Simon Johanson

Simon Johanson

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Short-stay operators targeted

Simon Johanson At least four owners' corporations are taking action against short-stay operators.

Roof space on Flinders Street attracts city childcare tenant

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Simon Johanson The children of city office workers are set to get another rooftop early learning centre.

Fertile plot to unearth purchase

Simon Johanson Residential developer Trenerry Property Group is luring green-thumb apartment buyers.

Hotel and apartment tower plan for Digital Harbour

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Simon Johanson The first plans for a $300 million residential hotel complex have been lodged.

Trust building sale sparks optimism


Simon Johanson Sale of Koorie Heritage Trust building for $8.64m evidence of 'resurgence' by local investors.


House prices crawl slowly

Simon Johanson House prices rose in the first three months of this year - but only just, official figures show.

Private investors take charge in the south-east

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Simon Johanson Private investors are 'dominating' Melbourne's south-eastern industrial market.


Cashed-up super 'smurfs' throw weight around

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Chris Vedelago and Simon Johanson The rebound in the property market is being led, in part, by the rocketing popularity of self-managed super funds.


Investors help lift property market out of the slump

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Simon Johanson and Chris Vedelago Think back less than a year ago. Property prices across the country had been falling for nearly two years. Europe was in turmoil, and consumers weren't spending.


Home values take a slight stumble

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Simon Johanson While values slumped in most states last month, sales of new dwellings ramped up.


House prices hit speed bump

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Simon Johanson The housing market recovery stumbles, with home values falling in most states.

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Commercial Property

Struggling office stock creates two-tier market

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Simon Johanson Melbourne's metropolitan office market is putting on a 'two-tier' performance.

Lips tight: Welsh Church sells CBD land for $20m

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Simon Johanson A major development site behind Melbourne's Welsh Church has reportedly sold for close to $20million.

Majors force Dahlsens to abandon retail

Dahlen’s sells site of Ballarat hardware business.

Simon Johanson Intense competition from DIY hardware giants Bunnings and Masters has taken a toll on regional hardware operator Dahlsens' retail businesses.

Rising market spurs Salta on warehousing

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Simon Johanson Salta Properties will begin major earthworks for warehouse sites at its ''inland port'' in Dandenong South as Melbourne's industrial market sales, supply and lease conditions improve in the first...


Local investor snaps up Campari House

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Simon Johanson A local businessman has bought the CBD drinking and dining institution Campari House.

Shopping strips find pickings a little slim

Simon Johanson Several of the city's top destination streets are struggling as shoppers chase bargains online.

Retail landscape set for revamp

Simon Johanson Proposed planning laws will radically alter retail landscape, says Australian Property Institute.

Ex-students return to buy city property

Simon Johanson Former students of top universities among the most significant group of offshore investors.

Construction firms scale back

Simon Johanson Respondants to a Pace Survey cited career advancement at the main reason for resigning.