Rowan Crosby

Rowan Crosby

Rowan Crosby is a freelance journalist specialising in finance and real estate.
  • NEWS

    Riverbank House invites nature in to win Queensland architecture award

    Wilson Architects’ Riverbank House has been awarded the Robin Dods Award for Residential Architecture at the Australian Institute of Architects’ Queensland Architecture Awards. The home is one-of-a-kind and sits on the banks of the Brisbane River in Highgate Hill, four kilometres south of the Brisbane CBD. Riverbank House is an interpretation of the classic Queenslander, a quintessentially Australian style of detached house with a corrugated iron roof and a timber façade. …

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    Expats and international investors stoking the local market

    International investors and expats looking to return home to Australia are continuing to show strong interest in many markets across the country and are contributing to upward pressure on house prices. …

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    WA extends its rent relief scheme

    The WA State Government has extended the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme (RRRGS) which aims to help tenants facing financial hardship. …

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  • NEWS
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    Profit-making resales jump thanks to hot property market

    The number of home owners selling their property at a profit jumped in the March 2021 quarter thanks to the record run for property prices. …

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  • NEWS

    The hot new search term for homebuyers

    The world has changed dramatically over the past 18 months and as a result, the types of homes people are wanting to buy has also seen a dramatic shift. According to realesate.com.au, the most popular search term is now ‘study’, indicating that many people are clearly changing the way they work and live. With lockdowns continuing to wreak havoc in Australia’s two most populous cities, …

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  • NEWS

    The world’s largest housing bubbles

    Australian housing prices have been on a record run over the past 12 months, however, a new report suggests it’s nowhere near the biggest bubble in the world. …

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  • Celebrity Homes

    Frank Sinatra’s mountain retreat returns to the market

    The former home of legendary entertainer Frank Sinatra is on the market once again and already there is a flurry of interest in the exquisite desert getaway. The 7.5-acre estate in Palm Desert, California has been on and off the market for a number of years after and the property which is listed at $4.25 million, is already receiving inquiries from around the world. …

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  • NEWS

    137 fines issued as NSW Fair Trading targets real estate compliance

    NSW Fair Trading has been out in force in recent weeks, making sure agents are complying with legislation put in place to protect consumers. …

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  • NEWS

    Australian property is selling faster than ever

    Demand for property across the country is higher than ever with the average days on market tumbling last month. …

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  • NEWS

    House prices in Australia and New Zealand growing at record pace

    House prices across the planet are growing at a rapid rate, with both Australia and New Zealand some of the best performers in the last 12 months. …

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  • NEWS

    Herron Todd White names potential growth hotspots

    For every Bondi Beach, there are dozens of other suburbs that don’t have the same notoriety, yet have the potential for incredible growth. Herron Todd White has compiled its list of ‘unsung hero hotspots’, which are suburbs that might not get as much attention as their famous neighbours, but are ripe for growth in an already strong property market. NSW Chippendale The proximity to educational New South Wales institutions, …

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  • Celebrity Homes

    Which celebrity has the most desirable home?

    Everyone loves to peek inside the lives of famous celebrities and now a new study has identified which celebrity homes are the most desirable. …

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  • SELLING + MARKETING PROPERTY

    Boosting exposure with innovative marketing

    With listings and transactions taking a hit as a result of COVID-19, agents have increasingly been looking to more innovative marketing tactics to gain exposure for their properties. Collings Real Estate‘s leading sales agent Christian Gravias has been successfully implementing a range of unique marketing strategies that have proven highly effective in the current climate. The Melbourne agent has focused on increasing the visibility of unique properties through viral video campaigns as well as being the first to implement influencer marketing strategies. …

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  • NEWS

    Where are the latest home renovation hotspots?

