WAAA welcomes short stay inquiry findings

The West Australian Apartment Advocacy (WAAA) has welcomed the recommendations, released today by the Short Term Accommodation Parliamentary Inquiry, that the industry should be regulated through a state-wide registration system. Research conducted nationally with 2500 apartment owners in March 2019, regarding the impact of short stay, indicated that 39% of WA respondents found there was a negative influence with the other states registering closer to 50%. Director of WAAA Samantha Reece, who presented the research findings to the Parliamentary Inquiry, stated that it could be anticipated that if action was not taken, WA would also be on the same trajectory as its Eastern States counterparts

Six reasons why an apartment could be better than retirement housing

A reader's perspective: You can read about the legal and financial distinctions between the two here, but they are essentially collections of older people living in one place. Apartments, like retirement housing, come in all shapes and sizes, with all sorts of price tags and locations. I’ve never read an article that sang the praises of downsizing into a mainstream apartment, although lots of people seem to move into them and enjoy the process. Those I speak to love the life-style. John and I would certainly recommend it. HERE ARE SIX REASONS FOR MY CHOICE Physical location More apartments are being built in Perth, both in the inner suburbs and near transport hubs. The choice of location ca

Medium to high-density living in 'micro lots' planned for Perth but can residents learn to l

Just a few years ago, Glenda Stephens was living in a big house on five acres and could barely see her nearest neighbours. Now she is one of the first people in Perth to live on a micro lot of just 80 square metres. When the micro lots were first announced they were greeted with horror, and Ms Stephens said that "probably a few years ago I would have said the same" but living in one has changed her mind. "They are light, they are open, they are very well designed, they don't feel cramped at all," she said of the houses, like hers, that have been built on micro lots in the centre of Ellenbrook, north of Perth. For the full story click here.

$10.5 billion defects claims

A new report has found has repair costs for new home owners have totalled $10.5 billion over the past decade as poor construction standards have left them battling leaks, cracks and other problems. Financial comparison site Mozo released it Property Pain - Building Defects Report 2019 today, revealing new homeowners have been faced $10.5 billion in repair costs over the past decade. The figure is based on ABS data on the number of building completions in the past 10 years. The report also found most new and newly renovated apartment and house owners surveyed have been plagued by defects that have cost them $6,434 and $5,839 respectively. At a glance: Financial comparison site Mozo has relea

6PR interview with Chris Ilsley

Australian housing is under fire AGAIN after an accusation from the ABC that residential apartments are in a ‘building crisis’. Samantha Reece, WA Apartment Advocacy director, doesn’t agree, and she’s here to tell us why. Download this podcast here.

Commuting nightmares prompt more families to rethink the dream of a big suburban home

Daily commuting times have risen in almost every capital city in Australia and as house prices continue to rise, experts say more families are opting to live in an apartment to beat the gridlock. In 2016, more than 2.3 million Australians were living in apartments and parents with children made up almost 44 per cent of the families in apartments, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The ABS also found nearly one in 10 children aged four or younger lived in an apartment. Travis Pearson and his wife Kylie are one of those families after selling their home in Clayfield on Brisbane's northside four years ago and moving to an apartment at West End in the inner city. For the ful

Apartment trial at Mirvac's Forge apartments gets green light

Hot off the back of the successful apartment trial in Perth at Oracle apartments, AAA has partnered with Mirvac to conduct a similar social experiment at their Forge apartments in Yarra's Edge, Melbourne. The trial will commence with a pop up apartment on Southbank from 20-22 September, whereby people who are interested in apartment living, and yet feel some degree of hesitancy, can come and register to win a one month free stay in the two bedroom apartment. There will be three, one month stays up for grabs, with the successful guests only having to bring in their linen and clothing! Samantha Reece Director of AAA stated that the pop up apartment would occur 20-22 September with the trials t

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