Negative Gearing and the Mum and Dad Investors

Negative Gearing

Much has been posited about the typical Australian property investor, especially their salary. According to the ATO, 67% of investors claiming rental interest deductions take home under $80,000 per year. At least as far back as 2014, the data has been pulled apart and commentators have asserted that the data is flawed. Their argument is…

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The property market in Darwin – Still a hotspot?

Darwin Property Market

I thought I’d take a look at a property market that’s been getting a lot of press lately: Darwin. This property market has been attracting a lot of attention based on the fact that capital gains within the Darwin housing market have been outperforming the broader capital city average since early 2004. It’s easy to…

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Consumer House Price Expectations Index Moderates in January 2013

Consumer House Price

The Westpac-Melbourne Institute Consumer House Price Expectations Index moderated in January, all but reversing a spike in October. The Index indicated that 26.7% of respondents expect house prices to rise over the year ahead. This is a fall of 7.7pts from October, following a rise of 9.1pts between July and October. This reversal of consumer’s…

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HIA voice concerns over the decline in residential construction activity


In a one page bulletin produced last week, the HIA called for interest rate cuts and supply side reforms to arrest the on-going decline in residential construction activity in Australia. The HIA represents the construction industry and by proxy has a vested interest in construction activity; however there is growing evidence of supply side problems with concerns…

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Housing State of Supply Report 2011

Housing State of Supply

Yesterday saw the release of the National Housing Supply Councils 2011 State of Supply report. The National Housing Supply Council was established in 2008 by the Treasurer and the Minister for Housing to monitor housing demand, supply and affordability in Australia, and to highlight current and potential gaps between housing supply and demand from households.…

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