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  • Photo of What will this financial year look like?

    What will this financial year look like?

    What will FY2021 look like?

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  • Photo of How a pandemic could improve the traditional workplace

    How a pandemic could improve the traditional workplace

    Having had to rapidly adjust to working from home due to COVID-19, many people are now having to readjust to life back in the office. Many will have enjoyed aspects of what is sometimes called “distributed work”, but some may be dreading the return. So is there a middle ground? Could hybrid work arrangements, known…

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    PR isn’t what it used to be

    In the last five years, digital and social media have fundamentally changed the way PR works. Once upon a time, media outlets had the power to decide which ideas, products and services the public wanted to hear about. Now, audiences hold the power. With search and social at their fingertips, consumers know what they’re looking…

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  • Photo of How to prepare your business for the economic recovery phase

    How to prepare your business for the economic recovery phase

    The Covid-induced recession is causing strife for thousands of businesses across the country. At the same time, it is giving businesses downtime to examine their operations and their spending, and highlight where they can make improvements. Adjusting your focus and looking ahead to the economic recovery phase may, in fact, put your business in an…

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  • Photo of Australia is under sustained cyber attack, warns the government. What’s going on, and what should businesses do?

    Australia is under sustained cyber attack, warns the government. What’s going on, and what should businesses do?

    By Mahmoud Elkhodr Lecturer in Information and Communication Technologies, CQUniversity Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison had some alarming news for Australians this morning: we are under cyber attack. He informed the nation the attacks “hadn’t just started”, and that Australian businesses and governments are being widely targeted. It is unclear why the government chose today…

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  • Photo of HomeBuilder misses a chance to make our homes perform better for us and the planet

    HomeBuilder misses a chance to make our homes perform better for us and the planet

    The Federal Government’s new A$688 million HomeBuilder package might protect residential construction jobs but according to academics, it’s a missed opportunity to deliver sustainability benefits that would save owners money in the long run. In an article in The Conversation, senior lecturers Trivess Moore of RMIT and Tony Matthews of Griffith University argue the A$25,000 grant for new…

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  • Photo of Stamp duty plan required to boost confidence

    Stamp duty plan required to boost confidence

    In the race to reach the post-Covid recovery stage as quickly as possible, the necessity is to bring confidence back. However, at a time when everyone is hanging on announcements, commitments and timelines from politicians and regulatory officials, it’s important that the communication is clear, transparent and detailed in order to boost confidence. Recent discussions…

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  • Photo of Break free from your agency and build a better business

    Break free from your agency and build a better business

    The days of Australia's high-performing real estate agents working for box-brand franchises are over. Why give away half of your hard-earned commission to somebody who does none of the work and offers precious little support? At UrbanX, we know the most significant factor in a successful sale is you – the agent. Sellers do not…

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  • Photo of My staff don’t want to return to work – coming back after COVID-19

    My staff don’t want to return to work – coming back after COVID-19

    As Australia commences its return to normality, the internet is already abuzz with questions about the return of employees to their workplaces. When will it happen? How will it happen? And, increasingly, can I refuse to return when my boss tells me it's time? On Friday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Australia's '3 Step Framework…

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  • Photo of The Reserve Bank thinks the recovery will look V-shaped. There are reasons to doubt it

    The Reserve Bank thinks the recovery will look V-shaped. There are reasons to doubt it

    Shutterstock/RBA By Peter Martin, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University The Reserve Bank’s long-awaited two-year forecasts for jobs, wages and growth are frightening, but I fear they are not frightening enough. The bank looks two years ahead every three months. The last set of forecasts, released at the start of February, mentioned coronavirus…

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  • Photo of Housing policies need change as COVID-19 widens renter-owner divide

    Housing policies need change as COVID-19 widens renter-owner divide

    The renter-owner gap will widen Despite concerns about house prices plummeting, the spread of COVID-19 is exposing a widening gap in housing markets between those who own zero housing wealth (renters) and those with substantial housing wealth (owners). Australians with little to no housing wealth were already experiencing at least three key types of vulnerabilities…

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  • Photo of All roads lead to real estate

    All roads lead to real estate

    Following times of crisis, real estate is traditionally the first to bounce back. COVID-19 bears striking similarities to the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1919, when despite the media creating fear and hysteria through alarmist headlines, capital city housing prices didn’t fall at all. They boomed in 1919 and then continued to rise by more than…

