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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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The Secret Agent Report: Melbourne Metro Revisited

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The Melbourne Metro tunnel is an initiative launched by the Victorian Government in 2015, with construction already underway. The project includes the addition of five new stations connected underground, with an expected completion in 2026.

There are clear benefits to the project, including an increased capacity of 36,000 passengers during peak periods, as well as easing overcrowding of the current city loop and the inner-city tram network.

While the social benefits are clear, the impact this project will have on properties near the construction and eventual completed infrastructure is unknown.

In this report, Secret Agent will investigate; how the construction will affect businesses, prices and buyer sentiment; what the tunnel will mean for new developments such as townhouses and apartment blocks and how the Melbourne Metro compares to other city transport systems such as the Scania region in Sweden and Montreal.

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The Secret Agent Report: EOY Review 2017

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2017 saw remarkable shifts in how investors pick what to invest in and when.

This month, Secret Agent recaps the year of inner Melbourne property in 2017. We review the performance of houses, townhouses and apartments and highlight the best performing suburbs.

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The Secret Agent Report – Elevation

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This month, Secret Agent investigates how a property’s elevation above sea level influences its price.

The suburbs analysed include: Albert Park, Middle Park, Carlton North, Princes Hill, East Melbourne, South Yarra, North Melbourne, Ivanhoe, Eaglemont, Toorak, Essendon and Hawthorn.

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The Secret Agent Report – Artificial Intelligence in Property

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This month, Secret Agent takes a closer look at artificial intelligence, with a focus on property prices in Melbourne. By examining regression and classification methods, we use machine learning to discover trends and patterns in data.

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The Secret Agent Report – Co-Living

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This month, Secret Agent takes a closer look at the co-living spaces that are emerging across the world. While this trend is something we have seen before, it has re-emerged in a modern form and is changing the way people think about living – and working.

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The Secret Agent Report – Downsizing: The Inner City

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To downsize or to not downsize? That is the question many older Australians are asking themselves as they weigh up the benefits and disadvantages of each option.

In this report, Secret Agent revisits the subject of downsizing, with a focus on those moving from the suburbs to the inner city. 

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Cover of The Secret Agent Report Volume 58 Downsizing The Inner City

The Secret Agent Report – Perceptions of Interiors

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Think about that time you stepped into the modern, sleek room of a display home. You might have felt a little cold, unwelcome, like you didn’t want to dirty anything. Compare this to when you last visited your grandmother’s house. There was a sensed comfort and warmth from the moment you entered. There are times you feel at home in a friend’s house, yet other houses have you feeling more excited to go back to the comfort of your own home.

In this report, Secret Agent discusses how we perceive different kinds of room interiors. There isn’t a one size fits all rule, but our perceptions have potentially significant implications that should be considered by both buyers and vendors in property transactions.

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Cover image of The Secret Agent Report July 2017 issue, Perceptions of Interiors

Living and Working Under High Ceilings Promotes Creativity

Interior of a warehouse conversion living room with high ceilings, timber floorboards and exposed brick walls

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In real estate, high ceilings are a big selling point. “Soaring”, “towering”; these are common adjectives to describe anything above the average 2.7m ceiling. Besides being a rare feature in most properties, high ceilings are valuable also because of the psychological benefits to the people living or working under them.

High ceilings encourage us to think more freely, enhancing creative thinking.

A study conducted in Texas in 2007 found that 8-feet (2.4metre) ceilings activated confinement-related concepts, while taller 10-feet (3metre) ceilings encouraged better freedom-related tasks. In another experiment, participants in high-ceilinged rooms were able to create more abstract solutions than their low-ceilinged counterparts. Read the full post