It’s Friday, and the annual Harcourts Conference in Australia has flown by this week, as we saw internationally-renowned speakers present to the 600-strong attending. I was pleased to see a great turn-out, and I think it is safe to say this was our best Conference yet.
Conference was opened by keynote speaker, Matthew Ferrara. Matthew is a social media expert from the US, who is not only fantastic at what he does, but is a great guy who I had the pleasure of spending two weeks with.
Other outstanding speakers we heard from this week were Rick DeLuca also from the US, real estate professionals Dane Atherton and James Tostevin from Australia, and super coach Wayne Bennett as well as the inspirational Gerrard Gosens.
Conference was closed by our final keynote speaker, the author of best-selling autobiography Mao’s Last Dancer, Li Cunxin.
Li shared his amazing life story with …
2010 is looking up thanks to the 2009 property market year-end figures, one of the most challenging years in the history of the Australian economy. All Australian capital cities recorded strong annual house price increases, which gives us a solid platform for the year ahead.
Last year’s stats showed that Darwin recorded the highest house price increase of approximately 12.3 per cent from the previous year. Melbourne and Canberra followed, with solid price rises of 8.4 per cent and 7.8 per cent during the same period.
Sydney also recorded a house price increase of 5.9 per cent up from the previous year (2008), and prices continued to rise in Brisbane (5.6 per cent), Hobart (5.4 per cent), Perth (4.4per cent) and Adelaide (3.7 per cent) – averaging just 2.2 per cent below the March 2008 peak.
The rise in house values indicates a recovering economy, and is due mainly to …