The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-05-22T05:23:06Z Simplifying complexity and reducing risk: SAI Global’s Property Enquiry Report makes life easier for conveyancing professionals 2017-05-22T05:23:06Z simplifying-complexity-and-reducing-risk-sai-global-s-property-enquiry-report-makes-life-easier-for-conveyancing-professionals To date, technological advances have only focused on improving the settlement component of the property transaction with little consideration to simplifying the complex due diligence phase.  Seeking to improve the outcome for both conveyancers as well as the property buyers and sellers, SAI Global’s new Property Enquiry Report leverages new technology to streamline the due diligence process, helping conveyancing professionals enhance their ability to advocate on behalf of customers. The Property Enquiry Report, generates a short, easily digestible summary from the vast number of searches conveyancing professionals must obtain on behalf of a customer.  Potential risks are highlighted and rated using a simple red light system to enable more productive conversations with customers about potential risks attached to a property. “Most home buyers and sellers don’t understand the intricacies of the due diligence process and we believe the Property Enquiry Report will go a long way to help conveyancing professionals showcase the value they deliver as customer advocates,” said Amanda Baker, SAI Global’s Head of Property Industry Development. In addition to the benefit the Property Enquiry Report provides from a customer advocacy perspective, it delivers significant time savings for conveyancing professionals.   An average conveyancing matter takes around five hours to complete and we estimate that the Property Enquiry Report will reduce this by one hour.  For a small conveyancing business with two conveyancers completing 28 matters per month, our estimates indicate the Property Enquiry Report would save the firm up to 9.2 billable weeks per annum. To strengthen the Property Enquiry Report’s usability and authority, the Australian Institute of Conveyancers (AIC) assisted with establishment of due diligence minimums before it can be generated.  This represents the first step towards standardising the due diligence process to help conveyancing businesses reduce their business risk and provide an additional layer of security to their customers. Aiming to add greater clarity and consistency for conveyancing industry reporting, the Property Enquiry Report is consistent and the number of searches covers the key minimum standard required taking into account any state regulations. With economic pressures contributing in some cases to buyers cutting corners on the level of due diligence undertaken, the Property Enquiry Report is also expected to strengthen the authority of conveyancing professionals by providing expert support to justify the number of searches required. “The standardisation of reporting delivered by the Property Enquiry Report will assist in managing operational risk for conveyancing practices seeking to scale up operation by ensuring minimum standards are met, no matter which practitioner is completing the due diligence and no matter how many corners their customer may be trying to cut,” said Ms Baker. The Property Enquiry Report will be available to conveyancing professionals in Victoria from Monday 22 May and progressive roll out is planned across New South Wales and Queensland over the coming months.  Conveyancing professionals wanting to find out more about the Property Enquiry Report can find out more about it here: www.saiglobal.com/propertyenquiryreport. Double Dip Downturn in the Australian Construction Market 2017-05-10T12:09:11Z double-dip-downturn-in-the-australian-construction-market The latest industry forecasts released today by Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF), the peak consultative body for building and construction, show this important industry for employment is moving quickly through two peaks in activity with a less fevered period of activity coming. The ACIF Forecasts for May 2017 show that Engineering Construction is midway through a sharp downslide. Demand in the sector, that includes mining-related construction, plus roads, rail and other large infrastructure is coming off a record-breaking peak driven by the mining development boom to take second position behind Residential Building. Residential Building is in the middle of its own boom. This has pushed growth beyond the housing fundamentals and a downturn is on its way. “Synchronisation of the dominant cycles in the construction market is clear when you look at the change in work done,” said Kerry Barwise, Head Forecaster for ACIF. “Growth in Engineering Construction spiked in 2012-13, about the same time that Residential Building bottomed out. The ACIF Forecasts for May 2017 show growth in Residential Building will peak this year (2016-17), close to the time when Engineering Construction is reaching is lowest point in contraction.” There is still a lot of work in hand in most sectors of the Australian construction market. The Engineering Construction sector is still going strong, and in 2016-17 is forecast to turnover close to $80 billion. There are still a number of large Infrastructure projects that are under development such as the development of the NBN or where plans are reaching an advanced stage including major road projects and new tramways/light rail projects. The boom in Residential Building will lift the value of work done to $100 billion over this year, completing 220,000 homes, the largest number on record. Non-Residential Building activity declined in 2015-16 to arrive at $36 billion in line with economic statistics showing soft non-mining business investment. Soft business investment conditions are expected to carry over into a further decline in Non-Residential Building activity in 2016-17 and 2017-18.  In practice, Non-Residential Building activity is made up of a broad mix of activities and the drivers of investment differ by sub-category and the outlook for each sub-sector, including those of Offices, Education and Retail/Wholesale Trade, need to be considered carefully. “The Federal Budget clearly has put infrastructure spending as a key priority. As the ACIF Forecasts show, the engineering sector continues to decline from the record highs of the mining boom and residential building is close to peaking,” said Adrian Harrington, Chair of ACIF’s Construction Forecasting Council which oversees the production of the ACIF Forecasts.  “The Federal Government clearly recognises that quality infrastructure is critical to ensure our cities and regions continue to grow and the significant role the construction sector plays in driving employment and productivity growth. "As an industry not-for-profit, ACIF produces this information to assist businesses and governments at all three levels navigate the rapidly changing marketplace and help them plan for the future." The Australian Government Budget 2017-18 is likely to assist in moderating the dual cycles that are bearing down on building and construction activity. Measures such as the establishment of the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation and the First Home Super Saving Scheme are expected to support more affordable housing provision cutting in right when the ACIF forecasts view that Residential Building will need some uplift. The $75 billion funding commitment in infrastructure investment over the 10 years to 2027 will be spread over all of the states and over the key infrastructure categories. Some of the activities mentioned in the budget are already listed in the ACIF Major Projects database. It is too early to say where the Budget measures are adding to forecast construction amounts, or adding certainty and funding to projects that have already been included in the May 2017 ACIF Forecasts. The ACIF Forecasts are available from Australian Construction Industry Forum from today. Available in two formats: Australian Construction Market Report, an 80+ page expert analysis on the economy and industry sectors, plus the Customised Forecasts Dashboard, an online portal where users can query the full ACIF Forecasts database on 20 work types, over a twenty year period. Find out more at www.acif.com.au/forecasts.   About Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF)Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) is the cohesive, trusted voice of the Australian construction industry. ACIF facilitates and supports an active dialogue between the key players in residential and non-residential building, and engineering construction, other industry groups, and government agencies. ACIF’s focus is on innovation, collaboration, equity and sustainability for the industry. ACIF Members are among the most significant associations in the industry, spanning the entire asset creation process from feasibility through design, cost planning, construction, building and management. ACIF harnesses the resources of its Members to research and develop initiatives that benefit businesses of all sizes, from the largest of construction companies to small consultancies. More information on ACIF is available from www.acif.com.au. About ACIF Forecasts ACIF Forecasts are rolling ten year forecasts of demand across residential, non-residential and engineering construction in Australia. The Forecasts are prepared by respected economic modellers, using high quality data sources, and are overseen by ACIF’s Construction Forecasting Council, an industry panel of expert analysts and researchers. ACIF Forecasts are used by thousands of professionals each year, from across the full range of stakeholders, from major organisations to small consultancies. ACIF Forecasts are available as the Australian Construction Market Report, and detailed numbers are available by subscribing to the Customised Forecasts Dashboard. More information about ACIF is available from www.acif.com.au/forecasts.  Turnkey Homes Still Available in The Retreat at Mandurah Quay 2017-05-01T08:50:22Z turnkey-homes-still-available-in-the-retreat-at-mandurah-quay Perth, WA, 01 May 2017  - While seachange isn’t the craze it was a few years ago, it is still very real and achievable for many. People who are tired of living in the city have been moving toward the shore to find peace and serenity while gaining access to a full range of watersports. This has changed the dynamic of many towns on the shore due to increased population, but there are still some places to move for those who want to live a more relaxed lifestyle while still having access to the Perth CBD.One such place is The Retreat at Mandurah Quay. The Retreat is located within Mandurah Quay, adjacent to the Mandurah Quay Resort. It is a walk of less than five minutes to the Len Howard Conservation Park. The Waterside Restaurant on the Peel Inlet is also less than five minutes on foot. The Mandurah Ocean Marina is a mere ten-minute drive away, while the Mandurah City Centre and Mandurah Performing Arts Centre are slightly less. Also within close proximity: two golf courses, the Halls Head Bowls Centre, the Mandurah Recreation Centre and the Halls Head Shopping Centre. Erskine Central Shopping Centre is also nearby. For those who want to commute to the Perth CBD or just visit once in awhile, it is approximately an hour away by train. Six Turnkey Homes Left in Stage 1As of this writing, there are six turnkey homes left in Stage 1 of The Retreat out of the fourteen originally built. The smallest lot is 296 sqm while the largest is 336 sqm. The lowest priced home is $459,000 while the highest is $465,000. All of the homes have three bedrooms, two bathrooms and garages with two car spaces.Master Planned Land EstatesMaster planned land estates are popular because they provide homeowners with the security of knowing their homes will always maximise their value. Master planned land estates ensure that the quality standards will always remain high, protecting the homeowners’ investments.The Retreat has implemented Estate Guidelines and a Local Development Plan that forces all present and future homeowners to maintain the high standards of the Mandurah Quay area. This ensures that your property value and your lifestyle will always be as good as you expect it to be.Subdivisions are designed to respect and fit into the surrounding environment. All the homes are energy efficient and solar orientation is taken into account when designing the homes.Madeleine McErlain is the Marketing Manager for Origin Projects, developers of The Retreat and many successful land estates in the Perth area. According to Ms McErlain:“The Retreat at Mandurah Quay is one of our most beautiful properties. If anyone is looking for seachange with a high standard of living, The Retreat is the perfect choice.”The Retreat at Mandurah Quay is located in Erskine, adjacent to Mandurah. It is one of the hottest land estates in the Perth footprint for those who want a seachange lifestyle with reasonable access to the Perth CBD. The homes range in price from $459,000 to $465,000. All have three bedrooms, two baths and two car spaces. To learn more, call (08) 9535 9969 or visit their website: http://www.theretreatmandurah.com.au/. Why Pafumi Rise is One of the Most Popular Land Estates in the Perth Area 2017-04-28T06:09:33Z why-pafumi-rise-is-one-of-the-most-popular-land-estates-in-the-perth-area Perth, WA, 28 April 2017 - Pafumi Rise is another in a series of successful land estates in the Perth area being developed by Origin Projects, who were once 4Land Property Group. Stage 1 sold out quickly and Stage 2 is following in its footsteps. Out of 38 blocks originally available in Stage 2, there are only nine left.  Pafumi Rise is located in an elevated position in Landsdale, providing a scenic view of the Landsdale CBD and the Darling Ranges in the distance. It is located conveniently on Landsdale Road reaching as far as Hepburn Avenue. Pafumi Rise represents an opportunity to be part of a beautiful setting in an area that is already experiencing capital growth. There are plenty of planned public open spaces within close proximity of Pafumi Rise. Pafumi Rise is also close to local amenities such as the Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex, the Kingsway City Shopping Centre and Whiteman Park. The area also has great schools and public transport.Each lot includes side and rear Colorbond boundary fencing. The lots are rated “Class A”, meaning that the site costs will be minimal. The lots are from 526-529 sqm in area. The prices range from $367,000 to $381,000. Frontage ranges from 15.1m to 18.5m. Madeleine McErlain is the Marketing Manager for Origin Projects. According to Ms McErlain:We have developed a lot of successful communities, but Pafumi Rise is one of the fastest sellers we have ever had. Most people who come out to the site fall in love with the location and the view. When they realise how low the prices are compared to the location and the view, they are usually able to see the great value Pafumi Rise represents.”Ms McErlain continued: “Pafumi Rise gives its residents the best of both worlds. It is far enough away from the CBD to provide breathtaking scenic views and natural beauty, but close enough to the Perth CBD to provide easy access to the city. Landsdale is within the local governing area of Wanneroo, which means our homeowners have easy access to all of the amenities Wanneroo has to offer, too.”Ms McErlain added further: “When you combine the laid back lifestyle here with the easy access to the Perth CBD, it’s easy to see why so many people are so interested in living at Pafumi Rise. It’s also easy to see how this area is going to experience a lot of capital growth in the next ten to twenty years.”Ms McErlain concluded: “The remaining lots are going fast. If you are interested or even curious, come up here now and see Pafumi Rise for yourself before it’s too late.”Pafumi Rise is one of a long line of successful land estates in the Perth area developed by Origin Projects. Located in Landsdale, it offers close proximity to a host of local amenities and an elevated view of both Landsdale and the Darling Ranges. Landsdale is a mere 24 minutes to the Perth CBD via the Mitchell Freeway. To learn more, call (08) 6500 4488 or visit their website: http://www.originprojects.com.au/. Industry economic ‘brains trust’ grows 2017-04-21T07:11:04Z industry-economic-brains-trust-grows New experts have been welcomed to the group of economic specialists behind the building and construction industry’s most comprehensive forecasts, the ACIF Forecasts. Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) has published industry forecasts since 2002, which includes a unique peer-review process by a group of leading researchers and economists, known as the Construction Forecasting Council. The range and depth of experience of the members of the Council means that the information behind the ACIF Forecasts is wide in scope and includes detailed market insights, which are incorporated into the ten-year forecasts for residential and commercial building, and engineering construction.   