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  • Photo of A two-step strategy for sheltering everyone

    A two-step strategy for sheltering everyone

    This article was co-authored by Bevan Warner, CEO of Launch Housing and Ron Wakefield, Professor of Construction, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, International, and Dean, School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University, and was originally contributed to The Conversation. The original title was The need to house everyone has never been clearer. Here's a 2-step…

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  • Photo of Five steps to help agents thrive during a crisis

    Five steps to help agents thrive during a crisis

    There’s no denying the Coronavirus crisis has been devastating to many. The health and economic implications run deep and, depending on the strategy adopted, they could also run long. The human toll on people’s lives and livelihood is immense, and like everyone else, I’m eager for us to move back toward a more certain future.…

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  • Photo of McGrath CEO Geoff Lucas gives some insights of working from home as he leads a team of 1,800

    McGrath CEO Geoff Lucas gives some insights of working from home as he leads a team of 1,800

    While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic impacts all of us greatly, and for many working remotely is a great challenge, my co-workers at McGrath were well prepared.  We had already trialled our teams working from home to ensure our tools and systems were in place, so we were fortunate to be ahead of the curve in…

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  • Photo of 9 things I’d do as a Property Manager during COVID-19

    9 things I’d do as a Property Manager during COVID-19

    COVID-19: There is no point of reference for Businesses, Property Managers, Owners and Tenants to refer to, because we’ve never been through this before. This is not “Business As Usual”, and it could be quite a while before a normal operating rhythm returns. To negotiate this period, here’s 9 things I’d be focussed on. Scripts…

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  • Photo of Why property price growth always leads a crisis recovery

    Why property price growth always leads a crisis recovery

    Just as it did with past crises, the adverse economic impact from this coronavirus health crisis will begin its rebound with a real estate surge before anything else. Safe as houses! Residential real estate is the one thing which is common to 25.5 million Australians. After all, shelter is an essential commodity. While we all…

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  • Photo of The options so far for rent relief in Australia

    The options so far for rent relief in Australia

    What if I can't pay my rent? These are the options for rent relief in Australia Mark Giancaspro, University of Adelaide and David Brown, University of Adelaide You’ve lost income because of the coronavirus crisis and finding it hard to pay the bills. What if you can’t pay your rent? The short answer, if you…

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  • Photo of Federal Government comes out swinging in round 2 of COVID-19 stimulus plan

    Federal Government comes out swinging in round 2 of COVID-19 stimulus plan

    Following on from last week's initial stimulus package, the Federal Government yesterday came out swinging with a second round of initiatives designed to support business through the challenge of COVID-19. Last week the Government announced support for business which included 50 per cent cashback on Pay As You Go Withholding (PAYGW), along with incentives to…

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  • Photo of How will coronavirus affect property prices?

    How will coronavirus affect property prices?

    Guest contributor: Nigel Stapledon, is a Research Fellow in Real Estate, Centre for Applied Economic Research, at UNSW The bottom line is it will be negative - prices will go down. People, up until now, have been talking about the property market developing a bit of momentum, with the interest cuts we had last year…

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  • Photo of The Australian Government is writing cheques to small business owners… this is how much you’ll get

    The Australian Government is writing cheques to small business owners… this is how much you’ll get

    Governments around the world are quickly responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. Italy has basically shut down it’s entire country. India has closed the borders and suspended all tourist visas. Both demand and supply chains are being disrupted, with many economists fearing the virus could trigger the next economic recession. In order to stave off a…

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  • Photo of Stamp duty: A bad tax that has to go

    Stamp duty: A bad tax that has to go

    You have to look long and hard to find a notable figure who had a good word to say about taxes. One such person was US Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr who in 1927 declared, “Taxes are what we pay for civilised society”.  There’s plenty of truth in that statement, but who pays…

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  • Photo of What does Agent 2020 look like?

    What does Agent 2020 look like?

