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Category Archives: Housing
A home is the biggest purchase most Australians will make in their lifetime and yet most of us know very little about the forces that determine what types of homes are available to live in and what we must pay … Continue reading
Forget the Bahamas or Cayman Islands. Australians have created the best tax shelter on earth: Australian property. Ahead of next week’s tax forum in Canberra, we can expect to hear a lot about the need to increase the goods and … Continue reading
Short of rifling through neighbours’ rubbish bins, there is no better way to compare what your household spends with the rest of Australia than the Bureau of Statistics’ survey of household expenditure released this week. Conducted every six years, the … Continue reading
Australians are singing a new tune on housing. The theme song of the 2000s, “money for nothing”, landed first-home buyers in Dire Straits. With home affordability severely stretched, it’s time for a new rhyme: “If you can’t be with the … Continue reading
Want to hear some good news? Amid the sharemarket turmoil, street riots and other portents of impending apocalypse, relative calm has descended on the Australian housing market. Home affordability has improved.
We don’t like carbon taxes and we don’t like boats. Mention population growth and we’re at each other’s throats. We don’t like interest rate rises and we disdain debt. We can’t stomach liars and we never forget. Australians, it seems, … Continue reading
A golden age for Australian retailers is over. Gone. Finished. Retailers offer plenty of short-termscapegoats for their current woes: the carbon tax, the flood levy, the higher Australian dollar, higher interest rates. But, in reality, the current downturn in retail … Continue reading