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Property Council: Homeowners Want Major Development Out Of The Reach Of Councils

Property Council: Homeowners Want Major Development Out Of The Reach Of Councils

Research from the Property Council  of Australia, a strong developer lobby group, finds that more than three-quarters of NSW homeowners believe that major developments should be out of the hands of local councils an be determined by an appointed planning panel of experts. A survey of 1000 NSW homeowners conducted by Auspoll […]

Market Update – Property Focus

January edition of the Blockbrief Monthly Update. Economic indicators released in December were mixed. Australia’s jobless rate was steady at seasonally adjusted 5.3% in November. The economy lost 6,300 positions, with full-time employment decreasing 39,900 and part-time employment increasing 33,600. The participation rate was steady at 65.6%. The ANZ Job […]

ROBERT TISHMAN – CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

ROBERT TISHMAN – CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

“A real estate developer whose companies – bearing the family name since the 19th century – etched their mark on the skylines of cities around the nation, including construction of the World Trade Center.” Dennis Hevesi (NYT)     Robert Tishman was born in Manhattan in 1916. His father David had […]

What is a Property Developer?

What is a Property Developer?

    Property development or (real estate development) is a multifaceted business, encompassing activities that range from landbanking, renovation and the purchase of undeveloped land to develop into improved allotments. Developers are the coordinators of those activities, transforming entrepreneurial ideas about land into real property. Property development begins with an […]

Top Tips For Negotiating The Development Assessment Process

Top Tips For Negotiating The Development Assessment Process

Lodging a development application with your local council can often be a stressful, nervous and anxious experience. Particularly for those who may be doing it for the first time and are unsure about how to go about communicating and liaising with the Council. To provide assistance in this regard, Blockbrief […]

JOHN SPENCE – DEVELOPER FOR THE NEW WORLD

JOHN SPENCE – DEVELOPER FOR THE NEW WORLD

From our Profiled Developers Page “A bon vivant with a love of life and a flair for creating unique luxury properties” – The Luxury Travel Bible John Spence went from Bananaramma and Culture Club agent to property developer, voted the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. His companies Royal Reports […]

The Shift to E-Planning

The Shift to E-Planning

Lodging an application for a new development unlike most activities related to real estate investment and development is typically carried out the old school way through lodging paper applications via mail or in-person at council offices. Governments around the country are finally starting to embrace the opportunities that the Internet […]

A Double Serve of Planning Reform in 2012?

A Double Serve of Planning Reform in 2012?

In our August 2011 post we reported on the NSW Governments major review of the state’s key piece of planning legislation. The review is anticipated to lead to a new framework for the NSW Planning System, including draft legislation with a bill to be introduced possibly later this year. The […]

Donald Trump – The Donald

Donald Trump – The Donald

From our Profiled Developers Page “He is the archetypal businessman – a deal maker without peer and ardent philanthropist” – Robert Kiyosaki Donald Trump is the chairman and president of the Trump Organisation, a privately held company New York. The Trump Organisation has enjoyed extraordinary success everything from global real […]

Market Update – Property Focus

December edition of the Blockbrief Monthly Update. Economic indicators released in November were mixed. Australia’s jobless rate rose to a seasonally adjusted 5.3% in October, even after the economy added 20,000 full time positions. The ANZ Job Advertisements Series declined for a fourth consecutive month, falling 0.7% in October. Annual growth […]