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Saturday Summary – the most interesting property investment articles I read this week

Each Saturday morning I like to share some of the interesting property investment and economic articles I’ve read during the week.

I’ve put them here all in the one place for your easy reading.

Enjoy your weekend….and please forward to your friends by clicking a social link buttons on the left.

Has the housing market reached the bottom of the cycle?

According to RP Data, the Australian housing market peaked during October 2010 and since that time dwelling values have fallen by 5.9% (7.4% to the May 2012 trough) across the combined capital cities index based on the RP Data-Rismark Home Value Index to the end of July.

This interesting article with good graphs shows how various overseas property markets have performed since there peaks.

Over the same twenty month ‘post peak’ time frame, the US housing market had recorded a 10.2% fall, UK prices were down 22.5% and New Zealand had seen a 9.1% fall.

As you can see both the New Zealnd and United Kingdom markets plateaued after falling 18 -20 months, which is about where we are in Australia.

The good news is our economic fundamentals are better her in Australia than overseas, so maybe our markets are turning.

Read on to find out more.

Our property investment experts look into the crystal ball!

Another great Property Uncut show produced by Kevin Turner. If you don’t already subscribe to this excellent weekly Internet based radio show.

We love trying to find out what is going to happen, especially with property.  Ask 3 people and you will no doubt get 3 very different opinions.  This week and next we are going to put that to the test and ask some of our property investment experts what they think the future holds in store for the real estate markets.

This week he has a heap of great guests:

You should definitely subscribe to this weekly audio program. Click Here It’s free and you can listen on the go on your smartphone, iPad etc.

Video of the week – RPData’s August Property Investment Market Update

In this short video RPData’s  property analyst Tim Lawless give a summary of what’s happening around Australia’s real estate markets, and there’s some good news for anyone interested in property investment.

Watch this video by clicking here

Star Commentators of the Australian Property Market

In an interesting blog Homeloan finder has created cartoons of some of the “star” property commentators

This is how they saw me:

This article is a fund read, so read on and see all the cartoons.

The Glittering Skyscrapers of China’s More Anonymous Cities

At the rate that China is building skyscrapers—that’s one completed every five days to be exact—it’s no wonder that some out-of-the-way Chinese locales are home to tall buildings.

That said, there are some spectacular examples of high-rise architecture, some that compete for tallest in the world, in the cities outside of Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Beijing. The Canton Tower (below),

in the southern city of Guangzhou, is the tallest structure in China and was completed to great fanfare before the 2010 Asian Games.

The twisting, LED-lit structure briefly held the title of world’s tallest freestanding building, but was surpassed this year by Japan’s under-construction Tokyo Sky Tree, which uses a remarkably similar mesh construction.

Luckily China has plenty more where this came from.

To see some more examples of amazing architecture read more

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