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0.25% rate cut: not quite the tipping point for property

0.25% rate cut: not quite the tipping point for property

Don’t expect a dramatic reaction in the residential property market off the back of this rate cut, at least not in coming weeks. There won’t be a massive jump in auction clearance rates and certainly not a spike in property prices. Instead, I anticipate the market to remain steady. The market is finely balanced. On one side it’s been held back by weak consumer confidence off the back of international economic uncertainty...

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Herald Sun: First Home Buyers Grant outstays welcome

Herald Sun: First Home Buyers Grant outstays welcome

See Monique's 26th May column in Herald Sun here . Alternatively read on: First home owner grants: a $22 billion policy failure Wayne Swan says he’ll do whatever it takes to put the Federal finances back into surplus in 2012/13.  Many commentators are naturally sceptical he’s done enough in his recent Budget to achieve this aim. For that matter, not only am I sceptical, I also question why some very obvious cost-cutting hasn’t occurred...

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Commentary in Leader newspapers

Commentary in Leader newspapers

Click here for Monique's comments in Leader newspapers on the prospects for the Melbourne property market after the 50-basis points cut in the Reserve Bank's cash rate in May.

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Politically safe Budget much ado about nothing – though it may assist the lower end of the property market

Politically safe Budget much ado about nothing – though it may assist the lower end of the property market

The Federal Treasurer has shown little vision, with few if any initiatives in the Budget that will stimulate economic growth. The best that can be said is he has provided assistance to very low income householders and that by finally returning the Budget to a very modest surplus next year, the Government is creating room for the Reserve Bank to cut interest rates further. However, lower rates are a sign of economic weakness, so this is a mixed blessing...

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