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AU 房价上涨不是错 首置业难主要怪政策

Property Here - Saturday, January 04, 2014

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BIS Shrapnel指出,是州政府改变住房优惠政策,而非房价上涨,导致了新州、昆州和北领地的首置业者在住房市场上失去立足之地。

        这家研究公司称,取消7000元的首置业补助和购买现房时慷慨的印花税优惠,降低了首置业者的借贷能力,迫使他们要么得花更长时间存钱,要么只能继续租房。

        相反,据抵押贷款经纪公司AFG报告,在西澳(该州政府保留了首置业补助),尽管柏斯房价在过去一年里飙涨,但11月份的首置业贷款占比却超过了20%.

 

        在新州,BIS Shrapnel计算出,按照85%的贷款与估值比率,一名首置业者现在得多存2万零490元,才能够买下一套40万元的现房。BIS Shrapnel的齐格马尼斯(Angie Zigomanis)说:"在补助减少以后,这些购买力上的损失即刻削减了首置业者进入市场的能力。"

        "最大的购买力损失发生在新州、昆州和北领地,这三个州的首置业需求跌幅最大。在其他州,购买力的损失则不太明显。"齐格马尼斯说,"一些首置业者只好静待时机,并积累更多首付款以弥补失去的补助,而其他人则会觉得买房实在太艰难了,索性选择继续租房。"


AU 2014年南澳州取消新房补助 不利购房者

Property Here - Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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南澳大利亚州的新房补贴将于今日结束,澳大利亚SA的城市发展研究所( UDIA )指出,这将不利于购房者。

        目前的补助金提供8500元到南澳建设价值高达40万的新物业,其他小类的补助达到了45万元。

        UDIA建议,新房补助应该继续到2014年,而不是在现在终止。

        “UDIA失望的是,在南澳大利亚建设新家的人将不再获得补助金,”UDIA (SA)的执行董事Terry Walsh说。

        “SA的房地产行业还只是在复苏的早期阶段,新房批准率继续下降,因此我们认为废除补助还太早,可能会进一步打击消费者的信心, ”他说。

        他指出,目前的补助一直有很好的激励新购房者,包括年轻购房者和首次购房者。

        “我们认为取消补助,特别是在市场条件比较弱的情况下,会产生相反的效果,也会不利于新购房者, ”他说。

        “如果买家活动放缓,在更广泛的房地产开发项目和建筑行业也一样会减弱,而这些为全州人民提供了数万个工作机会。”


AU NSW government to evict people with rental agreements from National Parks buildings

Property Here - Wednesday, October 09, 2013

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Champagne views on a beer budget

The view of Camp Cove at Watson's Bay from Constable's Cottage.

A GROUP of "million-dollar squatters" living with Harbour and coastal views under cosy rent deals in National Parks buildings are to be evicted.

Eager to end a series of arrangements organised over decades, the government wants to create tourism opportunities on the sites - either through setting up cafes or short-stay accommodation.

Termination notices were issued last Friday to two families living rent-free in National Parks buildings at Barrenjoey Headland.

Free rent is over for ALP relative of Laurie Brereton

They have been given 90 days to move out.

Among those getting the boot is Shane Kavanagh, the brother-in-law of former state and federal Labor minister Laurie Brereton, who has been living rent-free for more than 10 years on site. Another is Mark Arblaster, a distant relative of former state Liberal MP David Arblaster.

Shane Kavanagh and his family will be evicted from their National Parks property.

Shane Kavanagh and his family will be evicted from their National Parks property.

Others to be evicted immediately include National Parks staff who have enjoyed peppercorn rent at residences at Gap Bluff and South Head.

The government says it is the first tranche of a redevelopment program which will evict staff tenants from Nielsen Park, Greycliff House, Middle Head and Goat Island in coming months.

There are 93 staff-occupied National Parks residences in the state with rents ranging from nothing at Barrenjoey to $3 a week at Tibooburra and up to $410 at Goat Island.

In the case of the Governor's Cottage at Nielsen Park, the rent is $242 per week - when market value is $389.

Shane Kavanagh admits he owns two units despite living rent-free

While the government believes it is fair for National Parks rangers to inhabit its cottages in remote locations, it sees no need for such arrangements in Sydney and many of its other sites.

