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Chinese New Year sees foreign buyers flock to Melbourne

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Biggin and Scott agents Ming Xu (left) and Fred Zeng (right) treat buyer Evan Ye (middle) to yum cha to build rapport. Photo: Christina Zhou

Agents are rolling out the red carpet for an influx of overseas buyers flying to Melbourne over the Chinese New Year holiday.

Some agencies are providing a concierge service; picking up buyers from the airport, booking their hotels and helping with school enrolments. Continue reading

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Brisbane’s apartment boom sees rise of hotel-theme designs

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Artist’s impression of St Julien’s hotel-themed concierge. Photo: supplied

Hotel-style residential developments are on the rise in Brisbane as apartment oversupply drives architects to search for a point of difference in a competitive market.

Rothelowman Architects principal Jeff Brown said Brisbane is embracing a changing apartment market. Continue reading

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Sydney and Melbourne office markets treading firmer ground

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The office sector in Sydney and Melbourne — Australia’s largest markets — is poised for modest improvement in 2016, says the latest Cushman & Wakefield’s Asia Pacific Outlook for the year, after property markets ended 2015 in higher gear even with below-trend economic growth in the region. Continue reading

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