Simon Johanson

Simon Johanson

Property Editor at The Age and BusinessDay journalist for Fairfax's,, and

Tender prices under control

Simon Johanson Tendering for projects remains competitive despite strong growth in private sector construction, quantity surveyors say.

Time limits on suing builders lifted

Simon Johanson Owners can now sue their builder up to 10 years after getting a certificate of occupancy rather than the six years they may have previously been limited to, an appeal court has ruled.

Victoria Uni to sell another city campus

Victoria University plans to sell and lease back its Flinders Lane building.

Simon Johanson Victoria University’s continuing divestment of property will see it offer another city campus building to the market.

Home builders battle 'misleading' customer reviews

Metricon's Monarch

Simon Johanson Australia’s largest home builder Metricon is suing a product review website for publishing ‘‘misleading’’ reviews about its main competitor without disclosing they were...

Door open on student housing over Melbourne Central

The new Emporium shopping complex has driven more foot traffic through Melbourne Central.

Simon Johanson Property giant GPT Group may develop rooftop student accomodation and a hotel above the Melbourne Central shopping centre as it explores ways to enhance its property portfolio.


Property peak sets tone for local council rates

One of the heavily discounted properties around Melbourne.

Simon Johanson Local councils will use a peak point in Melbourne’s property cycle to determine how much land owners must pay in rates over the next two years.


The many houses of Parliament: property-rich pollies 'have vested interest' in high prices

Barry O’Sullivan

Simon Johanson Australia’s political elite are among the country’s most enthusiastic property investors with records showing one freeholding National Party member owns 50 titles and another holds 17.

Development activity picks up on estates

Simon Johanson Pellicano Group says renewed business confidence has underpinned a resurgence in development activity across its estates.


New roads in Fishermans Bend will cut through private property

Fishermans Bend.

Simon Johanson At least eight kilometres of new streets and roads will slice through numerous private land holdings under the Fishermans Bend "strategic framework" adopted as planning law last week.

Melbourne's industrial vacancy reaches near five-year high

Melbourne's vacancy rate has dropped marginally over the month.

Simon Johanson Industrial vacancy in Melbourne has reached a near-five year high as the wave of speculative development chasing new tenants creates a backlog of unfilled space, research shows.

Grocon sells part of wall collapse site

Grocon will sell the northern part of the site.

Simon Johanson Grocon will join a rush of developers and owners divesting key assets as a wave of Asian capital washes through Melbourne’s CBD.

Agribusiness on road to recovery: report

While the offshore appetite for dairy assets is increasing, a lack of institutional-grade assets is a ‘primary drag’ on market growth.

Simon Johanson Agribusiness has bottomed out and a recovery in the sector, particularly the poultry and dairy industries, will stimulate the property market, a report says.

Sales double as investors pump up market

Total sales for industrial property trebled over the year to June, to $923 million.

Simon Johanson Total sales of commercial property in Melbourne over the year to June have almost doubled from the previous year, agents report.

Oil company clears out of West Gate site

ExxonMobil's former storage terminal will be cleaned up for future use.

Simon Johanson ExxonMobil has pushed ahead with plans to demolish dozens of large petroleum storage tanks on a 20 acre site next to the West Gate bridge that it will remediate to potentially free-up the land for...

Huge Hawthorn site sells for $30 million

Simon Johanson A massive Hawthorn development site occupied by the Going, Going Green nursery has been snapped up by an offshore-backed developer for about $30 million.

Car megamart set to be biggest in Australia

Simon Johanson A secondhand car ‘‘megamart’’ under construction in Melbourne’s south-east will rival Australia’s largest when complete next year, offering 1500 vehicles plus...

Southbank skyscraper to soar over city

An artist's impression of the proposed skyscraper at 334 City Road

Simon Johanson The Hayball architect designed project

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Australia's homes overvalued but no property bubble, economists say

Generic housing

Simon Johanson Many economists believe Australian house prices are overvalued but few think the market is likely to crash.

Duke of Kent unlikely to survive sale

The Duke of Kent

Simon Johanson Another free-standing Melbourne pub looks set to be sold as a development site as land values in the city's heated property sector double.

State school sold for $14m


Simon Johanson The last in a string of surplus government school sites has been sold for $14 million.