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New data shows solution to the housing crisis is working – but slowly
The housing crisis continues to put pressure on many Australians, particularly renters, with typical rents up 9.1% over the past year.   But new data on construction across the country
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The sacrifices Australians are making to meet home loan repayments
New data has revealed that four out of five borrowers have had to tighten their budgets to keep up with home loan repayments as a result of high interest rates.
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The 9 most common concerns for first-time investors and how to tackle them
In a rapidly evolving financial climate, many first-time investors might be questioning if the timing is right to buy – here’s how to tackle your concerns. When you’re thinking of
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4 megatrends shaping Australia’s real estate market right now
Shifting confidence levels, taxes and interest rates are shaping Australia’s diverse real estate landscape, as home buyers and sellers continue to navigate unpredictable times. Home buyers are facing uncertain market
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Essential workers in Victoria offered $35,000 discount to build their dream home
Villawood Properties’ Armstrong Creek development is offering essential workers a discount to build their own home dream. Victorian nurses, teachers, cops and firefighters are among the essential workers being offered
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Vendor and buyer activity high, except in Victoria and Tasmania
In today’s Pulse, Tim Lawless analyses the increasing vendor and buyer activity nationwide. As we approach the cooler winter months the flow of new listings coming to market is slowing,
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Ins and outs of body corps
The difference between strata titles and body corp, including levies or fees, can be confusing. But for property owners, it’s crucial to understand the concepts.   What is a strata
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Why new home listings are selling faster
New home listings are getting snapped up at greater speeds, especially in the capital cities, as increasing buyer confidence and a shortage of new listings drives down the time spent
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How student debts impact your home loan borrowing power
Student loans can reduce your home loan borrowing power, but not in the way you may expect. More than three million Australians have HECS university debts or similar government-supported study
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Federal Budget 2024: Tax cuts expected to boost borrowing power
A typical homebuyer’s borrowing capacity will rise by tens of thousands of dollars next financial year as a result of tax cuts that form part of a federal budget designed
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Federal Budget 2024: $6.2b housing splash
The federal government has unveiled $6.2 billion in new housing spending in this year’s budget, with a major focus on housing for Aussies doing it tough. With near record low
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Federal Budget 2024: How this year’s budget tackles the rising cost of living
Tax cuts, energy bill relief and rent assistance are among the measures in this year’s federal budget aimed at bringing down the rising cost of living. Federal treasurer Jim Chalmers
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Is the mortgage loyalty tax a thing of the past?
New and existing home loan customers are now paying almost the same interest rates, with the difference shrinking to the smallest it’s been in the past five years. Since the
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Budget 2024: The roads, rail and regional hotspots getting billions
The 2024 federal budget has unveiled a range of initiatives aimed at tackling Australia’s housing issues head-on, but it’s also provided billions of dollars to build more infrastructure across the
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Cost of living: underinsurance effects 200,000 Aussies
Rising costs and affordability challenges has pushed Australia into an underinsurance crisis, which could cost homeowners hundreds of thousands of dollars when faced with disaster. In Australia, 13.1 million homeowners
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Biggest surprises of Australia’s rental market revealed
In some parts of Australia, rents are bafflingly high, while in others, they’re surprisingly affordable. In some cities, it’s the areas you’d least expect that are showing the highest rental
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Higher for longer? The new cash rate paradigm
Research Director Tim Lawless unpacks what today’s cash rate decision means for the housing market. The interest rate outlook has changed remarkably in a short space of time. It was
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Rent crisis: Vast majority of Victoria now home to ‘extreme rental pain’, but silver lining for Docklands
More than three-quarters of Victoria is now in extreme rental pain after the state notched the second-fastest rent rises in the country across the past year. But there are signs
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Why now is the time to invest in this unloved state, and where to buy
Victoria’s property investment prospects remain strong despite prices going backwards and an ‘outrageous cash grab’ by the state government that has prompted many investors to flee, according to property experts.
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Are higher interest rates forcing investors to sell up?