    On the back of the new Federal Government HomeBuilder package, property valuation group Herron Todd White has taken a look at the areas in each Australian capital city that are leading the way with renovations. The new HomeBuilder package gives $25,000 to renovators who are looking at spending over $150,000 to improve their home. However, to qualify you need to earn less than $125,000 as a single or $200,000 as a couple, …

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  • NEWS

    Real Estate sector honoured in Queen’s Birthday list

    The Queen’s Birthday honour roll has seen some of the property sector’s most notable names honoured, along with a host of other famous Australians and New Zealanders. In total, 993 Aussie’s were congratulated by the Queen in her annual Queen’s Birthday Honours. A number of real estate agents and business were among them, acknowledged for their history of services to both the industry and broader community. …

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  • NEWS

    The RBA leaves rates on hold in June

    The RBA has elected to keep the cash rate on hold at the record low level of 0.25 per cent. At its June meeting on Tuesday, the board decided to continue with a wait and see approach which was in line with what most analysts had been expecting. The RBA had slashed the official cash rate from 0.75 per cent in two meetings in March, …

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  • NEWS

    Property prices remain ‘resilient’ in May despite lockdown

    Property prices across Australia’s capital cities have fallen for the first time since June last year. Against the backdrop of wide-ranging shutdowns, the latest data from CoreLogic has shown the combined capital cities have fallen by 0.5 per cent in May. The results around the country were mixed, with Adelaide, Hobart and Canberra all recording price increases, while it was some of the higher-end locations in Sydney and Melbourne that weighed on these markets. …

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  • NEWS

    Tassie tops regional market as WA outlook improves

    The housing market in Tasmania has been the strongest performer across the entire country over the last five years – and the trend has not just been limited to Hobart. According to CoreLogic‘s quarterly regional review, which looks at capital growth over the year to April, Launceston and the North East region remain the top performer across both the house and unit market. …

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  • NEWS

    How property markets are responding to COVID-19 according to Herron Todd White

    The COVID-19 crisis has thrown the national economy into turmoil, while property markets are still clearly trying to digest what it all means. Leading valuers Herron Todd White (HTW) have tabled their thoughts on what each state is facing and what might lie ahead for the nation’s residential property markets. NSWSydney has been at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19 given its size and population, …

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  • NEWS

    RBA keeps interest rates at record-low 0.25 per cent

    With the Australian economy still feeling the full impact of social distancing measures, the RBA has made the decision to leave interest at a record-low 0.25 per cent. The RBA made two rate cuts in March, including an emergency cut that saw the official cash rate fall to its lowest level on record. It was widely expected that the RBA would leave rates on hold this month and it appears they will be staying low for the foreseeable future. …

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  • NEWS

    House prices remain steady as transactions slow

    Despite the nation-wide shutdown that has made life tough-going for most real estate agents, house prices have remained stable throughout April. According to the latest data from CoreLogic, house prices nationwide ticked higher, up 0.3 per cent. House prices in Sydney increased by 0.4 per cent, however, values did ease in Melbourne, with prices down -0.3 per cent over the course of the month. …

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  • NEWS

    Airbnb on shaky ground amidst COVID-19 crackdown

    Short-stay accommodation platform Airbnb continues to find itself in the firing line of social distancing measures which come on the back of new changes to strata laws in NSW being rolled out this week. Under the new coronavirus regulations, people should be staying at their own accommodation. Exemptions are in place for those who are required to use short-term accommodation for work. …

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  • NEWS

    The RBA Leaves the Cash Rate on Hold at 0.25 per cent

    At its monthly meeting today, the RBA has decided to leave the cash rate on hold at 0.25 per cent. The move that was widely tipped by analysts will see the cash rate remain at historic lows for the foreseeable future. In mid-March, the RBA held its first emergency meeting since 1997 to slash the cash rate to current levels before the unprecedented social distancing measures ground the nation’s economy to a halt. …

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  • NEWS

    House price growth begins to slow

    Despite the unprecedented social distancing measures put in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus, home values across the country pushed higher in March. According to the latest data from CoreLogic, prices rose by 1.1 per cent in Sydney, 0.4 per cent in Melbourne, 0.6 per cent in Brisbane and Canberra, 0.5 per cent in Perth and 2 per cent in Darwin, …

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  • Elite Agent

    7 best practices for managing a remote team

    Like it or not, we’re all going to be working from home for a while.  If you don’t need to communicate with anyone or anything on the outside world that’s great. But the reality is for most people, particularly people in real estate, this period will be a steep learning experience. We all know how important relationships are in the real estate business and that won’t change during this period of time. …

