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Australian Housing Affordability and Household Debt

We have long argued that Australian real estate prices are at unaffordable levels. It is, of course, easy to prove ones own argument by finding information and statistics that support it. So, we set out to disprove ourselves, by finding current expert opinion from reputable sources.

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What is Really Driving Australian Property Prices?

In this article of Michael Marquette’s “View from the Bridge”, he looks at the factors that are REALLY driving Australian property prices, and an undersupply of real estate is not one of them. Instead, he focuses on the the changing nature of demographics, driven not just by prices but also demographics.

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“View from the Bridge”: The State of the Australian Real Estate Market

What is the state of the Australian real estate market? Luxury real estate agent Michael Marquette of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes in his View from the Bridge column looks at rental prices, the first home owners grant, coastal areas, price reductions, the sale of LJ Hooker, International Monetary Fund, and household debt.

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Good Cause: One Million Women Challenge

The one million women challenge is to cut 1 tonne of carbon dioxide from their daily lives, within a year of joining.  The challenge is to have 1 million women, reducing their carbon emission by one tonne.  As at today, there are 7,644 women trying to do this, and Luxury real estate agent Christine Watson of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes has now become one of those determined women.  

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Australian Real Estate Affordability: Michael Marquette’s “View from the Bridge”

How Affordable is Australian Housing? Sydney real estate agent Michael Marquette of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes notes that according to the latest results from the Housing Industry Association-Commonwealth Bank First Home Buyer Affordability Report, housing affordability has fallen during the June quarter. Also, The structure of family is changing due to the enormous cost of housing throughout Australia and more people are choosing to live together to share and reduce the cost burden.

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Australia’s Economic Outlook: Michael Marquette’s “View from the Bridge”

In this article of Luxury real estate agent Michael Marquette’s “View from the Bridge” he looks at the economic outlook for Australia. Looking at Australian Bureau of Statistics data, retail margins, sydney house prices, brisbane house prices, melbourne house prices, and more, as well as interest rates, housing bubbles, household debt, and inflation, the general nature of this article is of great importance.

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Michael Marquette’s “View from the Bridge”: How the Banks Control Real Estate Prices

Luxury real estate agent Michael Marquette of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes looks at how Australian banks control Australian real estate prices. If one bank lifts interest rates so does the other and so the cycle goes on. We have all witnessed the banks being difficult in lending to business or the huge interest rates charged on credit cards.

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Sydney Real Estate Agent Michael Marquette’s “View from the Bridge”

The Australian Government and Banking Industry are artificially keeping prices high. If prices were to dramatically fall in Australia the Banks and insurers would stand to lose hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars, given the number of loans that were written requiring little if any deposit. If properties in Australia were sold for less than was owed to Banks the shortfall would need to come from somewhere – from insurers or be written off by lenders. This scenario has not escaped the attention of our politicians.  They have not publicly announced this concern but their actions are showing that they realize there may be a problem.

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Housing Prices: Similar Yet So Different Throughout the World

Whether we’re talking about Sydney Real Estate prices, Australian real estate prices, Swiss, British or American real estate prices, there are similarities with some countries, yet wide variances with others. Just going to show that that same global downturn is hitting real estate markets differently, and indeed differently for sub-classes within the same market.

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The MASTERPLAN Part 4: Banking, Company Regulation and Limiting the Size of Corporations (with podcast)

Even if those loans which are currently recognized as “toxic” are isolated and bought by the US Government or other institutions or States, there are still so many variables which could cause chaos – the banking system has so much to still be exposed.

…Summary Thoughts With only 25% of the worlds finance coming from banks and the three largest US Banks close to insolvent, the world has to deal with some enormous issues and this will require a united regulatory framework for the future and a limiting of the size of corporations as an international security measure.

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