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Economics of apartment living podcast discussion with Dr Stephen Thornton

I’ve just published a new Economics Explained episode in which I interview regular QEW contributor Dr Stephen Thornton on the economics of apartment living: Economics Explained episode 2 – Economics of apartment living Issues discussed include: drivers of rising incidence … Continue reading

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Strata ‘Management Rights’ must be reviewed by the Qld Gov’t – guest post by Stephen Thornton

This guest post from my good friend and fellow economist Dr Stephen Thornton is on the costly rort that is strata management rights in Queensland. Views are Stephen’s and should not necessarily be attributed to me. GT The front page … Continue reading

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Will 2018 be the year for Airbnb certainty in strata? Guest post by Stephen Thornton

Anyone living in an apartment block has probably noticed the increasing numbers of strangers with rolling suitcases who are obviously staying in Airbnb accommodation. Living in a Toowong apartment tower, I am frequently having to help short-term visitors find their … Continue reading

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Pets, Airbnb and Management Rights: Strata policy challenges for the incoming Queensland Government

I am grateful for another guest post, this time from Dr Stephen Thornton of BG Economics. Views expressed are Stephen’s, and should not necessarily be attributed to me. GT Pets, Airbnb and Management Rights: Strata policy challenges for the incoming … Continue reading

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“Luxury”: A New Way of Marketing Overpriced Apartments

I have previously posted on the massive increase in the supply of apartments in Brisbane that we are seeing. In a market with a glut of apartment stock, developers and sales agents are trying to differentiate their own offerings as … Continue reading

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OECD right to recommend “Close vigilance on housing-market developments is still required”

I was not surprised to learn yesterday that the OECD remains concerned about Australia’s housing market, which has shown signs of over-heating, particularly in Sydney, although the OECD did note that there are “receding risks from the housing boom” (see … Continue reading

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Unit approvals plummet in rest of Aus. with Qld likely to follow

The Brisbane Times reported the other day that Brisbane renters were being offered inducements such as iPads, suggesting that supply growth has got ahead of demand growth in Brisbane recently. This should reduce the enthusiasm of investors for the Brisbane … Continue reading

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