Ghost suburbs: How the elderly are emptying our cities

Lonely in an empty nest...

Empty nests make for empty streets and shopping malls. When children grow up and need to move away, they leave ghost suburbs behind. The retired, and the retiring, are holding on to family homes in spite of the families who desperately need them, and ultimately in spite of themselves. A recent report by the Australian […]

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To Nab a Property Bargain, Master the Art of Reverse Feng Shui

We all know the Chinese have a large presence on the Australian property scene today. Chinese buyers snap up nearly 1 in 5 new properties in Sydney, and 1 in 7 in Melbourne, according to research by Credit Suisse. Sometimes they pay very high prices for seemingly average places, like the unremarkable house in Eastwood, […]

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Surprisingly, Real Estate Agents Are Our Friends

I’ve learned a positive thing about humanity doing startups. People aren’t as threatened by your products as you might think. On a previous startup, I published Wikipedia articles with mouseover links to similar citable sentences, so students could get around the rule that you can’t cite Wikipedia. I expected an outcry from teachers and lecturers […]

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We are now Microburbs!

After 6 months I’m pleased to announce that our real estate/suburb offering is moving out of its parent brand, NationMaster and out into the world with a new name, Microburbs. We’ll leave the international stats to NationMaster while we focus on Australian suburbs. What are our Microburbs? They’re small areas typically of 200-800 people defined by demographic, […]

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Looking for love? Then move to these cities ASAP

You’ve hit the bars, been bullied into blind dates and dabbled in online dating. You’ve scoped the gym, prowled the park and signed up for every singles’ dance/pottery/book/crocheting group in your neighbourhood. You’ve even navigated the tumultuous waters of Tinder. Yet, no matter how much you swipe right, you’ve still not found Mr/Miss Right. So […]

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Are you one of Australia’s most generous people?

You put your hand up to help out at a fundraising event that’s happening this weekend. Do you: Regret that you agreed to do it and come up with a good excuse not to go. Follow through on your commitment. No one else you know is going, so you feel obligated. Happily go along and […]

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Is the “forever home” a thing of the past? How this new housing trend can hurt you and your community.

  Recent research has revealed people are only averaging approximately 8 years living in a house before they move on to the next property purchase. Meaning, while our parents were happy to stay put in the one home until they could no longer care for it properly, the same cannot be said for us, and […]

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Top 10 Tips for Researching a Property

Whether you’re buying your first house, investment property or family home, it is essential to research to the best of your ability. Buying property is a huge decision and to be misinformed is to potentially make a big mistake and waste your money. It is also essential to research before signing a lease contract  – […]

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Does “bargain” = happiness?

So you’ve been searching for the perfect home for months. With every unsuccessful inspection, your heart sinks just a little bit more, and so do your standards. Lofty dreams of walk-in robes, kitchen islands and summer parties on a sweeping entertaining deck are quickly being replaced by the sobering realisation that ‘home, sweet home’ might […]

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Ashley Madison “infidelity rates” by postcode: big lists

Here’s the “infidelity rate” for every postcode with at least 1000 residents. One table for each state: NSW+ACT:   Rank PostCode # Ashley Madison accounts Adult residents % of adult population 1 BARANGAROO, DAWES POINT, HAYMARKET 2000 662 30033 2.20% 2 BARTON, CANBERRA, CAPITAL HILL 2600 70 6248 1.12% 3 BAR BEACH, COOKS HILL, NEWCASTLE 2300 67 9226 0.72% 4 HMAS PLATYPUS, HMAS WATERHEN, LAVENDER BAY 2060 […]

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