Australian Property News

Property investment body calls for balanced approach

Posted on Monday, August 03 2015 at 11:03 AM.

The Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) has questioned the move by lenders to increase interest rates to both new and existing property investors, urging regulators and government to take a more balanced approach in working to encourage a sustainable and flourishing property market. Read more

Loans to investors still high – but investors should take care

Posted on Friday, July 31 2015 at 4:13 PM.

Property investors are being warned to watch their home loan interest rates, while new investors will face a tougher time securing an investment loan, following new research into home loan market lending growth by comparison website Read more

Affordability index sees fall in June quarter

Posted on Friday, July 31 2015 at 12:03 PM.

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) Affordability Index fell in the June 2015 quarter, signalling a deterioration in affordability conditions. Read more

Another big lender makes investor loan changes

Posted on Wednesday, July 29 2015 at 1:17 PM.

AMP Bank will not be accepting new or assessing existing investor property lending applications from today, it has announced. This is expected to last until later in 2015, depending on market conditions. Read more

50% of investors plan to buy in next year

Posted on Monday, July 27 2015 at 10:11 AM.

Recent research by property investment experts MRD Partners has revealed that more than half of property investors would like to buy a property over the next 12 months, and also that Queensland is the state of choice for property investors looking to buy. Read more

Most still feel now’s a good time to buy

Posted on Friday, July 24 2015 at 1:51 PM.

A majority of survey respondents think it’s a good time to buy property despite rising capital city home values over the past three years according to the CoreLogic RP Data Nine Rewards Consumer sentiment survey, released today. Read more

ANZ increases investor loan rates

Posted on Thursday, July 23 2015 at 3:13 PM.

ANZ today announced interest rates for residential investment property loans will increase to manage investor lending growth targets and in response to changing market conditions. Read more

Sydney median breaks $1m mark

Posted on Wednesday, July 22 2015 at 3:49 PM.

The June House Price Report from has today revealed that house prices in Sydney have surged 22.9 per cent over the last 12 months – double the national median house price growth of 11.7 per cent – to $1 million. Read more

Massive home building boom set to move into oversupply

Posted on Monday, July 20 2015 at 10:56 AM.

According to economic forecaster BIS Shrapnel, the record-beating residential building boom has already reached its peak and will soon begin to run out of steam. Read more

States shout louder for stamp duty changes

Posted on Friday, July 17 2015 at 2:29 PM.

Several states across the country are calling for more action on the subject of stamp duty and, particularly, the scrapping of it. Read more

Popularity of depreciation schedules rising

Posted on Wednesday, July 15 2015 at 2:39 PM.

The number of investors relying on tax depreciation schedules to maximise investment property returns is increasing, according to one firm. Read more

Aussies think stamp duty is “most unfair tax”

Posted on Monday, July 13 2015 at 11:57 AM.

According to new research, there has been a significant shift in community attitudes toward tax reform in Australia. Stamp duty on property purchases ranks as the least fair and most punitive, with a majority of Australians wanting it abolished and strong support for increasing GST to retire stamp duty. In contrast, GST is considered the fairest of all current taxes. Read more

SA unemployment rate sounds alarm bells

Posted on Friday, July 10 2015 at 3:02 PM.

The peak body for Australia’s $680 billion property industry says it’s time to get serious about creating “the best state to do business” in South Australia. Read more

RBA keeps cash rate at same level

Posted on Tuesday, July 07 2015 at 2:38 PM.

Just as predicted by the 33 experts and economists surveyed by, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) announced this afternoon that the cash rate will be staying at two per cent for at least another month. Read more

Excessive yearly falls in sales listings

Posted on Monday, July 06 2015 at 12:36 PM.

The number of Australian residential property sale listings fell in all capital cities during the month of June, according to SQM Research, with falls in Sydney and Melbourne larger than expected for this time of year. Read more

‘Property Value’ tool hits the market

Posted on Friday, July 03 2015 at 12:47 PM.

As announced in this month’s Australian Property Investor magazine (which is on sale now, folks!), property data and research company CoreLogic RP Data has today launched its new consumer property information website Property Value ( Read more

Calls for commission to consider retirees

Posted on Wednesday, July 01 2015 at 11:21 AM.

Calls have been made by executive chairman of Raine & Horne Angus Raine for the Greater Sydney Commission (established in last week’s NSW Budget) to help promote more suitable housing for retirees, such as low-density apartment blocks and villas, in order to help address the city’s real estate affordability issues. Read more

Renters in the north, movers in the south

Posted on Friday, June 26 2015 at 1:59 PM.

