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  1. Market shake-up

    Posted Feb 04th 2009, 12:00am by Chris Champion

    ... be sold when the visa expires or they cease to reside in Australia. For everyone else, Australia is happy for them to invest in property in the country, but there are conditions. Generally, ... require approval by the Foreign Investment Review Board of Australia (FIRBA). Generally, such purchases will be approved only in the following circumstances: properties bought off the plan (ie, ...

  2. Residential property construction slumps

    Posted Apr 19th 2008, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... in the United States, Australia and Britain as one of the worst global financial turmoils in decades started to bite. Unsold property in completed projects dropped 10 per cent to 9,000 units from 10,000 ... Yvonne Liu Construction of private residential units has fallen to a record low, a sign tightening supply may help the property market ride out the impact of the worsening US subprime ...

  3. Culture of caution spared us property market mess

    Posted Nov 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of deflation and the property market collapse which ruined lives, careers and families, and led some to commit suicide. Hong Kong was taught a hard lesson- that property prices do not just go up. Now ... quarter of this year, that number had fallen to a seven-year low of 936. However, the property market has unmistakably entered a bearish phase. Many economists have warned the impact of the global ...

  4. Foreign investors face higher costs

    Posted Dec 01st 2004, 12:00am by Lachlan Colquhoun

    ... into Australia's softening property market next year will have another factor to consider- the 10 per cent goods and services tax (GST) on all property management and maintenance. Under the original GST ... With the Australian dollar nudging 80 US cents and property prices already off the boil, most analysts believed the chances of the Reserve Bank of Australia tightening monetary policy until mid-next year were ...

  5. 'Safe haven' in Australian property

    Posted Oct 08th 2008, 12:00am by Louis Beckerling

    ... property- particularly at the luxury end of the market in Sydney. But at home, demand from wealthy domestic buyers is likely to fall in line with declining company earnings and shrinking bonuses ... consideration, said property analysts. 'We agree that in the short term there could be a bumpy road ahead,' said Sandie Dunne, sales director of W Estate Agents based in the upmarket Sydney ...

  6. News - Business - FINANCE

    Australia to invest foreign currency assets of A$1.9b in Chinese bonds

    Posted Apr 25th 2013, 12:00am by Victoria Ruan

    ... Australia to buy Chinese bonds Australia's central bank plans to invest about 5 per cent of its foreign currency assets, or A$1.9 billion, in Chinese government bonds due to the growing economic and financial ties between both nations. The People's Bank of China (PBOC) has approved an initial quota for the investment, the first time that the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) ...

  7. Property trusts need homework

    Posted Aug 03rd 2003, 12:00am by Stephen Seawright

    ... vehicle. The products, the first of which are expected to be approved within a month, will combine property assets into trusts, giving retail investors access to property such as shopping malls, hotels and even theme parks at affordable prices. Developers will be able to sell small stakes in a string of properties which will be combined and listed on the stock exchange. For a relatively ...

  8. $5m threshold is eyed for sales tax

    Posted Jul 13th 2006, 12:00am by Linda Choy

    ... of doing business. For example, a company that has acquired or rented a commercial property would have the GST on the purchase price or rental refunded. Those who opt out of the scheme will not be able to claim such refunds. Residential property transactions, including both purchase and rental, will be exempted from GST, but the commission fees paid to property agents handling ...

  9. Contrasts and opportunities

    Posted Jun 13th 2007, 12:00am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... are at 40 year highs, migration is soaring, the economy is strong and has been for years, and unemployment is low. Australia welcomes foreign investors into its property markets, offering freehold ... president, Graham Joyce, agrees there are opportunities to be had all over Australia, provided investors 'do their homework'. His advice is to consider all property investment products, ...

  10. Australia returns fugitive broker to face 47 charges

    Posted Jun 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Danny Mok danny.mok@scmp.com A runaway director from a collapsed brokerage, who was extradited to Hong Kong from Australia last week will appear in court today to face charges of money laundering and fraud. A Hong Kong police spokesman said the 56-year-old woman, identified only as Fong, was extradited from Australia at the request of the Commercial Crime Bureau on Friday ...




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