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How to check if your apartment developer is telling fibs

NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler’s ratings are so valuable that some companies are falsely saying they’ve got them when they haven’t even been tested.

  • Jimmy Thomson

Rising listings, poor affordability slash house price growth

The rate fell by a third to 1.9 per cent across the combined capital cities during the September quarter, a new report from Domain shows.

  • Nila Sweeney


Apartment rents are set to surge 30pc due to a lack of supply.

Apartment rents set to rise by 30pc, says CBRE

An undersupply of apartments relative to demand will drive rental spikes of more than 30 per cent in many suburbs over the next five years, according to CBRE.

  • Larry Schlesinger

This Month

Sydney house prices are poised to increase by around 12pc  this year and by another 5pc next year.

Sydney, Brisbane, Perth house prices to rise 12pc this year

The rosier prediction comes as expectations for a wider housing market recovery over the next few years strengthen.

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  • Nila Sweeney

Where to find the cheapest properties to rent near the CBDs

These are the suburbs where tenants can still rent a house for under $500 a week and units for less than $400.

  • Nila Sweeney
From apartments to standalone houses: Specialist disability housing can take many forms.

Lighthouse gets $130m social loan from CBA, NAB

Specialist disability housing could grow to be a $10 billion sector but it could also boost the development of a new loan asset class.

  • Michael Bleby
Units in Perth are achieving some of the highest rental returns and capital gains in the country according to CoreLogic.

The suburbs handing landlords 17pc capital gain and $20k cash flow

Rentals that are earning enough to cover the interest repayments can still be found in more than 80 suburbs nationwide, data from CoreLogic shows.

  • Nila Sweeney

The tree change suburbs turning into buyers’ markets

Gippsland-South West in Victoria, South Coast and Inverell in NSW, and West Coast in Tasmania are now offering buyers plenty of options, according to Suburbtrends.

  • Nila Sweeney

Suburbs with the highest granny flat potential

More than 655,000 granny flats could be built across the country straight away to help alleviate the housing shortage.

  • Nila Sweeney

Investor exodus gathers pace in Melbourne, Sydney

More investors are bailing out of inner Melbourne and Sydney markets amid weak capital growth and large increase in holding costs.

  • Nila Sweeney
Workers for the Israeli charity group Magen David Adom raising funds in Sydney’s Bondi Junction.

Gandel: Israel has ‘no choice’ but to hammer Gaza

Property billionaire John Gandel is worried that public support for Israel will decline in Australia as retaliation against Hamas gains pace.

  • Samantha Hutchinson and Nick Lenaghan
Finding a new Japanese interest in BTR: Herbert Smith Freehills partner Michael Back.

The housing boom drawing Japanese investment

Australia’s immigration-boosted growth is a magnet for Japanese investors facing their own shrinking population at home. And they like BTR in particular.

  • Michael Bleby

Sydney Metro boosts apartment premium by up to 20pc

Apartments along Sydney’s new Metro stations are poised to outperform similar properties in neighbouring suburbs.

  • Nila Sweeney
Airbnb head of public policy Michael Crosby says the levy’s impact would be greatest on lower-price rental properties and markets.

Airbnb says Victoria’s 7.5pc levy could push visitors away

The short-stay platform is seeking to influence other states and territories, which are considering measures to ease the rental crisis.

  • Michael Bleby
A housing development at Prestons in Sydney’s west. The state needs to deliver 314,000 new homes over the next five years but is only expected to build 180,000.

More first home buyers tap government help to enter market

One-third of home buyers were supported by the federal government’s Home Guarantee Scheme in FY23, a significant increase on the previous year.

  • Campbell Kwan
The two-bedroom apartment in original 1972 condition at 17D/50 Whaling Road in North Sydney sold at auction for $2.427 million.

Why buyers looked past the flaws in this unit – and paid $2.4m

The shabby apartment needed at least $200,000 to fix it up. But rather than hide its faults, the agent hit buyers over the head with its problems. And it worked.

  • Michael Bleby

How a mortgage mess nearly cost me my new apartment

An old debt that was paid off but never cleared came back to haunt me.

  • Jimmy Thomson
Vacancy rates plunged back to record lows in most capital cities.

Rents soar to new highs as vacancy rate slumps to record

The residential rental vacancy rate plunged back to a new low of just 0.8 per cent nationwide over the September quarter, new data from Domain shows.

  • Nila Sweeney
Bradley Hall: “This is a systemic issue. It was an absolute bugbear and a major risk.”

Builder blames hidden commissions for his company’s collapse

Home owners were often unaware they were also paying agents’ commissions worth tens of thousands of dollars, the former Chatham Homes owner said.

  • Michael Bleby

Luxury off-the-plan makes a comeback as property prices rise

Ten ways to ensure your apartment deal doesn’t leave you out of pocket and is delivered on time.

  • Duncan Hughes