The Construction Forecasting Council welcomes three new experts to its impressive list of members:        Nerida Conisbee, Chief Economist with REA Group;        Andrew Scott, Basic Materials and Industrial Analyst for RBC Capital Markets; and        Mike O’Shea, leading Quantity Surveyor and Associate Director, MBM They join peers from allied industries including commercial property management, construction cost analysis, property development and management, as well as investment managers. Members each bring expertise from different sectors and contribute to this non-profit industry service, which makes available high-quality market analysis that helps businesses of all types and sizes plan to thrive, or prepare to survive. “The Construction Forecasting Council is unique in that it’s a ‘brains trust’ of economists with specialist knowledge of the state of the market for building and construction and the economic activity that drives it,” said Construction Forecasting Council Chair Adrian Harrington. “The depth and diversity of expertise of Construction Forecasting Council members adds great value to the ACIF Forecasts. We are pleased to welcome Nerida and Andrew and look forward to hearing their voice in the robust discussions on the state of the market and what will happen next,” he said. On joining the Construction Forecasting Council, Nerida Conisbee said, “The building and construction sector is vital in maintaining housing affordability in Australia and delivering the best outcomes to maintain our high standard of living. It is an honour to be part of the ACIF’s Construction Forecasting Council.“ Andrew Scott said, “One of the biggest drivers of capital in Australia is the building and construction industry, and this sector plays an important role in the ongoing financial stability of our nation. I am pleased to contribute to the ACIF Forecasts as market intelligence to help businesses as producers and employers in our economy.” “With the introduction of new technology and increasing population, demand for construction activity is always changing and growing,” said Mike O’Shea. “The nature of construction work is set for a step change in the next 20 years and the large-scale infrastructure projects will change the shape of cities and careful strategic thinking is needed to navigate the changes. How can I possibly miss this opportunity?  I am extremely proud and excited to contribute to the ACIF Forecasts and to be associated with the construction industry and the new surprises it is bringing in.” ACIF Forecasts will be launched at the ACIF Briefing industry breakfast on Thursday 4 May 2017 in Sydney before full release to the building and construction industry the following week. Registration for the ACIF Briefing is available online here: https://www.acif.com.au/events/event/acif-briefing-may-2017 . More information about the ACIF Forecasts is here: www.acif.com.au/forecasts. About Nerida Conisbee Nerida Conisbee is the Chief Economist for REA Group and one of Australia’s leading property market experts. Nerida has more than 20 years of property research experience throughout Asia Pacific and she has held senior positions within commercial agencies and major consulting firms during this time. Her experience covers residential and commercial property from both an investor and occupier’s perspective. Nerida appears every Saturday on SkyNews Real Estate program, writes a fortnightly column for The Australian covering off real estate issues impacting Australia and is the property commentator for Eureka Report. Nerida presents on property market conditions to investors, occupiers and industry groups and is also an adviser on property market conditions to major Government bodies. She has been listed in the “Who’s Who of Australian Women” since its inaugural issue. About Andrew Scott Andrew Scott is the Basic Materials and Industrials Analyst for RBC Capital Markets, with over a decade of experience as an equity analyst following listed Australian companies in the Building Materials and broader Industrials sectors. As part of this work Andrew has been a keen observer of trends in the Australian construction sectors, including conducting a regular survey of a number of Australia’s largest homebuilders. Andrew joined RBC in July 2015 as a Director with primary responsibility for RBC’s coverage of Australian building materials, chemicals and other industrial companies.  Prior to joining RBC, Andrew worked as a Basic Materials Analyst with a range of domestic and international investment banks and in 2011 was rated as the #1 building materials analyst in the 2010 SMH East Coles survey and lead the Number 3 ranked team in the 2013 Peter Lee survey. About Mike O’Shea Mike O’Shea is an Associate Director of MBM and leads Infrastructure projects on a national basis.  Mike is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor (RICS), Certified Quantity Surveyor (AIQS) and a Senior Commercial and Risk Manager and is one of MBM’s most senior people. Mike has been a director and principal for over 25 years and has over 35 years’ practical experience in cost estimating/planning, contract management, risk management and project controls of capital works and maintenance. Mike has provided both commercial/contract and risk services on a range of engineering and infrastructure projects including rail, oil and gas and mining and managed teams of cost/contract managers/engineers during the post contract phase of projects. About ACIF Forecasts ACIF Forecasts are rolling ten year forecasts of demand across residential, non-residential and engineering construction in Australia. The Forecasts are prepared by respected economic modellers, using high quality data sources, and are overseen by ACIF’s Construction Forecasting Council, an industry panel of expert analysts and researchers. ACIF Forecasts are used by thousands of professionals each year, from across the full range of stakeholders, from major organisations to small consultancies. ACIF Forecasts are available as the Australian Construction Market Report, and detailed numbers are available by subscribing to the Customised Forecasts Dashboard. More information about ACIF is available from www.acif.com.au/forecasts. About Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) is the cohesive, trusted voice of the Australian Construction Industry. ACIF facilitates and supports an active dialogue between the key players in residential and non-residential building, and engineering construction, other industry groups, and government agencies. ACIF’s focus is on innovation, collaboration, equity and sustainability for the industry. ACIF Members are the most significant Associations in the industry, spanning the entire asset creation process from feasibility through design, cost planning, construction and building and management. ACIF harnesses the resources of its Members to research and develop initiatives that benefit businesses of all sizes, from the largest of construction companies to small consultancies. More information on ACIF is available from www.acif.com.au.  ACIF Forecasts answer the big questions including the "Trump Bump" 2017-04-21T07:07:24Z acif-forecasts-answer-the-big-questions-including-the-trump-bump-1 Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) will launch its new ten-year forecasts for building and construction on Thursday 4 May, at the ACIF Briefing to be held at International Convention Centre Sydney. Business and government delegates will enjoy a networking breakfast before presentation of the ACIF Forecasts for May 2017 - the industry’s most comprehensive forecasts until 2028, including the work demand for all sectors and the major projects driving much of it, and the labour needs and costs of construction it will take to complete it. The ACIF Forecasts have been published since 2002 and are renowned as highly relevant and reliable forecasts for businesses in this sector. The forecasts include the outlook for residential building, non-residential building and engineering construction across Australia until 2028. Find out more about the ACIF Forecasts here. Today, the Australian building and construction industry is buffeted by strong international factors. In the May 2017 ACIF Forecasts, industry-leading forecasters will answer the big questions that directly or indirectly impact every company and employee in the building and construction industry, and the allied manufacturing and property sectors. Will the "Trump Bump" affect the Australian construction market? Markets have already driven up yields on longer term debt in the US and in Australia. The Fed in the US has raised official interest rates and foreshadows that more increases are on the way. The Reserve Bank of Australia is again in the spotlight as it seeks to take these and other factors into account when setting interest rates. What exactly are the factors that are weighing on the Reserve Bank right now?  