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April 2005 News Article
29 April New home sales flat in March
Cooling demand among Australia’s new homebuyers has resulted in a flat month for new home sales, according to the latest Housing Industry Association figures released today (Apr 29).
29 April ACT Libs call for fixed public-housing leases
Public housing tenants should have fixed leases, not lifetime ones, the ACT Opposition said today (Apr 29).
28 April Most confused over property loans
More than half of Australians are confused about the property loan process, according to a survey published today (Apr 28) by Mortgage Choice, a leading mortgage broker.
28 April Home-buyers will be slugged by new safety regulations: HIA
Home-buyer would ultimately pay for new national occupational health and safety standards for residential building, the Housing Industry Association said today (Apr 28).
27 April Period of interest rates stability ‘likely’
Australian home owners and buyers can look forward to a new period of interest rate stability, according to a leading non-bank lender.
26 April Mixed messages on interest rates
Interest rates will rise again soon, according to the Australian Property Institute's six-monthly Property Directions Survey issued today (Apr 26).
24 April Rates to go up in Budget
ACT property rates will rise in the May Budget.
24 April Productivity Commission slams EERs
The Productivity Commission has slammed the ACT’s system of compulsory Energy Efficiency Rating.
20 April City planning to be simplified
A change to the Territory Plan will remove mandatory requirements on things like colour and design of building in Civic.
20 April Residential building falls
New residential work fell 4.2% in the December quarter, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
19 April Public housing waiting list in disarray: Libs
The waiting list for public housing has not been reviewed since 2001.
19 April Actew says no to new dam, has other plans
No new dam will be constructed for Canberra under the final Actew plan made public today (Apr 19).
18 April Property investment does well on tax front
Property investors have made a fortune on the tax front according to the lastest figures from the Australian Taxation Office.
15 April 22,000 new dwellings for Molonglo Valley
Under a plan announced today (Apr 15) 22,000 dwellings to house 40,000 people will go into the Molonglo Valley – some just 7.5 kms from Civic.
14 April Migration boost will help housing and property industries
The announcement today (Apr 14) that the Government will boost skilled migrants from 78,190 to 97,500 in 2005-06 will help the Housing and property markets, according to the industries.
11 April Housing finance increases in February
Lending for owner occupier housing rose for the fourth consecutive month in February, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics released today (Apr 11).
8 April Planning minister admits planning system failures
ACT Planning Minister Simon Corbell admitted today (Mar 7) that the planning system in the ACT is resource intensive, uncertain and unable to respond quickly to changing community needs and expectations.
6 April Reserve leaves interest rates alone
Interest rates will remain on hold at least for another month, the Reserve Bank board announced today (Mar 6).
6 April Orderly slowing of market with rates stable: HIA
An orderly slowdown of the housing market will continue now rates have been left on hold, according to the Housing Industry Association today (Apr 6).
5 April Water relief on the way with Actew plan
A plan to bring water from the Cotter catchment to the Cotter Dam will result in relief from water restrictions, under a plan put by Actew.
1 April New housing levels
After two months of growth, the new housing sector eased in the month before the most recent rate rise.