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Listed in 2016

FIRB and “Off-the-plan” sales

Seven deadly sins made by rookie property investors

The new urban divide reminds us why location matters most

Weighing up rental vacancies and unemployment rates

Low CPI is good news for home buyers and renters

Oversupply fears rise as LVRs drop

Market update-property prices easing

Negative gearing - labour's policy misses the mark

Owner Occupiers Dominate Housing Finance

Housing affordability may be turning

Rents continue on a downwards spiral

Melbourne's housing supply outlook

CPI demonstrates impact of investment activity on rents

Victorian government increases stamp duty for foreigners

Property Market overview April 2016

Mixed messages on rental market suggest tide has turned

Sydney’s premium suburbs are much more expensive than anywhere else

Pain or Gain : Winners and Losers revealed - December 2015 Quarter

Annual rate of housing market capital gains slips to slowest pace in 31 months

March 2016 Property Market Update

Listed in 2015

Rental growth slows to 20 year low...

Overseas buyers now required to complete an Agricultural Land Register

Weekly rents fall across every capital city over the month of July

Is the credit growth finally showing signs of slowing down..?

No stopping investors with another monthly record smashed

An investment property that costs just $35 a week?

Two Tiered' Pattern of Property Growth

New apartment numbers drop in June

Australia's hottest school zones

Capital city dwelling values 9.8% higher over the financial year

Time for investors to move away from Interest Only

New record high reached for the value of investment loans

Top 20 regional areas for house & unit dwelling approvals

Australian Median House Price Exceeds $650,000

Residential rental market performance - May 2015

50 suburbs where houses are outperforming units

Are significant corrections coming to the Sydney market?

House and unit growth disparity widens...

Has your property out performed inflation...

Top 5 most affordable suburbs within 10km of the CBD

Oz housing market is moderating - March 2015

Some words of caution on housing supply - February 2015

Property Rental Market Highlights - January 2015

Housing market starts the year on strong footing

Home value growth across Australia's capital cities has slowed over time

There's never been a better time to reform stamp duties

Pain & Gain Report for September 2014 quarter

Quarterly rental review January 2015

Listed in 2014

Building approvals - November 2014

Building approvals - September 2014

July 2014 - Property market update report

Building Approvals - June 2014

Negative Gearing: 10 reasons why it is so important

Foreign investment: Is it all a beat-up..?

May 2014: Investment housing continues to grow but at what cost..?

Median house prices: March 2014 - Sydney is the star performer

Building activity: March 2014

Building approvals: May 2014

Foreign Investment - How is it effecting the real estate property prices and property management sector 

Sydney unit prices forecasted to increase 15% by 2016

Building Approvals April2014

RESIDEX: Sydney property approaching boom mentality...

Building approvals March 2014

Foreign Investors-Is it really that bad?

RESIDEX: April property market update...

Building Activity : December 2014

Building Approvals: February 2014

RESIDEX : Sydney market reaches peak

Investors corner housing market...

Market update things looking good for 2014 and beyond

Building approvals : January 2014

Slower growth in owner-occupier market

Termites - an article that you can't afford not to read...

Construction Work Done Dec 13 Qtr - the effect of the decline in mining construction is not as significant at this stage...

Building Approvals Dec 13 Qtr - still in growth phase but at a slower rate...

Australian housing in a growth phase...

Housing More Affordable but First Home Buyers Disappearing

Listed in 2013

Building activity October13-qtr

Positive news for Australian property

Property market update November 2013

Housing construction to peak in 2016...article reviewing new housing trends

Could you self manage your property... read about a real life tragedy

Building Activity June 2013 Quarter : Additional Information

Residex September 2013 Property Market Update

ABS building approvals September 2013

bubble trouble measuring housing market hype

NAB develops new test to gauge the property bubble

Building Activity June 2013 Qtr: Activity in new properties lags behind existing property sales market

August ABS figures show strong activity in new dwellings...but beware of paying too much or selling too soon!

Positive signs indicate a positive future for home prices, manufacturing and retail.

