Rent squeeze adds extra juice for first-home buyers

25 July

People have had enough of the tough rental market and are choosing to buy homes with rents remaining high and stock low. National rents remained unchanged over the June 2024 quarter at $600 per week, but this marks a 9.1 per cent increase, or $50...[Read More]

Pre-fab homes built up as state fix for housing crisis

24 July

Pre-fabricated social homes will be trialled in an attempt to speed up the delivery of much-needed accommodation as advocates call for a housing tsar to help cut through planning red tape. Sites in Lake Macquarie and Wollongong, to the north and...[Read More]

What you need to know about home improvement

18 July

Embarking on a home improvement can be an exciting and rewarding process. It can transform your living space and increase the value of your property. With so many informative videos and other great resources online, there’s a thriving culture...[Read More]

New housing vision built on tooling up more tradies

17 July

Ramped-up plans to build hundreds of thousands of new homes will only be met if NSW can find many more workers to complete the job. A report commissioned by a national industry body found the sector would produce construction worth $79.2 billion by...[Read More]

Thousands of homes to come in first fast-tracked hubs

10 July

Tens of thousands of extra homes could be built in the first mini-cities to be unveiled as part of a mass rezoning around NSW transport hubs. Plans for an initial four transport-oriented development precincts were unveiled on Tuesday as part of a...[Read More]

Home lending slips but still well ahead over the year

10 July

New home lending remains far ahead of where it was a year ago despite a minor dip in May for property investors and owner-occupiers. Over the month, the Australian Bureau of Statistics logged a 1.7 per cent fall in all new housing loans, to $28.8...[Read More]

Staying off the grid longer in your caravan

4 July

One of the best things about Australia is that it offers avid caravanners plenty of opportunities to live off the grid and be one with nature. And with so many camping spots in the country, you might even be lucky enough to find an inexpensive or...[Read More]

The promise and pitfalls of Airbnb in country Australia

3 July

Airbnb is wooing country Australia with the lure of tourist dollars, but communities are being warned to be careful what they wish for amid the nation’s housing squeeze. The homestay accommodation giant is offering a toolkit for councils that...[Read More]

Tried and true plan to build homes cheaper and faster

3 July

Plans to build much-needed homes in the nation’s most expensive market will draw on an old idea to deliver houses cheaper and faster. The NSW government is taking expressions of interest for a design competition to create pattern books that are...[Read More]

Worsening rental affordability hurting regions

26 June

Australians living outside the major cities have not been spared from eye-watering rental hikes, putting pressure on populations in disaster-prone areas and other vulnerable groups. Renting in the regions has become increasingly expensive since the...[Read More]

Government lays foundation for social housing upswing

26 June

Labor’s nationwide plan to increase social housing is days away from starting, but will take years to put a roof over the heads of some families. The $9.3 billion, five-year agreement kicks in at the start of the new financial year on Monday and...[Read More]

Targets set as Victoria eyes millions of extra homes

19 June

Geelong will shoulder the highest new homes target of any Victorian area, as the state moves to add 2.5 million dwellings by the middle of the century. Premier Jacinta Allan on Sunday unveiled proposed housing targets for all Victorian local...[Read More]

Permit for Airbnbs amid housing crisis crack down

13 June

Property owners will be forced to acquire a permit to operate an Airbnb in Brisbane amid the impact of short-stay accommodation on housing supply. Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner will introduce a system to regulate the rise in Airbnb in the...[Read More]

Tips to cut down on household energy consumption

6 June

As a homeowner, you’re likely aware of the increasing costs associated with household energy consumption. This is why cutting down on energy use can mean big savings. In addition to the financial benefits, reducing electricity use can help to...[Read More]

Brisvegas is second most expensive after Emerald City

6 June

Australia’s real estate values have undergone a reshuffle with Brisbane now the second most expensive city to buy a house. The Queensland capital, nicknamed Brisvegas, has leapfrogged Canberra to sit behind Sydney for the first time since 1997. It...[Read More]