Property Observer's top 19 stories of 2019

Property Observer's top 19 stories of 2019
Staff reporterDecember 7, 2020

It was a tricky year in the property markets last year, with the landscape shifting in some capitals following the Federal election which saw a new FHB initiative.

There were many stories that caught the eye of our readership.

Property Observer's 19 most popular stories of 2019 including our regular columnist Terry Ryder who endeavoured to point out Australia's top 10 property price growth areas.

There was also Ryder's contribution on Where is it a good time to be buying property in 2019.

There was also strong reader interest in the Top five suburbs for property investors in 2019: by Margaret Lomas.

Bad news triggered strong interest especially when Prestige Melbourne home builder Canny Builders went into voluntary administration

In Sydney there was the Chinese Epping developer collapse triggering 61 Gondon Elysee apartments for sale.

We watched after LandMark White shares fall 10 percent after dark web data revelation.

A big story was after cracks emerged in the apartment market with concerns over the quality of construction.

The issue extended to legacy builders as evident when Cracks saw Frasers Property Clemton Park Village caught up in widening apartment building defect calamity.

Readers were keen to see the NSW government appoint Building Commissioner following industry reform report.

There were Precast column movement concerns that briefly stopped work at CBUS 447 Collins Street, Pantscraper twin tower project.

There were emerging trends including Techfin and the technology battle of the banks

Along with build to rent. NSW Government shortlists three consortia for Redfern build-to-rent development.

The 19th most popular article was a curiosity story showing the a shift to residency seeing Sydney's Palm Beach top ATO tax payers list

There's no higher profile celebrity than Selling Houses Australia's property guru Andrew Winter who listed his own reno. It did sell eventually.

Readers loved it when Delta Goodrem secured a $4.8 million paparazzi-proof Sydney bolthole.

The Block always captures attend and last year it was The Agency's Jesse Raeburn when portrayed as cocky contestant on skint The Block Goldrush series.

There's no sale yet but readers were interested in Mortgage Choice co-founder Peter Higgins listing Sydney Polo Club.

Development projects always attract interest: we saw strong readership of the Development approval for Goldfields project in Chatswood.

Plus interest when the Historic Cyclops, Leichhardt toy factory was listed with development potential.

There was interest when the Leichhardt warehouse with residential development potential sold for $3.335 million.

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