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February 22, 2011

Resale Housing Market in Canada Shows Further Improvement in January, Whistler/Pemberton Trends

Courtesy of Ursula Morel of Sea to Sky Premier Properties OTTAWA – February 15th, 2011 – National resale housing activity climbed further in January 2011, according to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). Seasonally adjusted national home sales activity rose 4.5 percent in January 2011 compared to the previous month, reaching the highest level since April 2010. Led by Vancouver and Toronto, seasonally adjusted sales activity posted monthly gains in more than half of all local Canadian markets in January. National sales activity has improved steadily since last summer, and now stands almost 25 percent above the low point reached in July 2010.

March 26, 2010

Cottesloe, Western Australia: Lifestyle and Luxury Real Estate

Courtesy of Justin Davies with Space Real Estate Cottesloe, Western Australia, offers the perfect combination of beaches, Norfork Island pines and a Western Suburbs lifestyle. With Perth's most popular beach, Cottesloe is notorious for its splendid ocean views, inviting restaurants and cafes, village lifestyle and festive events.

August 28, 2009

A Visit With Marquette Turner Luxury Homes In Sydney

By Meghan Barry of I had the pleasure of meeting with the team from Marquette Turner Luxury Homes on a recent vacation to New Zealand and Australia. Michael Marquette, Simon Turner and Christine Watson were gracious hosts in Sydney, Australia. I always enjoy meeting with members around the world, and do so as often as possibly. It’s great to hear that they are doing business with so many other LRE members, many of whom they have connected with through the Luxury Lounge. Marquette Turner Luxury Homes has built an impressive reputation throughout the LRE network, and especially in their local community. It’s fantastic to be a part of their success.

June 8, 2009

Real Estate Myths: Who Can Actually Buy Real Estate in Australia?

By Michael Marquette of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes Lies, lies and more lies – it seems to be the way many agents and brokers “trick” their way into listing property. Promise the arrival of the “cashed up” international buyer who will overpay for your home and the listing is yours! So who can actually buy property in Australia and who decides? The Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) is the body with the power to decide who can and who cannot purchase homes in Australia. The rules are vague and difficult to understand but I will summarize their view.

April 17, 2009

Australian Real Estate Trends

By Simon Turner of Marquette Turner Housing affordability creates a number of trends, one of which, according to a recent study by the Housing Industry Association and RP Data, is that lot sizes have been decreasing over the last decade. Unsurprisingly, the most expensive state in the country - New South Wales - has the smallest average lot size at just 662 square metres. Tasmania has the largest at 1171 square metres.

April 6, 2009

Where Should You Buy in Sydney?

By Michael Marquette of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes It’s the question asked in good and bad times – where should you buy to make the most of your investment? I promised last week that I’d reveal my best picks in Sydney and I will do my best to make it easy for you to choose a great home, whatever your budget.

March 23, 2009

East Meets West: Indonesian Style Pavilion Residence at Korora, New South Wales

By Michael Marquette of Marquette Turner 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Parking LOCATION This magnificent property is on an elevated, 1200sm block overlooking a peaceful lagoon, the beach and ocean to the east and there are wonderful mountain views to the mountain range in the west. Its address is one of the most prestigious on the Coffs’ coast. It is a private enclave, yet only 100 metres to the beach and short drive to the business centre of town.

December 17, 2008

Market Update

By Abercromby's Real Estate Recently two of the directors Jock Langley and Robert Vickers-Willis returned from Hong Kong meeting expatriates and building new relationships with migration companies. Having worked in more discerning markets we feel it is important to look outside the square and attract different buyers to the residential market place.

December 3, 2008

WISE GUY: Why Does the Australian Dollar Suddenly Have So Few Friends?

By Simon Turner of Marquette Turner It was almost like you went to put the kettle on during the ad break and everything changed with the Australian Dollar: one minute we’re pushing (almost) the 1 AUD for 1 USD and within a few months the AUD is struggling to buy 60 cents US. Not being an economist, and learning on the run as no doubt many of us are in these historical economic times, I put this question to a friend of mine that I’ve grown up with that now works in the City of London. He’s a bit of a whizz and obviously a busy man, so I really appreciated his answers in layman’s terms, and am glad he’s allowed me to share them with you. Here’s his explanation:

November 6, 2008

Australia is Ranked Number 1 in the World!

by Michael Marquette of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes Australia has topped an index of the world’s most prosperous nations, with economic stability and high quality of life putting it over the edge. The index, produced by Dubai-based investment group Legatum, measured 104 nations against levels of wealth, quality of life, and life satisfaction.
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