What changes in official interest rates, investment and building and construction work are looming? Foreign investor interest - waxing or waning? Foreign investors have been busy, especially in residential property. Most recent official statistics show that foreign demand has soaked up a significant share of new apartments and this has probably contributed to sharp increases in prices and problems with housing affordability, especially in Sydney and Melbourne. Foreign property investors are now subject to additional taxes and charges and closer supervision. Meanwhile some of the economic fundamentals are shifting. Regulators in China, the key origin of many foreign investors, are tightening their own controls on capital outflows. The economic fundamentals such as exchange rate differentials and interest rates differentials are also less favourable for foreign investors. How are foreign investors expected to react? What difference will this make to the outlook for residential construction activity and other construction market outcomes? Where is the multi-speed economy taking construction? Swings in the economic fortunes of key industries have driven the Australian states in different gears and different speeds. Western Australia and Queensland raced ahead given the once in a lifetime mining development boom. The housing construction boom, producing record rates of growth in the building of new houses started in Victoria, spread out to other states, including Queensland, and arrived belatedly in New South Wales. These cycles are now in decline or are about to reach a tipping point. How will further changes in gears in the economic engine room shape outcomes in activities such as tourism and education? Will demographic factors continue the surge in demand for health and aged care services and facilities? Will the coming waves of change and economic volatility continue to have an uneven impact on the different states? Almost certainly. This will also have an uneven impact on construction work and employment.   How will rising interest rates impact on the outlook for construction work and employment? Record low interest rates have driven a resurgence in housing investment, higher house prices in key markets and higher household debt. Commentary abounds on how rising interest rates will affect housing prices, and whether this will return housing affordability to more normal levels. Some analysts are concerned about the stability of the banking system and the national economy if debt fuelled growth continues. How can we sidestep these problems? What policy settings are required and where will good luck or good management prevail? How will this impact the outlook for construction work and employment? ACIF Forecasts will be launched at the ACIF Briefing industry breakfast on Thursday 4 May 2017 in Sydney before full release to the building and construction industry the following week. Registration for the ACIF Briefing is available online here: https://www.acif.com.au/events/event/acif-briefing-may-2017 . More information about the ACIF Forecasts is here: www.acif.com.au/forecasts. About Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) is the cohesive, trusted voice of the Australian Construction Industry. ACIF facilitates and supports an active dialogue between the key players in residential and non-residential building, and engineering construction, other industry groups, and government agencies. ACIF’s focus is on innovation, collaboration, equity and sustainability for the industry. ACIF Members are the most significant Associations in the industry, spanning the entire asset creation process from feasibility through design, cost planning, construction and building and management. ACIF harnesses the resources of its Members to research and develop initiatives that benefit businesses of all sizes, from the largest of construction companies to small consultancies. More information on ACIF is available from www.acif.com.au. About ACIF Forecasts ACIF Forecasts are rolling ten year forecasts of demand across residential, non-residential and engineering construction in Australia. The Forecasts are prepared by respected economic modellers, using high quality data sources, and are overseen by ACIF’s Construction Forecasting Council, an industry panel of expert analysts and researchers. ACIF Forecasts are used by thousands of professionals each year, from across the full range of stakeholders, from major organisations to small consultancies. ACIF Forecasts are available as the Australian Construction Market Report, and detailed numbers are available by subscribing to the Customised Forecasts Dashboard. More information about ACIF is available from www.acif.com.au/forecasts.  Seeley Internation unveils world's most energy-efficient ducted gas heating range for South Africa 2017-04-13T02:09:48Z seeley-internation-unveils-world-s-most-energy-efficient-ducted-gas-heating-range-for-south-africa Seeley International has revealed plans to introduce the world’s most energy-efficient range of ducted gas heaters to South Africa as part of its ongoing commitment to domestic and commercial customers. Seeley International Founder and Executive Chairman, Mr Frank Seeley AM FAICD, said the new Braemar ducted gas heating range, to be unveiled at an invitation-only product viewing event later this month, provides unrivalled performance and advanced energy efficiency. “Our award-winning Braemar by Seeley International ducted gas heating range is simply the best on the market, and provides savvy consumers with a heating solution that offers outstanding energy efficiency and performance,” Mr Seeley said. “Even though South Africa may not yet have an energy-efficiency rating in place, consumers can invest with confidence knowing that our Braemar 5 star range achieves high performance scores in its category based on the Australian Standard System for star ratings,” he said.  In Australia there is an Energy Rating Labelling scheme to help customers choose energy efficient appliances. For ducted gas heaters, the star rating system has a minimum of one star and a maximum of six stars. The performance results are independently tested by the Australian Gas Association (AGA). “Our ducted gas heating range is a popular choice of heating in cooler climatic conditions in Australia, and perfectly complements Seeley International’s existing range of Breezair and Coolair evaporative air conditioning in South Africa,” Mr Seeley said. Features and benefits of the Braemar 5 star range include: ·         Flexible zoning options, which enables setting individual room temperatures, as well as flexibility to heat only parts of a home. ·         Ducted gas heating reaches desired temperatures much faster than reverse cycle systems, and remain efficient when outside temperatures drop, when compared to a reverse cycle option. ·         Comfortable air is produced, which doesn’t dry skin and eyes. ·         Heating and cooling can be conveniently controlled by the revolutionary intuitive touch screen MagIQtouch Controller, which seamlessly blends with home décor. In addition to uncompromised product quality and reliability, the Braemar ducted gas heating range is completely designed and manufactured in Australia and comes with a two-year comprehensive warranty. The new range is to be unveiled at an exclusive product viewing for clients and dealers on Friday, April 21, 2017, at the Seeley International HQ in Foundersview South, Gauteng. Media wanting to attend this exclusive event should register their attendance by contacting Mr Hennie Verster, General Manager Africa Sales, on +27 11 4520394 or +27 83543 3742 or email southafrica@seeleyinternational.com About Seeley International Seeley International is Australia’s largest and most awarded air conditioning manufacturer with a history spanning more than 40 years. Renowned for ingenuity and innovation, Seeley International leads the market in the design and manufacture of air conditioning systems, with award winning brand names including Breezair, Braemar, Coolair, Convair, Climate Wizard and Coolerado. With factories in Australia and the US, as well as a strong support network across Europe, UK and Africa; customers can buy a Seeley International product with confidence, knowing that they are investing in a quality climate control solution. Seeley International never stops striving to engineer the world’s most energy efficient climate control solutions – and that commitment to