Home building hopes turn positive

Original article by Michael Bleby
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 29 : 16-Jan-20

The latest quarterly survey of the construction sector by the ANZ Bank and the Property Council of Australia suggests that building activity in the residential market will improve in the second half of 2020. The index of expectations for housing construction over the next 12 months has risen by 14.6 points in the survey for the March 2020 quarter; it is the largest quarterly gain since the three months to December 2013. PCA CEO Ken Morrison says the latest survey indicates that housing affordability will continue to be a key issue in 2020.

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, PROPERTY COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA LIMITED

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

Rising market driving spike in underquoting

Original article by Duncan Hughes
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 11 : 18-Nov-19

Real estate agents have warned that underquoting is again becoming widespread in the industry, as the residential property market rebounds from the recent downturn. Underquoting was rife during the previous housing boom, and some agents are concerned that the practice is undermining buyers’ confidence. Hoskins Real Estate and one of its directors were recently ordered to pay almost $890,000 in penalties and compensation for underquoting.

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HOSKINS REAL ESTATE

Sydney, Melbourne prices take off in 2020

Original article by Nila Sweeney
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 33 & 39 : 14-Nov-19

SQM Research MD Louis Christopher expects growth in housing prices in Australia’s capital cities to average 11 per cent in 2020. The latest edition of Christopher’s Housing Boom and Bust Report forecasts that dwelling prices in Melbourne will rise by up to 15 per cent, while Sydney’s housing market will record growth of 10-14 per cent. However, the Darwin market is expected to buck the trend, with a two per cent downturn in 2020. Christopher says the housing market rebound is unlikely to be sustained over the longer term.

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SQM RESEARCH PTY LTD, AMP CAPITAL INVESTORS LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY

First-home buyers surge back for a foothold as market rises

Original article by Nila Sweeney, Larry Schlesinger
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 29 : 7-Nov-19

Real estate developers note that their recent land releases in new housing estates have attracted strong demand among people who are buying their first home. Nigel Edgar of Frasers Property says first-home buyers now account for 35-45 per cent of its sales, compared with just 15 per cent when the residential market was at its peak in 2017. Likewise, Luke Fryer of Metricon says sales to first-home buyers increased by 25 per cent in the three months to September. Off-the-plan apartments are also attracting interest among first-home buyers.

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FRASERS PROPERTY AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, METRICON HOMES, HIGHLAND PROPERTY GROUP, VIRGATE, WOLFDENE, BIS OXFORD ECONOMICS PTY LTD, JINDING DEVELOPMENTS

$9b tax hole linked to Airbnb-style deals

Original article by Duncan Hughes
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 9 : 6-Nov-19

The Australian Taxation Office estimates that some property owners have undeclared income of more than $70,000 a year in earnings from short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb. This has contributed to an income tax shortfall of around $9bn. The ATO has used data-matching technology to compare income from tax returns with financial records provided by rental platforms. The ATO will write to home owners asking them to review their tax return, their income earned and the expenses they have claimed.

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AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE, AIRBNB AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, STAYZ PTY LTD, HOMEAWAY.COM INCORPORATED, FLIPKEY, BOOKING.COM (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD, IBISWORLD PTY LTD, BNBGUARD