"Ultimately, this is about giving the community greater access to some of the best locations Sydney has to offer," Environment Minister Robyn Parker said.

"We want to ensure that agreements made by the previous government that saw families live in waterfront properties in national parks rent free are no longer able to occur.

"The public and the government have a clear expectation that we use our national parks and public assets for the benefit of the whole community."

One of the National Parks properties people are being evicted from.

One of the National Parks properties people are being evicted from.

Mr Kavanagh and Mr Arblaster yesterday claimed the government had "failed to recognise possibly one of the longest historical connections on Sydney's northern beaches" and were ignoring local protests over development of the area.

They said their pleas to National Parks since 1995 for rental agreements to be entered into were "ignored".

Families at Barrenjoey Head fear their heritage will be destroyed

"In the last six years alone, over $500,000 have been spent by the Arblaster and Kavanagh families to rebuild and maintain the dilapidated dwellings, in full knowledge of NPWS," the pair claimed.

The government says eviction proceedings were started by National Parks and halted by two former Labor ministers, Pam Allan and Bob Debus, in 1996 and 2003.

Expressions of interest for the sites open today

AU Heavy-duty tax hits home buyers

Property Here - Sunday, August 18, 2013

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Stamp duty in Australia is high compared with the rest of the world.

Stamp duty in Australia is high compared with the rest of the world. Source: News Limited

STAMP duty, one of the most frustrating taxes for property buyers in Australia, is higher here than much of the developed world.

New research by accounting network UHY examined property taxes in 25 countries and found that high-end purchases hurt Australian buyers the most, but we are expensive at all price levels.

Lowering your stamp duty is a tougher task than escaping other tax hits, but property experts say some strategies are possible.

UHY Haines Norton found a $US500,000 ($545, 000) property attracts tax at 3.7 per cent of the purchase price, while a $US350,000 ($382, 000) purchase brings a 3.2 per cent tax hit. This ranks poorly alongside similar western countries such as the US, which is below 1 per cent, and Canada, below 1.3 per cent.

Australians who buy a $US3.5 million ($3.82 million) property will pay 5.3 per cent of the purchase price in taxes, the fourth highest rate in the study, behind India, Spain and Britain.

Dario Nazzari, a partner and indirect tax specialist at UHY, says stamp duty comprises the majority of property taxes, and raked in more than $1.2 billion for state governments in the 2011-12 financial year.

"Aside from making it harder to enter the homeowner market, higher property purchase taxes may discourage people from moving interstate for a new job," he says.

Nazzari says unlike land tax, which people can minimise by buying in different states and with different structures, stamp duty is hard to avoid, and he does not see the costs falling soon. "At the moment it's probably difficult because governments are looking to plug deficits."

Buyers' few choices include seeking cheaper properties, which attract a lower rate, or targeting Queensland, where stamp duty rates are about one-third the cost of other states.

Real estate author, academic and investor Peter Koulizos says stamp duty is a huge barrier because it is a large proportion of a deposit, and is often a disincentive to investors, who can buy shares without paying the tax.

Koulizos says people can lower their stamp duty costs by building. "Buy the land, then build - you only pay stamp duty on the land," he says. "If you're a first-home buyer, there are many concessions and some of them include stamp duty."



Read more: http://www.news.com.au/realestate/buying/heavyduty-tax-hits-home-buyers/story-fndban6l-1226699897961#ixzz2clV956Ef

AU A scheme all can agree on

Property Here - Monday, May 13, 2013

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AN interesting acronym has been popping up among renters and real- estate investors in the past few years. And the NRAS - short for National Rental Affordability Scheme - is shaking off some of the earlier concerns people had about it.

The NRAS is a cousin to the more famous NDIS. They are both government initiatives with claims to win-win status.

In a nutshell, the NRAS delivers about $10,000 a year in tax-free incentives for 10 years to investors who are willing to knock 20 per cent off a home's market-value rent.

It started in 2008, and more than 11,500 homes nationally have been tenanted, or are available for rent, under the scheme. Another 28,000 financial incentives have been reserved by property developers to be passed on to investors.

