Saturday, August 27, 2011

Wall Street Journal Report on Australia Housing

"Locally, buyers have already started to wane. In the last year, there were 90,210 first-home buyers across Australia, 35% lower than the previous year and a seven-year low, according to BankWest, a Western Australia-based lender and unit of Commonwealth Bank.

Mr. Donnelly, whose firm has sold residential property in Australia worth more than A$1.2 billion to mostly overseas investors, says the market in Sydney and Brisbane could sidestep some of the weakness, largely because both fell behind in the recent development push.

Brisbane has also been weak, with prices off more than 6% this year, but much of the drop stems from the devastation to the capital of Queensland state earlier in the year from a series of floods."

Extract from WSJ report on decline in Australian property market

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