The outlook for Australian house prices, the question of how overpriced are Australian dwellings, and options for Value Capture are just some of the subjects to be discussed at UNSW’s annual Real Estate Symposium tomorrow (Tuesday, 6 September).

Professor Kevin Fox, the Director of UNSW's Centre for Applied Economic Research, says “the real estate sector represents a substantial share of the assets of both businesses and households and it is a major influence on the performance of the economy. So the question of whether house prices and land are overvalued is an important one of great policy relevance, as are issues about how to tax land to fund infrastructure investment”.

Professor Fred Hilmer, the former Vice-Chancellor of UNSW and influential expert on national competition policy, will give the opening address on 'Competition Policy and Real Estate'.

“This conference will bring together real estate experts from academia, industry and government. This is part of our strategy for developing a rigorous research capacity in real estate to meet the need for industry-relevant academic research, and thereby provide leadership on Australian policy development relating to real estate,” says Professor Fox.

Speakers include:

  • Tim Lawless, Research Director, Asia Pacific, CoreLogic 'The Outlook for Sydney Dwelling Values'
  • Peter Jolly, National Australia Bank 'How Overpriced are Australian Dwellings?'
  • Glenn Otto, UNSW Business School 'How Connected are Australia’s Major Housing Markets?'
  • Alicia Rambaldi, University of Queensland 'The Value of Urban Land: Tax Revenue and Beyond'
  • Nigel Stapledon, UNSW Business School 'Options for Value Capture'

The Real Estate Symposium is hosted by the Real Estate Initiative of the Centre for Applied Economic Research and supported by the UNSW Business School, RF Capital and the Australian Research Council. 

What: Real Estate Symposium 2016

When: Tuesday, 6 September

Where: Tyree RoomScientia Conference and Events Centre, John Niland Scientia Building