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  • Photo of Vic Real Estate Group turns to Acquire platform for advertising feedback

    Vic Real Estate Group turns to Acquire platform for advertising feedback

    Greg Hocking Real Estate has announced a partnership with The Today Business to deliver a new approach in real estate advertising to its clients. Greg Hocking Real Estate CEO Greg Hocking said advertising was a significant portion of the total spend of most real estate sales campaigns, but there was an industry-wide problem with lack…

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  • Photo of How will the bushfire crisis impact property prices?

    How will the bushfire crisis impact property prices?

    There is no escaping the effect the recent bushfire crisis will have on property prices, but an independent property research company claims the impact will depend on the state of the market in the suburb prior to the bushfires as well as how badly the areas were hit. RiskWise Property Research has identified three ‘severity’…

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  • Photo of Hobart leads the way as resale prices on the rise

    Hobart leads the way as resale prices on the rise

    Almost nine out of 10 property resales over the September 2019 quarter sold for more than their previous price, delivering a gross profit of $18.7 billion for resellers across Australia. The latest CoreLogic Pain and Gain report showed overall 87.4 per cent of property sold above its previous price, and reveals a slight increase in…

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  • Photo of Best regional towns for annual price growth revealed

    Best regional towns for annual price growth revealed

    New research has identified the best major regional locations for average annual house price growth over the past two decades. The in-depth analysis by property market research firm and buyer’s agency Propertyology found that, contrary to popular opinion, many towns across the country produced median house price growth as robust as capital cities over the…

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  • Photo of REA Group unveils national event series

    REA Group unveils national event series

    REA Group will bring thousands of its customers together at a unique new industry event series to be held in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth this year.  Prop20, to be held throughout March and April, will give agents, property managers, developers and marketing teams with access to leading industry experts, while allowing REA customers…

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  • Photo of Top 20 locations house prices tipped to rise most in 2020

    Top 20 locations house prices tipped to rise most in 2020

    Tasmania is leading the way for median house price rises in 2020 – one of several locations across the country tipped to record a rise of up to $200,000, according to new research. The analysis by SuburbGrowth.com.au – part of the Select Residential Property Research Group (SRP) – identified the top 20 locations where median…

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  • Photo of Console Cloud integrates with Victorian forms provider

    Console Cloud integrates with Victorian forms provider

    Australian software firm Console Australia has integrated Victorian forms provider Forms Live with Console Cloud in a move that will save real estate professionals across the state significant administration and double-handling of data. Console Cloud is Console’s flagship SaaS enterprise software product, providing trust accounting, property management and real estate software in Australia and New…

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  • Photo of First home buyers back at highest level in almost a decade

    First home buyers back at highest level in almost a decade

    First home buyers are making the comeback of a decade with new figures showing the highest level of new lending in almost 10 years. The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show a 19.71 per cent increase in the value of new owner-occupier loans taken out in November, year-on-year in seasonally-adjusted terms While investors slipped…

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  • Photo of Domain supports agents in bushfire-affected areas

    Domain supports agents in bushfire-affected areas

    Property marketer Domain Group is offering a package to support real estate agents who have been affected by the nationwide bushfire crisis. Domain said the package was open to any customers who were operating within affected bushfire areas and experiencing a negative impact on their business as a result. "It’s hard to comprehend the scale…

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  • Photo of Holiday homeowners can help those affected by bush fires

    Holiday homeowners can help those affected by bush fires

    Leading property firm Raine & Horne has made a significant financial contribution to the real estate industry's Beyond the Bricks campaign and is also calling on owners of short-term holiday rentals to consider letting to families whose homes were destroyed by the horrific bushfires. Beyond the Bricks is the property's industry's response to the bushfires and has already…

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  • Photo of REA Group announces promotion of Kul Singh to Chief Sales Officer

    REA Group announces promotion of Kul Singh to Chief Sales Officer

    REA Group has announced the internal promotion of Kul Singh to the position of Chief Sales Officer and a member of the Executive Leadership Team, commencing January 20. In his new role, Mr Singh will be responsible for all aspects of sales across REA Group, including sales teams supporting residential, developers, commercial and media customers. …

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  • Photo of REA Group joins the global support of Australia’s bushfire relief efforts

    REA Group joins the global support of Australia’s bushfire relief efforts

    As Australia’s bushfire crisis continues, REA Group is introducing relief initiatives to help provide assistance to those affected by the devastation. REA Group CEO, Owen Wilson said like all Australians, the REA had been shocked and saddened by the overwhelming impact Australia’s bushfires are having on local communities and the environment.    “We know nothing can…

