Category: Economy

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The Australian construction boom

You’ve seen the headlines, and possibly the cranes dotted along the horizon: construction is booming in cities across Australia. But how does this affect you? Inflated construction costs According to the recent International Construction Costs 2018 report by built asset consultants Arcadis, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane rank in the 25 most expensive cities globally for […]

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RBA

Residential lending dominates

Monthly data from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) indicate that Australia Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA)’s policies are taking effect. What are APRA’s policies? APRA implemented policies in 2017 to slow investor lending, in an attempt to address housing affordability. The policies require lenders to limit investor credit growth by 10 per cent per year. Interest […]

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Grettan Institute Report

Australian house prices have more than doubled in the last 20 years

The Grattan Institute report, released earlier in March, found that Australian house prices have more than doubled in the last 20 years. The rise has been particularly sharp in the last six years, with house prices increasing 50 per cent in Melbourne and around 70 per cent in Sydney since 2012. So, what caused this […]

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Make your money go further, ladies

How do the words ‘financial planning’ make you feel? What about ‘mortgage’? Or ‘superannuation’? Believe it or not, a staggering 52 per cent of Australian women find dealing with finances stressful, and around 2 per cent of women have no savings for retirement. Australian women face unique financial challenges. By retirement, women have less superannuation […]

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reduce energy costs

Reduce your energy costs

High energy prices are often in the news, which is no surprise given Australians pay the highest energy prices in the world. That, combined with increased energy consumption, means a bulk of your household expenses go towards energy bills. Much of the cost of energy is to do with maintenance of network connections, like poles […]

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housing affordability 2018

Housing affordability in 2018

It is the Aussie dream to own your own home. But in the last 15 years, housing affordability has made it tricky for some. The average cost of owning a property is now 7.2 per cent of the average income. Fifteen years ago, it was only 4.2 per cent. While incomes have also increased in […]

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Falling property price

Falling house prices? Don’t panic

CoreLogic recently reported that Sydney house prices were down -1.3 per cent in the last quarter ending in November 2017, and Darwin house prices had receded -2.7 per cent. The report found a combined capital city drop of -0.1 per cent in the last month. Flags are raised when we hear these figures, which is […]

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Buying a property with friends

Buying property with friends

With prices stubbornly high around the country, more under 40s Australians are teaming up with friends or family members to buy their first property. It can be a win-win for both parties. Having someone else stump up half the deposit and share the expenses and exposure may allow you to get into the market sooner, […]

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