More landlords in Melbourne and Sydney are selling off their investment properties compared to a year ago, new research suggests. PropTrack data shows the estimated share of home sales in
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Rates on hold amid warnings housing boom could delay cuts
The Reserve Bank has held interest rates steady for a third straight meeting, but there are warnings Australia’s unstoppable property market could derail the prospect of a rate cut ‘anytime
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Why are more Aussies choosing to rent?
With approximately 30% of all Australians now living in rental properties. According to ABS Census data, the rental population in Australia has grown steadily since 1991, while home ownership rates
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Minimum standards in rental properties in Victoria
A rental property must be safe, secure, reasonably clean and reasonably fit to live in. That would be the least that most would expect, but it doesn’t end there. Legislation
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Tips for Managing Condensation
As the cooler months approach, it’s important to address potential condensation issues in apartments. Modern living habits, such as increased washing, drying, and appliance usage, can lead to higher levels
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Homebuyer FOMO returns ahead of looming rate cut
A sense of urgency is returning to the property market as homebuyers look to make their move before an expected interest rate cut later this year. Real estate agencies say
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Why rising seller confidence is good news for buyers
More home sellers believe it’s a good time to put their property on the market, which has led to an influx of new home listings across the country. Nationally, there
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Stamp duty cut a solution to Australia’s new home building crisis: Charter Keck Cramer
Melbourne’s apartment market could get a shot in the arm if the government ditched stamp duty for new builds. Picture: Jason Edwards. The Allan government has been urged to wipe
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Buyers stay optimistic amid rising home prices
Home buyers increasingly see it as a good time to buy a home despite predictions that property prices will continue to rise this year, according to the latest data from
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Construction cost growth ‘returns to trend’
A reacceleration in the quarterly pace of growth for national construction costs is suggested to be a return to trend rather than a new surge, according to CoreLogic. The Cordell Construction
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Rental market to reach ‘tipping point’ in 2024: Domain
Domain’s Dr Nicola Powell told the Savings Tip Jar podcast the rental market will likely ease some time next year as more renters buy property or move into share houses,
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Monthly Housing Chart Pack – January 2024
Here are the must know stats, facts and figures on Australia’s residential property market. Annual growth in home values have seen ups-and-downs while rent values have increased at more than
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6 strategies to help you renegotiate your home loan and save money
Home loans are at their most expensive in 11 years, prompting a mad scramble among heavily mortgaged homeowners to either switch lenders or negotiate a better deal with their existing
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Richmond: Where you’ll find everything from cheap street food to luxury furniture
Richmond’s Barkly Gardens are popular with locals. Photo: Greg Briggs Bridge Road is back. The news from Richmond has the ailing retail strip shucking off the doldrums and getting a
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Home prices set to break new records in 2024, with three cities tipped to outperform all others
Stage three tax cuts, soaring population growth and lagging housing supply could see national property prices rise up to 4% over 2024, and as much as 8% in some capital
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Monthly Housing Chart Pack – December 2023
Each month the CoreLogic Research team puts together a Housing Chart Pack, with all the latest stats, facts and figures on the residential property market, such as the combined value
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Aussies amp up energy efficiency in homes as cost of living soars
With the cost of living higher than it has been in decades, homeowners and renters are looking for ways to reduce bills and save some money. Those living in homes
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V shaped recovery: CoreLogic’s national Home Value Index reaches a new record high in November
Australian dwelling values have regained the losses from the recent downturn and surpassed their previous peak to reach a new record high, CoreLogic’s national daily HVI shows. After reaching a
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Victoria housing affordability: Less than a fifth of Victorian homes are cheaper to buy than rent | PropTrack
Less than a fifth of homes in Victoria are cheaper to buy than rent, according to PropTrack. Less than a fifth of Victorian homes are more affordable to buy than
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Property investors trickle back into the market
Property investors are trickling back into the market to capitalise on record-low vacancy rates around the country despite the prospect of higher interest rates. New investor loans rose 2% in
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6 Compelling Reasons to Invest in Melbourne’s Real Estate
6 Compelling Reasons to Invest in Melbourne’s Real Estate   Diverse Demographics: With a vibrant population of 4.9 million and a median age of 37, Melbourne stands as Australia’s largest
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Five things to know about migration and the housing market
In this article, CoreLogic Head of Research Eliza Owen addresses the debate on Australia’s migration strategy and shares five key insights on overseas migration and the housing market. Overseas migration
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Will rising interest rates put the brakes on Australia’s property market recovery?
