December CPI figure “good news for renters” says REIA chief

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has today released its December 2017 Consumer Price Index (CPI) figure. Where were the biggest movements? The most significant price...

How to stay green when buying white goods

Most of us have a range of white goods in our homes. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, common appliances include refrigerators (in 99.9%...

What Australia can learn from overseas about the future of renting

When we talk about rental housing in Australia, we often make comparisons with renting overseas. Faced with insecure tenancies and unaffordable home ownership, we...

Feeling rental stress? You’re not alone, report reveals

Almost half of those renting in Australia's private sector were in low income households in 2015-16, and 52.9% of these households experienced rental stress,...

Treasury memo misses the real impact of Labor’s negative gearing policy

Labor MPs might be rubbing their hands together with glee at a Treasury memo that shows the federal opposition’s negative gearing policy will have a “small”...

With apartment living on the rise, how do families and their children fit in?

A growing number of Australians live in apartments. The compact city model presents many benefits. However, living close to each other also presents challenges. By...

Does Sydney need a ‘third city’?

Sydney’s future is under constant scrutiny. Planners, politicians, landowners and developers constantly discuss and decide how and where growth should take place – and how that...

Playing games on your phone could cut your power bill

Summer has arrived, and with it, soaring energy bills. Australian households are paying more for their power as generators struggle to meet consumer demand. By Rebekah Russell-Bennett (Social...

Comment: Is real estate the most viable investment option for most Australians?

Home ownership is still the Great Australian Dream, but for most people, it’s a dream that’s well and truly out of reach. The average price...

Australia heads into 2018 with mixed economic signals

Since housing is the main thing that Australians seem to talk about (even when the Ashes is on), let’s start with that. By Richard Holden...