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Consumers won’t be able to use PEXA anytime soon but it might streamline the buying and selling of property. Dan Peled/AAP

Explainer: how the paperless property market works

The paperless property market is now a reality and it could provide a faster more efficient sales. But its unlikely any consumers will be using the system themselves.
Australians do business with a title office only a couple of times in their lives – when they buy and sell their homes, for instances. AAP/Paul Miller

What are the implications of privatising land title offices?

Privatisation has its advantages. But Australia’s title offices may not necessarily be the right government businesses to be privatised.
New housing finance is now contracting quickly. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Australia’s housing finance in seven charts

Where investment loans were the fastest growing category of housing finance at the end of 2015, it is now the leading area of contraction.
Several preventative measures can be taken to reduce the impact of fraudulent property industry behaviour on consumers. AAP/Dan Peled

How can we arrest the rise in white-collar crime in Australia’s property industry?

Consumers lose out when a real estate agent acts fraudulently – be that false advertising, deceptive conduct or misusing trust funds. Research shows a link between such misconduct and lower regulatory and educational standards.
Determining how far a person can lawfully go in protecting themselves in a home invasion requires consideration of complex legal issues. shutterstock

How far can you go to lawfully protect yourself in a home invasion?

By requiring that a person acting in self-defence must act genuinely and reasonably, Australian states and territories appropriately balance self-defence against vigilantism.
Replacing old apartments with new ones may not improve affordability. AAP Image/John Donegan

When developers come knocking: why strata law shake-up won’t deliver cheaper housing

New research released today shows that changes to NSW strata law that allow the sale of apartments against the owner's wishes likely won't improve housing affordability or availability.
The “Spring bounce” is an artefact of inadequate statistical modelling. AAP/Paul Miller

Spring selling season and other gimmicks

In the next couple of weeks you’ll start to see all the signs of the change of season. Like many Sydneysiders, I’m looking forward to the longer hours of sunshine and flowers blossoming. Inevitably, and…
Developers levied by local governments to provide essential infrastructure over-inflate that cost when passing it onto buyers. AAP/Paul Miller

Inefficient tax slugs all homebuyers

Developers are inflating the infrastructure charges levied upon them by as much as 400% - and all buyers end up paying.
Has the sun set on China’s property boom? Tao Wu via Flickr

Why fears of a Chinese property crash are overblown

The Chinese property market that has powered the country’s rapid economic growth for a decade and a half has suffered a contraction. This seems to confirm a popular pessimistic outlook that China’s property…
Animal spirits: the Reserve Bank will be asked to explain itself on what is means by macroprudential tools. AAP/Dan Peled

It’s too simple to argue lack of supply pushes up house prices

Is there a national housing supply problem? No, but there is a problem of access to affordable housing in certain regions. Last month, Reserve Bank Governor, Glenn Stevens commented on the need for “animal…
We must address patchy data collection to get an accurate picture of foreign property investment. ABS

Little hard data in the hard area of foreign investment

A large portion of commentary on foreign investment in Australia is based on scant data, as recent submissions to the inquiry into foreign investment in residential property show. At the moment it seems…
Greenfield land developments have trumped urban growth boundaries in many Australian cities. Joe Castro/AAP

Back to the drawing board for Australian urban planning

State government attempts to redirect development from urban fringes to established urban areas have failed. New deregulated planning systems, not strategic metropolitan plans, are driving development…
Australia’s property market is heating up; but what role have self-funded superannuants played?

Are SMSFs inflating a property bubble?

Self managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) have come under criticism from regulators amid concerns that the sector is over-investing in the residential property sector. The profession has hit back at the…

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