centre for Social Research...


Property Market Predictions: Who Should You Trust? by NILA SWEENEY
26 October 2017

Like them or loathe them, there’s no getting away from property market forecasters and prognosticators. But who should you trust? Nila Sweeney, managing editor of Property Market Insider explains. For some investors, forecasts are crucial when making their investment decisions. They can be helpful in finding the...


Does a Slowdown in the Sydney Housing Market Necessarily Mean a Pick-Up in Brisbane? by CAMERON KUSHER
26 October 2017

The Sydney housing market is starting to slow following more than five years of strong increases in dwelling values.  As the Sydney market slows there could be some upside for other housing markets where capital gains have been more sustainable and rental yields are higher.  Australia’s third largest city,...


Household Debts and Assets Hit Record Highs by CAMERON KUSHER
26 October 2017

Each quarter the Reserve Bank (RBA) publishes household finances data which look at the ratio of household debts and assets to disposable income.  The latest data shows households are becoming more indebted at the same time as the value of their assets are increasing. According to the RBA, the ratio of...


First Home Buyers Rebound on Stamp Duty Concessions in Vic and NSW by CAMERON KUSHER
26 October 2017

The latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that there has been a rebound in owner occupier first home buyer housing finance commitments. In August 2017, there were 10,227 owner occupier first home buyer finance commitments.  The 10,227 commitments was the greatest number since...


Home Ownership Rates Falling by CAMERON KUSHER
21 September 2017

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released their biennial survey of household income and wealth earlier this week.  The release has a huge amount of valuable data but at least initially I thought it was pertinent to look at the dwelling tenure data.  The information is provided from 1994-95 up until the...


Premium Housing Values Rise Fastest by CAMERON KUSHER
21 September 2017

The CoreLogic Stratified Hedonic Index breaks the market into three segments: the most affordable 25% of properties, the middle 50% and the most expensive 25%. The data shows over the past year the most expensive quarter of the market has recorded the greatest value growth. Over the 12 months to August...


How Long Should You Look For a Property? by NILA SWEENEY
21 September 2017

While doing extensive research helps ensure that you understand the market you’re buying into, it can also lead to analysis paralysis and missed opportunities. So, what’s the research sweet spot? Nila Sweeney, managing editor of Property Market Insider explains. When it comes to research, how much is enough? It...


Over 50? It's NOT Too Late to Start Investing in Property by NILA SWEENEY
19 September 2017

Just because you're pushing 50 or well into it already doesn't mean you should give up hope of building a property portfolio you can retire on. Nila Sweeney, managing editor with Property Market Insider explains. While there are obvious challenges such as the shorter time in the market as well as potential difficulty...