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  • Photo of House prices close out 2019 with more strength

    House prices close out 2019 with more strength

    It was another strong month of house price growth in December, as the year-end rally stayed true to form across the country. Across the major capital cities, dwelling values increased by 1.2%, marking yet another solid monthly performance, according to the latest data from CoreLogic. Again it was Sydney and Melbourne leading the price increase,…

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  • Photo of Ray White optimistic about year ahead after successful 2019

    Ray White optimistic about year ahead after successful 2019

    Ray White is optimistic about the real estate business heading into 2020 after a successful 2019 which saw the group top its previous year’s sales numbers and record its best-ever month in November – all despite challenging market conditions. Ray White Group Managing Director Dan White the 2019 results were testament to the quality of leadership…

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  • Photo of ‘A Little Ray of Giving’ raises thousands this Christmas

    ‘A Little Ray of Giving’ raises thousands this Christmas

    Christmas came early for many charities as Ray White’s Christmas initiative ‘A Little Ray of Giving’ raised thousands of gifts, money and more than 300 bags of non-perishables across Australia and New Zealand. More than 350 offices across the Ray White Group signed up to the cause, with more than 11,000 presents gathered, $2,200 in…

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  • Photo of New proptech ListReady is capturing the market with a clever alternative to manage property listing expenses

    New proptech ListReady is capturing the market with a clever alternative to manage property listing expenses

    Marketing is one of the best investments a vendor can make to attract buyers and create competition. An innovative tech-based ‘pay later’ solution is revolutionising this process by providing an alternative to credit cards to cover advertising and other listing-related expenses.

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  • Photo of Weekend Auction Wrap: Volumes taper off ahead of Christmas

    Weekend Auction Wrap: Volumes taper off ahead of Christmas

    Auction volumes and the preliminary clearance rate across the country were lower this weekend, as the tapering off ahead of the Christmas period officially began. The clearance rate in Sydney dropped for a third straight week, with volumes down by -13 per cent on the prior week. Only 846 homes were taken to auction, according…

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  • Photo of LJ Hooker Foundation donates $200,000 to those in need

    LJ Hooker Foundation donates $200,000 to those in need

    The LJ Hooker Foundation has donated almost $200,000 to help those in need this year, including charities Humpty Dumpty Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis, Share the Dignity, and the Australian Red Cross. The LJ Hooker Foundation, which has raised more than $8 million since inception, helps LJ Hooker offices engage with their local communities and boost social…

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  • Photo of Research shows consumers prefer SMS marketing

    Research shows consumers prefer SMS marketing

    New Australian research shows nearly three-quarters of consumers say an SMS message from a business is more likely to get their attention than email or an app notification. Mobile business messaging provider MessageMedia said around the world, many businesses are already reaping the benefits of SMS-driven customer interactions, as demonstrated by the incredible growth in SMS statistics.…

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  • Photo of REIA re-elects President for second term

    REIA re-elects President for second term

    The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) re-elected Adrian Kelly from Tasmania as President for a second term at its Annual General Meeting in Canberra in last week. Mr Kelly was born and raised in Hobart and has worked in the Tasmanian real estate industry since 1990. He is the founder and CEO of View…

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  • Photo of Lenders sign up to First Home Loan Deposit Scheme

    Lenders sign up to First Home Loan Deposit Scheme

    Twenty-seven lenders have now been endorsed to participate in the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme in the lead up to the scheme starting on 1 January 2020. The scheme, which will provide support for up to 10,000 first home loan guarantees for eligible first home buyers each financial year, aims to help first home buyers…

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  • Photo of Belle Property launches holiday rentals platform, Belle Property Escapes

    Belle Property launches holiday rentals platform, Belle Property Escapes

    Belle Property has announced the launch of Belle Property Escapes - the holiday rental brand of the premium real estate company. Belle Property Escapes features rentals in some of the country’s most desirable holiday destinations including Avalon/Palm Beach, Jervis Bay and the Central Coast in New South Wales, as well as Cairns in Queensland. CEO…

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  • Photo of The Agency predicts steady house price growth in 2020

    The Agency predicts steady house price growth in 2020

    A combination of cheap funding and low stock levels are helping boost house prices across the country and that is expected to continue into 2020, according to real estate group, The Agency. In their Summer 2019/2020 property report, The Agency CEO Matt Lahood has suggested there could be more upside in house prices next year,…

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  • Photo of Beyond Blue and HIA continue mental health push

    Beyond Blue and HIA continue mental health push

    Beyond Blue and the Housing Industry Association (HIA) have extended their partnership to continue supporting the mental health of people working in the residential building industry. HIA Managing Director, Graham Wolfe, said for five years the HIA Charitable Foundation has supported Beyond Blue in improving access to mental health resources for people in the building…

