Articles by John Edwards

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John is Consulting Analyst for Onthehouse, Australia’s most comprehensive real estate portal, and Founder of Residex, a leading Australian research organisation providing quality information on the real estate market to government, financial institutions, valuers, real estate agents, accountants, solicitors and the general public. Visit www.OnTheHouse.com.au


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Our ageing population threatens Australia with unsustainable debt. But before I discuss this, let’s see what’s happening in our property markets: In Table 1, below I present the growth rates and other statistics for our housing markets across Australia. The Sydney property market is continuing in its ‘boom’ growth path. The median value of all…

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Don’t Believe all the Hype About Property Prices and the effect of negative Gearing. Abnormally high property prices, and the dramatic decrease of affordability in Australian housing markets, are spurring reactions. Negative gearing tax benefits, in drawing housing asset investors into the property market, is perceived to be crowding out first home buyers. Anyone who…

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There are two markets in Australia that, in reality, set the pace for housing markets across the country – Sydney and Melbourne. These two markets combined account for more than 50% of all dwellings in Australia. Graph 1 presents the current position for Australia’s main markets – Sydney and Melbourne, for houses and units. Graph…

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It’s like a tale of two cities… New research released by Onthehouse.com.au revealed a polarised growth trend across Australia’s capital cities, with August data showing steady growth in Melbourne and Sydney’s housing markets, offset against falls in Brisbane and Perth. The findings show that the overall national growth rate has slowed significantly, with growth in…