While a third of Australians are currently renting property, a new Nielsen report from has revealed that the Northern Territory has the highest percentage of renters in the country (43 per cent), followed by Queensland (37 per cent). 
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NSW Gov promises $400m boost to help housing affordability

Posted on Monday, June 22 2015 at 10:32 AM.

Last week’s New South Wales State Budget will inject a record $400 million into the Housing Acceleration Fund (HAF) in order to speed up the delivery of more housing and put downward pressure on home prices, according to a government spokesperson. Read more

Government’s looking to the north

Posted on Friday, June 19 2015 at 4:40 PM.

The Australian Government yesterday released its White Paper on Developing Northern Australia: Our North, Our Future, the country’s first White Paper on developing northern Australia, describing it as “an essential part of our plan for a strong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia”. Read more

Study shows FHB investors least well off

Posted on Tuesday, June 16 2015 at 2:00 PM.

A new study by comparison website has found that first homebuyer investors are the least well off in the Australian property market despite being in a better financial position. Read more

Brisbane’s softer median mostly seasonal

Posted on Wednesday, June 10 2015 at 4:39 PM.

A 3.3 per cent fall in Brisbane’s median house value was seasonal and expected according to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s (REIQ). Read more

WA: sales are stable but rents still falling

Posted on Friday, June 05 2015 at 11:25 AM.

Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) shows Perth’s median house price steady at $547,000 for the three months to May but metropolitan rents falling. Read more

Calls for more investor education and less lending restrictions

Posted on Tuesday, June 02 2015 at 4:17 PM.

The Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) believe moves to tighten lending to investors aren’t the most effective way to cool booming capital city markets. Read more

RBA announcement: cash rate to stay at 2%

Posted on Tuesday, June 02 2015 at 2:45 PM.

The Reserve Bank of Australia’s governor Glenn Stevens announced today that the cash rate will remain at two per cent for at least another month. Read more

New home sales show another lift

Posted on Monday, June 01 2015 at 12:00 PM.

The latest result for the Housing Industry Association (HIA) New Home Sales Report, a survey of Australia’s largest volume builders, reveals a fourth consecutive monthly rise. Read more

First timers grant changes cause confusion

Posted on Friday, May 29 2015 at 11:25 AM.

Calls have been made for the Western Australia Parliament to provide first homebuyers with more certainty following the recent budget announcement that the $3000 First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) will be terminated. Read more

Data confirms Qld is growing

Posted on Monday, May 25 2015 at 1:58 PM.

The Sunshine State is establishing its growth potential according to data released by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ). Read more

WA first homebuyers can still access grant

Posted on Friday, May 22 2015 at 2:14 PM.

The president of the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA), David Airey, is reminding first homebuyers that the $3000 grant for established homes is still in place for a short time and hasn’t been abolished yet. Read more

Softer rental numbers continue

Posted on Monday, May 18 2015 at 4:15 PM.

Market analysts SQM Research have released figures showing residential vacancies climbed nationally in April 2015. Read more

Home building levels still falling short

Posted on Monday, May 18 2015 at 12:25 PM.

The latest Housing Industry Association National Outlook reveals a record level of home building activity that still falls short of the current demand for new dwellings. Read more

Auction numbers for the coming weekend

Posted on Friday, May 15 2015 at 3:06 PM.

According to CoreLogic RP Data there are just 1934 auctions scheduled across the nation’s capital cities this week, down from the 2426 held last week, when for the fourth week in a row, the combined capital city clearance rate was recorded above 78 per cent, at 78.2 per cent. Read more

First homebuyer numbers continue to fall

Posted on Wednesday, May 13 2015 at 3:21 PM.

First homebuyers are being pushed further out of the property market by investors, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Read more

REINSW says foreign investment taxes do more harm than good

Posted on Monday, May 11 2015 at 2:43 PM.

The decision by the Victorian government to increase transfer duty and land tax payable by foreigners has been criticised by the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales. Read more

New home sales hit a four-year high

Posted on Wednesday, May 06 2015 at 4:18 PM.

A survey by industry group Housing Industry Australia (HIA) shows strong new home sales growth in March 2015 has taken sales volumes to their highest level since early 2010. Read more

Interest rate reduction predicted

Posted on Tuesday, May 05 2015 at 2:32 PM.

The decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to reduce the cash rate 25 basis points to two per cent today was widely predicted and is an unfortunate sign of deepening economic woes. Read more

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