Of course, there's always the fine print. Investors can't approach the Government directly for NRAS incentives and must go through property developers, who can add extra costs, while tenants generally need a household income below about $100,000 to qualify.

The scheme works best for homes around $400,000 or less.

Previous criticisms included most NRAS properties being offered in outer suburbs - although things have changed more recently with governments wanting them closer to CBDs.

In Adelaide, that translates to properties in areas such as Lightsview, Northgate, Woodville, Seacombe, Sturt, Warradale and the CBD. Banks used to be wary of the NRAS but now all major lenders are onboard, finance experts say.

They say quality tenants are lining up for the properties because of the hefty savings.

HLB Mann Judd partner James Hooper says investors are allowed one rental increase each year no larger than the annual house rent inflation.

"Property owners can sell the property with the NRAS incentives attached at any time during the NRAS period,'' he says.

"While the incentive is an added attraction for property investors, prudent property investment principles still apply.

"The overriding objective should be to acquire an asset that will offer capital growth together with a measure of income yield in the future.''

NRAS is not for everyone, but it's well worth crunching the numbers if you are thinking about investing in property.
Ahead of Budget week, when we're about to be bombarded by such acronyms as GDP, CPI, CGT and LMFAO, what's another one between friends?

Anthony Keane is the editor of Your Money.



Read more: http://www.news.com.au/realestate/experts/a-scheme-all-can-agree-on/story-fneofxxf-1226640963244#ixzz2TBU4SLUA

AU 新州政府强制退休村推出简易版合同

Property Here - Sunday, April 28, 2013

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澳洲东部时间4月28日  新州政府表示:所有退休村在今年10月1日前必须全部准备“白话版”的合同,要求内容简单明了、通俗易懂。

新州公平贸易部部长Anthony Roberts本周五宣布:为方便退休人员选择适合他们居住的退休村,新州所有的退休村都必须在10月1日前推出“简易版标准合同”。

据Anthony Roberts称,“简易版标准合同”必须包含该退休村可以为住户提供哪些服务和便民设施,在居民计划签订合同入住之前必须签订一份这样的简易版合同。

Anthony表示:新的标准合同下,目前存在的混乱和已出现误解的描述都可以避免,新文件要求必须使用简易版英语书写,退休人员和他们的家人可以明确看到自己的权力和义务,并在不同的退休村中间进行选择,找出最适合他们居住的地方。

退休村居民协会主席Jan Pritchett表示:她对当前政府简化复杂文件的做法非常满意,新的合同和文件形式对居民非常有利。

AU Planning reforms mean new homes in NSW could get approval from councils in just 10 days

Property Here - Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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NEW homes could be approved within 10 days under radical changes to planning laws that are tipped to spark a construction boom in Sydney.

In a bid to address the state's housing shortage and affordability crisis, councils will be forced to give the green light to 80 per cent of all suitable NSW buildings in just 25 days, according to a state government white paper to be released today.

As long as new homes and renovations are under two storeys and do not affect neighbours with overshadowing or privacy issues, authorities will have to give their rulings within 10 days or risk losing decision-making powers on major projects.

Suitable apartments in town centres, developments of up to 20 townhouses, new shops and land subdivisions will also get the go-ahead in less than a month.

Councils currently take an average of 71 days to decide on new development, from garages to subdivisions, and more than eight months on developments worth more than $5 million, such as apartment blocks.

"If you put in a DA for a new house that meets all the requirements, you shouldn't have to wait for up to two or three months to get an approval like you do now," Planning Minister Brad Hazzard said.

"We expect our changes to the DA system will generate savings for the community and industry of up to $1.7 billion over the next 10 years."

Councils will also be forced to spend millions of dollars of infrastructure levies they have been hoarding - with the 43 Sydney councils accumulating $760 million paid by developers, earning $40 million in interest last year. Under the changes, authorities will only be able to charge infrastructure fees for essential roads, drainage and parks, instead of saving for decades for pet projects.

The state government has rejected calls to bring in a flat tax of $160 on every ratepayer in the state to fund $1.2 billion of infrastructure a year for new urban growth.

