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Australian suburbia: a work of art, but in the wrong place? Australian suburbia: a work of art, but in the wrong place? Suburban Exterior (1993) - Howard Arkley/AAP

The devaluing dream; why Australian suburbia is an economic disaster

In spite of what everyone believes through natural pride and vanity, the family house is an asset that depreciates. Don’t be deceived that the value of property goes up and up, which of course it does…
Our property prices are propped up by a range of political, economic and even emotional reasons. Our property prices are propped up by a range of political, economic and even emotional reasons. AAP

Does Australia have the fundamentals to cope with our property prices?

Welcome to Safe as Houses, a series delving into a topic close to the heart of many Australians – property. This is not a series on where the market might be heading. Instead we aim to explore how we view…
Bigger houses (on the left) - not smaller lots - are killing the Aussie backyard. Bigger houses (on the left) - not smaller lots - are killing the Aussie backyard. Tony Hall

What has happened to the great Aussie backyard?

Welcome to Safe as Houses, a series delving into a topic close to the heart of many Australians – property. This is not a series on where the market might be heading. Instead we aim to explore how we view…
Why does investing in homes carry so much risk? Why does investing in homes carry so much risk?

It’s time for a fundamental rethink of how we buy and sell property

Welcome to Safe as Houses, a series delving into a topic close to the heart of many Australians – property. This is not a series on where the market might be heading. Instead we aim to explore how we view…
Reducing the finance costs of housing will also reduce house prices. Reducing the finance costs of housing will also reduce house prices. Flickr/kennymatic

A house for half the cost? Here’s how

Welcome to Safe as Houses, a series delving into a topic close to the heart of many Australians – property. This is not a series on where the market might be heading. Instead we aim to explore how we view…
The US Occupy movement has turned its attention from corporate greed to the housing market. The US Occupy movement has turned its attention from corporate greed to the housing market. AAP

As the Occupy movement targets housing, what can we learn here?

Welcome to Safe as Houses, a series delving into a topic close to the heart of many Australians – property. This is not a series on where the market might be heading. Instead we aim to explore how we view…
Buyers' playtime: Australians have splurged on mortgage debt. Buyers' playtime: Australians have splurged on mortgage debt. Flickr/Bill Ward's brickpile

Debunking the myths peddled by Australia’s property bubble ‘deniers’

Our Safe as Houses series delves into a topic close to the heart of many Australians - property. This is not a series on where the market might be heading. Instead we aim to explore how we view property…
Interest rates would appear to be a national obsession: but are we worrying too much? Interest rates would appear to be a national obsession: but are we worrying too much? AAP

Why falling house prices aren’t the calamity the media would have you believe

Welcome to Safe as Houses, a series delving into a topic close to the heart of many Australians - property. This is not a series on where the market might be heading. Instead we aim to explore how we view…