The latest interest rate hike and the risk of another rise in the coming months could slow Australia’s property market rebound, but won’t be enough to halt further price rises,
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Melbourne revealed as top offshore property location for home seekers, China rental nearly double pre-pandemic levels: PropTrack
Melbourne has been revealed as the top destination in Australia for international buyers and renters. Melbourne has been revealed as the top destination in Australia for offshore property seekers as
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Why refinancing doesn’t always mean the best deal
New research from Finder.com has focuses on refinancing – the stress, savings and whether or not you always get a better deal. When it comes to refinancing, homeowners are not
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RBA keeps rates on hold, but for how long?
The Reserve Bank of Australia has held the cash rate steady for the fourth consecutive month, but a recent uptick in inflation has left the door open to another hike
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Slash five years off your home loan with this one simple trick
One simple strategy could shave years off the life of a home loan, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest along the way. The Reserve Bank of Australia held interest
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Vacancy rates reach new record lows despite rental growth easing
Despite worsening affordability easing the pace of rental growth in Australia, rental availability tightened in September, with vacancy rates falling to new record lows across the country. CoreLogic’s Quarterly Rental
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The most in-demand suburbs with overseas property seekers
Interest in Australian property from overseas has never been higher, and some locations are more desirable than others. The most searched-for location in the past six months on realestate.com.au was
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The state where investors are flocking
The number of investor loans has risen over recent months; however, one state is attracting more investors than others. New lending indicators data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows
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5 trends to watch in the housing market this spring
The housing market has been unexpectedly resilient this year in the face of significant increases in mortgage interest rates. After a turbulent 2022, property prices had been expected to continue
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Victoria unveils Airbnb tax in plan to build 800,000 new homes
Short stay rental properties in Victoria will be hit with a 7.5% tax as part of a raft of housing changes announced by the state government to unlock housing supply.
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What are the most in-demand suburbs for buyers this spring?
Property market activity has been unseasonably high over the past few months, with higher listings and sales in many capital cities. Buyers were out in force in August with the
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Mortgage wars: how borrowers are getting a home loan discount without refinancing
The cash rate is widely tipped to have reached its peak, but that doesn’t mean it’s all downhill for borrowers. Mortgage Choice data shows lenders have continued to lift rates
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State of the Market
Residential Build to Sell (BTS) and Build to Rent (BTR) Apartments METRO MELBOURNE H1 2023   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Metro Melbourne H1 2023 Welcome to the latest research on the Melbourne
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RBA holds as speculation mounts the rate hiking cycle has peaked
With inflation easing more rapidly than forecast, signs the labour market is loosening and a pullback in spending from households, the RBA’s decision to keep the cash rate on hold
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Australian landlords are now older than ever, and that spells bad news for renters
Older Australians are far more likely to own an investment property than younger Australians, a trend that has been growing over time. More than half of all property investors are
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A rise in fresh listings will test the depth of buyer demand in spring
In this spring preview, Tim Lawless analyses new and total listings compared to the previous five-year average, which regions have had the largest rise/fall in advertised stock levels and reveals
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Australia’s most tightly held suburbs: Where people buy and never want to leave
Homeowners are holding onto properties for longer than ever, with new research revealing the suburbs where people buy and stay put for decades. Analysis of PropTrack data shows that the average period
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Where landlords are selling up – and why
Interest rate rises, land tax increases and the opportunity to bank big price gains is driving a spike in landlord exits from the property market across Australia. Victoria topped the
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Opportunities & Risks in the Rental Markets Across Australian Capital Cities
There is a lot of attention surrounding the rental markets across the Australian capital cities at present. A key reason for this attention is the exorbitant growth in rental pricing
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Reserve Bank leaves interest rates on hold, but for how long?
