3 bits of property investment weekend reading from Michael Matusik

Here we go again – three topics, three minutes – the best value speed-read you’ll get all weekend.

1.  Trumped

The debate is over; the big Donald has had the final say – if you cannot sell your property, don’t fire your real estate agent, fire them up!

This comes from Donald Trump (he used to sack agents who couldn’t sell his “beautiful” buildings) in his address to the Australasian Real Estate Agents conference on the Gold Coast earlier this week.

Now he pays 7% to 8% commissions and he believes this works a treat.

I don’t disagree, and on several occasions, when it came to selling my own home, paid a financial incentive to get a higher price.  Not every agent took the money, instead donating the balance to charity.

According to IBISWorld, 5,000 people lost their jobs in the real estate industry in Australia over the last five years.  Revenue in the industry has dropped by close to 10% since 2007.

As we wrote a few weeks back it is defying gravity to expect real estate agents to work on a 2.5% commission structure.

Virtually no other business on the planet works off such low sales margins.

Good advice DT, but really, “beautiful”?

2.  More resources

According to ABARES, there are 94 major mineral and energy advanced developments taking place across Australia.

These total $173.5 billion and importantly, they are advanced – meaning approved, with most underway.

A breakdown of these projects is as follows:

  • 35 energy projects  – $116 billion total
  • 35 mineral projects – $33.6 billion total
  • 20 infrastructure projects – $19 billion total
  • 4 mineral/energy processing projects – $5 billion total

Most are in Western Australia, with 39 projects totalling $109 billion, followed by Queensland with 28 projects for a combined $49 billion and New South Wales with $8.2 billion.

Again, as discussed last week – click here – this isn’t a flash in the pan or fly by night operation, but major long-term developments.  These projects amount to some serious economic grunt and provide strong pillars of support.

3.  Division of labour 

I read something recently in the Economist, to the effect that men are selfish layabouts.  Really?  I can only imagine the resounding guffaws from the fairer sex: “Tell us something we don’t already know,” they are yelling.

But you see – and I just love this bit – there’s apparently a reason for it.

An American study has found that….wait for it…..the amount of housework a man does, depends on how much he dislikes it.  The more a male likes a task, the more of it he will do and vice versa.

Not exactly revolutionary stuff; but it does give me incentive to confess a dirty little secret.  I do the clothes washing at my house – each weekend, dutifully sorting the whites from the darks.  It’s therapeutic, and well, everyone in the family agrees I’m just better at it.

But back to the study, the flip side of this finding is that the amount of housework that women do has nothing to do with how much they might like or dislike a task.  Women just get on with the job and do what has to be done.

Good-on-ya girls!  We really didn’t need a study to tell us.  Where would we be without you?

And for all those males suffering from SLS (selfish layabout syndrome), you may now take solace from the fact that your condition is officially verified.  You are not alone.

Matusik Pulse

This week’s poll question is about Aussie house sizes.  “If our housing is really too big, what should we forego?”  Again, this will take just ten seconds of your time.  Answers out next Saturday.

Want more? Including charts?  Then don’t be shy click here.

Enjoy your weekend, and remember…. pass this Missive on to 3 others.

Michael Matusik is the director of independent property advisory Matusik Property Insights.  Matusik has helped over 550 new residential developments come to fruition and writes the weekly Matusik Missive.  The Matusik Missive is free, however, reprinting, republication or distribution of any portion of this material, or inclusion on any website, is strictly prohibited without the written permission of Matusik Property Insights and may incur a charge


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    June 3, 2012 Stick

    Where would we be without those selfish layabouts inventing things like vacuum cleaners, washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, cars, tractors, agricultural equipment, computers, looms, mills, heavy industry… In fact just about everything.


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