Instead, it will make dramatic changes to council taxes on new properties, forcing new apartments in the affluent east to pay infrastructure levies to stop western homebuyers copping up to $40,000 on the cost of their houses, while $2 million properties in the east pay just $5000.

At the moment, a $450,000 new house in Camden will cost homebuyers more than $40,000 in combined local and state infrastructure contributions, while the owners of a new three-bedroom, $2 million apartment in Double Bay would pay just over $5000 in local contributions.

"Whether you are in Camden or Collaroy, if your new development creates demand for infrastructure, you should make a modest contribution to the cost of new or upgraded infrastructure to support growth," Mr Hazzard said.

The white paper will allow NSW councils the chance to keep their powers to determine the fate of DAs worth up to $20 million.

However, they will be encouraged to appoint independent hearing and assessment panels in an effort to depoliticise local government decision making and "remove any potential corruption risks".



Read more: http://www.news.com.au/realestate/news/new-homes-to-get-the-green-light-in-just-10-days/story-fnd91nhy-1226621123968#ixzz2QaiZ6fiQ

AU 澳洲低收入者提可获得百分之20以上的租房折扣

Property Here - Monday, March 25, 2013

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澳洲东部时间3月25日 澳洲低收入家庭有权获得租房折扣,政府的国家租金援助计划将为年收入在44835澳元以下的单身人士和家庭收入在106598澳元以下的三个孩子的家庭提供至少20%的租金折扣。

Horizon Housing的负责人Jason Cubit指出:该收入限值适用于全职员工和双职工家庭。年收入每人为5万澳元的有三个孩子的家庭可以获得此类出租房。

Horizon Housing为社会保障住房的提供者,预计在你未来三个月里提供100套以上的NRAS房屋。

AU Discounts for tenants

Property Here - Monday, March 25, 2013

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STRUGGLING families are missing out on up to $3000 worth of savings, unaware they are eligible for rental assistance.

The National Rental Assistance Scheme, which provides access to rental properties at discounts of at least 20 per cent, is available to single adults earning up to $44,835 and families with three children and a combined income of up to $106,598.

Horizon Housing executive Jason Cubit says the income thresholds could fit the profile of full-time workers and double-income families.

"Two adults earning $50,000 each with three children could secure an NRAS property,'' he says.

Horizon Housing, an affordable and social housing provider, will release almost 100 new NRAS properties between Nerang and Pimpama over the next three months.



Read more: http://www.news.com.au/realestate/renting/discounts-for-tenants/story-fndbatbk-1226605270074#ixzz2OVXCw9BA

AU New laws to speed up sales in Australian property markets

Property Here - Monday, March 11, 2013

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NEW laws in Australia and overseas may potentially boost local housing markets, with Chinese investors given more incentive to look down under for their next property purchase.

This month, the Chinese government announced a proposal to step up the enforcement of capital gains tax on home sale profits and also to increase deposit sizes for those buying second properties.

“Turning the screws on property speculation appears to be aimed at limiting a potential asset bubble in China,” said Angus Raine, CEO of Raine & Horne.

”The upshot is that Chinese nationals could look to foreign property markets, which will surely mean more money flowing into Australian real estate.”

Chinese investors have shown interest in the Sydney and Melbourne property markets for some time and this was highlighted by the rush of purchases made during the relaxation of foreign investment laws in the aftermath of the GFC.

Now, with the recent introduction in Australia of the ‘Significant Investor Visa’, which allows migrant visas to be fast tracked if they pour more than $5 million into approved local investments, another ‘perfect storm’ scenario has been created. A number of Sydney markets are already reporting increased inquiries.

“We have received significant interest from Chinese buyers,” said Barry Goldman of Raine and Horne Double Bay.

“The laws will surely mean more money finding its way into the eastern suburbs.”

Meanwhile, agents in areas traditionally popular with Chinese buyers, such as the prestigious north shore, expect the flood gates to open even further.

“Around 30 per cent of our Chinese buyers are overseas investors, so we expect that any restrictions on real estate in China will flow through to our markets,” said Hugh Macfarlan of Raine and Horne Chatswood.



Read more: http://www.news.com.au/realestate/investing/new-laws-to-speed-up-sales-in-australian-property-markets/story-fndbarft-1226594730938#ixzz2NYv7qbZi