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  • Photo of Cost of insurance for real estate agents drops

    Cost of insurance for real estate agents drops

    SME retailers and professionals, including real estate agents, have seen price reductions on their Public Liability insurance. The news comes despite inflation and despite the fact prices have remained steady across other products and occupations. In the last quarter, the annual inflation rate in Australia rose to 1.6 percent, with food inflation at its highest…

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  • Photo of REIWA calls on West Aussies to help those in need this festive season

    REIWA calls on West Aussies to help those in need this festive season

    With more than 300,000 people seeking help from The Salvation Army each year during the festive season, REIWA is encouraging West Australians to get behind the Salvos' Annual Christmas Appeal to help bring holiday cheer to those in need. REIWA President Damian Collins said the holiday season can be especially challenging for those struggling to…

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  • Photo of Openn Negotiation doubles bidders and halves time on market for McGrath Geelong

    Openn Negotiation doubles bidders and halves time on market for McGrath Geelong

    An online sales property purchasing system generating buyer competition and selling properties faster has the potential to "break the industry in half", according to one Principal using the system. McGrath Geelong Principal Will Ainsworth has sold 18 properties using Openn Negotiation, which enables buyers to submit flexible terms for the vendor's approval, allowing more people…

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  • Photo of Top 10 suburbs to retire and build equity

    Top 10 suburbs to retire and build equity

    When it comes to their golden years, there are three essential factors retirees should take into account when choosing property, according to RiskWise Property Research. RiskWise CEO Doron Peleg said lifestyle, relative affordability and building equity should all be considered by those leaving the workforce behind for the easy life. And a RiskWise analysis has…

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  • Photo of REIQ opposes Queensland rental reforms

    REIQ opposes Queensland rental reforms

    The Real Estate Institute of Queensland has strongly opposed the state's proposed new rental reform laws, claiming they are a "slap in the face to every day mum and dad property owners" and would "significantly damage" the Queensland rental market. The REIQ claimed stage one of the proposal, announced last Friday by Housing Minister Mick…

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  • Photo of Real estate industry property and media stars recognised at AREAs 2019

    Real estate industry property and media stars recognised at AREAs 2019

    Recognising industry excellence and best practice, 21 awards were presented across the categories of Innovation, Service & Marketing Excellence, and Community. Gold AREA awards were presented to outstanding individuals and agencies changing the game in property. (More photos below story) 1 2 3 4 5 Gold AREA award winners:  Residential Agent of the Year –…

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  • Photo of Victorian land values skyrocketing

    Victorian land values skyrocketing

    Real Estate Institute Victoria President, Leah Calnan says said, Victoria is a great place to invest with land prices having soared since 2014. A recent analysis by the REIV on land values over the past 5 years has confirmed that Victorian property continues to go from strength to strength. Over the same period, the median…

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  • Photo of Domain launches app to help owners track property demand

    Domain launches app to help owners track property demand

    Owning a home can be stressful. Should you rent it, sell it or just sit tight? Today, this decision has become easier with the launch of Domain for Owners.This feature from Domain lets owners see current, personalised information including demand for properties like theirs, how it has changed over time and its estimated value, all with…

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  • Photo of Five Australian cities among world’s best for luxury residential price growth

    Five Australian cities among world’s best for luxury residential price growth

    Five Australian cities have ranked in the top 30 cities around the world for luxury residential price growth, according to the latest global research from Knight Frank. The Knight Frank Prime Global Cities Index - Q3 2019, which tracks the movement in prime residential prices across 45 cities worldwide, revealed Sydney was ranked 17 for luxury…

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  • Photo of Short-term PM platform Guesty arrives in Australia

    Short-term PM platform Guesty arrives in Australia

    Israeli-born short-term rental property management platform Guesty has announced its Australian debut. The launch will expand Guesty’s presence to 11 global centres throughout Europe, UK, US, Middle East and now Australia, with plans for further entry into Asia Pacific cities including New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong. Guesty has identified Australia as a key market…

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  • Photo of Domain announces acquisition of Real Time Agent

    Domain announces acquisition of Real Time Agent

    Domain has entered into a binding agreement to acquire Bidtracker Holdings, which operates the business Real Time Agent. The on-target consideration for the proposed transaction is $24.8 million, $19.4 million of which is payable in cash on completion. An additional amount of between $0 and $15.6 million in cash is payable based on the achievement…