Experts have warned the Reserve Bank’s decision to keep interest rates on hold on Tuesday was not a sign future hikes were not on the horizon, but it has paved the way
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Are we there yet? A ‘fixed-rate cliff’ update
CoreLogic published a note outlining what we knew about the so-called ‘fixed-rate cliff’ in February this year. It was a forward look into what we could expect when an estimated
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Melbourne Property Market Update
Melbourne’s property market has faced significant challenges in recent years, with the economic impact of the pandemic, consecutive interest rate rises, and tightening lending restrictions. However, there are signs that
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The Melbourne Rental Market
The Melbourne rental market is currently facing a severe housing shortage, which is not unique to the city but is also prevalent in many parts of Australia. In this article,
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Home prices set to rebound up to 5% this year
Australian home prices are forecast to rise as much as 5% in 2023 amid the interest rate hikes and cost of living pressures facing homeowners over the past year. PropTrack’s
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New loan commitments picking up despite higher interest rates
New loan commitments increased by 4.8% in May 2023 to $25 billion, signalling property buyers are becoming increasingly active even after 12 interest rate rises since May 2022. Investor lending
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Could the peak in interest rates signal an end to rising rents?
In this Property Pulse, Eliza Owen explores the correlation between the cash rate and rents, as well as investor activity more broadly. As inflation moves past its peak, the RBA
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Can apartment value rates be increased in BTS projects?
There is a lot of negative sentiment and general apprehension at present surrounding the apartment markets in Melbourne. It is Charter Keck Cramer’s view that this is not reflective of the
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Podcast Interview: Melbourne’s Real Estate Revival — undervalued and brimming with potential!
Join Motion Property Director, Nurit Brukarz, in an engaging conversation with Dominic Nesci, the Managing Director of Wealthi, as they delve into the dynamic Melbourne rental market and unveil compelling
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Home Value Index shows housing values increase in June, but the pace of growth has slowed
Australian housing values moved through a fourth month of recovery with CoreLogic’s national Home Value Index (HVI) rising 1.1% in June, decelerating slightly from the 1.2% gain recorded in May.
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PropTrack Overseas Search Report – April 2023
Overseas interest in Aussie properties has surged to record levels as migration hits highest point in three years.   Searches from overseas for properties to buy and rent on realestate.com.au last quarter
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Rents to rise, supply to fall and renters ‘extremely concerned’ about homelessness, says new report.
Nearly 90 percent of real estate agents in Victoria have had an increase in contact from landlords (residential rental providers) who are looking to recover increased costs as a result
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Homes are not being built where people want to live
While we need more homes, data on planned development in our major cities shows they are not being prioritised where people want to live. Current challenges for developers and planning
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Where rents have risen most in our capitals over the past year
Low vacancy rates and strong demand for rentals has led to a surge in rent prices, with some suburbs seeing increases of over 30% in the past 12 months. At
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Melbourne gains a competitive advantage
Melbourne house values have increased a mere 1.6% between the onset of COVID in March 2020 and the end of May 2023. Every other capital city has seen double-digit growth,
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Is winter the hot time to sell this year?
Over the first five months of 2023, national property prices increased by 1.5%. Aside from Darwin, all capital cities saw prices rise in May, with Adelaide and Perth sitting at peaks.
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Why you might be struggling to keep pace with rent rises
Apartment rents across Australia have increased six times faster than wages and house rents have climbed at triple the rate, leaving many tenants struggling to make ends meet.   Median
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National unit rents only $39 a week cheaper than houses
Strong tenant demand for capital city unit rentals and a shortage of available listings has drastically closed the gap between median house and unit rents, with the gap dropping from
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Rental affordability gap slashed; national unit rents only $39 a week cheaper than houses
Strong tenant demand for capital city unit rentals and a shortage of available listings has drastically closed the gap between median house and unit rents, with the gap dropping from
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Fixed versus variable rate home loans: How to decide which option is right for you
When deciding between a fixed and variable loan, there’s more to consider than just the interest rate. Photo: Vaida Savickaite   There are 880,000 fixed-rate loans due to expire this
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‘A great time’ for investors, so where are they?
