Valuer Acumentis predicts rise in distressed sales

Original article by Michael Bleby
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 32 : 30-Oct-20

Listed valuation firm Acumentis has reported revenue of $13.4 million for the September quarter, compared with just $8.4 million for the entire 2019-20 financial year. The firm has posted a pre-tax profit of $1.6 million for the quarter. Acumentis notes that it is benefiting from an improvement in residential activity, while it predicts an increase in forced home sales as JobKeeper payments and mortgage repayment deferral periods end.

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ACUMENTIS GROUP LIMITED – ASX ACU

Warning as housing stock piles up

Original article by Ben Wilmot
The Australian – Page: 25 : 17-May-19

Data from CoreLogic shows that based on current rates of sales, housing supply across Australia’s capital cities is currently 5.3 months, up from 3.9 months a year ago. Meanwhile, Macquarie Equities says Reserve Bank data suggests that 2.5-3.5 per cent of house buyers with bank-issued mortgage loans are in negative equity following the downturn in the housing market. RiskWise Property Research CEO Doron Peleg says Labor’s proposed changes to the negative gearing and capital gains tax regimes would make residential property investment less attractive.

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CORELOGIC AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, MACQUARIE EQUITIES LIMITED, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, RISKWISE PROPERTY RESEARCH, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, GRATTAN INSTITUTE, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, STARR PARTNERS PTY LTD, MASTER BUILDERS AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED

Tax rules in limbo leave expats on a knife-edge

Original article by Ingrid Fuary-Wagner, Tom McIlroy
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 6 : 25-Feb-19

The federal government announced in the May 2017 Budget that it would remove a capital gains tax exemption for non-resident Australians who sell their main home while overseas. The government has given non-resident Australians until 30 June to sell their home under existing rules, although legislation to enact the measure is yet to pass into law, while Labor has indicated that it may amend the measures if it wins the 2019 election. Expatriates are in a dilemma, not knowing whether the new laws will come into effect, but many are selling their property anyway, at a time when the housing market is in decline.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FINANCE, SOTHEBY’S AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Expats urge rethink of draconian CGT plan

Original article by Tom McIlroy, Michael Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 4-Oct-18

Tax experts are concerned about the federal government’s proposal to abolish the capital gains tax exemption for expatriates who sell their main residence in Australia. They have warned that the proposed reforms could potentially apply retrospectively from 1985, when CGT was introduced. Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen has also expressed concern about the "unintended consequences" of the proposed reforms, which were announced in the May 2017 Budget as part of the government’s strategy to address the issue of housing affordability.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, CENTRE ALLIANCE, ST JAMES’S PLACE WEALTH MANAGEMENT, KING AND WOOD MALLESONS, THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Private sales: houses on market longer in Sydney

Original article by Su-Lin Tan
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 32 : 10-Jul-18

Data from Domain Holdings shows that it now takes an average of 63 days to sell a house privately in Sydney, compared with just 45 when the market was at its peak in 2017. Likewise, the average number of days required to sell a unit has risen from 54 days to 64. Meanwhile, the average number of days that a house is on the market in Melbourne is steady at 48, while the number of days required to sell a unit has fallen from almost 100 to just 75. The average discount on advertised sale prices has risen in both cities.

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DOMAIN HOLDINGS AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX DHA, CORELOGIC AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

McGrath rating has rivals crying foul

Original article by Michael Bleby
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 35 : 26-Nov-15

Rival firms have questioned figures in the prospectus of McGrath Real Estate which suggest that the firm has a 3.2 per cent share of Australia’s residential sales market, ranking it the nation’s third-largest. Harcourts MD Mike Green argues that most of McGrath’s sales are in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and it would have a much lower ranking based on the number of properties sold rather than the dollar value. McGrath is slated to list on the sharemarket in December 2015.

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McGRATH REAL ESTATE PTY LTD, HARCOURTS REAL ESTATE PTY LTD, CORELOGIC AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, RP DATA LIMITED, RAY WHITE REAL ESTATE, LJ HOOKER (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD, FIRST NATIONAL REAL ESTATE GROUP

Incentives eyed for downsizers

Original article by Gretchen Friemann, David Uren
The Australian – Page: 6 : 20-Nov-15

The Australian Government has proposed measures aimed at reducing retirees’ dependence on the age pension by encouraging them to sell their family home and use the proceeds to invest in retirement products such as annuities. Measures being considered by Treasurer Scott Morrison include a stamp duty exemption for people who downsize to a smaller home and excluding the proceeds from the sale of a family home from the assets test for the age pension.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, AUSTRALIA. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION, COUNCIL ON THE AGEING, CHALLENGER LIMITED – ASX CGF, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, NEW SOUTH WALES. THE TREASURY

Private auctions – oh, so homely

Original article by Michael Bleby
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 2 : 2-Apr-15

Opinion is divided regarding the merits of selling a residential property via a private auction. Buyers’ advocate David Morrell notes that private auctions can distort the property market due to the lack of data on the results of such auctions. Abercrombys Real Estate’s Rob Vickers-Willis says private auctions allow vendors to avoid having people turn up just to have a look at the property

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ABERCROMBYS REAL ESTATE PTY LTD, JLW PTY LTD, CORELOGIC AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, RP DATA LIMITED

Tax breaks on family home hit $46b

Original article by Fleur Anderson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 10 : 2-Feb-15

The Department of Treasury forecasts that continuing to exclude family homes from the capital gains tax regime will cost the Australian Government some $A46bn in revenue in 2014-15. In contrast, superannuation tax breaks cost nearly $A30bn in lost revenue each year. Robert Jeremenko of the Tax Institute says all aspects of the tax regime should be included in the Government’s upcoming tax white paper

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, THE TAX INSTITUTE, AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE

Sydney leads home listing surge

Original article by Robert Harley, Michael Bleby
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 41 : 5-Nov-14

Data from SQM Research shows that there was a 7.3 per cent increase in house and apartment listings across Australia during October 2014. This includes a 21 per cent rise in Sydney, where residential property values increased by 1.3 per cent during the month. Listings in Melbourne rose by just 2.6 per cent in October, and by 1.8 per cent year-on-year

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SQM RESEARCH PTY LTD, RP DATA LIMITED, CORELOGIC AUSTRALIA PTY LTD