Event cancellations to hit resilient hotel sector

Original article by Larry Schlesinger
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 35 : 13-Mar-20

Sydney and Melbourne hotel rooms experienced vacancy falls of around 20 per cent in the first week of March when compared to the same time in 2019, according to research company STR. STR was making a presentation on the impact of COVID-19 thus far, with hotels in Asia and parts of Europe seeing a much greater impact than Australian hotels. However, STR expects COVID-19 to have a much greater impact on the Australian hotel sector in coming months, due to the likelihood of major events being cancelled and the prospect of restrictions being imposed on domestic travel.

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STR GLOBAL LIMITED

House prices set for double-digit growth: AMP

Original article by Euan Black
The New Daily – Page: Online : 28-Feb-20

AMP Capital has forecast 10 per cent growth in house prices nationally in 2020, but growth is expected to slow to around five per cent in 2021. Senior economist Diana Mousina says factors such as the interest rate cuts in 2019 and the potential for further monetary policy easing in 2020 should offset any impact that rising household debt levels and tighter lending standards may have on house prices.

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AMP CAPITAL INVESTORS LIMITED

Shortage of housing to hit big cities

Original article by Michael Bleby
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 31 & 34 : 13-Feb-20

A new report from Charter Keck Cramer has warned that the recent slowdown in apartment developments means that Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane will face a housing supply shortage by the end of 2021. Dwelling approvals across Australia fell by 18.5 per cent in calendar 2018, to the lowest level since 2012; all three east coast cities recorded a decline in apartment developments for the year. Rob Burgess of Charter Keck Cramer says the looming housing shortage will put upward pressure on rents.

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CHARTER KECK CRAMER

High prices foiling first-home buyers

Original article by Patrick Commins
The Australian – Page: 4 : 17-Jan-20

The number of first-home buyers approved for new loans in November fell by 0.9 per cent, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, while the average loan for first-home buyers increased to a record $410,000. ANZ economist Adelaide Timbrell says fewer first-home buyers taking out bigger loans is an indication that rising house prices are making it harder for first-home buyers to get into the property market. She says the ANZ expects an interest rate cut in February, which is likely to push up house prices and reduce housing affordability.

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ,{SPAC}AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS

High-rises spur surge in building approvals

Original article by Matthew Cranston
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 9-Jan-20

New figures show that there was an 11.8 per cent increase in building approvals in November, which was the strongest monthly growth since February. Approvals for high-density housing developments increased by 21 per cent in November, for an annual growth rate of six per cent. Tom Kennedy of JP Morgan notes that building approvals data tends to be volatile, but he adds that the latest figures suggest that approvals have begun to stabilise.

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JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED, BIS OXFORD ECONOMICS PTY LTD, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, URBAN TASKFORCE AUSTRALIA LIMITED, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC

Housing set for recovery: Lendlease

Original article by Glenda Korporaal
The Australian – Page: 13 & 14 : 6-Jan-20

A number of factors will boost Australia’s residential property market in 2020, according to Lendlease executive Kylie Rampa. They include the federal government’s First Home Buyers Deposit Scheme, improved access to housing credit and historically low interest rates. Rampa adds that Lendlease wants to capitalise on its expertise in the affordable housing market in the UK to increase its presence in this sector in Australia.

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LENDLEASE GROUP – ASX LLC, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA

Home values surge to highest growth in 10 years

Original article by Nila Sweeney
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 3-Jan-20

Australian home values rose by four per cent in the December quarter, according to the latest CoreLogic Home Value Index. The increase was the highest quarterly increase in a decade, although housing values in December only rose by 1.1 per cent. Sydney and Melbourne both recorded annual growth of 5.3 per cent for 2019, while the combined capitals recorded growth of three per cent in 2019.

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Rampant growth in Sydney, Melbourne runs out of steam

Original article by Nila Sweeney
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 31-Dec-19

Sydney home values rose by 1.7 per cent in December, according to CoreLogic, while Melbourne home values increased by 1.4 per cent. This compares to growth of 2.7 per cent for Sydney and 2.2 per cent for Melbourne in November. Tim Lawless from CoreLogic expects that Sydney and Melbourne will record overall growth rates of 5.3 per cent in 2019; Sydney values fell by 8.9 per cent in 2018, while Melbourne values declined by seven per cent. CoreLogic expects Melbourne home values to increase by up to 14 per cent in 2020, while Sydney home values are predicted to rise by up to 12 per cent.

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CORELOGIC AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

New report finds govt must build at least 20,000 affordable homes a year

Original article by Euan Black
The New Daily – Page: Online : 11-Dec-19

The Australian Housing & Urban Research Institute has warned that the shortage of affordable rental housing has risen since 2011 and will continue to worsen in coming years. The AHURI estimates that the shortage of affordable homes for the lowest 20 per cent of income earners now tops 212,000. The lead researcher, Swinburne University’s Professor Kath Hulse, says that neither the public or private sector are building enough affordable homes. The AHURI has concluded that the federal government needs to build at least 200,000 affordable homes over the next 10 years.

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AUSTRALIAN HOUSING AND URBAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE, SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

WeWork announces it is cutting 2400 jobs globally

Original article by Peter Eavis
The Age – Page: Online : 22-Nov-19

Co-working pioneer WeWork has confirmed that it will shed staff, although the initial job cuts as not as severe as some media reports had forecast. The 2,400 jobs to be shed equates to almost 20 per cent of WeWork’s global workforce. WeWork also intends to sell or shut down non-core business units, which will further reduce its global headcount by about 1,000. A similar number of employees will be transferred to JLL in December, when cleaning and building maintenance work is outsourced to the real estate services group.

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WEWORK, JLL