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A Shortage of Housing in Australia - Why?

It seems to be generally agreed that there is a housing shortage in Australia.  Counterintuitively, for the last three years construction has fallen every month.  The population however, continues to grow at 1.8% per annum fuelled by an increased birth rate and immigration.
The Housing Industry Association has estimated that ...

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House Prices Still on the Up in Melbourne but is Your One?

Melbourne house prices have nearly returned to the record high set in October 2010 and naturally this has added to the ongoing concern regarding affordability, especially for younger first time buyers.
An oft-quoted statistic these days, and quoted in The Age, 3 January 2014, is that the median-priced home now costs 7.5 times median an...

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Home Ownership and Renters: Where are We Heading?

It would appear that here in Australia home ownership is declining!  Over several decades home ownership has been around 70% but has now slipped to 67.5%. 
Why has this happened and will this trend continue?  Is it an affordability issue?  A survey conducted by Mortgage Choice (Future First Home Buyer Survey) found ...

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Buying's One Thing, Holding's Another: How much does Australian Housing Really Cost?

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Offset accounts - what are they and do I need one?

It is easy to get confused with the sheer quantity of mortgages available. Do I fix my interest rate or do I ride the rollercoaster of a variable rate? Do I link my loan to an offset account? Do I undertake a loan with a honeymoon rate? There is so much to understand!
I’m going to look at offset accounts in this article. Hopefull...

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