excellence is at the heart of everything it does. Major contributions include developing many award winning, innovative products and achieving 11 world-firsts launched throughout its history. More information about Seeley International and its products can be found at www.seeleyinternational.com ACIF Forecasts answer the big questions including the "Trump Bump" 2017-04-11T05:51:26Z acif-forecasts-answer-the-big-questions-including-the-trump-bump Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) will launch its new ten-year forecasts for building and construction on Thursday 4 May, at the ACIF Briefing to be held at International Convention Centre Sydney. Business and government delegates will enjoy a networking breakfast before presentation of the ACIF Forecasts for May 2017 - the industry’s most comprehensive forecasts until 2028, including the work demand for all sectors and the major projects driving much of it, and the labour needs and costs of construction it will take to complete it. The ACIF Forecasts have been published since 2002 and are renowned as highly relevant and reliable forecasts for businesses in this sector. The forecasts include the outlook for residential building, non-residential building and engineering construction across Australia until 2028. Find out more about the ACIF Forecasts here. Today, the Australian building and construction industry is buffeted by strong international factors. In the May 2017 ACIF Forecasts, industry-leading forecasters will answer the big questions that directly or indirectly impact every company and employee in the building and construction industry, and the allied manufacturing and property sectors. Will the "Trump Bump" affect the Australian construction market? Markets have already driven up yields on longer term debt in the US and in Australia. The Fed in the US has raised official interest rates and foreshadows that more increases are on the way. The Reserve Bank of Australia is again in the spotlight as it seeks to take these and other factors into account when setting interest rates. What exactly are the factors that are weighing on the Reserve Bank right now?  What changes in official interest rates, investment and building and construction work are looming? Foreign investor interest - waxing or waning? Foreign investors have been busy, especially in residential property. Most recent official statistics show that foreign demand has soaked up a significant share of new apartments and this has probably contributed to sharp increases in prices and problems with housing affordability, especially in Sydney and Melbourne. Foreign property investors are now subject to additional taxes and charges and closer supervision. Meanwhile some of the economic fundamentals are shifting. Regulators in China, the key origin of many foreign investors, are tightening their own controls on capital outflows. The economic fundamentals such as exchange rate differentials and interest rates differentials are also less favourable for foreign investors. How are foreign investors expected to react? What difference will this make to the outlook for residential construction activity and other construction market outcomes? Where is the multi-speed economy taking construction? Swings in the economic fortunes of key industries have driven the Australian states in different gears and different speeds. Western Australia and Queensland raced ahead given the once in a lifetime mining development boom. The housing construction boom, producing record rates of growth in the building of new houses started in Victoria, spread out to other states, including Queensland, and arrived belatedly in New South Wales. These cycles are now in decline or are about to reach a tipping point. How will further changes in gears in the economic engine room shape outcomes in activities such as tourism and education? Will demographic factors continue the surge in demand for health and aged care services and facilities? Will the coming waves of change and economic volatility continue to have an uneven impact on the different states? Almost certainly. This will also have an uneven impact on construction work and employment. How will rising interest rates impact on the outlook for construction work and employment? Record low interest rates have driven a resurgence in housing investment, higher house prices in key markets and higher household debt. Commentary abounds on how rising interest rates will affect housing prices, and whether this will return housing affordability to more normal levels. Some analysts are concerned about the stability of the banking system and the national economy if debt fuelled growth continues. How can we sidestep these problems? What policy settings are required and where will good luck or good management prevail? How will this impact the outlook for construction work and employment? ACIF Forecasts will be launched at the ACIF Briefing industry breakfast on Thursday 4 May 2017 in Sydney before full release to the building and construction industry the following week. Registration for the ACIF Briefing is available online here: https://www.acif.com.au/events/event/acif-briefing-may-2017 . More information about the ACIF Forecasts is here: www.acif.com.au/forecasts. About Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) is the cohesive, trusted voice of the Australian Construction Industry. ACIF facilitates and supports an active dialogue between the key players in residential and non-residential building, and engineering construction, other industry groups, and government agencies. ACIF’s focus is on innovation, collaboration, equity and sustainability for the industry. ACIF Members are the most significant Associations in the industry, spanning the entire asset creation process from feasibility through design, cost planning, construction and building and management. ACIF harnesses the resources of its Members to research and develop initiatives that benefit businesses of all sizes, from the largest of construction companies to small consultancies. More information on ACIF is available from www.acif.com.au. About ACIF Forecasts ACIF Forecasts are rolling ten year forecasts of demand across residential, non-residential and engineering construction in Australia. The Forecasts are prepared by respected economic modellers, using high quality data sources, and are overseen by ACIF’s Construction Forecasting Council, an industry panel of expert analysts and researchers. ACIF Forecasts are used by thousands of professionals each year, from across the full range of stakeholders, from major organisations to small consultancies. ACIF Forecasts are available as the Australian Construction Market Report, and detailed numbers are available by subscribing to the Customised Forecasts Dashboard. More information about ACIF is available from www.acif.com.au/forecasts.  PropertyAnt: delivering enhanced client engagement 2017-04-10T00:45:51Z propertyant-delivering-enhanced-client-engagement Property investment has been a hot topic for the last few years and research shows that new investors are starting earlier in life and are more likely to own several rental properties over their lifetime. These investors are typically time poor and may not have the budget to engage with a professional buyer’s agent face-to-face. PropertyAnt is a new service that has been created to service this growing market segment. The 100 per cent online and mobile solution matches investors with the right tools, experts and strategies that will enable them to feel confident about making property investment decisions. The platform analyses a Members financial position and suggests tutorials designed to fill any gap(s) in their knowledge of the property market. Real time alerts notify Members when properties that meet their investment goals become available. According to PropertyAnt co-founder Alexander Hassall, as online services have developed so too have consumer’s expectations about their online experience. “People now expect to be able to access information that is personalised, current and actionable. We created PropertyAnt to help connect everyday Aussies with property experts in a more efficient way”.  