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  • Photo of Soho releases Tinder-type property match

    Soho releases Tinder-type property match

    A social network for property hunting has launched a Tinder-type property match feature that gives users the power to swipe yes or no on real estate listings. Soho launched the new feature on SohoApp.com four weeks ago and CEO Jonathan Lui said the number of swipes has grown 30 times. He predicts at this pace,…

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  • Photo of RBA can take a summer holiday

    RBA can take a summer holiday

    Positive economic signs and a federal government push for banks to relax lending standards for small business will give the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) a break from cutting official interest rates, according to leading mortgage aggregator Finsure Group. Finsure Managing Director John Kolenda said with the cash rate reduced to a record low of…

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  • Photo of Domain Test Stadiums are ‘open for inspection’

    Domain Test Stadiums are ‘open for inspection’

    Domain, naming rights partner of the Men's Test series, is celebrating Australia's two national obsessions, property and cricket by giving fans the chance to explore some of Australia's most iconic sporting stadiums like never before. As part of a wider campaign, major Australian cricket stadiums will feature on Domain, offering an exclusive look behind the…

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  • Photo of Smart Cities Awards applaud innovation and impact

    Smart Cities Awards applaud innovation and impact

    Thirteen winners have been applauded for their visionary leadership, best practice projects and real-world impact at the second annual Smart Cities Awards. Telstra and GWI partnered with Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand to present the awards, which were held in Sydney as part of Smart Cities Week. "The 2019 winners of the Smart Cities…

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  • Photo of Melbourne and Sydney drive rise in house prices

    Melbourne and Sydney drive rise in house prices

    House prices across the nation continue to move higher, getting dragged along by continued strength in both Sydney and Melbourne as house prices continue to rise. According to the latest data from the CoreLogic, it was Melbourne property prices that gained the most in the month of October, up 2.3 per cent – its strongest…

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  • Photo of REIQ launches professional mentoring program

    REIQ launches professional mentoring program

    The REIQ has launched its inaugural mentoring program designed to connect people and create passion within the real estate profession. The REIQ Mentoring Program aims to equip up-and-coming real estate professionals with the personal and professional attributes that will enable them to excel in their chosen field. The program will do this by connecting mentees…

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  • Photo of CPI brings good news for home buyers and renters

    CPI brings good news for home buyers and renters

    The September 2019 quarter CPI figure is good news for home buyers and renters, according to the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA). REIA President Adrian Kelly said the All Groups CPI increased by 0.5 per cent in the December quarter, giving an annual increase of 1.7 per cent. “The annual changes for the analytical…

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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 HIA reports confidence returning to housing market

    HIA reports confidence returning to housing market

    “New home sales bounced back in September to return to levels seen during the latter half of 2018,” stated HIA Economist, Angela Lillicrap. The HIA New Home Sales report – a monthly survey of the largest volume home builders in the five largest states – is a leading indicator of future trends in the residential…

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  • Photo of Making every building count

    Making every building count

    Governments urged to adopt practical plan for emissions reduction. A landmark new plan sets out a practical pathway for transforming Australian homes, workplaces and other buildings into low carbon, high-performance structures while cost-effectively reducing emissions. Every building counts: A practical plan for emissions reduction is a policy toolkit jointly developed by the Property Council of Australia…

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  • Photo of Weekend Auction Wrap: Auction volumes surge higher

    Weekend Auction Wrap: Auction volumes surge higher

    It was another strong weekend of auctions around the country, highlighted by a huge surge in the number of properties going to auction. The auction clearance rate in both Sydney and Melbourne dipped slightly, with Sydney recording 79.7% and Melbourne 77.1% according to the latest data from CoreLogic. While the national rate ended up 75.3%.…

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  • Photo of 2019 REISA Awards for Excellence announced

    2019 REISA Awards for Excellence announced

    South Australia’s real estate elite battled it out at the 2019 REISA Awards for Excellence on Saturday night. The 2019 awards celebrated a night of sophistication and glamour with a Soiree theme. The Adelaide Convention Centre transported attendees back to a time when Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan were the toast of the town. This…

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  • Photo of REIQ announces new board directors at AGM

    REIQ announces new board directors at AGM

    The REIQ has announced the re-election of Peter Brewer as both a Member Director and Chairman of the Board, following last week's annual general meeting, held at the REIQ's Cannon Hill offices. He was joined by property manager, Laura Valenti, who was elected to the board as its female member director, a dedicated position which…

