|June 2005||News Article|
Shellharbour rate rise not as high as proposed
Shellharbour ratepayers have been saved from a hefty rate increase, the Illawarra Mercury reported today (30 June).
HIA says home sales for May were reasonable
New home sales slowed down in May this year, but overall sales continue to look better in 2005 than was the case in a disappointing end to last year.
ACT Opposition questions commitment to public housing
Opposition housing spokesperson Jacqui Burke said the Stanhope Government had misled the Canberra community about its real intentions when it came to funding for public housing.
ACT property law to be simplified
Acting Attorney General Katy Gallagher tabled an exposure draft bill to streamline and simplify the law relating to property in the ACT today (23 June) in the Legislative Assembly.
ACT land strategies outlined
ACT Planning Minister Simon Corbell yesterday (21 June) released two key documents relating to the preparation and release of residential, commercial and community land in the ACT.
Canberra pips Melbourne as second-most expensive housing city
Canberra is now the second-most expensive city in which to buy a house, just behind Sydney, according to figures made public today (June 21).
Planning delays causing higher unit prices and rents
Canberrans may be paying higher prices for units because of delays in the approval and construction stage of multi unit dwellings, according to the ACT Opposition.
Call for higher standard planning staff
Reforms to ACT planning would not work without more and better qualified planners, according to the latest McCann property report released today (June 15).
Turnover down but prices hold: McCann
The number of houses sold a year is falling, but the average price is holding, according to the latest McCann property report published today (June 15).
Rich people should be moved out of public housing: MLA
People on high incomes should be moved out of public housing into the private sector, Opposition housing spokeswoman Jacqui Burke said today (June 14).
ACT Govt culling healthy trees and leaving dangerous ones: MLA
The Urban Services Department is removing apparently healthy street trees while ignoring the removal or maintenance of obviously dangerous ones, according to the Opposition spokesman on Urban Services Steve Pratt.
No smoke alarm, no insurance
Homes without smoke alarms would be refused insurance under a NSW plan made public today (June 13).
Property good for 15 years, then crash
Property markets will hold for another 15 years, then crash, according to a report by KPMG commissioned by the Property Council of Australia publicised today (June 10).
Reserve leaves interest rates alone
Interest rates will stay on hold, the Reserve Bank announced today (June 8).
Government ‘wrongly’ slugging housing on environment
Governments are choosing the wrong target when they seek to impose excessive energy efficiency regulations on new housing, according to the Housing Industry Association.
Majority think property best investment
A new survey shows that 41.7% of respondents said they would rather invest in property than anything else, despite the downturn in property investment.
Renovations bounce back slightly
Major renovation activity recovered in the first quarter of 2005, following a disappointing drop off late last year, according to the Housing Industry Association’s quarterly Renovations Monitor released today (June 6).
House prices up in seven capitals
House prices were up in seven capitals in the March quarter, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released today (June 3).
Statistics support soft housing landing
Building approvals rose in April, according to figures released today (June 2) by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
COAG called upon to cut red tape
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) must tackle the stifling compliance burden of state and territory government regulation, the Housing Industry Association said today (June 2).
Housing block releases to more than meet demand
Greenfield housing blocks are to be released in the ACT at more than double the rate of demand under the Land Release Program made public today June 1.