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  • Photo of Laing+Simmons’ new partnership to deliver next level network support

    Laing+Simmons’ new partnership to deliver next level network support

    Laing+Simmons has struck a new partnership aimed at delivering an expanded range of essential services to members of the Laing+Simmons family. The partnership means those tasks which can distract business owners, principals, agents and property managers from their core focus of building a business and serving customers are taken care of. The new partnership with…

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  • Photo of Weekend Auction Wrap: Sydney and Melbourne auction results continue to lead the way

    Weekend Auction Wrap: Sydney and Melbourne auction results continue to lead the way

    Auction results were strong for yet another week, as buyer demand continues to outstrip supply. Across the country, the latest CoreLogic data has shown that the national preliminary auction clearance rate came in at 74.5% from a total of 2,837. This was the second busiest week of the year, however, the numbers were down slightly…

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  • Photo of Jamie Durrant launches Regional Homes Australia

    Jamie Durrant launches Regional Homes Australia

    Essentials Magazine Australia editor, Jamie Durrant, has launched a digital property and lifestyle magazine, along with a property marketing service. Entitled Regional Homes Australia, the online publication will feature building, design, regional personalities, lifestyle experiences, and curated Australian residential real estate listings.  As the name suggests, Regional Homes Australia focuses on properties situated outside of…

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  • Photo of HTW monthly update – Property prices deliver strong end to 2019

    HTW monthly update – Property prices deliver strong end to 2019

    As 2019 draws to a close Herron Todd White have assessed where the nation's property markets currently sit and how their predictions stacked up over the course of the year. We saw a slow start for property in 2019 thanks to an uncertain regulatory environment and the federal election which had big implications for property…

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  • Photo of The major changes in our cities that will kick off the 2020s

    The major changes in our cities that will kick off the 2020s

    A drop in car ownership, smaller houses, walkability impacting property prices, residential blocks atop shopping centres, and ‘mini Melbournes’ in outer suburbs. These are the city trends that will begin to emerge next year and mark the commencement of a new decade in urban planning. The forecasts come from one of Australia’s most experienced, recognised…

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  • Photo of Prime waterfront properties command 63 per cent premium

    Prime waterfront properties command 63 per cent premium

    Prime absolute waterfront properties in Australia are worth up to 63% more than their inland counterparts on average, according to Knight Frank’s latest Australian Prime Waterfront Index. The Index, which measures how much uplift value an absolute waterfront location can add to a property, found the premium was the greatest in Sydney, with up to 94.9%…

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  • Photo of Affordability prompts highest number of first home buyers

    Affordability prompts highest number of first home buyers

    Housing affordability has improved across the country resulting in the highest percentage of first home buyers in the marketplace in eight years, according to research from the Real Estate Institute of Australia. REIA President Adrian Kelly said the September quarter 2019 edition of the REIA Housing Affordability Report found housing affordability improved in all states and territories, except Tasmania,…

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  • Photo of The RBA leaves rates on hold at 0.75% at December meeting

    The RBA leaves rates on hold at 0.75% at December meeting

    The Reserve Bank of Australia has left the official cash rate on hold at 0.75 per cent in the final meeting of the year. Headed into today’s announcement, there was only a five per cent chance of a cut to the cash rate. We’ve already seen three 25 basis point cuts this year, however, there…

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  • Photo of Weekend Auction Wrap: Sydney and Melbourne continue to see strong clearance rates

    Weekend Auction Wrap: Sydney and Melbourne continue to see strong clearance rates

    It was another huge weekend of auctions in Australia’s two largest property markets as the spring selling season closed out with strong demand from buyers. Again it was Sydney that led the field, finishing the weekend with a preliminary clearance rate of 84.7 per cent, according to CoreLogic. In total there were 1,131 auctions held…

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  • Photo of A third of Australians choose overseas travel over a home

    A third of Australians choose overseas travel over a home

    When asked to choose between being well travelled or owning a home, one in every three Australians values travel over home ownership. That was the key finding from ME’s recent travel survey which explored how important travel is to Australians. The trade-off between buying a home and exploring the world was far more apparent among…

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  • Photo of Money magazine names best financial providers for 2020

    Money magazine names best financial providers for 2020

    Australians could save more than $180,000 by switching to financial product providers that have been named winners of Money magazine’s Best of the Best Awards for 2020. More than 100 winners were named across financial services including credit cards, term deposits, banking, loans, superannuation, insurance, investments and online broking; as well as personal and business…

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