Articles by Michael Matusik

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Michael is director of independent property advisory Matusik Property Insights. He is independent, perceptive and to the point; has helped over 550 new residential developments come to fruition and writes his insightful Matusik Missive


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Just over two-thirds of Australian households own a pet. Of these 38% are dog owners and 29% are cat owners. In addition to this, just over half of the people who don’t currently own a pet admit that they would like one. Australia has the highest rate of pet ownership in the world. Only America, where…

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How long does it take you to commute to work?  Is it really taking longer today than it did 5 years ago? The Grattan Institute recently released another great report on Australia’s urban landscape. To read the 87-page report go here. But for those of you that are time short, I have pulled together 10 things you need…

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Much is written about population growth and its positive impact on most things economic. But there is also sting in that tale. Despite the intelligentsia telling us the opposite, the number of vehicles per capita, is on the rise in Australia.  It is currently 776 vehicles per 1,000 bodies. It was 723 a decade ago and…

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Many want to reassure us that the current slump in wage growth is just a temporary thing. Yet despite rising business profits and apparently low unemployment, many are taking less money home (per hour worked) than they were in the past.  Limited wage growth and increasing job insecurity – I think – will be the…

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One minute read   Some 1.1 million new homes have been built across Australia over the past decade. According to the census, most were detached houses, followed by townhouses and then apartments. With regard to housing tenure, in this Missive, we have included two tables. Table 1 Australia, change in housing tenure, 2006 to 2016…

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The chart shows the number of dwellings approved, but not yet started.    It is one of those rare property charts where, if the lines go down, it is a good thing. At present, some 9,500 detached houses have been approved but haven’t yet commenced construction.  This is about a ten percent of last year’s detached house approvals. But…

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What does the future hold for property? For mine demographics shape almost everything. Future demographic shape If that is true, what does Australia’s demographic shape look like over the next decade.  The first table shows that baby boomers, who were helping drive generic house price growth over the past two decades, are now starting to…

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What is Australia’s PIN CODE? You know that 4 digit number that you need to unlock your phone or get the credit card to work. For mine it is 1 1 1 1 See the graphic below. It shows the likely distribution of a variety of important housing-related things over the next decade. The simple things…