Archive for October, 2014

Activity in the Australian hotel market is heating up

The Australian hotel market is running hot according to The Australian newspaper; and considering we ranked 3rd most popular hotel investment destination within the Asia Pacific for the first 6 months of this year, that’s not surprising (AFR). During the first half of 2014 investors spent $US654 million on Australian Hotels which is a 10 […]

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Infrastructure expected to create emerging locations

Development, investment and business opportunities are expected to arise from the boost to infrastructure spending announced in the 2014-2015 Federal Budget.  Over the next decade the large volume of road and rail projects will improve mobility and congestion amongst major cities; as a result we will see cheaper emerging locations in Western Sydney, Melbourne and […]

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Frenzied auction, low retail yields – can they be repeated with individual sales?

Seven 7-Eleven convenience stores and service stations in NSW were bought at a Sydney auction in August by private investors for a combined total of $33.085 million, with a benchmark yield of 3.85 per cent and average yield of 4.6 per cent (The Urban Developer). The properties sold by the BRW Rich List Withers & […]

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Unlocking development potential above shopping centres

Recent decisions by large organisations, Federation Centres and GPT Group, reflect the suggestion that plans to develop air rights and extend retail shopping centres to include residential developments and hotels are becoming increasingly popular.  Presenting as a viable opportunity to combine entertainment facilities, food courts, hotels and residential apartments; the expansions appeals to visitors and […]

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Good news for developers and builders as the NSW Government announces new approval pathways for residential properties

The NSW Government announced a considerable reduction in the minimum size for housing lots in Sydney’s outer growth suburbs, effective immediately. The standard minimum lot size of 250 square metres will still apply, and where close to transport and town centres lot sizes may be further reduced to 125 square metres (SMH). The Sydney Morning […]

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