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Australia needs a housing summit, like we need a World Cup victory

Australia needs a housing summit, like we need a World Cup victory

Pascoe’s article “Housing affordability: the summit we really need” couldn’t have come at a better time. The problems are there, the weaknesses noticeable, the remedies we are unsure of (hence the summit) but we are trying; much like Australia’s current Rugby World Cup campaign. Lets not beat about the bush, […]

Developers Lodging a DA Over the Christmas & New Year Period To Limit Objections from Neighbours, Should Weigh Up Time Delays

Developers Lodging a DA Over the Christmas & New Year Period To Limit Objections from Neighbours, Should Weigh Up Time Delays

When building works are proposed on a property which can potentially have an affect on the enjoyment of other surrounding properties, local councils will place the development proposal on neighbour notification. The specific requirements of the neighbour notification process vary from council to council throughout NSW. However, generally speaking, councils […]

STEVE JOBS THE ULTIMATE DEVELOPER

STEVE JOBS THE ULTIMATE DEVELOPER

All of us here at Blockbrief are truly saddened by the passing of technology visionary Steve Jobs. Being kids of the 80’s and Gen Y entrepreneurs we have grown up using his inventions and our lives have been enriched by the technological advances Apple made over his decades at the […]

Obtaining Planning Permission for  a Granny Flat

Obtaining Planning Permission for a Granny Flat

The construction of a granny flat on your block has great potential to substantially increase your rental yield. Jo Chivers for Property Observer provides a great breakdown of the profitability of granny flats in her recent article A granny flat is a good way to maximise your NSW investment. Jo […]

14 Super-Prestige Suburbs In Sydney

Sydney now has 14 suburbs with a median price of over $2 million and remains Australian’s most expensive property market, according to the latest Australian Property Monitors (APM) data. Point Piper tops list of Sydney’s Prestige Suburbs, with a median price of $9.9 million. Followed by Bellevue Hill  with a median […]

8 Mortgage Tips To Get Control Back The Banks Won’t Tell You

8 Mortgage Tips To Get Control Back The Banks Won’t Tell You

September has been declared to be mortgager health month by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), who are urging people to undertake a mortgage health check this month.  Mortgage stress has grown this year due to the increase in interest rates over the last year, the natural disasters at […]

Market Update – Property Focus

August edition of the Blockbrief Monthly Update. Economic indicators released in August were mixed. Australia’s jobless rate as at July has increased to 5.1% as the economy lost 22,200 full time jobs, a result which was much weaker than generally expected. The ANZ Job Advertisements Series fell 0.7% in July, to […]

NSW Budget 2011-12

NSW Budget 2011-12

Mike Baird Treasurer for NSW handed down his maiden Budget today. Summary A key piece of the budget related to real estate investing, confining stamp duty concessions for first home buyers to make them available for the purchase of newly constructed homes and apartments only from Jan 1 next year. The decision […]

The Block – Four Bulls In A Bear Pit

The Block – Four Bulls In A Bear Pit

Channel 9 can now breath a sigh of relief, The Block is over, all houses have been reportedly sold and except for the sisters, all above the set reserves. Pheww! The drama surrounding the finale of the block is an interesting case study in how the wider economy has been […]

Rotten Tomatoes?

Rotten Tomatoes?

The NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure (DoPI) has launched the NSW Planning Review website, which is to be the public interface of the review of the state’s key piece of planning legislation. The state’s main planning legislation the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act), outlines how decisions are […]