Saturday Summary – the most interesting articles I’ve read this week (2014/07/26)

There are more interesting articles, commentaries and analyst reports on the Web every week than anyone could read in a month.

Each Saturday morning I like to share some of the ones I’ve read during the week.

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Housing Bubble Is Here, Admits Former Property Cheerleader

Your Investment Property Magazine quote economic commentator Christopher Joye’s article in The Australian Financial Review where he suggests that Australia is in the midst of a housing bubble.

Joye famously took on Steve Keen in February of 2011 in a televised debate on Business Today, arguing against the existence of a housing bubble. But Joye has now claimed that Australian housing is overvalued.

“When the Reserve Bank of Australia deploys its alternative assumption – which is the more modest annual house price growth rate since 2004 of about 4 per cent in nominal terms – its model finds that Australian homes are 19% overvalued.

“This just happens to be the same result you get if you compare the house price-to-income ratio to its average since 1993. Other credible benchmarks on which to base future house price appreciation – including household income growth, the returns consumers think they will get and the rate at which rents rise – similarly imply that housing is overvalued by between 20% and 30%,” Joye said.

Joye said the Reserve Bank of Australia has dismissed the idea of a housing bubble because credit growth is low. He argued that this was a misconception on the part of the Reserve Bank.

“This is muddleheaded for two reasons: first, housing credit growth is outpacing incomes, which is the key criterion; second, credit growth is only meaningful in respect of the light it sheds on changes in the level of household leverage and the probability of borrowers defaulting,” Joye said.

While house price growth has seen a slowdown, Joye argued that this was seasonal and that prices are not cooling.

“With banks promoting the cheapest mortgage rates ever, I suspect Australia’s nascent housing bubble will get bigger,” he said.

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Top 10 markets to avoid

Property Observer quoted Terry Ryder’s Oversupply Alert where he warns investors to steer clear of Brisbane’s inner city, New South Wales’ Hunter region and Queensland’s Emerald.

Here are Ryders’ top 10 markets to avoid:


40% of Sydneysiders speak a non-English language at home – Pete Wargent

In his blog regular Property Update Blogger Pete Wargent  quotes a very interesting article in the Sydney Morning Herald  which puts a different spin on the concept of “foreign buyers” of property in Sydney.

The percentage of Sydneysiders who speak a community language at home has increased rapidly from 27pc of residents in 1996, to a much higher 38pc in 2011.

In 21 suburbs, English is not the most common language, with only 12pc of residents in Cabramatta nominating English as their first language.

Fun weekend video: Flight Attendant Makes a Hilarious Speech

Enjoy this fun pre flight speech – I bet this video will have you watching till the end.

Weight loss improves brain function

If anyone carrying a few extra pounds needs further motivation to lose it then here it is. People who are obese tend to show deficits in memory for events, but this is reversible according to Science Daily:

“Memory performance improved after weight loss, and…the brain-activity pattern during memory testing reflected this improvement. After weight loss, brain activity reportedly increased during memory encoding in the brain regions that are important for identification and matching of faces.”

Blogs you may have missed this week:

If you didn’t have a chance to read my daily blog, here’s a list of some of the blogs you missed this week:

How will rising unemployment affect property markets?

Selling prices surge in Sydney and Melbourne

This week’s property market trends | RPData

2014 Quarterly Rental Review Report | RPData

National auction market continues to strengthen

Solid rebound in housing market | ANZ


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