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  • HIA has revealed Australia’s strongest markets for home building in the 2019 edition of the HIA Population & Residential Building Hotspots Report. The Report is aimed at finding employment growth areas targeted towards builders and tradies, and identifies hotspots in all states and territories. “Melbourne has once again dominated this year’s HIA Hotspots Report, with 12 of Australia’s Top 20…

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  • Rental property owners are being urged to make sure their claims are correct, as the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) announces it will double the number of audits scrutinising rental deductions. In the 2017–18 financial year, more than 2.2 million Australians claimed over $47 billion in deductions. Assistant Commissioner Gavin Siebert said this year the ATO have made rental deductions a…

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  • Around half of all homes up for auction across Australia’s capital cities sold during the first quarter of 2019, says CoreLogic. The latest CoreLogic Quarterly Auction Market Review has highlighted a clearance rate of 49.9 per cent across the combined capitals, an increase of +6.6 percentage points on the December quarter results. “Auction volumes and clearance rates are mirroring the broader…

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  • Professionals continues to build its internal team with the recent appointment of Alex Whitfield as Head of Marketing. Mr Whitfield has worked in strategic marketing and business development for over a decade and specialises in brand activation, lead generation and customer experience design. In the past, Mr Whitfield held the position of Marketing and Business Development Manager with the Australia-Israel Chamber…

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  • REA Group have welcomed Janelle Hopkins to the team as their new Chief Financial Officer. Ms Hopkins previously held the position of Group Chief Financial Officer at Australia Post and will begin her new role on 3 June. Ms Hopkins will be replacing Owen Wilson who stepped into the role of CEO with REA Group in January. Speaking to The…

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  • New data released by MCG Quantity Surveyors is claiming the Labor Party relied on incorrect assumptions in formulating its negative gearing policy. According to the data, Labor’s assertions on the percentage of investors buying new homes were grossly understated and call into question the party’s revenue projections. “Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen has suggested new-buy investors comprised anywhere between four and…

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  • People bid less in auctions that have more bidders, new research suggests. Economists from the University of Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) have released the results of a new study suggesting that the more bidders there are in an auction, the less each bidder thinks they have a chance of winning. Published in the latest issue of…

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  • The latest property outlook from realestate.com.au indicates that the current market downturn is ‘far from the worst we’ve experienced’. Some uncertainty for buyers and sellers will continue in the lead up to the Federal Election whereby a Liberal win should see stability for the market, but a change in government would continue to see values fall along with above market…

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  • LJ Hooker Avnu has launched a new platform aimed at making the buying and selling process smarter and more transparent. The platform provides vendors and landlords with real time data about web traffic, buyer feedback and comparative listings and sales and agent activities related to the sale of their property. According to L Janusz Hooker, Chairman of LJ Hooker, the…

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  • LEADERSHIP and dogged determination are what the company say underpins a new Ray White achievement. According to a recent study principals earned 76 per cent more than their Australian industry peers in 2018. Ray White reviewed the 2018 financial year results for 269 of its own Australian businesses and then compared it The Australian Benchmark Report (Real Estate Agents 2018),…

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  • The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) has launched a campaign to give the property sector a voice during this years Federal Election. In a statement REIA President, Adrian Kelly, said he aims to ensure issues relating to the taxation of property are an integral part of the campaign and all politicians are educated about the consequences of the Labour’s…

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  • CoreLogic has launched a new home loan analytics portfolio, merging portfolio and property data to assist lenders operating in changing market conditions. According to CoreLogic Executive Head of Data, Analytics and Solutions, Tracey Ah Hee, this analysis solution will help lenders to identify portfolio blind spots. “We match a lender’s existing portfolio data to property-specific data to provide a customer-level…

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  • Bendigo Bank has announced it is decreasing its Bendigo Express Home Loan and Basic Home Loan variable interest rates. Bendigo Bank Executive, Consumer Banking, Richard Fennell said the changes introduced will enhance customer experience by providing greater choice. “Some of our customers, particularly first home buyers, may prefer the assisted home loan journey and market-leading service excellence of our Bendigo…

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  • New figures released by the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have revealed the value of new lending commitments to households rose 2.6 per cent in February 2019. The February rise followed on from a fall of 2.3 in January. According to ABS Chief Economist, Bruce Hockman, despite the activity, the longer term story is largely unchanged with new lending…

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