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  • Photo of Auctioneers ready for annual REIA showdown

    Auctioneers ready for annual REIA showdown

    It's set to be an all-Australian showdown when the best Australasian auctioneers go head to head at the 2019 Australasian Real Estate Institutes' Auctioneering Championships today. The winner will be crowned Australasia's best auctioneer at the REIV Awards dinner tonight in the Palladium Ballroom, Crown Towers Melbourne. The Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) and…

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  • Photo of Stamp duty removal gains traction with off-the-plan purchases

    Stamp duty removal gains traction with off-the-plan purchases

    The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) has come out in support of the McGowan Government plan to remove stamp duty from off-the-plan purchases. REIWA President Damian Collins said the news was a significant win for property buyers and restored the current imbalance where standalone houses only paid duty on land. "By reducing the…

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  • Photo of Hmlet opens biggest co-living property in Sydney

    Hmlet opens biggest co-living property in Sydney

    Australia's largest co-living company is opening its biggest property to date in Sydney's inner suburb of St Peters. With 82 rooms, Hmlet St Peters will open in November 2019 and will further expand Hmlet's reach to meet the needs of Australians and expats looking for new living alternatives in Sydney. Having successfully opened eight properties in Sydney since launching in Australia in January 2019, Hmlet has anchored its presence in Sydney's…

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  • Photo of Weekend Auction Wrap: Supply shortages keep driving demand

    Weekend Auction Wrap: Supply shortages keep driving demand

    The top-end buyers were once again out in force in Sydney with a lack of supply continuing to force buyers to pay higher prices. In Sydney, the preliminary auction clearance rate was again well above 80%, finishing up at 84.3% according to the latest data from CoreLogic. The result was up sharply on last week…

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  • Photo of m3property appoints new CEO

    m3property appoints new CEO

    National independent valuer and advisor m3property has appointed David Martin as Chief Executive Officer. Mr Martin joins m3property following a long and distinguished career as a Chief Executive Officer including a successful stint at The Buchan Group that resulted in the creation of a global alliance with Nikken Sekkei. Grant Jackson, who has filled the…

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  • Photo of Report hopeful for future of real estate despite record low listings

    Report hopeful for future of real estate despite record low listings

    An influential property figure has accused state governments of being “addicted to the revenue” they receive from stamp duty and fees, resulting in record low listings across the country. John McGrath this week released the McGrath Report 2020, in which he claimed upgraders in big cities were paying close to $100,000 in fees and “absurdly…

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  • Photo of Open for a haunted inspection

    Open for a haunted inspection

    US-based real estate platform Bungalo is taking Haloween to the next level and will offer Paranormal Inspection Reports, as a part of its home inspection process for the month of October. Bungalo will be offering the special reports alongside its standard 160-point inspection. Every home for sale on the Bungalo platform in Charlotte, Dallas and…

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  • Photo of Rental returns still struggling despite sales resurgence

    Rental returns still struggling despite sales resurgence

    Despite a resurgence in house prices and strong auction results, the national rental market has continued to struggle in recent months. Across Australia, rents were -0.1% lower over the month to September 2019, with the median rental value being $436 per week. The weak rental rates have been trending lower of recent times, with the…

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  • Photo of REIWA welcomes changes to protect children from toppling furniture

    REIWA welcomes changes to protect children from toppling furniture

    REIWA and its members are delighted that the Consumer Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 has been formally passed which amends the Residential Tenancies Act and allows renters to fix furniture to walls. REIWA President Damian Collins congratulates the government for passing this critical piece of legislation and commends them for listening to the concerns of the real estate industry…

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  • Photo of Leah Calnan takes the reigns at REIV

    Leah Calnan takes the reigns at REIV

    Leah Calnan has been elected as the new president of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria, for the 2019-2020 term. Ms Calnan has served as Vice President and Senior Vice President over the past two years and replaces Robyn Waters, who stepped down following a successful term as President. Ms Calnan is a titan of…

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  • Photo of HIA supports next steps for First Home Loan Deposit Scheme

    HIA supports next steps for First Home Loan Deposit Scheme

    The Housing Industry Association of Australia (HIA) has indicated its support for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme after legislation was passed in the Senate on Tuesday. “Housing is a national priority and HIA welcomes the Senate passing legislation that will facilitate the next step in making the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme a reality,”…

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