CBD hotel sector tops property sentiments: NAB Commercial Property Survey
AFR, 18 Apr. 2018
CBD hotels are the promising commercial property sector in Australia, the latest NAB Commercial Property Survey shows.
Falling prices boost Sydney housing affordability: little changes in Melbourne
AFR, 19 Apr. 2018
Sydney homeowners pay more than half of their earnings to meet mortgage payments, even after falling prices in the NSW capital triggered an improvement in affordability in the first quarter.
Commercial property investors see past low yields in hope of higher returns
AFR, 20 Apr. 2018
Mum and dad investors, especially those with self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs), spend hours poring over auction booklets for their next commercial property investment – whether it's a childcare centre, a KFC-anchored retail outlet or a servo.
Cheap credit fuels house prices rising 200 times faster than income growth
AFR, 20 Apr. 2018
House prices are increasing by up to 200 times faster than income in some of Melbourne and Sydney's outer suburbs as easy credit, record population growth and inadequate new housing supply outpace wage growth, analysis reveals.
Australia’s fastest selling affordable suburbs
Domain, 22 Apr. 2018
Australia’s fastest selling affordable suburbs are expected to out-perform both Sydney and Melbourne over the next few years, according to new research.
Currency & Financial
Australian companies upbeat on China, but say operating there is getting harder
AFR, 17 Apr. 2018
More than half the Australian companies operating in China say they are not treated equally to their domestic competitors, and doing business in the world's second-largest economy is getting harder, according to a new survey.
Aussie expats go into battle over capital gains tax crackdown
AFR, 20 Apr. 2018
Australian expatriates are lobbying Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to overturn proposed tax changes that will force them to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in capital gains tax if they sell their family home while working overseas.
Chinese migrants snub Australia's $5m 'golden ticket' visas
The Guardian, 22 Apr. 2018
Australia’s controversial significant investor visa – the so-called “golden ticket” visa aimed at Chinese investors who invest $5m in Australia – is being snubbed by wealthy migrants, with applications at their lowest levels.
Treasury Wine Estates believers buoyed by China export boom
AFR, 16 Apr. 2018
Australia's annual wine exports to China have soared through the $1 billion mark for the first time in another positive sign for sharemarket darling Penfolds owner Treasury Wine Estates.
Australian horticulture exports: Growers’ grape leap forward
The Weekly Times, 17 Apr. 2018
AUSTRALIAN horticulture producers are scaling up their plantings to capitalise on the elimination of tariffs for produce exported to China next year.
Delta Ag to form alliance with CBRE in rural real estate
Grain Central, 18 April 2018
Eastern Australia rural services company, Delta Agribusiness, and global real estate business, CBRE, are set to enter into a strategic alliance focusing on rural real estate services across New South Wales.
Resources are still boosting Australia despite China slowdown
AFR, 17 Apr. 2018
In economics, the most interesting results are the ones that are counter-intuitive. When growth gets a boost from an economic shock that would normally weaken it, the result is both interesting and requires explanation. This is what economists get most excited about.
Retail & Tourism
China leapfrogs New Zealand as Australia's top tourist source
Reuters, 18 Apr. 2018
SYDNEY (Reuters) - China has leapfrogged New Zealand to become the top source country for travelers to Australia in the 12 months to February, Australian official data showed on Wednesday, as overall visitor numbers hit a record high.
Alibaba’s future of retail involves QR codes, smart mirrors, and gamified discounts
Smart Company, 23 Apr. 2018
According to Chinese online retail giant Alibaba, the future of retail technology is rooted in object and facial recognition, QR codes, and gamifying shopper discounts.
How a Sydney startup managed to corner the Chinese market in months
Business News Aus, 23 Apr. 2018
Koala Eco only launched in 2017, but already the brand has found its place in the coveted Chinese market.
Australia hosting unprecedented numbers of international students
ABC Online, 18 Apr. 2018
Australia is hosting unprecedented numbers of international students, who now make up more than a quarter of enrolments at some universities.
Chinese defy warnings and flock to Australian universities
The Australian, 18 Apr. 2018
Chinese students have defied unspecified ‘‘safety’’ warnings from their government amid fears of undue Chinese influence, flocking to Australia in larger numbers this year than ever before.
'Marry first, then fall in love': The evolution of love and marriage in China since Mao Zedong's era
ABC Online, 22 Apr. 2018
Married at First Sight has captured the attention of Australians who are drawn to the drama between complete strangers matched and made to live together as a couple. But the concept is not far from how marriages worked in China just a few decades ago.