The launch of the service coincides with the increase in so-called ‘rent-vesters’; instead of buying the property they want, people rent a home and then invest their leftover money elsewhere. The difficulty with this is that the most suitable investment properties may not be in areas that the investor is familiar with. PropertyAnt overcomes this by providing users with a suburb profile as well as a breakdown of rental yield, projected growth and a cash flow assessment for each property. “Property prices have increased rapidly over the last few years and instead of putting your hands up and saying it’s too expensive, we want to empower people so they can enter the property market with confidence”, Hassall said. Becoming a Member of PropertyAnt is free and gives users access to a personalised Investor Snapshot outlining their current financial position and the amount they may be able to invest. To access premium content including real time property alerts users will need to sign up for a $99 annual subscription.   --ENDS-- For more information, please contact: 0420 302 022 or info@propertyant.com.au www.propertyant.com.au Geoscape Offers World-First Decision Making Capabilities to Australian Organisations 2017-04-04T22:57:33Z geoscape-offers-world-first-decision-making-capabilities-to-australian-organisations Locate17 – Sydney, Australia – 5th April, 2017: PSMA Australia, a provider of the nation’s location datasets, today officially launched its award-winning innovation in location intelligence, Geoscape. In a world-first, Geoscape enables Australian organisations to make better decisions using location-based insights that were previously too costly or time consuming for most businesses to access. This is the first time location information and data analytics have been combined and made available in this way, on a national level. PSMA also confirmed the much-anticipated Sydney dataset will be released on 5th April, 2017, with the national rollout due for completion by early 2018. To download a sample of Geoscape, visit: www.geoscape.com.au/get-geoscape/ “Geoscape is a breakthrough in location-based intelligence that provides essential infrastructure for Australia’s digital economy, and puts Australia on the world map as a leader in this technology,” said Dan Paull, PSMA’s Chief Executive Officer. “As a business intelligence tool, Geoscape gives organisations the opportunity to improve services and increase revenue through evidence-based decision making. It will be used by governments to improve Australia’s future planning, development and management, including everything from building smarter cities to keeping people safe during fires, floods and other natural disasters. There’s also a vast range of applications in the private sector, with particular interest coming from the telecommunications, insurance and utilities sectors.” DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, uses a range of geospatial technologies to deliver core components of the Geoscape dataset. By connecting the world's highest quality commercial satellite imagery and an ecosystem of analytics partners on the Geospatial Big Data platform (GBDX), DigitalGlobe is able to automatically and accurately extract many types of features about the built environment at continental scale. "The convergence of high-resolution satellite imagery, cloud computing, and machine learning technologies has created some incredibly exciting opportunities for organisations to analyse man-made and natural environments at country and continent scales more quickly and efficiently than ever before,” said Dr. Walter Scott, DigitalGlobe Founder, CTO, and EVP. “We are proud to partner with PSMA Australia to harness these innovations and create a digital index of Australia’s built environment that will benefit a wide range of industries, including business intelligence, insurance, and telecommunications.” How Geoscape works PSMA has collaborated with DigitalGlobe to create the Geoscape dataset, which uses a combination of satellite imagery, crowdsourcing and machine learning to capture attributes of the built environment and link each building to a geocoded address. Organisations can see and analyse this data to gain new insights and improve the way they plan and operate. The data includes building footprints and heights, roof construction, land cover, tree heights, the presence of solar panel installations and swimming pools, and more. The data can be visualised using mapping platforms and 3D modelling tools. New opportunities for enhanced service delivery As Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems evolve and smart cities become a reality, Geoscape can underpin them by linking a wide range of information generated about the lifecycle of the built environment. Data from a rich mesh of sensors can be tied to a location, an address, a legal land parcel and an area, ranging from a single building, to a few streets, to a planning zone or a region. Geoscape creates a wide range of opportunities for improved service delivery including in: Risk management (flood modelling, fire risk modelling, wind impact assessment) Geoscape provides information about the size and roof construction of buildings, their proximity to vegetation and other buildings and a model of terrain to support the assessment of risk. Market assessment For businesses providing property related services Geoscape provides information about buildings, solar panel installations, swimming pools, roofing material, surfaces and vegetation. Telecommunications Geoscape supports the rollout of wi-fi and 5G networks by providing a model of the terrain and information on the shape and heights of buildings and tree cover to support blackspot analysis. Natural disaster impact assessment Preliminary post-event assessment of the likely impact of natural disasters on building infrastructure and vegetation. Valuations Provides building sizes, number, roofing information, vegetation location, heights and basic land use for the valuation process. How Pitney Bowes uses Geoscape Pitney Bowes has been a partner of PSMA Australia for over 15 years. Geoscape is the main dataset used by Pitney Bowes to create its GeoVision product. The data captured in Geoscape is taken and combined with Pitney Bowes location intelligence platforms to create unique and leading edge solutions, which are capturing world-wide recognition. For more information, please see a case study www.geoscape.com.au/showcase/. Australia's ground-breaking Geoscape is rolling out, region by region, across Australia. For progress on the national rollout of Geoscape, view the release schedule at www.geoscape.com.au/rollout/. Download your free trial To download a sample of Geoscape to see how it could be used in your organisation, visit www.geoscape.com.au/get-geoscape/ Want to know more? If you’re interested in speaking with PSMA to learn more about Geoscape, you may visit them at Booth 110 and 112 at Locate17 or contact marketing@psma.com.au. For more information: www.geoscape.com.au/ About PSMA Australia PSMA Australia’s goal is to facilitate broad and sustainable access to high-quality location data by offering foundational national spatial information derived from the authoritative data sources of Australia’s federal, state and territory governments and private sector partners. PSMA was formed by the governments of Australia in 1993 to collate, transform and deliver their location data as national datasets. An unlisted company limited by shares, PSMA is owned by all the governments of Australia. As an independent and self-funded business, PSMA is able to collaborate beyond government to drive innovation and provide fundamental infrastructure for a digital world. For more information visit: www.psma.com.au/ About DigitalGlobe DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions that help decision makers better understand our changing planet to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world's leading constellation, DigitalGlobe’s imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet its customers' most demanding mission requirements. Each day customers in defence and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management and navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight. For more information visit: www.digitalglobe.com/ Media Contact: Kate Donnelly Spectrum Group psma@spectrumgroup.is +61 2 9469 5700 Interest Peaks at Mataro Private Estate 2017-03-31T07:49:44Z interest-peaks-at-mataro-private-estate Perth, WA, 31 March 2017 - Origin Projects, formerly known as 4Land Property Group, are known for a long line of successful land estates in the Perth area. If recent interest is any indication, Mataro Private Estate is a worthy addition to their already-sizable portfolio. Mataro Private Estate is located in Dayton, at the gateway to Swan Valley. They provide access to all of the amenities Swan Valley has to offer, including world class restaurants, wineries, parks and the Swan River. Mataro Private Estate is only 20 km from the Perth CBD and also close to Midland, Guildford and the Perth