Proposed new FIRB fee will raise prices, deter ...

Today - Fiona Benson
The Property Council of Australia has warned that the announcement from the Federal Government is likely to backfire and drive up house prices for all Australians.

Slow upswing for Australian commercial property

23 Feb 15 - Property Week
Australasian commercial property markets are delivering favourable returns against the global property market, with the industrial sector continuing to lead the recovery, according to the latest Property Council/IPD Australia Index.

Sydney’s housing deficit shortfall to rise to 190,000

Sydney’s housing deficit shortfall to rise to 190,000

Sydney is facing a housing deficit that will rise by 190,000 unless local councils accelerate the number of new approvals, according to a new report.



Planning for the future

Tuesday, 24 Feb 15
"We must build the infrastructure that makes Australia a more productive and efficient country today, and prepare for the needs of our population tomorrow."

People Watch

Chris Mountford
20 Nov 2014
Chris Mountford is the Executive Director of the Queensland Division of the Property Council of Australia.

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Retirement Living

Nominate a rising star

21 Jul 14
The Rising Generation Award is an opportunity to celebrate the success of young individuals who display innovation and leadership in their work and uphold the values of the retirement living industry.

Super stress for retirees

Super stress for retirees

28 Jul 14 - Property Week
Current superannuation structures may soon lead to hundreds of thousands of retirees renting, downsizing or moving in with their children because of dwindling retirement funds, says Club Plus Super.


Green isn’t the new black

05 Jan 15
When I was in the US earlier in the year, I saw Earth Hour and World Water Day being promoted on billboards normally reserved for the latest movie blockbuster.

First 5 Star Green Star – Performance rating awarded

First 5 Star Green Star – Performance rating awarded

09 Feb 15 - Property Week
Wollongong City Council’s Administration Building, on the NSW south coast, is the first Australian building to achieve a 5 Star Green Star – Performance rating, the highest of its kind.


Finbar disposes of Gateway Building project

09 Feb 15
Finbar Group has sold the Gateway Building for $72.8 million in a sale that is expected to eventually deliver $20 million in cash for the apartment developer.

Sydney and San Francisco office investment yields lead the world

Sydney and San Francisco office investment yields lead the world

16 Feb 15 - Property Week
Globally, Sydney and San Francisco deliver the most attractive office investment yields, and Hong Kong and Tokyo the tightest, according to new research from Savills and Deakin University.


Housing starts the year in good health

09 Feb 15
CoreLogic RP Data Home Value Index results for January indicate a strong start to 2015 for the housing market, with capital city dwelling values up 1.3 per cent over the first month of the year.

Foreign investment rule changes imminent

Foreign investment rule changes imminent

09 Feb 15 - Property Week
Strengthening the compliance framework for foreign investment in residential to underpin record building approvals is emerging as a priority for the Abbott Government in 2015 with an announcement of rule changes expected shortly.


Retail rents on the rise

27 Jan 15
Rents for retail premises are beginning to rise after a prolonged lag in retail trade, with the continued entrance of foreign retailers causing increased demand for prime CBD space, according to a report from CBRE.

Retail vacancy rates continue downward trend

Retail vacancy rates continue downward trend

09 Feb 15 - Property Week
The second half of 2014 saw retail vacancy rates continue to decline, signalling a gradual improvement in leasing markets, according to JLL Research

Infrastructure & Planning

Asset recycling favoured by NSW residents

16 Feb 15
A survey conducted following the recent Queensland state election shows that the majority of NSW voters favour paying for infrastructure through asset recycling over alternative options.

Sydney can’t afford to wait on infrastructure

Sydney can’t afford to wait on infrastructure

23 Feb 15 - Property Week
New rail and road projects to tackle congestion will be deferred or axed under the NSW Opposition’s infrastructure plan without the revenue from asset recycling, according to the Property Council of Australia.

Capital Markets

Brookfield to build Melbourne apartment tower

19 Jan 15
Brookfield Multiplex has been appointed by Central Equity to build Australis Melbourne, a 46-level apartment tower located at 601 Little Lonsdale Street in Melbourne’s CBD.

Investors to boost global real estate allocation

Investors to boost global real estate allocation

27 Jan 15 - Property Week
Investment allocations in global real estate are set to rise due to low interest rates and low bond yields, according to survey results jointly published by international industry associations ANREV, INREV and PREA.


Concerns raised on NBN plan for new projects

02 Feb 15
The Property Council has formulated a submission to the federal government’s ‘Telecommunications infrastructure in new developments policy’, focussing on the key issues arising from the policy, which could impact residential developers and homeowners nationally.

ACT signs up for Asset Recycling Initiative

ACT signs up for Asset Recycling Initiative

23 Feb 15 - Property Week
The Commonwealth Government has signed the first of its asset recycling agreements with the ACT Government and will undertake a scoping study into the divestment options of six Commonwealth properties in Canberra.

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  • January 2015 Office Market Report
    Total Vacancy by Capital City
    Sydney CBD 7.4% icon arrow green down
    Melbourne CBD 9.1%
    Canberra 15.4%
    Brisbane CBD 15.6%
    Perth CBD 14.8%
    Adelaide CBD 13.5% icon arrow green down

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  • Q3 2014 Investment Performance Index
    Total Annual Returns by Sector
    All Property  9.9% green arrow up
    Retail  10.0% green arrow up
    Office  9.3% green arrow up
    Industrial  11.4%
    MSCI AU Real Estate Equities Gross in Local Currency  14.3% green arrow up
    MSCI Australia Equities Index Gross in Local Currency  6.3%
    CBA Bond: All Series, All Maturities  7.9% green arrow up
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  • May 2014 Construction Activity Forecasts
    Annual Growth Rates by Sector
    Residential (3 Year) 4.3%
    Residential (6 Year) 2.3%
    Residential (9 Year) 2.2%     
    Non-Residential (3 Year) 0.4%
    Non-Residential (6 Year) 0.6%
    Non-Residential (9 Year) 1.1%
    Engineering (3 Year) -5.4%
    Engineering (6 Year) -3.8%
    Engineering (9 Year) -1.8%
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