With skyrocketing rents and eye-wateringly low vacancy rates, it’s not a great time to be a renter. But it could be a superb time to be a property investor. Tenant
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Federal budget 2023: What it means for the housing market
ANALYSIS: Amid a national rental crisis, fast recovering population growth, and constrained housing supply, measures to address the housing shortage and worsening affordability featured prominently in this year’s budget.  While renting
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CoreLogic Home Value Index: Further evidence Australia’s housing downturn is over
After falling -9.1% between May 2022 and February 2023, Australian housing values look to have bottomed out, posting a second consecutive monthly rise. CoreLogic’s national Home Value Index (HVI) increased
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Australia’s capital cities record strongest annual rental increase in history
A surge in overseas migrants and international students coupled with a significant shortfall in rental listings has led to the strongest annual rental increase on record for Australia’s capitals. CoreLogic’s
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Home prices have started rising again. Is it a ‘dead cat bounce’ or has the market bottomed out?
After near-record rises during the pandemic, home prices in most parts of the country began to fall halfway through last year. Headlines warning of declines at the fastest rate in
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Growth in Australian construction costs finally show signs of easing
After two years of unabated increases in the price to build a new home or renovation, there are signs pressures on construction costs are easing despite lingering labour shortages and
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National unit values rise for the first time in 11 months
CoreLogic’s national unit index shows unit values nationally increased for the first time in 11 months, increasing 0.6% over March. Highlights from this month’s Unit Market Update include: Nationally unit
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What actually happens when your fixed rate expires?
For many mortgage-holders who fixed their home loan at a low interest rate in the past few years, the imminent expiry of their fixed-rate period will mean their minimum home
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‘Six-year rule’: How rentvestors can avoid capital gains tax
Beachside locales like Byron Bay are favourite bases for rentvestors who are renting out their main residence. Photo: Getty   Rentvesting has become phenomenally popular over the past 10 years,
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Six things to do today to boost your borrowing power by $130k
RateCity research director Sally Tindall says a six step financial makeover is crucial to secure higher levels of borrowing power in this market.   The average person could add $130,000
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Why higher interest rates aren’t to blame for the rental crisis
In the past year, most parts of the country have seen median advertised rent prices on realestate.com.au rising in the order of 10%. With rents growing so quickly, there have
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‘Gimmicks’: Will it be easier to buy or rent a home after this election?
Neither major party’s policies will be enough to shift the dial on housing affordability in the NSW election, experts warn. The cost of living, including housing, which forms the largest
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With interest rates now reaching their peak – should APRA reduce the serviceability buffer?
The serviceability buffer is a key regulatory setting that impacts how much Australians can borrow, and therefore what happens to home prices. In late February, APRA left the buffer unchanged
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First-home-buyer advice: Experts share their tips and tricks for first timers in 2023
New data has revealed that first-home buyers are getting older, so it’s important that you understand the best ways to make your money go further, and take advantage of all
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Sellers leapt into action in February as housing market activity picked up
New data shows a lift in housing market activity among sellers, with the number of new listings increasing after a slower start to the year. The latest PropTrack Listings Report indicates activity
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RBA suggests new homebuyers could ultimately benefit from higher rates
Higher interest rates have cut the maximum amount people can borrow and lifted their mortgage repayments but could ultimately benefit new homebuyers, according to a senior Reserve Bank of Australia
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7 ‘must-ask’ questions for your mortgage broker
Whether you’re itching to get on the property ladder or just considering switching lenders, ensuring you ask your broker certain questions could set you up for long-term success, experts say. Questions
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The Melbourne suburbs where tenants are bearing the brunt of record rent rises
Unit rents in the Melbourne CBD have spiked by 33.3 per cent in a year as landlords claw back pandemic discounts and price out some tenants. The median rent for
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Melbourne high-density development vs heritage: population booms as affordability declines
A delicate balance must be struck between maintaining the heritage of Melbourne’s established suburbs, and catering for a booming population. Picture: Josie Hayden   A “massive assault” on heritage is
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6 reasons to buy new over established in 2023
When it comes to buying your dream home in 2023, the idea of ‘out with the old and in with the new’ has a lot going for it. There are