airport.Other amenities include the Caversham Village Shopping Centre, the Altone Park Shopping Centre, the Margaret River Chocolate Company and Providore, the Mandoon Estate & Homestead Brewery, the Caversham Primary School and the Guildford Grammar School.Lots in Mataro Private Estate start at $199,000 and are 301 sqm. Stage 1 is nearly sold out, with 3 lots remaining at $201,000, $204,000 and $206,000. Three lots are currently available under new release in Stage 2, starting at $199,000.Building sites are rated “Class A,” meaning they are flat and have minimal building costs. The estate also provides access to NBN fibre. The price includes Colorbond side and rear boundary fencing and a front landscaping package.Previous Origin Projects Land Estates in PerthOrigin Projects are known for developing successful land estates in the Perth area. They do careful research when selecting land to develop. This has resulted in many residents seeing appreciation in their property values before they even move into their homes. Origin Projects take a number of factors into consideration when selecting suburbs in the Perth area. The end result is that their land estates are built in Perth suburbs that are primed for capital growth, both long term and short term. They also master plan their estates in a way that ensures all future homeowners will adhere to the standards of the community. This keeps the neighbourhoods desirable and resale values high. It also provides a nice return for property investors looking to rent homes to single families.Madeleine McErlain is the Marketing Manager of Mataro Private Estate. According to Ms McErlain:“If we weren’t so used to success with Origin Projects, we would be surprised at the amount of inquiries and sales we have had so far. But we have come to expect this kind of success with all Origin Projects land estates. The area is wonderful for all kinds of people. From young families to older professionals and everything in between, Mataro Private Estate provides a great lifestyle right now in addition to future capital growth. Everyone loves Swan Valley and all of the amenities they have. They also love being so close to the Perth CBD with such easy access.”Ms McErlain concluded: “To fully understand what we have here, you have to come out and experience it for yourself.”Mataro Estate offers house and land packages within 20km of the Perth CBD. Located at the foot of Swan Valley, they provide easy access to a host of high quality restaurants and wineries, in addition to their proximity to Guildford and Midland. Lots begin at $199,000 and include side and rear fencing and a landscaping rebate. To learn more about Mataro Estate, call (08) 6500 4411 or visit their website: http://www.mataroestate.com.au/. Perth Residents Continue to “Escape the Ordinary” at The Retreat 2017-03-30T05:38:13Z perth-residents-continue-to-escape-the-ordinary-at-the-retreat Perth, WA, 30 March 2017 - Origin Projects started out as 4Land Property Group. They specialised in “land you can afford in places you’d want to live.” Origin Projects is still true to their old mission, but they have also added some boutique properties to their portfolio. One such property is The Retreat at Mandurah Quay.The Retreat at Mandurah Quay offers turnkey homes in a seachange destination starting at only $459,000. Mandurah Quay is located adjacent to Mandurah in Erskine, next to the Peel Inlet. The Retreat is within the Mandurah Quay resort and is only a minute from the highly-esteemed Waterside Restaurant. There are ample opportunities for fishing, crabbing, boating, golf and shopping, all within ten minutes of the resort. The Len Howard Conservation Park is within walking distance, as are a host of other parks and trails.The Halls Head Shopping Centre is only four minutes away and the Erskine Shopping Centre is eight minutes away. The Halls Head Bowls Club and the Mandurah Country Club are also just a few minutes away. Eight homes are currently left in Stage 1 of The Retreat. All have three bedrooms, two bathrooms and two car spaces. The smallest is 296 m2 and the largest is 336 m2. Prices are from $459,000 to $465,000.Travis Kell is the Development Manager for The Retreat at Mandurah Quay. According to Mr Kell: “Mandurah has made a huge transition from its roots as a small fishing village. Now, it’s one of the hottest seachange destinations in the Perth area. It really gives residents the best of both worlds. It is within ten minutes of the ocean and a host of recreational opportunities, but it is only an hour by train or by car to the Perth CBD.”Mr Kell continued: “The Retreat is another in a long line of successful land estates Origin Projects have created in the Perth footprint. Sales and enquiries have been brisk for two main reasons. First, we have a reputation for providing great value and reasonable prices. Second, The Retreat consists of high quality homes in a great location. This has resulted in us talking to a lot of people who are interested in a seachange without moving too far away from the CBD.”The Retreat is a master planned community. They have implemented “Estate Guidelines” and a “Community Development Plan” which ensure that all homes built there will adhere to the high standards in the area. The subdivision designs and house designs are created to fit within the environment. The homes are built to take advantage of the correct solar orientation and the result is a six-star energy rating.Mr Kell concluded: “The Retreat is one of the hottest land estates in the Perth area. If you ever thought of seachange but didn’t want to leave Perth behind, we can offer you the best of both worlds.”The Retreat at Mandurah Quay is a land estate one hour away from Perth. It offers a seachange lifestyle within practical proximity to the Perth CBD. It is less than ten minutes away from the Indian Ocean, the Mandurah Ocean Marina and the Mandurah City Centre. To learn more, call (08) 9535 9969 or visit their website: http://www.theretreatmandurah.com.au/. Credit Union SA increases support of education community with new credit card 2017-03-06T02:47:51Z credit-union-sa-increases-support-of-education-community-with-new-credit-card Credit Union SA has increased its commitment to South Australia’s education community by introducing a new credit card designed specifically for teachers and employees of the education sector, and offering one of the lowest interest rates in the nation and no annual fee. Credit Union SA CEO, Mr Grant Strawbridge, said the new Education Community Credit Card, recently launched at an event in the State Library, had been developed in consultation with educators to deliver on their specific financial needs. “Credit Union SA has worked alongside and supported the education community for more than 50 years, so we are particularly pleased to build on that long-standing involvement by announcing the Credit Union SA Education Community Credit Card. This is our way of recognising and rewarding the efforts of teachers and education staff in nurturing generations of students,” Mr Strawbridge said. “To ensure an easy transition from any other financial institution, a 0%pa interest rate applies for a 6-month period that not only covers the entire balance transfer, but also extends to any purchases made during that time, before reverting to one of the lowest interest rates currently available on the market,” he said. “Our staff at Credit Union SA are very active in speaking with teachers and support staff in schools and staff rooms, and that feedback has directly influenced this exclusive card. The new Education Community Credit Card includes the following benefits: $0 annual fee; Low 9.99% pa interest rate; 0% introductory rate for the first 6 months; and No ATM withdrawal fees, including overseas ATM withdrawals; For teacher Angas Wallace, the introduction of the new Education Community Credit Card couldn’t have come at a better time. After graduating mid-2016, the 27 year old had several temporary teaching placements before recently taking on a permanent role as a Science Teacher for Year 8, 9 and 10 students at St John’s Grammar. “The teacher-specific benefits of the Education Community Credit Card all make a difference, and add up to some great benefits and savings over time which will help me to save for my first home. I had been with my previous bank for a long time, and in hindsight I had become a bit complacent with my finances – but the transfer process was very easy and my money is working much better for me.” The Education Community Credit Card is the latest in a number of initiatives by Credit Union SA to support the state’s education