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Property industry confidence levels remained close to record highs, according to the ANZ/Property Council’s latest industry survey conducted immediately prior to recent lockdowns around Australia.

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The Property Council/MSCI Australia Annual Property Index achieved a total return of 0.1% in Q4 2020, down from 7.6% the previous year. The total return results are the lowest figure recorded since the index began 26 years ago due to the decreased net operating income rather than income compression.

 

Whilst the Australian market continue to...

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The Property Council/MSCI Australia Annual Property Index achieved a total return of 0.9% in Q3 2020, down from 7.9% a year earlier.

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Rental income is the lifeblood of real estate. Without it, property funds are not able to pay distributions to shareholders and borrowers cannot service their debt. The contractual nature of property rental income, a key feature of the asset class, underpins asset values and by extension property and fund returns.

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The ANZ/Property Council Survey for the December 2020 quarter reveals the federal government’s HomeBuilder program has provided a much needed boost in confidence for the residential construction outlook.

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As real estate investors seek to understand how the COVID-19 crisis could affect their portfolios, several large Australian Superannuation funds recently wrote down their property portfolios by up to 10%. To understand this we need to put it in the context of more than three decades of data from the Property Council of Australia/MSCI Australia...

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