Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has received a confidential Treasury warning that negatively geared property investors may start dumping properties making the downturn in the housing market worse. Household debt to disposable income has risen by a whopping 200% in the 28 years to 2016 but of equal concern is the threat of rising unemployment.
It is the right time in the economic cycle to abolish stamp duties what with house prices falling, auction clearance rates plunging and state government stamp duty revenue forecast to be $12 billion lower than previously estimated over the next four years, now is the time to abolish this insidious tax and replace it with a broad-based annual tax on the unimproved value of land for the principal place of residence.
Hindsight is a marvelous thing and excluding guessing where AfterPay’s share price might sit today (545% above issue price), getting interest rates right would arguably have made us all the richer. 2019 threatens to hold all the omens of 2018 plus a few we would not have otherwise imagined. In the last several weeks we saw 3 home lenders raise their variable and fixed home loan rates, one by as much as 27 basis points, blaming increased cost of non-deposit funding (savings rates have dropped from 7.3% in 2008 to just 1.35%; below the rate of inflation) and regulation to increase capital reserves.
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Home renovations in Australia hit a 14–year high over the September quarter, with the volume of projects growing 11 per cent year–on – year to $9.35 billion in chain volume terms. Buyers in the business of flipping houses are starting to come unstruck with many finding they have mistimed the market and now face substantial losses.
It comes as no surprise to anyone who has been following the banking Royal Commission or watching the nightly news; our banks have tightened the screws on every aspect of loan qualification. Following is a List of the seven things most likely to influence a loan approval or more often a decline.
If you think the housing market just operates on a seven-year cycle, I have news for you.
I have found that it has been the decisions of key people that have materially influenced the cycles and altered the direction of the market at various points in time.
So who are these people? What power do they have? What will they decide to do in 2019?
Bill Shorten and Chris Bowen are proposing the single greatest governmental assault on the capital formation process and investment that we ever seen in Australia. Both property and shares are set for a policy overhaul.
The most striking trend that jumps out of the dataset of past winners is simple: age matters.
With Australia's biggest financial institutions ceasing lending for SMSFs, it's worth considering what this means for the sector.
SMSF lending has been a contentious issue, particularly since the Financial System Inquiry recommended "[removing] the exception to the general prohibition on direct borrowing for limited recourse borrowing arrangements by superannuation funds." While this recommendation was nixed by then-Treasurer Scott Morrison, increasingly strict capital adequacy rules have brought it back to the fore.