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  • The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) announced the winners of the 14th National Awards for Excellence last night at a gala dinner held at Crown Perth on 21st March 2019. REIA President Adrian Kelly said the awards acknowledge and recognise the best of the best in Australian real estate. “More than 250 real estate professionals from across Australia converged…

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  • If Labor’s negative gearing policy is legislated in its current form, expect a rise in rental yields which will occur through a combination of falling house values and, eventually, a rise in rents. That’s the headline from an update to an SQM Research (SQM) research paper released in November 2018, modelling the proposed Labor Party changes to negative gearing that…

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  • Melbourne has for many years been regarded as Australia’s most liveable city. However, new data from realestate.com.au and Ipsos reveals that, when it comes to how residents actually feel about where they live, Canberra comes out on top. The realestate.com.au Life in Australia report, powered by Ipsos, is the nation’s largest annual ongoing study of community values and liveability. The…

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  • More than 40 Ray White Commercial top performers from across Australia and New Zealand filled Hamilton Island’s Yacht Club as powerful interviews and specialist sessions took place for 2019’s Summit conference. Former Navy diver and shark attack survivor Paul De Gelder was a keynote speaker on the day and had the audience in the palm of his hand as he…

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  • Tech company InfoTrack has launched a product called Securexchange to protect real estate agents, conveyancers and buyers from the threat of large financial loss during property exchanges. InfoTrack General Manager Lee Baillie says that the system has been specifically designed to prevent the intercepting of insecure emails which may include settlement bank account details. Instead of getting the correct account…

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  • Ray White have kicked off the first quarter of 2019 with a bang, holding its biannual training event, Ignite19, in each capital city earlier this month. The exciting program features inspirational keynote speakers as well as special sessions to help agents excel. The focal messages of this year’s Ignite were to live a life beyond fear and how to adapt…

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  • Officially commencing the appointment on 11 June 2019, the former General Manager of Sustainability and Corporate Procurement will take the reins as Corporate Executive Officer at the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). “Davina’s inspirational leadership capacity together with her deep technical knowledge would enhance the organisation’s industry perspective as it furthered its goals to make communities more productive, liveable…

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  • Twenty-five Australian RE/MAX members joined RE/MAX Australia and RE/MAX New Zealand’s Managing Director, Michael Davoren, in Las Vegas recently for the 46th annual R4 Convention, where they rubbed shoulders with many thousands of real estate agents and broker owners representing more than 60 countries. “The Greatest Network On Earth was a proud theme and a bold statement in Vegas this year, but…

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  • realestate.com.au have today launched The Real Ideas Prize, a new ‘shark tank’ style competition for those who work in real estate to pitch their big idea on how to improve the rental experience. Contestants from around the country will have the chance to win a share of $100,000 and access to leading industry mentors to help bring their idea to…

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  • The Adelaide Bank/REIA Affordability Report for the December quarter 2018 showed a slight decline in housing affordability nationally with the proportion of income required to meet loan repayments increasing to 31.2 per cent, up by point one per cent. However, it showed an improvement of point four per cent when compared to the December Quarter of 2017. “When we look…

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  • Yesterday (5 March 2019), the RBA Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent for its 27th consecutive meeting. Here’s a quick rundown of what went down! With respect to the housing market: After the earlier large run-up in prices, the adjustment in the Sydney and Melbourne housing markets is continuing as conditions remain soft in…

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  • The Gold Coast property market may be getting an unexpected shot in the arm from the federal election, according to Ray White Surfers Paradise Group (RWSP). RWSP CEO Andrew Bell says he has noted an emerging sense of urgency among some buyers eager to lock in a purchase sooner rather than later. These buyers are factoring in a change of…

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  • The top-performing independent real estate agents throughout Australia and New Zealand have been recognised at the 13th annual Australasian Real Estate Results Awards (ARERAs). Hosted by industry coaching and training body Real Estate Results Network (RERN), this year’s awards saw strong competition in all award categories. The coveted award for Agency of the Year (metro) was given to Melbourne agency…

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  • CoreLogic released its February home value index results showing a a fall of 0.7%, across the combined capitals increasing the cumulative decline to -6.8% since values last peaked in October 2017. Head of research at CoreLogic, Tim Lawless said, “The fact that we are seeing weakening housing market conditions across regions where home values were previously rising at a sustainable…

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