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The latest happenings in the Melbourne property market. For our Essays and The Secret Agent Report, see our Research page.


The Secret Agent Report – Gentrification

We have just released our latest Secret Agent report!

Most of us have heard of gentrification and associated it with the Melbourne suburbs of Brunswick, Abbotsford, Footscray and Collingwood. These suburbs have gone through huge transformations in the past decade or so. From unattractive areas, high in crime and drug use, they’ve become popular places to visit because of their edgy vibe as well as their trendy food destinations. The areas have been cleaned up and crime has decreased. Younger people especially, are easily seduced into moving to an area once they experience the lifestyle. They desire the convenience of being located close to work, whether that be in the CBD or tech hubs such as Collingwood and Cremorne.

Gentrification is a lot more complex than the revitalisation of an area. In fact it is very different. It’s not about the old being replaced by the new, or poor becoming improved.

This report Secret Agent is going to take a deeper look at gentrification and the way it affects urban neighbourhoods.

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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

We have just released our latest Secret Agent report!

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 – Drift

We have just released our latest Secret Agent report!

The buying process is far less personal than what it used to be. Algorithms determine a lot of what we see when it comes to searching online – we are presented with options with little effort. By relying on smarter algorithms we miss out on both randomness and serendipity which have always played a role in human affairs. We may be able to find things more quickly but we are limiting ourselves in the act of ‘surprise’. Often we don’t know what we want until we come across it by accident.

Secret Agent believes that in the digital age we are in, random encounters are more important that ever. In this report, we will discuss the concept of drift to help explain how buying things like property can be best done by going outside the normal rules and routines of your life and embracing some randomness.

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The Secret Agent Report – The Driverless World

We have just released our latest Secret Agent report!

It would be hard to imagine a time without cars on our roads. They have changed our lives in many ways, especially in terms of where we choose to live.

In a similar way, it is hard to imagine a time when we will be able to jump into a car and go anywhere we desire, without having to be driven by someone or drive it ourselves.

Autonomous vehicles are a part of our future, whether we like the idea of them or not. They will likely impact all of us in some way. This issue of The Secret Agent Report will look at the potential impact autonomous vehicles may have on the city and on property prices.

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The Secret Agent Report – Walkability and Greenery

We have just released our latest Secret Agent report.

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

We have just released our latest Secret Agent report.

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 – Digital Cities

We have just released our latest Secret Agent report.

The predominance of technology in our everyday life has rapidly increased over the past decade. From smartphones to smart homes, spearheaded by products like Google Home and Amazon Alexa, Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) are beginning to look like an unavoidable part of modern life.

The predominance of ICT is not solely confined to the personal sphere. Governments and companies are also responsible for an ever-expanding digital infrastructure, particularly in cities. This “digital skin” is made up of millions of sensors which create vast amounts of data on everything from consumer habits to traffic patterns.

In this report, Secret Agent offers an outline of the digitisation of cities, and what the implications of this might be for the future. We primarily draw on a 2014 paper by Chirag Rabari and Michael Storper, but also bring in research from elsewhere.

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The Secret Agent Report – A Turning Point Year: Reflections on 2018

We have just released our latest Secret Agent report.

2018 was quite a turbulent year for real estate, both in Melbourne and many other parts of Australia. Stagnation and negative growth have been touted as being the beginning of a property crash.

This month, Secret Agent will analyse indicators and metrics which affected the Melbourne property market in 2018, including Australian bond yields, auction clearance rates, housing prices, household debt and negative gearing changes. We’ll also discuss how they are likely to affect prices further into 2019.

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The Secret Agent Report – Philip Lowe’s Perspective on Banking Crises

Happy New Year! We have just released our latest Secret Agent report.

Moments in history like now, it’s important to take stock and get into the head of Australia’s most important financial person. Head of RBA: Philip Lowe. 

The Royal Commission’s upcoming report into banking is likely to be a huge deal for banks and future lending practices. Risks remain for banks to be heavily wounded from these findings. 

In this report, Secret Agent wanted to look into Mr Philip Lowe’s views on banking crises. 

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The Secret Agent Report – The Zoning Effect

Detroit is largely composed, today, of seemingly endless square miles of low-density failure.” – Jane Jacobs

We have just released our latest Secret Agent report!

variety of forces affect the real estate market, one of which is zoning controls: local government policies that control the supply of housing in some way. Although they may provide benefits, these controls also push up the price of housing.

In this report, Secret Agent will break down the findings of a recent RBA paper by Ross Kendall and Peter Tulip on the zoning effect.

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