As an ex-financial counsellor and former consumer credit educator for ASIC, here are the questions I'd encourage you to ask yourself to help you decide how much to spend on a home renovation.
To see just how far people were willing to go to win, we studied people's behaviour in one of the most competitive bidding environments possible: a Dutch auction.
Buyers and renters are very rarely told the energy rating of housing, but don't blame the agents. As it's voluntary for existing homes, very few are rated, so it's not a big factor in the market.
Voters who own housing are strongly invested in increasing the value of their wealth-generating assets. And they strongly favour the Coalition, which knows to protect their interests.
Platforms like Airbnb have been blamed for reducing the rental housing supply and pushing up rents. But investors seeking more security might now want to offer their properties to long-term renters.
Coronavirus has changed the story for 2020's property market.
The University of Wollongong Illawarra Flame House demonstrates how a typical Aussie fibro home can be transformed into a net-zero-energy sustainable home.
Buyers pay more for a home they know has a good energy rating. That's worth an extra 2.4-9.4% in the only part of Australia where energy ratings must be disclosed at the time of sale.
Analysing big data can tell us how a big city ticks, including where suitable housing and jobs are, and how best to get to them.
We have learnt to be wary of big data, but it can also be your friend: one platform combines and analyses data about housing, jobs and transport to reveal very useful information about living in Perth.
The share of households in Hong Kong led by single women has soared in recent decades.
A new study examined how growing numbers of single women in one of the world's most expensive cities are contributing to its gentrification.
When prices are falling, fewer home owners will choose to sell if they can afford to stay put.
It's natural to assume that a downturn in the property market is good news for people who've been priced out of the market. In practice, they might still not be able to buy a home.
You can’t build housing without land, and developers typically control the rate of which it’s released to stop prices falling.
The thing about new housing is you need land to build it on. Developers are able to control its release at a rate that doesn't put downward pressure on prices.
Eliminating stamp duty would bring on more real estate transactions, but that might not be a good thing.
The conventional case for swapping stamp duty for land tax will boost the economy has weak underpinnings.
Vendors in Australia are not legally obliged to tell prospective buyers about past crimes such as murder committed on the property.
It's still mostly a case of 'buyer beware' when it comes to finding out about a property. But many buyers feel they should be told if, for example, it was the scene of a violent murder.
More families are living in high-rise apartments.
Urban policies are based on assumptions of a "normal household" and what buildings for it should look like. So this research project explored how people feel about children in high-density housing.
In the 1980s, Australian geographer Maurice Daly exposed the urban planning system as a policy toolkit developers could capitalise on to drive subdivision and speculation – an insight that remains true even today.
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Essays On Air: Australia’s property boom and bust cycle stretches back to colonial days.
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Australia's property market is slowing and many are contemplating a possible bust. But today's episode of Essays On Air reminds us that since colonial days, Australia's property market has had its ups and downs.
Being a property investor or house hunter appears to make Sydneysiders more supportive of foreign investment in residential real estate.
You'd perhaps expect property investors not to mind foreign investors who might push up prices. More surprisingly, house hunters are also more supportive than those who are not looking to buy.
The typical landlord is still the conventional “mum and dad” investor. However they are also mostly high-income and high-wealth households.
A new report shows how the private rental sector is changing.
Nurses who care for people in the city can’t afford a property anywhere near their place of work.
People on moderate incomes, including police and emergency workers, have been forced to seek housing on the city fringes, far from their places of work. But there are ways to reverse this trend.
The latest data shows a big jump in jobs, but construction is slowing.
The number of jobs might be going up but the real test will be whether wages rise too.
There are some risks, like a crash in the price of Bitcoin, that are more certain than others in 2018.
The odds are that we get through 2018 without war, mass capital flight, or a housing crash. But all the risks are medium probability, and the consequences could be dire.