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Bending the rules can help stop urban sprawl

By  Jennie Officer , University of Western Australia This is the fourth piece in our series, Reinventing density , co-published with Future West (Australian Urbanism) . The story of Perth’s low-density composition and growth is well understood. The increasingly urgent need to develop infill housing for a growing population that results in a more co...
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WA paint drop-offs announced

Renovators in Western Australia can dispose of waste paint and packaging responsibly at the following collection events: City of Stirling November 19, 2016, 8am-12pm Council car park at 25 Cedric Street, Balcatta. City of Wanneroo December 3, 2016, 8am-12pm Operations Depot front car park, 1204 Wanneroo Road, Ashby. City of Rockingham December 10, ...
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WA provides a masterclass in what not to do with a resources boom

Mark Beeson , University of Western Australia It wouldn’t be too unkind to suggest that Western Australia is not considered as the national benchmark of sophisticated public policy. Indeed, the state has recently attracted much attention – and derision – for the way its policy making elite squandered the wealth generated by the resources boom. True...
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Major industrial land campaign for WA

The Western Australian Government’s land and development agency has launched a major incentive campaign aimed at driving new investment in industrial developments across the state. The offer, launched today, will see LandCorp pay up to $100,000 of stamp duty for lots sold at 19 regional and four metropolitan estates as part of a campaign to encoura...
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Perth still a tenant’s market

Leasing activity across Perth’s rental market spiked 17 per cent in August, according to the latest reiwa.com data. Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) president Hayden Groves says the jump in activity was coupled with a 3 per cent drop in the number of properties available to rent over the month. “Perth’s rental market has certainly...
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Pockets of positivity in Perth’s rental market

The number of leased properties in Perth’s overall market for houses and units declined 5.2 per cent in the June 2016 quarter, according to recent figures. However, Real Estate Institute of Western Australia president Hayden Groves comments that it was pleasing there were areas across the metro region that were bucking the trend and doing well in c...
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Big spend doesn’t always mean big gain

  While Perth’s massive infrastructure investment program is creating a raft of opportunities for property investors, those new projects won’t necessarily boost local house values according to a new report from Momentum Wealth. The Western Australian state government has allocated $7.7 billion to key public infrastructure projects over the next fou...
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Eight Perth suburbs bucking the market downturn

Lathlain, Swanbourne and South Fremantle are among Perth’s top eight suburbs recording the highest annual house price growth in the year to May 2016. While the Perth property market has experienced a knock-on effect from the mining downturn in recent years, Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) president Hayden Groves says there are st...
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WA capital sees improved rental activity

Perth’s rental market saw increased activity in May, with reiwa.com data showing that the volume of properties leased during the month was up 3.3 per cent on April 2016 and 7.4 per cent when compared to May 2015. Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) president Hayden Groves says the analysis shows that Perth tenants are taking advantag...
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Perth house prices steady and sales activity up

Perth’s median house price remained stable in March while reported sales activity in the metropolitan region increased 15 per cent over the quarter. Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) president Hayden Groves says the latest reiwa.com data shows Perth’s median house price for the three months to March 2016 was $535,000 – the same fig...
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Perth’s fastest selling suburbs

Heathridge, Leederville and Shenton Park top the list of Perth suburbs that have recorded faster than average selling days for the year to February 2016. Although Perth buyers are still in a good position to take their time finding the right home, Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) president Hayden Groves says reiwa.com’s latest dat...
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WA budget should encourage homebuyer activity

The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) has called on the state government to encourage buyer activity in the local property market over the next financial year. REIWA’s recommendations for the state budget include: No increase to transfer duty or thresholds.Maintain the existing transfer duty exemption for first homebuyers at $430,0...
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Perth’s tough rental market shows strong sub-regions

Renting has become more affordable in Perth in recent times, and Perth’s rental market continued to feel the impact of slowing migration trends in the 2015 December quarter. Nevertheless, Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) president Hayden Groves says there are a number of sub-regions across the metropolitan area that have recorded ...
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Know your R-Codes in WA before considering subdivision

By WARWICK HEMSLEY If you’re buying property in Western Australia with the intention of subdividing, it’s critical that you’re aware of exactly what you will and won’t be able to do with that land prior to signing a contract of sale. It’s important to familiarise yourself with the Residential Design Codes of Western Australia (the R-Codes), which c...
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Future of Bunbury

By WARWICK HEMSLEY The city of Bunbury is often touted as the capital of the southwest region of Western Australia and acts as a gateway to the popular tourist region. Over the years, successive governments, researchers and planners alike have pinpointed Bunbury as a major regional centre with the potential for growth into an even more significant ...
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WA to get faster building approvals

Changes to Western Australian planning laws from October 19 will speed up building approvals, according to the Real Estate Institute of WA (REIWA). David Airey, president of REIWA, is full of praise for incoming changes with a prediction approval times could be cut by up to two months for planning-compliant homes. REIWA says one frustration for new...
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Five Perth suburbs to watch

Maylands (units) Maylands is a peninsula along the Swan River, just five kilometres east of the Perth CBD. The suburb is well equipped for young families or young professionals working in the city. The predominantly residential suburb features a primary school, shopping centre, parks and sports grounds. Units in Maylands come in both modern develop...
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Finding affordability in Perth’s middle ring

By WARWICK HEMSLEY While the residential property market in Perth is sluggish, affordability remains a significant issue, especially considering the growth in prices that WA experienced during the boom. We know it can be tough, but there are still areas that provide value for money at a reasonable price point.  Recent data from CoreLogic RP Data pi...
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Western Australia’s property market scorecard

By SIMON PRESSLEY Western Australia contains Australia’s two of the best performing property markets and four in the Top 10. Since the year 2000, the property markets of the local government authority of East Pilbara (Newman) and Port Hedland have performed better than any other market in Australia, while Capel and Kwinana ranked ninth and 10th. Pr...
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