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.
Traffic in Accra, Ghana. With more people moving into cities, careful town planning is critical for sustainable development.
Urban planning and development in Africa has been fraught with many challenges. A study of Accra and Nairobi provides some lessons on what needs to improve.
In cities like Nashville and Vancouver, home teardowns are on the rise.
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Home teardowns are often unnecessary and costly, in more ways than one.
The recent report on foreign investment in Australian property failed to address how to solve affordability issues.
The federal government has missed an opportunity to give serious thought to housing affordability in Australia. The House Standing Committee on Economics recently released its report on individual foreign…
Trust me, I’m Warren Buffett.
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Warren Buffett has started rolling out his widely successful investment company, Berkshire Hathaway, into a consumer brand. Starting earlier this year, the famed investor began rebranding the energy companies…
A far cry from your average student digs.
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Mayfair, Belgravia and Kensington: all London boroughs associated with affluence and grandeur, not student accommodation. But today these areas play host to a burgeoning student population. With the internationalisation…