The author has been described by News Ltd as an "iconoclast", "Svengali", a pollie's "economist muse", and "pungently accurate". Fairfax says he is a "Renaissance man" and "one of Australia’s most respected analysts." Stephen Koukoulas concludes that he is "85% right", and "would make a great Opposition leader." Terry McCrann claims the author thinks "‘nuance’ is a trendy village in the south of France", but can be "scintillating" when he thinks "clearly". The ACTU reckons he’s "an enigma wrapped in a Bloomberg terminal, wrapped in some apparently well-honed abs."

Saturday, September 1, 2012

AFR column (free): Do luxury homes outperform cheap ones over long-run?

In my Weekend AFR column, which you can read outside the pay-wall here, we analyse 2.75 million purchases and sales of homes over the period 2000 to 2012 to try and work out whether luxury homes outperform cheaper ones, and vice versa. The results are fascinating and probably not what you would expect. We also analyse all Australian home sales over the last 12 months to figure out what price brackets are most important to Australians. Again, you might be surprised by the findings. One excerpt is enclosed below.