    Technology In 2016, as the industry sat on the precipice of major disruption, Ouwens and Casserly posed the question, by 2020 will the world’s largest real estate service have no agents? Uber owns no taxis. Alibaba owns no inventory. Facebook employs no publishers. Airbnb owns no properties. Was real estate headed down the same path?…

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  • Photo of Here we go again

    Here we go again

    The housing downturn gave us a two-year glimpse of what it takes to achieve housing affordability and not all of us liked what we saw. With rates of home ownership in decline and a boom that had gone on too long there was justified alarm as the housing affordability crisis took its toll, before the…

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  • Photo of Call for industry to stop using the term ‘off market’

    Call for industry to stop using the term ‘off market’

    A real estate expert has spoken out against using the term 'off market', claiming it is confusing and misleading customers. Starr Partners CEO Douglas Driscoll urged agents to reassess their use of 'off-market', which is used to describe properties up for sale without being advertised on the major property portals. "There's no such thing as…

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  • Photo of Auctions aren’t simply for the top-end properties

    Auctions aren’t simply for the top-end properties

    Sellers who have taken their homes to auctions in spring have been scoring results well above the median prices for their respective cities. Analysis from Domain showed the median price for properties sold at auction in Sydney on Saturday was $1,177,500. The amount is in stark contrast with Sydney’s median home price of $805,424 (CoreLogic).…

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  • Photo of How to differentiate in your listing presentations: Alex Ouwens

    How to differentiate in your listing presentations: Alex Ouwens

    Different dynamics are at play in the real estate market in cities across the country. The eastern seaboard has tanked with prices dropping, while Perth is going through a recovery phase. In South Australia and Tasmania, the market has been more resilient and even growing, while Brisbane has remained reasonably steady. It’s important to remember…

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  • Photo of What happened in Vegas: Dave Stewart

    What happened in Vegas: Dave Stewart

    Last month I made the long-haul flight (in cattle class) over to the States to attend the Inman conference. For those of you who don’t know, Inman has two major conferences a year. One in January in New York and one in August that was, up until this year, held in San Francisco. This year…

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    Culture Kings

    This isn’t an article about stress balls, workplace yoga and office zen zones that miraculously transform your business into a place where every employee is eternally happy and shares a united positive energy. It’s about people. It’s about performance, and it’s practical. I’ve been in this business for more than two decades. I’ve seen it…

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  • Photo of The importance of your real estate company’s strategic plan

    The importance of your real estate company’s strategic plan

    The real estate industry is changing at an ever-increasing pace, with agencies and agents facing the prospect of being here today and gone tomorrow. Ouwens Casserly director Alex Ouwens explains how a strategic plan could be your saviour. In any hectic job it’s hard to think about tomorrow when your to-do list for today seems…

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  • Photo of What goes on tour lasts long after the tour: Hannah Gill

    What goes on tour lasts long after the tour: Hannah Gill

    One of my favourite things about our industry is the focus on and range of professional development opportunities. We have no shortage of conferences, forums, round tables and resources to choose from. There are also so many quality and diverse trainers, speakers, coaches and facilitators, we’re spoilt for choice! In the last few years, I’ve…

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  • Photo of How much will the first homebuyer scheme really help first homebuyers?

    How much will the first homebuyer scheme really help first homebuyers?

    In the lead-up to the recent Federal election the Coalition announced the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme. The scheme will provide up to 10,000 loans to first home buyers each year and will offer first home buyers better access to finance without having to save a 20 per cent deposit. Additional details about the plan…

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  • Photo of Purple Rain: 7 marketing lessons for any business

    Purple Rain: 7 marketing lessons for any business

    Purplebricks spent roughly 900 days on Australian soil, reportedly spent roughly $200 million in marketing, yet couldn't make their business model work. With my marketer's hat on, here are what I hope are seven useful and practical lessons we can all take away from the experience. 1. There is no point branding unless you can…

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  • Photo of The federal election, the property market, and the elephant in the room

    The federal election, the property market, and the elephant in the room

    The Labor Party has pledged to make sweeping changes to negative gearing and capital gains tax, while the Liberals have suggested they will be relying on the Reserve Bank of Australia to cut interest rates in a bid to regenerate market activity. But what both parties have yet to fundamentally address is just how much…

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  • Photo of Sponsored content versus editorial coverage

    Sponsored content versus editorial coverage

    The media landscape has become increasingly complex over the last five years; however, the options and outlets to promote your brand have increased dramatically. Knowing when to use what tactic is vital in promoting your brand and utilising your budget in the best possible way, but at the same time the landscape can also be…

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