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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


10 things economic property investors should understand
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10 things economic property investors should understand

Here’s a quick summary of the Australian economy (well the one that really matters). Let’s call it 10 Things Economic.  1. Working longer hours for less pay per hour.   2. Stuff all wage growth, which is unlikely to change – digital stuff, automation, the internet of things, baton change to service industries and importantly low/declining productivity. 3. Many already underemployed, with…

A voice of reason amongst the distortion
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A voice of reason amongst the distortion

There is a lot of new construction going on. We have been experiencing a building boom and are now getting set for a surge in new infrastructure. Both are largely influenced by government pump-priming — high levels of migration; low interest rates; loose foreign ownership/investment rules and debt. True, that without this, our rate of economic…

The 3 drivers of population growth
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The 3 drivers of population growth

The ABS annual regional population dataset now includes details about population growth type.   A change in population is dependent on three things: 1. Natural increase — in short, births versus deaths. 2. Net internal migration — this means movements within the country, including interstate moves but also movements within the same state or territory. 3. Net overseas…

What's an affordable property?
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What’s an affordable property?

Discussions about this topic focus too much on the price of the real estate and its daily movement, rather than what should be discussed – household income. What we earn, particularly in disposable terms (minus tax), is equally important in determining what we can and cannot afford; as is the price of property. And the…

This is the likely direction of house prices.
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This is the likely direction of house prices.

Here are  four charts about the likely direction of house prices. I update these four charts about this time each year. I have found that these four indicators are good bellwethers when it comes to future house price movement.  My thesis is a simple one:    1. If more people have a full-time job then more households…