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Prices rocket and buyers get FOMO - should you jump in or hope for a downturn?

To understand what is happening to Australian house prices, it is important not to view Australia in isolation, but to also understand the global trends currently affecting world real estate.

Aerial photo of a typical Australian suburb
Low borrowing costs have helped many Australians add to their investment portfolios over the pandemic. Photo: Shutterstock

To understand what is happening to Australian house prices, it is important not to view Australia in isolation, but to also understand the global trends currently affecting world real estate.

The pandemic has affected every person in the world and has affected every business and industry, and real estate is no exception.

Property is probably the biggest business in the world. By one estimate, construction, the buying, selling, and renting of pr…