Sanctioned Russian businessman wins Crimean bridge contract

Vladimir Putin hands a multi-billion dollar contract to build a bridge to the Crimea peninsula to an ally and former judo partner who is under Western sanctions.

Tasmanian joiner loves the warmth timber gives to furniture

Maurice Smith says all timbers have their own unique qualities which is part of what has kept him working with the product for most of his life.

Sydney market keeps firing

The New South Wales capital continued to be the nation’s outstanding market performer, according to the Domain Group.

Foreign workers dismissed from construction works

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union says at least eight 457 visa holders working on a construction project for the Chia Tung Development Corporation in Narrabri have been dismissed.

Second consecutive rise for home sales

The latest result for the HIA New Home Sales Report, a survey of Australia’s largest volume builders, highlights a second consecutive rise for sales in the month of November 2014.

New home starts in Australia hit all-time high, latest data shows – Property Wire

New home starts in Australia hit all-time high, latest data shows
Property Wire
Image More new homes in Australia were started in the September quarter of 2014 than in any quarter since records began in the mid-1980s, the latest figures shows. Building activity figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that detached …

Apartments keep leading new home sales rise

Apartments continued to lead a rise in new home sales over the later months of 2014.

Australia new home sales at 7-mth high in Nov-HIA – Reuters


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Australia new home sales at 7-mth high in Nov-HIA
Reuters
Approvals to build new homes hit an all-time peak in November with apartment towers particularly strong. The boom in building is set to make an important contribution to economic growth as Australia’s mining sector cools down. (Reporting by Wayne Cole; …
Apartments keep leading new home sales riseABC Online
New Home Sales ContinueSourceable
EconomyAustralian multi-unit home sales hit 11-year highFinancial Times

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School catchment premiums quantified

Demand for homes in close proximity to highly regarded schools is generating a five per cent value premium, according to one real estate group.

10 Expert Tips For Building Your Automated Smart Home – Gizmodo Australia


Gizmodo Australia

10 Expert Tips For Building Your Automated Smart Home
Gizmodo Australia
We talked to Ben Green, one of the brains behind Push Controls by Schneider Electric, to get a broad idea of what you should do if you’re planning to turn your house into a smart home — whether you’re building a new dwelling from scratch, or giving