The Hidden Costs of Buying a House…

WHEN bidding at auction or going in to negotiate, most buyers keep a number set in mind — their limit. But when it comes to finally putting your money down, that number is far from final. Advantage Property Consulting director Frank Valentic explains that for many...

What’s Next For the Property Market…

Australian house prices will push modestly higher this year and ramp up in 2019, according to ANZ economists, who say outright price falls are off the table. National house prices are just 0.8 per cent higher than they were 12 months ago – a far cry from the 10 per...

QLD Property Confidence Continuing to Rise…

CONFIDENCE has hit record levels in the property sector, with Queensland at its highest level since the mining boom, the latest industry survey has found. The ANZ/Property Council Survey said there was growing confidence in Queensland amid positive expectations of...

Secret forces controlling house prices

HOUSE prices are increasingly out of local hands — instead they vary at the whim of global forces we can’t control. This is the conclusion of a major new review of the evidence by the International Monetary Fund. It’s not just citizens who find control slipping...

Does our Housing System Need Fixing?

Australia’s housing system is “broken” from decades of failed policies, misdirected government investment and inaction, and the government will need to overhaul tax incentives and fund low-cost rental housing to fix it, industry experts have warned. A national housing...