Confidence Boost for the Australian Market

September 6th, 2013
Australian property listings increased in August, with some analysts suggesting a boost in market confidence. While the overall market is still largely subdued when viewe d on a long term basis, stock levels are up from July and vendors seem more willing to enter the marketplace. With the busy spring period already under way and the federal election done and dusted, hopes are high for a more confident finish to 2013. According to SQM Research, national property stock levels grew by 2.6 percent during August to a total of 360,414. ; Sydney experienced the most growth with a 9.1 percent rise, with both Brisbane and Darwin recording year on year growth. ; “With the election out of the way…, that should help, spring should help… so you’d hope that there would be more properties on the market.” said Louis Christopher from SQM Research, adding “The more property that comes on, more buyers will be around as well and there’ll be more capital growth and I think it will just kind of spiral and then hopefully just keep pumping the market.” Other analysts also forecast a return to confidence after the election, including Aussie Home Loans entrepreneur John Symond during a…

Can Solar Power be Enough?

August 30th, 2013

Solar energy is gaining momentum around the world, as people look for solutions to the problems of global warming and resource depletion. Whether it’s solar water heating, domestic photovoltaic panels, or large commercial facilities, there are a number of ways to extract energy from the sun and use it to power our daily lives. Can solar power ever be enough, […]

New Fitness Trends

August 23rd, 2013

Simply going for a run or doing a few push-ups doesn’t seem to cut it in 2013, with a number of new fitness trends rocking parks, gyms, and homes around the world. The fitness industry is growing at a fast rate, thanks to increased health and body awareness and ongoing celebrity endorsement. Whether its a fast-paced obstacle course, an intense […]

Negative Effects of Too Much Screen Time

August 20th, 2013

Whether it’s a TV, a computer, or a smartphone, we spend more time in front of screens than ever before. While enhanced communication, improved entertainment, and better access to information are some of the advantages associated with digital technology, recent studies suggest there is a price we pay for too much “screen time”. Increased “screen time” is often linked with […]

Mortgage Enquiries Hit Three Year High

August 16th, 2013

The housing market in Australia has suffered from a lack of confidence in recent months, despite strong fundamentals and rising long-term consumer sentiment. In encouraging news for the sector, however, mortgage enquiries jumped in the June quarter, in what could be the first sign of renewal. Mortgage enquiries jumped by 6.9 percent in June, a significant reversal of the negative […]

Official Interest Rates Lowered

August 9th, 2013

The Reserve Bank cut interest rates by 25-basis points earlier in the month to an historic low of 2.5 percent. Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens said weak economic growth was behind the decision, with long term forecasts not being met by the latest figures. Interestingly, this is the first time the RBA has changed the rate during an election campaign, […]

Changing Household Demographics

August 2nd, 2013

Household demographics in Australia and New Zealand continue to evolve, as the traditional nuclear family loses its dominant position. Couples without children is about to replace couples with children as the most common household demographic in Australia, with childless or empty-nest couples already the dominant group in New Zealand. While the size of modern households has largely been on the […]

How Real is a Midlife Crisis?

July 26th, 2013

Is the midlife crisis a real and definable syndrome, or nothing more than a modern myth used to excuse questionable behaviour? While age-based transitions occur throughout adult life, according to some experts, the midlife crisis is over-generalised and poorly understood. While lots of people do make life-changing decisions during their 40s and 50s, the term ‘midlife crisis’ was only coined […]

Medical Tourism Hotspots

July 19th, 2013

Medical costs can be very expensive, especially for dental work, cosmetic procedures, and certain forms of elective surgery. The high cost of healthcare throughout the western world has helped to create a burgeoning medical tourism industry, with some of the most popular destinations right on our doorstep in Southeast Asia. From extensive dental surgery through to cosmetic procedures and orthopaedic […]

Future of Financial Advice Reforms

July 12th, 2013

The finance industry is set for a big shake-up, with a number of changes in place under recent Future of Financial Advice (FOFA) reforms. The planning stage for many of these reforms has taken years, with legislation finally passed by Parliament on the 25th of June and brought into effect on the 1st of July. The new regime has been […]

Sydney Leads the Way

July 5th, 2013

The Sydney property market is leading the way, with healthy residential sales and strong commercial growth thanks to a number of large scale projects. Despite the typical winter slowdown, demand remains high across much of the city, with low interest rates boosting buyer demand and raising investor confidence in a number of key areas. While residential figures are always seasonal […]