Andrews tax a $7bn hit to the economy

Original article by Rachel Baxendale
The Australian – Page: 7 : 14-Jul-21

Matthew Kandelaars, the CEO of the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Victorian branch, has called for an urgent review of the state government’s proposed ‘windfall gains tax’ on property developers. Modelling undertaken on behalf of UDIA Victoria suggests that the rezoning tax will reduce state ­economic output by $7bn and result in the loss of 20,000 direct jobs, while at least 6,700 dwellings will not be built if the Budget measure goes ahead. UDIA Victoria has proposed an alternative model for the rezoning tax.


Solo buyers a growing force in the housing market

Original article by Nila Sweeney
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 24-Jun-21

Solo first home buyers accounted for 38 per cent of ME Bank’s home loan applications in 2020, up three per cent on the previous year. Single women accounted for 49 per cent of all solo home loan applications, down one per cent on the previous year. ME Bank also reported that single men made their first home loan application at the average of 32 in 2020, down from an average age of 35 in 2018. Single woman took out their first home loan application at the average age of 34 in 2020, also down from an average age of 35 in 2018.


NSW property developers face extra taxes

Original article by Aaron Patrick
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 23-Jun-21

Tax changes introduced by NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes on 22 June are the result of recommendations made by the NSW Productivity Commission in 2020. The Commission suggested that changes be made to the manner in which property developers are taxed in return for their projects being approved. Under the changes introduced by Stokes, land owners will have to give the government money or land when they sell or subdivide land that has increased in value because of government decisions. The changes are tipped to raise an extra $250 million a year in revenue.


Rental affordability worsens as housing supply dwindles

Original article by Nila Sweeney
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 23-Jun-21

Suburbtrends has reported that 51 per cent of the 2,809 house markets it assessed require families to spend more than 30 per cent of their household income on rent, due to dwindling rental supply. It further found that there are 164 suburbs where families have to spend over 50 per cent of their household income to pay the rent on an average three-bedroom house. Suburbtrends director Kent Lardner says regions have been hit the hardest by rental shortages, while SQM Research MD Louis Christopher agrees rental supply is a big challenge for the regions.


House price growth among fastest in world

Original article by Mackenzie Scott
The Australian – Page: 3 : 10-Jun-21

Data from Knight Frank’s Global House Price Index shows that dwelling prices in Australia increased by 8.7 per cent in the six months to March. The nation ranked fourth in terms of house price growth among the 56 countries and territories that were surveyed. Meanwhile, Australia ranked 18th on an annualised basis, with house price growth of 8.3 per cent over the 12 months to March. Michelle Ciesielski of Knight Frank says Australia’s housing market has been "particularly resilient" during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Mortgage and rental stress worsen in May

Original article by Nila Sweeney
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 40 : 9-Jun-21

Data from Digital Finance Analytics shows that 41.3 per cent of households in New South Wales were in mortgage distress in May, compared with just 38.2 per cent in April. Likewise, 56.8 per cent of households in Tasmania were in mortgage distress. The northwest Sydney suburb of Stanhope Gardens had the nation’s highest level of mortgage stress in May, at 91.5 per cent. Meanwhile, the Northern Territory was the only jurisdiction that did not record an increase in rental stress during the month.


Record property prices still climbing

Original article by Mackenzie Scott
The Australian – Page: 15 : 9-Apr-21

New figures show that house prices in Australia’s capital cities increased by 5.6 per cent in the March quarter. House prices rose by 2.8 per cent nationally in March, and Eliza Owen of CoreLogic says the combined value of Australian dwellings topped $7.9trn during the month. Meanwhile, the national median house price is now 5.6 per cent above the previous market peak in 2017.


Building approvals bounce back on HomeBuilder

Original article by Michael Bleby
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 39 : 1-Apr-21

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that approvals for stand-alone homes increased by nearly 14 per cent month-on-month in February, to 14,072 in seasonally adjusted terms. Approvals for apartments and townhouses increased by 49 per cent to 5,350; however, this followed a 39 per cent fall in January. Economists say the federal government’s HomeBuilder scheme has been a major catalyst for the strong demand for housing.


Co-working occupancies coming back to life after brutal year

Original article by Martin Kelly
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 31 & 32 : 17-Feb-21

Hub Australia CEO Brad Krauskopf says the average occupancy rate across his company’s eight co-working sites is currently around 70 per cent. This remains well below the pre-coronavirus average of more than 90 per cent, but Krauskopf notes that there has been a 250 per cent increase in enquiries since the start of 2021. The Commons’ MD Cliff Ho says occupancy at its Sydney Central site is almost back to the pre-pandemic level, although occupancy at its four sites in Melbourne is currently at around 70-75 per cent.


The Agency to defy debt claim with sales jump

Original article by Lachlan Moffet Gray
The Australian – Page: 16 : 25-Jan-21

Real estate group The Agency has reported revenue of $29.1 million for its latest first half, with the result being a record for the company. Unaudited EBITDA for the half came in at $1.6 million, excluding government benefits like JobKeeper, while the company recorded positive operating cashflow of $1.54 million. The record revenue result came just days after a creditor sought to place The Agency in administration over a disputed fee of $385,000.