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The Secret Agent Report – Coronavirus

“While progress in infectious disease prevention, control, and treatment has improved our ability to respond to such outbreaks, globalisation processes relating to human behaviour, demographics, and mobility have increased the threat of pandemic emergence and accelerated global disease transmission.”

(Krewski et al, 2016)

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In a range of ways, globalisation can be seen as a something of a double edged sword. On the one hand it enables the expansion of businesses into new locations, increases shareholder wealth, makes travel easier and enhances the rapid exchange of ideas and technology across the globe. On the other hand, it has resulted in increasingly distorted social hierarchies, expansive fossil fuel usage, and the swifter, more pervasive transmission of both mental viruses (such as terrorism), and infectious disease.

When the newest (yes, we have actually been historically exposed to them) coronavirus initially broke out, it seemed distant enough not to worry about, unless you had travel plans to China.

Skip forward just a month and it has quickly spread enough to force many people to cancel their travel plans and stock up on essential supplies. The economy, as well as the sporting world, seem almost certainly to be highly affected by the virus.

In this report, Secret Agent will consider some of the downstream effects of the new coronavirus outbreak.

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The Secret Agent Report – Water Views

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There’s certainly something about water that makes us feel good, both physically and mentally, but how does water relate to real estate? What part does water play in determining the perceived value and the actual price paid for a property?

In this report, Secret Agent will discuss water and the value it can add to property.

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The Secret Agent Report – Natural Light

More and more, so it seems to me, light is the beautifier of the building.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright

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Natural light in our homes connects us to nature. In our increasingly built up cities and suburbs, lack of natural light is becoming more of a problem. This is compounded by the fact that people generally spend more time indoors and less time in natural settings exposed to sunlight.

This month, Secret Agent discusses why and how natural light in our built spaces is critical for our own health and wellbeing.

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The Secret Agent Report – Walkability and Greenery

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Secret Agent has intensively investigated the impact that location and environment has on property value in the past.

In this report we summarise our research on two of the most important factors which influence what a good location is: walkability and greenery.

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The Secret Agent Report – Healthy Occupants

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In this report, Secret Agent will summarise some of the common issues within buildings that influence the health of its occupants.

We have previously discussed things like light and noise in our reports on health. This report will consider issues other than these including cramped spaces, greenery, water damage and emissions from building materials.

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The Secret Agent Report: Wildlife

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There are various types of open space and not all of them are equal in terms of the value they provide. If you had to choose out of being close to Carlton cemetery versus Royal Park, which is only on the other side, most would choose Royal Park. Similarly, most would prefer to be next door to a vacant block full of neatly manicured plants compared to just a vacant block of land. Other than the obvious aesthetic differences, what else could make Royal Park more attractive to the cemetery?

Secret Agent has been pondering this question this month and has hypothesised that it is the wildlife and biodiversity that makes some of our open spaces within Melbourne so special. The more biodiversity, the more connected to nature we feel and the more we are willing to pay for property to be nearby this. It sounds like a far fetched idea but we are not the first to have thought of this. In fact it has been studied quantitatively in America.

This month, Secret Agent discusses wildlife and the potential impact it may have on property value.

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Carlton North Homes Benefit from Bicycle Lanes

Drawing of a bicycle with a speech bubble containing a dollar sign next to it

Over 10,000 cyclists commute into Melbourne’s inner city every morning. Many popular routes are located along residential streets. Secret Agent wanted to find out if the presence of a bicycle lane had any impact on house sale prices within a suburb.  Read the full post


Noise: A Summary

One of the effects of urbanisation is an increasing number of people choosing to live in the inner city, particularly in high density neighbourhoods. Re-zoning has allowed many residential areas to become mixed use zones whereby apartment high rises, houses and restaurant strips exist all on the same street. In Victoria, these zones are often centred around transport hubs, nearby either tram lines or train stations. All these elements make the hustle and bustle of the city, but one might argue it’s getting a little too noisy. External noise has become a modern day pollutant that is difficult to escape, and has captured our attention.

In our Healthy Environments report, we recommended buying property that is not located on a main road or nearby train stations to avoid high levels of external noise while at home. Noise can have detrimental health effects such as cardiovascular disease, even if you think you’ve become accustomed to the low grumblings of traffic and passing trains.

We recently discovered that, in addition to poor health outcomes, external noise can negatively impact the value of property. These are some of our findings.

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