Articles by Michael Matusik

Michael Matusik

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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The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has forced many employers to consider encouraging, or even forcing, their employees to work from home. Some are saying that this is a new trend, with many more of us – once the respiratory illness is under better control – working from home. An in-depth survey by Roy Morgan has found…

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I wrote about demographics a month ago – back when the world was a far less turbulent place. That post featured the following table showing the total size of the Australia market by housing buyer segmentation. And I explained that there will be a need to build more homes over the next decade than the…

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An emergency. Then crisis. Now a pandemic? Falling confidence. Market correction. Talk of recession. Social distancing. Cancelled events. Closed borders. The list goes on and on. No good news anywhere. Panic! There is little doubt that it is serious. And I don’t want to make light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) but I am of the…

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James Carville, allegedly, helped win the Presidency for Bill Clinton in 1992 with a sign in the campaign’s headquarters saying, “The economy, stupid”. Well maybe there should be a sign saying – “Demographics, stupid” – on our desks as well. Many in the economic, town planning and property space, including investors, tend to ignore or…

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The average floor area of a new free-standing house in Australia is 254 square metres. Our homes are much larger than those within Europe and even many American cities. Why has this occurred? It is simply economics. The actual land component of a new house and land package is very high and fixed. And these…

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People appear to be ageing in place. The latest statistics suggest that homeowners are staying in the same digs, on average, for 11 years. This is up from 7 years a decade ago. That’s a 59% increase. My chart shows that this increase is widespread. The high and rising transaction costs plus limited affordable housing…

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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…