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Housing boom ‘not expected to be sustained’ budget papers say

Housing boom ‘not expected to be sustained’ budget papers say

The Sydney and Melbourne property boom is facing a slowdown on federal government forecasts as closed international borders and the end of grants hit the housing market brakes.

  • by Jennifer Duke

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Bouquets and brickbats: Victorians deliver their verdict on the budget

Bouquets and brickbats: Victorians deliver their verdict on the budget

A cross-section of everyday Victorians share their thoughts on Tuesday’s federal budget, with aged care, childcare and debt dominating the discussion.

  • by David Estcourt
Where the bargains are: Opportunities remain for first-home buyers

Where the bargains are: Opportunities remain for first-home buyers

While first-home buyers may be disheartened by soaring property prices, there are still some suburbs in Sydney and Melbourne where unit prices remain affordable.

  • by John Collett
Jobs our focus, not soaring house prices: RBA

Jobs our focus, not soaring house prices: RBA

The Reserve Bank says while high house prices are a legitimate concern, pushing up interest rates is not the answer.

  • by Shane Wright
Brokers and banks overwhelmed as Australians rush for a mortgage

Brokers and banks overwhelmed as Australians rush for a mortgage

People are buying on Saturday and rushing to get their finances organised on Monday in another sign of the heat in the national property market.

  • by Shane Wright, Jennifer Duke and Charlotte Grieve
Speculators back in the game to push up property prices

Speculators back in the game to push up property prices

Having kept a low profile during the pandemic, investors are now returning to the market with gusto. And that means home prices will continue to be pushed higher.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
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High house prices ‘a risk for all state governments’: Housing Minister wants premiers’ feet held to the fire

High house prices ‘a risk for all state governments’: Housing Minister wants premiers’ feet held to the fire

Federal Housing Minister Michael Sukkar says state and territory governments need their feet held to the fire to find solutions for the housing affordability crisis rather than relying on the Commonwealth.

  • by Angus Thompson and Jennifer Duke
‘Will we need a child bond?’: Perth families with kids left in the cold as landlords pick and choose

‘Will we need a child bond?’: Perth families with kids left in the cold as landlords pick and choose

A charity boss has warned families that are out of work or on low incomes have been priced out of the rent market, saying “if you’re not the ideal tenant, you just don’t get in.”

  • by Aja Styles
Pandemic fuels rise of non-bank lenders

Pandemic fuels rise of non-bank lenders

The banking sector saw a 10 per cent overall increase in web traffic during 2020 but the lion’s share went to smaller lenders.

  • by Emily Chantiri
‘It feels like winning the lottery’: confessions of a Sydney homeowner
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Opinion

‘It feels like winning the lottery’: confessions of a Sydney homeowner

They are too ashamed to admit it, but is there any guiltier pleasure for property owners than a Saturday morning stickybeak at a neighbouring property for sale?

  • by Jessica Irvine
Why regulators aren’t alarmed by the housing boom... yet
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Analysis

Why regulators aren’t alarmed by the housing boom... yet

As property prices surge, a key question facing regulators is whether it’s time to throw some sand in the gears to slow growth.

  • by Clancy Yeates