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  1. Property - International - AUSTRALIA

    Foreign investors branch out in Australia's commercial market

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 05:06am by Bloomberg

    ... at the asset manager. That follows a drop of about 50 basis points in capitalisation rates for premium office towers as competition from foreign and local investors climbs, he said. "Over the last ... cities, but we see that being diversified as they become comfortable looking at other markets." A building's capitalisation rate is a measure of its investment yield, which falls ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1572228/foreign-investors-branch-out-australias-commercial-market
  2. Property - International - AUSTRALIA

    Gains in Australian home prices defy talk of market correction

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 05:15am by Reuters

    ... further capital gains with interest rates remaining low and fixed rates falling further. Australia's major banks recently cut three and five-year fixed-rate mortgages to record lows below 5 per cent, even with the Reserve Bank of Australia expected to hold its cash rate steady at 2.5 per cent for some time yet. However, Lawless said the growth in home prices was tapering in trend ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1567067/gains-australian-home-prices-defy-talk-market-correction
  3. Property - International - AUSTRALIA

    Foreigners push up Australian home prices

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 04:49am by BLOOM

    ... and territory capitals to a median A$545,000 in the 12 months to May, according to the RP Data-Rismark home value index, while interest rates are now at a record low 2.5 per cent. "Foreign demand ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1544377/foreigners-push-australian-home-prices
  4. Property - International - AUSTRALIA

    Home sales data points to recovery in Australia

    Posted May 07th 2014, 05:01am by Reuters

    ... said Diwa Hopkins, the association's economist. Record-low interest rates have led to a marked pickup in home prices and clearance rates at auctions, while approvals to build new homes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1505917/home-sales-data-points-recovery-australia
  5. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian PM works to sell harsh budget as ‘pain with a purpose’

    Posted May 13th 2014, 11:10am by Agence France-Presse in Canberra

    ... backlash. The conservative leader argues that there must be tough decisions or the budget will be in deficit for the next decade as the country confronts a slowing growth rate and unemployment near ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1511168/australian-pm-works-sell-harsh-budget-pain-purpose
  6. Property - International - AUSTRALIA

    Australian homeowners paying off mortgages at breakneck pace

    Posted Apr 23rd 2014, 05:20am by Reuters

    ... and that's just not happening while so many are ahead on their debt." Australia is unusual by global standards because about 85 per cent of all mortgages are at variable rates and, unlike fixed rate loans, there are no penalties to paying off early. Banks do not automatically cut payments should official interest rates fall, instead the borrower has the choice whether to reduce ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1494491/australian-homeowners-paying-mortgages-breakneck-pace
  7. Property - International - AUSTRALIA

    Australians lured to residential market by record-low interest rates

    Posted Oct 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg Australian banks face higher risk as self-funded retirees and others push for piece of a boom Investors lured by record-low mortgage rates Dharmendra Singh has spent A$1.3 million (HK$9.4 million) since July on two houses 39 kilometres northwest of Sydney, drawing on an existing mortgage to pay a deposit on one and taking out two new loans. "Low interest rates ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1322224/australians-lured-residential-market-record-low-interest
  8. Property - International - AUSTRALIA

    Australia's central bank selling Sydney mansion

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 05:10am by Bloomberg

    ... million (HK$16.4 million), according to the website. The RBA is putting the house up for sale after its record-low 2.5 per cent benchmark interest rate helped drive a 13.4 per cent gain in Sydney dwelling prices in the 12 months to January 31. While home prices are at a record, the country's jobless rate is at a decade-high six per cent, shrinking the likelihood of a rate increase ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1430433/australias-central-bank-selling-sydney-mansion
  9. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia to prevent ‘Gravity’ space crash with lasers

    Posted Mar 07th 2014, 04:31pm by AFP

    ... an already big problem even bigger,” Greene said. “A catastrophic avalanche of collisions that would quickly destroy all satellites is now possible. “Our initial aim is to reduce the rate of debris ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1442650/australia-prevent-gravity-space-crash-lasers
  10. Business - Economy - AUSTRALIA

    Boost in Australian jobs eases pressure for rate cut

    Posted Jun 14th 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Sydney Boost in Australian jobs eases pressure for rate cut Australia unexpectedly boosted payrolls last month and unemployment declined as the job market withstood a weaker domestic outlook, prompting traders to push back bets on an interest-rate cut. The number of people employed rose by 1,100, the statistics bureau said, after rising a revised 45,000 in April. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1260241/boost-australian-jobs-eases-pressure-rate-cut

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