Articles by Eliza Owen

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Eliza holds a first class honours degree in economics from the University of Sydney and is a regular on Backchat on FBI Radio, and have been a guest speaker on Triple J’s Hack, 702 ABC Radio, Sky News and at TEDxYouth Sydney. Her property market commentary has appeared in The Guardian Australia, the Australian Financial Review, Pedestrian TV and the Daily Telegraph. Eliza specialises in Commercial property, construction and the residential property market.


Three Unique Housing Insights From the 2016 Census
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Three Unique Housing Insights From the 2016 Census

While wage growth sits at a record low 1.9% against higher costs in basic needs like housing and health, and consumer confidence hits a 12 month low of 96.23, it is no wonder that people are paying more attention than ever to events such as the Census. A flush of new data gives a clearer…

Turning Tides in China’s Forex Reserves Could Leave Australia Awash With New Investment
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Turning Tides in China’s Forex Reserves Could Leave Australia Awash With New Investment

Foreign exchange (forex) reserves in China increased for the fourth consecutive month in May 2017. It is the longest growth period in Chinese forex in almost three years.  If the trend continues, Chinese financial regulators may ease capital controls currently inhibiting foreign direct investment. Central banks use forex reserves to offset currency depreciation when the…

The Areas Capitalising on an Aging Population
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The Areas Capitalising on an Aging Population

If the only inevitabilities in life are death and taxes, then the economy and government policy will start to reflect it. This is particularly evident when the baby boomer generation goes through the significant transition to retirement. In March 2017, an unprecedented value of building work was approved in construction of aged care facilities, totalling…

Why Retirees are Reluctant to Downsize
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Why Retirees are Reluctant to Downsize

When taking a holistic approach to what makes house values rise, retirement costs are an obvious contributor. I have argued that because of favourable tax treatment and finance structures, housing presents an appealing investment for individuals who are facing health and aged care costs. This could be part of why investment in housing has increased…

35 years of Sydney’s property evolution - 1980-2015 [video]
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35 years of Sydney’s property evolution – 1980-2015 [video]

Here’s a short video to help investors understand the history of the Sydney property market. Onthehouse.com.au analysis of historical house price data has revealed just how high Sydney’s property prices have soared in the last 35 years, pinpointing the suburbs that have seen the most median value growth since 1980. The research revealed that eastern suburb Bellevue Hill was…

November Residex Property Market Update
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November Residex Property Market Update

Australian house and unit markets generally performed well over the October quarter, with the median house value increasing 3.05% over the quarter and unit growth of 1.06% in the same period, according to the Residex non-revised median valuation figures. Growth was likely driven by a combination of low interest rates, relatively positive economic indicators and…

Residex October 2016 Property Market Update
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Residex October 2016 Property Market Update

Here is Residex’s latest property market update. Table 1 presents the Residex non-revised growth in median values. These figures suggest the Australian house market grew 1.63% in the September quarter. Growth was driven almost entirely by a strong surge of 1.63% in the month of September, off the back of a slight decline in August….

Our housing markets recorded a slight decline according to Residex
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Our housing markets recorded a slight decline according to Residex

The national housing market has recorded a slight decline in median house and unit values over August 2016 according to the Residex median value index. The falls in median values have been fairly broad-based across the country. The August figures are detailed in Table 1 below (note that Residex median values are non-revisionary and are…

Residex August Property Market Update
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Residex August Property Market Update

Overall capital growth in median value houses across Australia was 3.98% over the three months ending July, which was largely driven by strong growth in the metropolitan and regional markets in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. Hobart houses also performed well with an increase of 1.05% in the July quarter, however…

Residex property market update July 2016
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Residex property market update July 2016

Overall, the Australian property market has generally performed well in the June quarter.  The Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane markets saw strong gains over the June quarter, with the exception of Brisbane units – which were virtually unchanged. The resource markets in WA and NT continued their decline, however the pace of the declines has slowed….