All real estate agents must now have PI insurance

Minor Amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act 2010

National licensing set to become reality in 2014

Estate agent jailed for helping himself to $800,000 from the trust fund

Building Approvals:June 2013 - Houses increase whilst apartments decrease

Property Market Update - Residex March 2013

Building Approvals:June 2013 - Houses increase whilst apartments decrease


Gold Coast apartments market update -2012

More people in homes - census-2011

Finally plumbing laws will be uniformed nationally after 1 July 2012...Yahoo!

Job market cools as activity dries up - property market to suffer from fall-out...

10  Reasons To Be Optimistic About Australia's Future...

Bursting The Bubble - Myth or Fact according to REIA research

Property market update report 2011 - Residex

CPI figures for June 11 place interest rises back on agenda

Property Market Update:June 11 - Expert reveals a silver lining...

Housing affordability: Largest annual decline this decade

Sydney vacancy rates end 2010 on a high, but supply still poor

Rental prices to soar in 2011: RP Data

Market Wrap - all the facts and figures...

Australian Median House Prices Decrease...

Building Approvals Oct 10 - My take on the contiued decline...

New Units  Sep10- Significant reductions, great for Rent & Prices...

Building Approvals Sept 10 - Trend continues to fall...

Outer Sydney Rents Rising Faster than the Inner City...

The RBA has got it wrong according to the recent REIA Report...

Recent research shows signs that construction will grow in 2010 - 2012...

Will the Dumping of the BIG Aust Policy Effect Property Prices in the Years Ahead...

Top 13 Sydney Suburbs to buy now...selected by the API panel of experts

The Property Bubble - WIll It Burst...the REIA sheds light on the Reserve Bank findings...

Building Approvals for July 2010...better than expected...

Housing Shortage Update-the best is yet to come...

Melbourne Forecast to out grow Sydney

Construction Work Figures: June 2010 - strong evidence of a stable market....

NSW Gov't - 58% increase in stamp duty revenue...

HIA - latest figures show sustained recovery...

Home Warranty Insurance - Insurers withdraw...

Average House Prices - strong growth Sydney & Melbourne...

Qld - Apartment prices collapse...a good time to buy

Investors Slow to Act...

Sydney vacancy rates end 2010 on a high but supply still poor

HIA - housing recovery in 2010...

First home buyers survey results...surprising!

Qld 30% Land Tax increase...

NSW extends FHB supplement...

Vacancy rates up for it the beginning of the end?


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The latest housing finance figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reflect a stabilising market.

The figures for May 2014 show, in trend terms, that the number of owner-occupied finance commitments increased by 0.1 per cent, following monthly increases of 0.1 per cent for the first four months of 2014.

If refinancing is excluded, in trend terms for May, the number of owner-occupied finance commitments fell by 0.3 per cent the fourth consecutive drop this year.

Increases were recorded in Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory which had the biggest rise of 1.5 per cent. Falls were recorded in Victoria, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania, with the ACT having the biggest fall of 0.5 per cent.

This is a concern as it indicates that the rapid rise in housing prices in Sydney and Melbourne may be effecting housing affordability and buyer confidence for the local market which is lagging behind the investor market. Many of the off-the-plan sales over the past 2 years in Sydney have been to overseas non residence and first generation migrants. There appears to be a 2 speed property market which is being down played.     

It is no surprise to see Queensland and South Australia showing increases, even though moderate as these states have been lagging behind Sydney and Melbourne and the housing affordability is much better. Western Australia is still benefiting from the mining money which is being reinvested by the workers into housing.


In trend terms, the number of commitments for the construction of new dwellings climbed 0.5 per cent and the purchase of established dwellings increased by 0.1 per cent. However the purchase of new dwellings fell by 0.2 per cent.

The value of investment housing commitments again increased but by a more moderate rate of 0.3 per cent in May, following over three years of consecutive monthly increases.

The proportion of first home buyers in the number of owner-occupied housing finance commitments increased to 12.6 per cent compared to 12.3 per cent in April, which was level with the historical low point of November 2013.


Source: ABS and REIA