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Property Summit

The Australian Financial Review Property Summit is the preeminent gathering of the commercial property’s most influential leaders and insiders to dissect the issues facing the sector and identify the opportunities in real estate investment.


Wealthy property owners hit hardest by rate rises

Houses in exclusive suburbs and towns like Woollahra, Bayside and Byron Bay have suffered big falls, while poor suburbs have only slipped.

  • Aaron Patrick

Departure of housing investors sends rents higher

Investors are selling more homes than they are buying, a trend which is driving the shortage of rental stock and surging rents.

  • Robert Harley

Market teeters amid stand-off between buyers and sellers

Commercial property transactions have stalled in the face of inflation and rising interest rates.

  • Robert Harley

Time to do away with gas in buildings, GBCA says

The cost of electrifying buildings - needed to reduce the country’s carbon footprint - widens the fault line between newer and older assets.

  • Michael Bleby

Rising inflation and interest rates turn property boom on its head

The Property Summit heard barbecue-stopping warnings of steep falls in house prices during the pandemic boom. That’s how quickly the world has changed.

  • The AFR View

This Month

Regional markets lead pub and hotel recovery

The regions are leading recovery in the pub and hotel sectors fuelled by domestic demand and infrastructure spending, industry insiders say.

  • Nila Sweeney, Larry Schlesinger and Nick Lenaghan

Affordable housing returns don’t stack up yet: AustralianSuper

Super funds are pushing for greater tax concessions that will allow them to expand commercial build-to-rent housing, while the federal government wants them to put their funds into social and affordable housing.

  • Larry Schlesinger and Michael Bleby

Farmland should be ‘exciting’, but investors slow on the uptake

Incremental productivity improvements in agricultural land can reap major yields, investors have said.

  • Lucy Dean

Housing market will return to balance in 2024: Stockland CEO

Rising wages and falling prices will reduce affordability problems that are keeping buyers out of the new home market, Stockland’s Tarun Gupta says.

  • Nila Sweeney and Michael Bleby

Closed on Mondays: Facing talent jam, Crown shuts Sydney restaurants

The casino operator has close to 2000 job vacancies and is unable to operate some of its facilities seven days a week.

  • Michael Read

Worker drought puts the brakes on building boom

Higher rates and a worker shortage are challenging the construction sector’s ability to build enough homes, amid a looming lift in the migration intake.

  • Michael Read

REIT share falls suggest $20b wiped off property values

A valuation gap between equity investors and landlords is stifling deal making, says real estate banker Angelo Scasserra.

  • Kanika Sood

Luxury retailers drive mall recovery: Vicinity

A boom in luxury retail sales and the growing number of tenants requiring more space for click-and-collect is improving the performance of malls.

  • Larry Schlesinger

Why property investors need to be stock pickers

Charter Hall CEO David Harrison says a ‘bifurcation’ in property markets – from retail, industrial and beyond – means investors need to be very discerning.

CEOs reveal Australia’s worst property market

The CEOs of Australia’s largest commercial property companies can’t agree on how bad things are, but they agree the North Sydney office market is in deep trouble.

  • Tony Boyd

Workers at home will be replaced by robots: Charter Hall CEO

The head of the country’s largest office landlord warns workers to get back to the office, but says automation will also cut leasing needs for some companies.

  • Michael Bleby

Barrenjoey tips Sydney house price falls of 25pc, warns on recession

The RBA will tip Australia into recession and cause a ‘material’ property downturn if it lifts rates as aggressively as expected, Barrenjoey’s Jo Masters says.

  • Michael Read

Luxury homes hardest hit by property slump

Homeowners in Australia’s most expensive suburbs are bearing the brunt of the national property price downturn with prices falling 10 per cent on an annualised basis, the RBA’s Jonathan Kearns told the Financial Review property summit today.

  • Michael Read

Affordable housing attracts institutional investment

The need for affordable homes has never been greater. At the same time, the institutional interest in Australian housing has never been stronger.

  • Robert Harley


Navigating Australia’s dynamic property markets

What rising interest rates mean for the commercial and residential property markets


December 2021

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The view from the top floor of the property industry

Leaders in the sector talk to property editor Nick Lenaghan about omicron, getting back to the office, the power of privatisation and greening their industry.

Tech is the existential threat facing the property sector

Who knows the most about real estate customers? It is not the landlords, or the agents or managers. It is Facebook or Microsoft.

  • Robert Harley

Kick-start migration to support economic recovery, CEOs urge

Even with a better-than-expected third-quarter economic performance, a resumption of immigration and an end to lockdowns are crucial, property executives say.

  • Michael Bleby, Lucas Baird and Nick Lenaghan

Speed up supply to address housing affordability: property CEOs

Accelerating planning approvals and land releases could help alleviate worsening housing affordability, property executives say.

  • Nila Sweeney