Archive | 2012


Learn how to make confident property decisions at Realestate Masterclass

Television property guru Andrew Winter will provide his secret tips to buying and selling success at a series of Realestate Masterclasses organised by Leader/News Local/Quest/Gold Coast Bulletin/Sunday Times. The Realestate Masterclasses, which are supported by the Commonwealth Bank, will look at how the current market is performing, local hotspots – for investors, first home buyers […]

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Sydney transaction volumes

Brisbanites and Canberrarians become active

If you want an example of how stimulus sensitive the Australian housing market is, look no further than Brisbane or Canberra.  Transaction volumes absolutely spiked in July. In Brisbane, our estimate of transaction numbers surged by 52% compared with the June reading, and in Canberra the number of home sales was 41% higher than sales […]

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Securitised housing loan arrears by region

Reserve Bank: Go forth and save

The Reserve Bank’s bi-annual ‘Financial Stability Review’ is always a good read for anyone interested in domestic and overseas economic conditions.  The Review is focussed on assessing Australia’s financial system and any potential risks to financial stability.  Working to ensure a strong financial system and efficient payments system is one of the key objectives of […]

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Major Australian commodity exports

How will the mining boom look a year from now?

The Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE) released their September quarter update on the resources and energy sector this week which revealed a fairly upbeat assessment of Australia’s resource driven exports sector.  The BREE update highlights that prices for key Australian commodities are falling and further falls are expected.  Providing some counterbalance to the […]

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Dwelling starts v Population growth

Four reasons why Australia’s housing sector hasn’t responded to demand

The Reserve Bank released their September quarter Bulletin this week (here) which included a superb article outlining their research around supply side constraints across the capital cities of Australia.  The report identifies four factors that are impediments to a responsive housing supply across the country: Complexity of the planning process which can create uncertainty, lengthy […]

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RP Data-Rismark stratified index graph

Are the rich getting richer? Not in the housing market.

Most people who have any interest in the housing market will appreciate that the performance of home values can vary broadly based on a range of factors. Geographically, for example, we have seen Darwin values rise by more than 8 percent over the first eight months of the year while Melbourne values have fallen by […]

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Subs within Eastern Suburbs

Where is it more affordable to buy compared with renting? Some practical usage scenarios.

Get the complete and complimentary ‘Buy v Rent’ report and spreadsheet here: This week RP Data released the Buy versus Rent report.  The report turned out to be more popular than we expected – the number of people trying to download the free report and Excel spread sheet overloaded the servers that run the […]

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Median land area over time

Which city has the most expensive land?

In real estate there is no truer commodity than vacant land.  Houses and units inherently show a qualitative bias; the value of a house or unit is influenced by various factors such as the size of the home, the state of repair, the architecture, the attributes of the home such as number of bedrooms and […]

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Combined 5 caps

Capital city home values continue to rise during August

Over the first seventeen days of August we have seen dwelling values across the combined capital cities rise by 0.3%.  The growth trend over the month has been modest (as can be seen from the graph below), however, unless we see deterioration in the daily readings over the next fourteen days we are likely to […]

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Rate of decline from market peak

Housing market reaches bottom of the cycle… maybe.

The Australian housing market peaked during October 2010 and since that time dwelling values have fallen by 5.9% (7.4% to the May 2012 trough) across the combined capital cities index based on the RP Data-Rismark Home Value Index to the end of July.  Over the same twenty month ‘post peak’ time frame, the US housing […]

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