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    NSW building inquiry to begin.

    NSW building inquiry to begin on Monday
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eevo View Post
    why are these high rises to popular though? that I cant understand.
    Mostly new immigrants buy them, I couldn't think of anything worse than high rise living.
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    Vacancy rates are huge - a lot of OS buyers are conned into buying them as investments but there isnít a big enough market for rentals on them so a lot go in tenanted. There are also those that donít have anyone in them deliberately thinking this will maximise their sale price if the unit is still as new - this doesnít actually work in reality from what Iíve seen.


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    The NSW Minister for better regulation [ really, there is one ] did not attend day one of the inquiry. Speaks volumes.

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    when a lift is built , it is completely constructed using 4 plumb lines....every measurement stems from those plumb lines, which are anchored at the top on a template and hang free at the bottom through a guide block with a bloody heavy weight tied to it.

    when I was installing 120 Collins St it was sometimes impossible to guage when one of the cranes would take a load because the plumbline would shift so much.

    we considered using laser beams but with the emitter in the pit the building movement would draw a 100mm circle under the slab of the motor room.

    so the buildings move a lot and if I recall 120 Collins was 65 floors not 100.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eevo View Post
    why are these high rises to popular though? that I cant understand.
    When I worked in Adelaide, I lived in an apartment just outside the Parklands. I walked to work. It was great.
    I was so close to the city, I could walk to the restaurants, pubs and entertainment. It was great.
    I used to walk around the block most evenings. South Terrace, West Terrace, North Terrace, Hutt St. It was great.
    The thing is, to live that close to the city, space is at a premium. I would have loved to live in a little old house. Probably somewhere near Whitmore Square. I accepted an upper level apartment.
    Living near the city was great, though. If living in a hi-rise got me that close to the city, it was worth it.

    Now, living in the country, I can't think of anything worse than living in a hi-rise when there is so much space around.

    Horses for courses I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loanrangie View Post
    Mostly new immigrants buy them
    Not exactly - a lot of the purchasers are non-residents who may not have ever been to Australia.

    And the percentage of foreign buyers varies from building to building, because the financiers state in the loan documents what maximum percentage of foreign buyers they'll permit as a condition precedent to advancing the funds for construction.
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    When we were first married, back in 1975, my wife and I lived in a high rise at Manly, called the Manly National building. One bedroom, down a set of steps, with the kitchen and living room upstairs, a balcony overlooking Manly beach. That stage you could rent, I believe it's owners only now. I used to walk to Manly wharf, catch the hydrofoil to Circular Quay, walk to Garden Island thru the Gardens, past Lady Macquaries chair. The return journey past the Rockers and the Bells posed some problems, but like all good sailors I improvised and overcame. Life was total bliss for a while, At that stage of our marriage, I couldn't think of any better way to live in Sydney. The Earth did move for us at the time, but I don't think it was the building.
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    Crisis point in the apartment building industry, apparently.


    ‘Crisis point’: Apartment building industry needs urgent reform
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    For those that didn't see the 4 Corners report last night:

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