Our land-title system originated in the mid-19th century when Sir Robert Richard Torrens campaigned to reform Adelaide’s chaotic deeds-based land system.
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Sir Robert Richard Torrens – the man behind Australia’s 'Torrens system' of land-title registration – was an economic liberal who might have approved of privatising title registries.
Most Sydneysiders are concerned about the effects of foreign investment on the local real estate market.
Only 18% of Sydneysiders think foreign investors should be able to buy property. They simply don't accept arguments that this investment improves housing affordability by increasing supply.
Regulations and changing conditions within China’s economy have led many Chinese investors to spend overseas.
Chinese real estate investors might be more interested in investing in their homeland rather than Australia, given the changing market and regulations.
Enron stands as one of the most infamous examples of corporate fraud in history. Lack of regulation in the charter school sector is leaving some schools open to the same type of fraud.
Enron stands as one of the most infamous scandals in business history. With a growing charter school sector and lax regulation, the same kind of corruption and fraud is rearing its ugly head.
There is very little chance that you’ll get one of those in Sweden today.
The Swedish housing model, once an ideal, has become a nightmare for most Swedes. Many are left struggling to find a roof.
Some home buyers can’t afford to go through the regular channels so the rent-to-buy deals appeal to them.
People who engage in rent-to-buy schemes might not be protected under law and are often left in unaffordable situations.
Whose land are domestic and foreign real estate investors trading?
The history of foreign investment in land and real estate shows the global movement of people and capital is closely linked to the prevailing geopolitics.
Lower Manhattan’s new skyline.
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Those involved with the monumental task faced many challenges as they balanced the unquestionable priority of remembrance with the commercial task of recreating an economically vibrant downtown.
Good investment? What do your friends think?
Research suggests how your online friends experienced the housing collapse affected how you perceived your local real estate market.
Consumers won’t be able to use PEXA anytime soon but it might streamline the buying and selling of property.
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.
The Property Council has been lobbying hard to keep negative gearing.
The Property Council of Australia, a lobby group representing the biggest real estate developers, has shaped election debate about negative gearing and some taxes.
Australians do business with a title office only a couple of times in their lives – when they buy and sell their homes, for instances.
Privatisation has its advantages. But Australia’s title offices may not necessarily be the right government businesses to be privatised.
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Real estate has become a 'soft' power tool in the world of international politics.
Several preventative measures can be taken to reduce the impact of fraudulent property industry behaviour on consumers.
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.
Homebuyers respond well to green features such as solar panels, rather than stats and figures.
Homebuyers want energy-efficient homes. The challenge is to present the relevant information in a way that taps into the typical house-hunter's mindset.
Jackson Heights possesses an abundance of diverse cuisine.
Frederick Wiseman's documentary 'In Jackson Heights' explores the joys, struggles, victories and defeats of one of the most diverse communities in the country.
Boston has some of the highest rents – and lowest vacancy rates – in the country.
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In a competitive rental market, landlords can easily skirt anti-discrimination laws.
Woody Guthrie lived in Fred Trump’s Beach Haven apartment complex for two years.
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In the 1950s, Woody Guthrie lived in one of Fred Trump's buildings. In newly discovered, never before published writings, Guthrie bitterly rails against the developer's color line.
Foreign investment in housing: murky.
There's no accurate data on foreign investment in Australian real estate, but what we do have suggests it's only partly to blame for rising house prices.
Like in Monopoly, the rents keep on rising.
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About a quarter of all renters are spending at least half of their income on housing, and the situation is projected to get much worse over the next decade.