Welcome to 2024, and Happy New Year of the Dragon! 龙年快乐!
For those who believe in the Chinese zodiac, the dragon represents strength, luck, and health. It’s considered the most auspicious and powerful sign in the zodiac, often associated with royalty and leadership. Dragon years are times for growth, innovation, and significant leaps forward. They often carry an energy of change and progress. Or so our research into it has indicated.
For some reason, I’ve always been drawn to dragons – when we travelled through China in 2007, I brought back two smallish statues of dragons (see photos above), hoping they would bring luck one day. So this year is the one! 🙂
In the meantime, from chatting to our clients and others in the industry over the last few weeks, although most are still feeling pretty bleak from some of the hangovers from late last year, there are some signs that recovery may be on the way perhaps later on in the year as the inflation figures seem to have cooled right down which gives hope that interest rates may plateau or even dip, easing mortgage stress and imbuing some positivity into the market.
The other interesting statistic to keep in mind is that due to the overseas migration from 2022-2023 – Australia has gained a net increase of 518,000 people (https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/people/population/overseas-migration/2022-23-financial-year) from the data released by the ABS in late December last year. Migrant arrivals increased 73% to 737,000 from 427,000 arrivals a year ago. Here are some interesting stats on national, state and territory population changes – https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/people/population/national-state-and-territory-population/latest-release
The population of Australia is growing at a rate not seen since 2008, and the new arrivals are putting much pressure on housing and housing prices, which has led many commentators to predict that property prices will continue their growth in 2024. The year of the dragon ahead promises to be very interesting indeed!
In this third episode of the series on Scaling Developments and going from a speculating property developer to building a full-time development business, Ben Payne talks about the more complex options for funding developments. He covers aspects such as sophisticated investors and what it takes to access funding from ASX and privately listed companies.
A project where modern living meets elegant design. We created a range of exterior, interior perspectives, 3D flythrough animation and 2D floorplan and floorplate graphics.
We’re excited to showcase this through stunning animations and detailed exterior and interior renderings, revealing every facet of these exquisite homes. One of the most significant decisions in this project was the transformation of the ensuite layouts. This strategic redesign has resulted in more modern and spacious living areas, perfectly aligning with contemporary living standards.
The Portrush Rd Townhouses project illustrates blending innovative design with practical living solutions. The result is a series of homes that meet the high standards of modern living and offer a unique, elegant, and comfortable living experience.
Yuliya’s family vacation to country SA
I am super excited to contribute to the monthly thoughts and tell about my experience travelling in SA. I am not a very good storyteller, but my visual presentations are much stronger usually. That is why I decided to create a video to help share the beauty of SA, where my words are not enough.
To begin with, since I came to Australia, I lived in Adelaide and mostly travelled not far from the city. One of the reasons is that we didn’t have a car. But now, since last autumn, with the help of Eagle Vision, I have taken a car in novated leasing, which has broadened my horizons and allowed me to travel around this beautiful country.
So our trip started with visiting Naracoorte Caves, which was a very interesting experience for my kids, as they had never been in caves before, but in general, what surprised me was that wasn’t their favourite spot from our trip. We stayed in a small motel, and the tiny room bunk bed made them happier than we could imagine.
The next day we had a very intensive, we went to see Cave Gardens, or the sinkhole in Mount Gambier, then Blue Lake, Mount Schank (which is a crater of an old volcano) and Cape Buffon Walking Trail. And I can say, that Sinkhole with beautiful Gardens stole my heart. I’ve never seen anything like that. This is a beautiful example of a nice landscape design merging into an organic shape.
Another destination that mesmerised my feelings was the crater, and the best part is that to get to the top is only 900 m. That is the perfect location for lazy ones and those with kids. That day, we stayed in The Grand Hotel, which is 123 years old. It was a great experience to get closer to Australian history and to have some drinks in the pub on the ground floor.
On the third day, we were coming back home, but we made four stops, which gave us a beautiful experience.
We saw the longest jetty in SA, and that small beautiful town, the Obelisk in Robe, was a great discovery as on Google images, it didn’t take our main attention, but this is a locations I would recommend as one of the must-have places to visit.
And the last stop was a village with the huge Larry the Lobster in Kingston. What you probably guess, was one of the best for kids.
I’m happy that I and my family have this opportunity to live in a safe country, work on my dream job and just enjoy my life. I’m super excited to discover more of Australia, as the diversity of nature, landscapes, architecture, animals and beauty are breathtaking in every spot.
And that’s about a wrap for this month’s thoughts – the year has started at an active tempo with a couple of major projects that we’re completing over the next few months, so will be exciting to feature them when the time comes.
All the best to your month ahead, and as always, please reach out if any questions come up,