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  • NEWS

    Coronavirus fallout prompts RBA to slash rates

    The RBA has officially cut interest rates to their lowest level on record in the fight against the economic fallout from the coronavirus. In an emergency meeting yesterday, the RBA reduced the official cash rate to 0.25 per cent down from 0.5 per cent. The RBA has only recently cut the cash rate from 0.75 per cent at its monthly meeting at the start of March. …

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  • NEWS

    Expats set to lose their CGT exemption

    Australian residents living overseas will now lose the capital gains tax (CGT) exemption on their family home after new laws were passed by Parliament. The new changes mean that foreign residents who don’t file income taxes will now be forced to pay capital gains tax when they choose to sell the family home. Previously the family home wouldn’t have attracted any taxes if they sold it within a six-year period, …

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  • NEWS

    Airbnb promotes party prevention

    Short-term rental platform Airbnb is encouraging its hosts to use third-party surveillance devices in a bid to cut down on disruptive behaviour. Airbnb came under fire last year for incidents in the US where guests have damaged properties and thrown wild parties – and now the company is taking a stance. Starting today, we are banning “party houses” and we are redoubling our efforts to combat unauthorized parties and get rid of abusive host and guest conduct, …

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  • NEWS

    Coronavirus fears force the RBA to cut rates to 0.5%

    Fears that the coronavirus will weigh on both the local and global economies has forced the RBA to slash the official cash rate by 25 basis points to 0.5 per cent. The RBA made the decision to cut interest rates to a record low level in what is the fourth cut in 12 months. The unprecedented fallout from the coronavirus has seen markets in turmoil over the last week and it appears the RBA is the first central bank to officially respond. …

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  • NEWS

    House price rebound continues with new highs in sight

    House prices across the country have continued to grow in value in February, with Sydney and Melbourne again the strongest markets in the country. According to the latest data from CoreLogic, median house prices across the combined capital cities jumped 1.2 per cent in February. Again it was Australia’s two major cities, Sydney and Melbourne that are doing the bulk of the work at the moment, …

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  • Sponsored Content

    Relationships in real estate in an era of PropTech

    Over the last decade, PropTech has been changing the way the real estate industry operates, but at its core, property is about people. It’s always been said that real estate is a relationships business and even with the influx of PropTech firms that make transactions both easier and more transparent, buyers and sellers still need a certain level of human interaction and support in what is often the biggest investment they will make in their lifetimes. …

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  • NEWS

    Stamp duty labelled ‘government addiction’ as industry calls for reform

    Calls for changes to stamp duty are starting to grow stronger after New South Wales Treasurer Dominic Perrottet put the federal government on notice to act on tax reforms. In a recently released report, an independent panel appointed by the NSW Treasurer looked at how NSW and the Commonwealth could work together to build a stronger economy.  One of the key findings in the report was how both Federal and State Governments needed to address the impact stamp duty is having on homeowners’ …

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  • NEWS

    Property price optimism rising in capitals as regions feel the strain

    Record low interest rates have helped boost the level of financial comfort for many Australians who reside in our capital cities, as a rebound in property prices improves sentiment. However, the gap with those in regional areas continues to grow, according to ME Bank’s latest Household Financial Comfort Index. Australians living in regional areas are currently experiencing an eight-year low in their level of financial comfort based on the findings of the bi-annual index, …

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  • Elite Agent

    The most popular keywords to sell a listing

    When agents list a property on a real estate portal do the words used make a difference when trying to make the sale? Are these keywords designed to impress the potential buyer or should they be targeted towards what a buyer actually wants? Well, it turns out these questions have been answered by Point2Homes in the US, who analysed over 1.2 million listings featuring 65 million keywords. …

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  • Elite Agent

    7 tips to launching your own proptech startup

    Proptech is a word on everyone’s lips and no doubt will change the way the property industry operates. Since 2011, there has been over USD$300 million in funding invested into Australian real estate technology, according to a report from Unissu, which highlights just how big the sector is becoming. Proptech covers a whole range of different segments of the real estate market and new start-ups are launching on a near-daily basis. …

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