How Can We Address Development When We Have 29 Councils?

The failure of our local government authorities to address the issue of amalgamation leaves the Government with little option. It gave birth to the establishment of three regional planning authorities under the umbrella of the Tasmanian Planning Commission. Addressing Development to the 29 Councils How real is it to expect a co-ordinated approach to development….

Abolishing Land Tax

A Hodgman Liberal Government will… Introduce an immediate, fairer Land Tax rebate, cap bills at this year’s level and then progressively cut land tax from 2011‐12 over an eight-year period until abolishment. Land Tax is an unfair tax which is a drag on the Tasmanian economy. It affects all Tasmanians, because it reflects on the….

Financial Disincentives and Lack of Appropriate Housing Thwarting Senior Downsizing

Seniors wanting to downsize their homes are being stopped by financial disincentives and a lack of age-appropriate housing, research from the national seniors productive ageing centre has found. Around 30 per cent of seniors surveyed were considering downsizing, which on a national scale equated to one million people, according to Mary Wood, executive director of….

Smarter Small Home

When 30-year veteran of the property and real estate industry Kevin Doodney thought about the housing affordability problem in Australia, he knew there had to be a solution. The Smarter Small Home™ is the affordable concept home that was the result of his vision – and chutzpah. The Rich History of Smarter Small Home While….

Hobart Nosedives to Australia’s Least Affordable Capital to Rent

Media Release by Brotherhood of St Laurence, Shelter, SGS, Community Sector Banking… with income growth failing to meet soaring prices Hobart has nosedived to become Australia’s least affordable capital city to rent, with income growth failing to meet soaring rents, according to the May Rental Affordability Index (RAI).The RAI is a price index for housing….

Latest Property Market Trends

Coming out of the Spring selling season, demand is still surging with low rates and house prices continuing to rise in most areas. According to NAB’s August Housing Market Report1, 2016 property prices have proved more resilient than expected, supported by higher than predicted population growth and two Reserve Bank cuts to interest rates. The….

The Property Market: Looking Back in 2016

Thinking about buying a house this year? Before you start exploring property listings, brush up on your knowledge of the property market in your area. To help you get started, here’s a snapshot of the property markets around Australia. Looking back on Australia’s property market in 2016 The year ended on a high note, as….