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August 2004 News Article
31 August Interest rate rise expected, survey says
Most Australians believe interest rates will increase before the end of the year, according to poll results made public today (Aug 31).
30 August Gungahlin to boom
Gungahlin will be the ACT’s fastest growing area, according to Population Projections for Canberra Suburbs and Districts, 2004 to 2014.
27 August Governments slammed on spruikers and tenancy databases
Governments must act against property investment spruikers and tenancy databases, according to the Real Estate Institute of Australia.
27 August 100 blocks a year reserved for moderate-income earners
The ACT Government is to offer 100 blocks of land each year to moderate income earners.
24 August Table of rates by suburb
Rates are up by 2.87 per cent, according to an Government of rates by suburb. Rates in some suburbs have fallen. Click to download table.
24 August Govt tightens land-transfer rules
Legislation to prevent land speculation was announced today (Aug 24) by ACT Planning Minister Simon Corbell.
20 August Asbestos report plan postponed
A Bill requiring sellers to provide prospective buyers a report identifying all asbestos on a property was sent to a committee by the ACT Legislative Assembly today (Aug 19).
20 August Institute and ACCC move on shoddy practices
The Real Estate Institute of Australia issued guidelines today (Aug 20) to provide a consistent nation-wide approach for real estate agents to comply with the Trade Practices Act.
18 August ACT considers Govt Architect position
The ACT Government will consider setting up a position of ACT Government Architect.
18 August New rules for boarders and lodgers
Amendments passed today (Aug 18) to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 will give new rights to boarders and lodgers.
17 August Under house dangers highlighted
A national alert on the dangers of climbing under the floors of homes has been issued by Archicentre, the building advisory service of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.
16 August Civic to boom this decade, experts say
Civic will be booming by the end of the decade, according to property experts.
16 August Govt looking at grey water
The ACT Government is developing guidelinies for people wanting to use grey water on their gardens.
15 August Real estate licence issue in chaos: Liberal
Issuing of real-estate licences is in a state of chaos, according to Liberal legal affairs spokesman Bill Stefaniak.
14 August ACT seeks investors for aged-care and other units
It is seeking registrations of interest from people to buy part of Block 6 Section 87 Belconnen for residential aged-care accommodation for 100 people and for 150 independent living units.
11 August ACT goes private with premium land at Bruce
Two lots of land at Bruce, each allowing for about 160 residential blocks, will go under the hammer on September 29, Acting Planning Minister, Ted Quinlan announced today (August 11).
9 August Interest rates are likely to rise this year, Reserve hints
Interest rates are likely to rise soon, the Reserve Bank hinted today (aug 9).
7 August House prices to slow but not crash: PMI
House prices will slow, but not crash, according to mortgage insurer PMI in its twice-a-year house price survey made public today (Aug 6).
4 August Home renovation safety warning by Archicentre
Archicentre, the building advisory service of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, issued a major national safety warning today (Aug 3) to people undertaking home renovations.
4 August Interest rates stay on hold
The last rises were in November and December last year of a quarter of a percentage point each.
2 August Asbestos certificate ‘should come with conveyancing’
An asbestos certificate should be issued as part of conveyancing on all building purchases, including residential, according to two unions and lawyers for asbestos victims.