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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


How business investment matters to our property markets
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How business investment matters to our property markets

Investment matters, private expenditure, in particular. It reflects confidence.  Where business invests, economic growth and jobs often follow. People move to where there is work. It is a ‘post-postmodern’ world. Show me the money! And our table speaks volumes. Total private investment State or territory Total Fiscal 2017 Distribution Fiscal 2017 Five year change NSW…

Is property going to have a hard landing?
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Is property going to have a hard landing?

Past trends would have suggested that SEQld would have won. But no, the shift has been to a colder clime The strongest annual growth of home prices can now be found in Hobart, which is now pushing past Sydney and Melbourne. And this shows that the higher home prices recorded in Sydney and Melbourne in…

A property revolution?
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A property revolution?

Talk about a revolution – a suburban people to a high-rise nation, in what, just seven years.  Wow! Or is this just one big stuff-up? Maybe something new is going on? A new paradigm? Last year we wrote what we think about it: Well, the apartment market is most certainly a dog’s breakfast, in more ways…

Housing tenure - who rents and who owns what?
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Housing tenure – who rents and who owns what?

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…

The rise of the unoccupied homes
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The rise of the unoccupied homes

Two minute read We know that the number and proportion of unoccupied homes across Australia is increasing.   The latest national count found that 11.2% – or about one million – of our private dwellings were empty at this time last year. Now, I need to bore you for a few moments with some stats….

More Census Information | Bedroom Trends
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More Census Information | Bedroom Trends

More information from the Census for you in a two minute read Following on from my census commentary last week, in this post we continue with bedroom trends. Here, we are looking at what has been happening in our townhouse type stock and high-rise apartments. Australia, townhouse, terrace homes and semi-detached Bedrooms No. Five year change…

Census: Household size
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Census: Household size

Two minute read As mentioned yesterday, over the coming week or two, we will try to demystify the 2016 Census results. This post, we look at household size. What’s going on is quite different to what we are often told. Many seem to be caught in the wrong mindset. Australia Type 2006 2016 % population…

Census: Dwelling trends
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Census: Dwelling trends

Two minute read Over the next couple of weeks, we will try to make some sense of the 2016 Census results. This evening, let’s cover private occupied dwellings. Australia Type No. Ten year change 2006 2016 Houses 6.334m 649k 11% 75% 71% Attached* 1.129m 427k 61% 9% 13% Apartments 1.214m 138k 13% 14% 14% Other**…

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…