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Dangling a carrot to secure a commercial tenant
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Dangling a carrot to secure a commercial tenant

Leasing out commercial premises can be a challenge in a slower market, as can attracting the right tenant. That’s where leasing incentives come into play and can make all the difference.   Leasing incentives came about late last decade when the wind went out of the commercial market’s sails. Director of Knight Frank Sydney Shane Bisset…

Interactive: how have your family’s fortunes changed? Use this drag-and-drop tool to find out
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Interactive: how have your family’s fortunes changed? Use this drag-and-drop tool to find out

Use our drag-and-drop interactive to find out how incomes, financial wellbeing, and housing stress has changed since 2001 for various ‘family types’, including singles or couples without children.  Do you feel that, overall, you’re “better off” than you were in the past? Or that things are getting worse, or have plateaued? We now have the data to get us…

We have got it all wrong on Millennials
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We have got it all wrong on Millennials

They have been cast as experience-seeking, travel-loving, commitment-avoiding mortgage-dodgers who privilege lifestyle above all else and invented the concept of the “bank of mum and dad”. Some of this is borne out in the data – particularly the travel-loving, mortgage-dodging bits – but Australian Millennials (born between 1976 and 1990) are no more all the same…

The language of commercial landlords
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The language of commercial landlords

With ‘options to renew’ and ‘three by three leases’, it sometimes seems like commercial landlords have to speak a whole other language. But the lingo isn’t really that hard to translate.  Getting a commercial lease agreement right from the beginning is crucial for both lessees and lessors because rent returns have the potential to make…

Migrants are still buying into the dream of home ownership, but it’s becoming more elusive
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Migrants are still buying into the dream of home ownership, but it’s becoming more elusive

Migrants have similar home ownership rates to the overall population and rely less on public housing. But housing supply shortfalls and higher prices have reduced ownership among recent migrants. Brendan Coates, Grattan Institute Recent Australian migrants are buying into the Great Australian Dream of home ownership. But rates of home ownership among recent migrants are falling,…

No presents, please: how gift cards initiate children into the world of ‘credit’
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No presents, please: how gift cards initiate children into the world of ‘credit’

Many children receive gift cards or even ask for them so they can choose their own presents. But are youngsters ready to handle the wiles of advertisers and the complexities of ‘credit’ on a card? Louise Grimmer, University of Tasmania and Martin Grimmer, University of Tasmania Western children have more toys, games and possessions than ever before. And Australia has one of the highest rates of average spending per child on toys. Faced with a glut…

How financially literate are you: take this quiz
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How financially literate are you: take this quiz

The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, out today, found women exhibiting much lower levels of financial literacy than men – how do you score? writes… Roger Wilkins, University of Melbourne The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey tells the stories of the same group of Australians over the…

Why rents, not property prices, are best to assess housing supply and need-driven demand
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Why rents, not property prices, are best to assess housing supply and need-driven demand

Property prices have soared in the past decade, but much more modest increases in rent, with the exception of Sydney, suggest less of an imbalance of supply and demand for housing as a place to live. Rachel Ong, Curtin University If property prices are rising, it is commonly assumed we must be facing a shortage of supply relative to demand. So if we’re ever going to…