sector. The highly-successful School Community Rewards program has more than 18 schools now actively participating, as a way to bolster their fundraising efforts. Mr Strawbridge said the School Community Rewards program provided opportunity for a Credit Union SA member who has a savings account, home loan or any other product to nominate a participating school to receive financial contributions from Credit Union SA. “By members of the school community – parents, grandparents, teachers and staff – doing nothing more than putting their banking needs into the safe hands of Credit Union SA, a participating school can generate extra funds to buy computers for classrooms, playground or sports equipment, library resources or realise some other worthwhile project,” Mr Strawbridge said. “This program is good for the school and good for families, and as a member-owned organisation we are proud to give back profits to worthwhile community endeavours rather than having to focus on making profits and paying dividends to shareholders like the big banks,” he said. The Education Community Credit Card is the latest innovative product to be developed by Credit Union SA, which has previously been recognised as one of the nation’s top credit unions by consumers in the prestigious Mozo Awards in 2013 and 2015. In 2015 Credit Union SA scored gold in the ‘Best Low Rate Credit Card’ category in the Mozo Expert Choice Awards and in 2016 for the second year in a row, was named one of the country’s best value personal loans, taking out the top award in both the Car Loan and Secured Personal Loan categories. About Credit Union SA Credit Union SA is South Australia’s third largest credit union, with over $960 million in assets, around 49,000 members and proudly employs over 140 South Australians. Credit Union SA Ltd ABN 36 087 651 232 AFSL/Australian Credit Licence 241066, Credit Union SA Centre, Level 3, 400 King William Street, Adelaide SA 5000. GPO Box 699 Adelaide SA 5001. Go to https://www.creditunionsa.com.au/ to find out more. Action is Brisk at the Retreat at Mandurah Quay 2017-02-24T08:21:23Z action-is-brisk-at-the-retreat-at-mandurah-quay Perth, WA, 24 February 2017 - Origin projects is the successful developer of a series of land estates offering house and land packages in the Perth area. If current interest is any indication, The Retreat at Mandurah Quay is rapidly becoming another of those success stories. The Retreat at Mandurah Quay is located in Erskine, within Mandurah Quay. It is less than one minute from the Waterside Restaurant at Mandurah Quay resort. Homeowners at The Retreat are also provided with optional access to the facilities at Mandurah Quay resort. The Mandurah Quay resort also offers many recreational opportunities such as a gym, swimming pool, volleyball courts, a BBQ and a function room. The boat pen provides instant access to boating, crabbing, fishing and other water activities.The Retreat is on the Banks of the Peel Inlet near Mandurah. It is less than one minute from the Len Howard Conservation Area. The Mandurah City Centre, the Indian Ocean and the Mandurah Ocean Marina are less than ten minutes away. The Retreat within ten minutes of shopping centres, medical facilities, schools, parks and restaurants. It is approximately one hour to the Perth CBD using the Mandurah Railway Line. House and Land Packages at The RetreatAs of this writing, there are nine finished turnkey homes available in Stage 1 of The Retreat. All have three bedrooms, two baths and two car spaces. The prices range from $459,000 to $465,000. The smallest lot is 296m2 and the largest is 336m2. The homes feature spacious floor plans, modern fittings and beautiful landscaping that is designed to integrate the community into its natural surroundings. They all have ample storage room, high ceilings and double garages. The Retreat is under a Local Development Plan which ensures that every home built within Mandurah Quay adheres to the high standards of the area. This guarantees an elevated quality of life within The Retreat. It also keeps property values high, maximising capital gain on resale.Madeleine McErlain is the Marketing Manager for Origin Projects, developer of The Retreat at Mandurah Quay.  According to Ms McErlain, “The Retreat at Mandurah Quay has a lot going for it. The Retreat offers a seachange lifestyle within the Perth footprint. For those who are looking for more out of life, it represents a chance to live at a world class resort for the price of buying a house.”Ms McErlain continued: “Most of our land estates have been closer to the Perth CBD, but we wanted to offer something a little different with The Retreat. We love the Mandurah area because it is so close to so many great watersport activities. It also has world class dining and plenty of great places to shop.”Ms McErlaine concluded: “If you want seachange, but you don’t want to say goodbye to Perth quite yet, The Retreat at Mandurah Quay is just what the doctor ordered.”The Retreat at Mandurah Quay is a small community located within Mandurah Quay in Erskine. It offers house and land packages in the form of turnkey homes for as low as $459,000. The Retreat at Mandurah Quay offers a seachange lifestyle within an hour of the Perth CBD. To learn more, call (08) 9535 9969 or visit their website: http://www.theretreatmandurah.com.au/. The Hottest House and Land Packages in Perth May be at Mataro Private Estate 2017-02-22T08:24:47Z the-hottest-house-and-land-packages-in-perth-may-be-at-mataro-private-estate Perth, WA, 22 February 2017 - Mataro Private Estate has become one of the most popular land estates in the Perth area. Origin Projects, developers of Mataro Private Estate, attribute this to a combination of location, pricing and a developer who is easy to work with. According to Madeleine McErlain, Marketing Manager for Origin Projects:“We have developed a number of successful land estates in the Perth area. From day one, our mission was to provide affordable housing in places someone would want to live. We have succeeded time and again because we do our homework. When we choose a location, we choose Perth suburbs that have their own infrastructure and provide reasonable access to the Perth CBD.”Ms McErlain continued: “The result has been a growing line of land estates that provide great lifestyles while producing capital growth when people decide to sell their homes. Some people have even found they had equity in their new homes by the time they moved in because the value had already increased.”Mataro Private Estate is located next to Swan Valley, which is the home of numerous restaurants and wineries. There are also shopping centres, schools and medical facilities nearby. Guildford and Midland are also nearby, as are the Caversham Village Shopping Centre, the highly rated Caversham Primary School, Guildford Grammar School & Montessori and Swan Christian College. A future community centre is planned on Coast Road. House and Land Packages at Mataro EstateMataro Private Estate is currently offering turnkey homes from a low price of $386,850 to a high price of $438,942. They are on 301m2 lots with three bedrooms, two baths and two car spaces. Design, fit and finish are the main differences in the homes. They are also offering lots starting at $197,000 for the month of February. The lots are 301m2, the same as those for the turnkey homes. A Haven for First Home Buyers?During the year 2017, the WA First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) has been raised to $15,000 for those purchasing new homes. According to the WA Government, this will allow as many as 650 additional homebuyers in the WA area to purchase their first homes. In addition, those who purchase new homes don’t pay any stamp tax duty up to $430,000, with reduced duty up to $530,000. Those who buy land don’t pay any duty up to $300,000 and reduced duty up to $400,000.All of the house and land packages in Mataro Private Estate are well within the requirements for the FHOG and reduced stamp duty. The result has been a healthy number of first home buyers making enquiries at Mataro Estate.Ms McErlain concluded: “Mataro Estate is a great place to buy a home because we have done all of the homework for you.”Mataro Estate offers house and land packages in the Perth suburb of Dayton, at the foot of the Swan Valley. They are close to numerous amenities and a wealth of infrastructure. Residents can enjoy the many opportunities for recreation and entertainment the Swan Valley has to offer or they can take advantage of easy access to the Perth CBD. To learn more, call (08) 6500 4411 or visit their website: http://www.mataroestate.com.au/.