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Six pressing issues for the property market in 2023
Aerial view of Melbourne city CBD high-rise towers from Port Melbourne and Southbank above residential suburb house roofs and local streets, roads, cars and parks. Following strong housing market conditions
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Property prices fell in 2022, but are forecast to rise again in 2023
The property market has changed significantly over the past 12 months. In the year to November 2021, the national median property price jumped 22.2%, according to CoreLogic. But in the
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Five trends that will shape the property market and prices in 2023
Whether it was around the dinner party table, the coffee machine at work or the pub on a Sunday afternoon, property dominated conversations in 2022. Prices went down, mortgages went
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Experts reveal the hotspot factors that hint at a suburb or town’s future property prospects
Property experts have revealed the three key factors that can determine whether a town or suburb is destined to be a future investment hot spot. The where-to-buy decision is the
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Rents rising fastest for large houses and small units
As any property investor could tell you, rents have grown strongly over the past year. But when you drill down into the data, as realestate.com.au did, you discover that some
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Surge in people from overseas looking for homes to buy or rent in Australia
Overseas property seekers are surging back into Australia, with potentially crushing consequences for an already struggling rental market. PropTrack’s Overseas Search Report for November 2022 shows property searches by those outside the
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You could be in a position to buy a home right now and not realise
Paying off a mortgage each month could now be cheaper than renting for many Australians – and experts say tenants could have enough savings in the bank for a deposit
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Some Aussies selling their homes right now risk losing out on up to $60K
New research reveals some homeowners preparing to sell in a slowing market could be at risk losing out on tens of thousands of dollars with a single decision. PropTrack has released
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Are rising interest rates pushing rent prices up even further?
The fastest pace of interest rate hikes in three decades is adding an extra layer of pressure to Australia’s already critical rental market, as a new report reveals tenants are
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Should you wait for interest rates to stop rising before buying?
Should you wait for interest rates to stop rising before buying? It’s the million-dollar question, quite literally. Mortgage holders have already copped six consecutive rate rises. So is the sweet
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Mortgage rates close to the upper end of APRA’s mortgage serviceability buffer
Citing ongoing concerns about inflationary conditions, and the potential for tight labour markets to fuel further domestic inflation, the RBA continued along its less aggressive path of rate hikes in
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Data reveals the suburbs tenants are flocking to as Australia’s rent crunch worsens
Rental demand has soared across the country and the limited number of homes for rent has sparked highly competitive conditions for tenants seeking a roof over their heads. Now, new
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Five things to know for the 2022 spring selling season
Traditionally, spring is a time of fervent activity for the Australian property market as sales and listings increase. However spring 2022 is expected to hit a little differently amid higher
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How are different buyer cohorts reacting to the housing market downturn?
As the property downturn spreads across more Australian housing markets, both buyer and seller activity has softened. However, demand for housing finance across owner occupiers that are not first homebuyers (i.e., subsequent buyers defined
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Interest rates back to 2015 levels, but still below the pre-COVID decade average
The RBA took the cash rate another 50 basis points higher at the September board meeting, citing ongoing inflationary pressures amidst a tightening labour market.  The cash rate setting, at 2.35%,
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The suburbs with the least competition for rentals
Rental stock has tightened over the past year, driving up costs and competition for renters – particularly in the major capitals as many return to the city life. However, there
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PropTrack Home Price Index – August 2022
The PropTrack Home Price Index shows that home prices continued to fall across the country in August, with regional markets recording their largest quarterly fall since 2011. The largest price falls continue
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Another mega interest rate hike delivered but the RBA might be ready to slow down
The Reserve Bank of Australia has delivered the fourth double interest rate rise in a row, but there are signs it may now slow down the pace of its hikes.
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Buyers gaining the upper hand ahead of spring
Buyers are gaining the upper hand from sellers heading into the peak spring selling season, meaning it could be “an ideal time” to buy. With demand easing and housing market
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5 Things to Consider Before Buying an Investment Property
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