Australia’s Population Boom Continues, We’re Now at 22.5 Million

AUSTRALIAN Bureau of Statistics show the nation’s population surged 1.4 per cent last year to 22.5 million.

Victoria led the population surge recruiting 75,000 new residents in the way of immigration, more babies and a net increase from other states. The state now has 5.6 million people.

Mining states Western Australia (which gained 67,400 residents) and Queensland (66,500) were the next fastest growing states.

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Hilton to Build 8-Level, Upmarket Hotel in the Pilbara

RESIDENTS won’t have to put up with “sub-standard” accommodation around the Pilbara, in Western Australia, with the international Hilton Hotel announcing plans for a $65 million upmarket hotel in central Karratha.

The first Double Tree by Hilton Hotel will include 144 suites, 20 own-your-own apartments, bar, restaurant, fitness centre, pool and car parking.

The proposed eight level building (artist impression, below), in Karratha’s central commercial area will also include three function rooms.

“Today’s announcement is yet another example about how, not the government but the private sector, is embracing the opportunities of the Pilbara,” said minister for regional development and lands, Brendon Grylls.

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Sleepy Geraldton About to be Short of Homes Care of Mining Developments

THE sleepy Western Australia coastal town of Geraldton is about to undergo a population explosion – and maybe an apartment development boom – on the back of major mining projects including the $5 billion Oakajee Port venture.

However it may face a housing shortage within three months because of a fear by developers to adopt a large-scale development in the area, 240 kilometres north of Perth. Earthwork restrictions limiting the clearing of blocks to within six months (March to September) is also turning prospective developers off.

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House prices flat – rents up; REIWA releases data for the Dec quarter of 2007

Preliminary data by the Real Estate Institute of WA suggests Perth’s housing market was flat-lining in the December Quarter of 2007, with no movement either up or down for the last three months of last year.

However, REIWA President Rob Druitt said he expected the data to show a small overall increase once final settlements are processed.

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Agents call for patience as rental crush resurfaces

Real estate agents and property mangers are urging prospective tenants to be patient as the annual rental crush resurfaces in Perth.

President of the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia, Rob Druitt, said seasonal factors and the low vacancy rate for accommodation was causing stress with many over worked agencies struggling to keep up with enquiries.

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Interest rate rise unwelcome in WA

The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia said today’s lift in the official cash rate by the Reserve Bank was not surprising but was disappointing.

REIWA President Rob Druitt said the WA property market was ‘cool and stabilising’ after the boom and did not require any further brakes applied to it.

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Ray White Invest & Blair Group Buy Currambine Marketplace, Perth, For More Than $50 Million

Specialist direct property funds management group Ray White Invest and private retail developer Blair Group today announced the joint acquisition of the Currambine Marketplace in Perth from Woolworths Ltd for in excess of $50m with proposed expansion plans to significantly increase the value of the property.

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No room at the inn: rental vacancy rates slump around Christmas

Residential rental vacancy rates have averaged an all-time low of 1.9 per cent across Australia for the past two and a half years, according to data published today in the Mortgage Choice/Real Estate Institute of Australia (Canberra), Market Facts report, September quarter edition.

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