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Dan Wilkie

Dan Wilkie is chief of staff for the Business News editorial team, overseeing the news and feature pages of the print publication. His main reporting round is property, including areas such as building and construction, architecture and residential real estate. He also follows hospitality and tourism. Dan is a graduate of Curtin University. 

Property industry says Labor's tax will hurt WA

Property industry lobby groups say WA Labor's plan to introduce a 4 per cent tax on foreign buyers of residential property if it wins the March 11 state election is a retrograde step for the state'

Improving sentiment to drive property rebound

Perth's median house price is on the verge of upswing in 2017, as a stabilising labour market and surging commodity prices drive marked improvements in consumer sentiment.

Boral shakes off WA pain to deliver solid profit

Building products manufacturer Boral has maintained a solid half-year profit despite cutting 100 jobs in Western Australia last year, following a plunge in sales volumes and earnings at its Boral B

South Perth uncertainty stalls Civic Heart

Buyers at Finbar Group's $400 million Civic Heart project are being refunded their deposits, after the state's largest apartment developer announced it would scale back the size of the tower because of uncertainty regarding planning rules in South Perth.

Developers keen on Cannington

A commercial property across the road from Westfield Carousel has sold for $1.6 million, as developers continue to seek sites around the City of Canning's planned new town centre.

Western suburbs supermarket named world's best

The Taylor Road IGA in Nedlands has won the accolade of best independent supermarket in the world, sharing the title with another IGA from South Australia.

Industry reignites stamp duty debate

Property industry bodies have entered the state election fray, with both the Urban Development Institute of Australia and the Property Council of Australia lobbying for stamp duty concessions and planning reform to boost housing affordability.

Technology shake-up for property

Disruptive technologies continue to gain traction in the property market, with more than 400 Western Australian agents expected to use online advertising portal HumblAbode by the middle of this year, while a Perth-based firm is taking a software platform designed to simplify back-office transactions to the ASX.

Community key for apartment buyers

Community spirit and communal facilities have emerged as priorities for apartment buyers, according to preliminary results on a new survey by WA Apartment Advocacy.

Small CBD effect, big impact in the suburbs

Striking a balance between CBD and suburban office markets is becoming crucial in a post-boom economy.

WorkZone East sold in near $70m deal

Sydney-based property fund manager and investment group CorVal has made a big acquisition in Western Australia, buying Northbridge office building WorkZone East from Charter Hall in a $68.2 million deal.

Builton-linked entity resurfaces as Buildplex

A company associated with Builton appears to be manoeuvring to complete two of the biggest jobs of the failed development and construction company - the Quattro on Burswood and Vue Maylands apartment projects.

Bulky goods centre sold for $57.8m

Retail property syndicator APiL has added to its Perth portfolio, buying bulky goods precinct Joondalup Gate for $57.8 million.

Steady year tipped for office vacancies

Office vacancies in Perth's CBD have peaked, according to some in the commercial property sector, with markets expected to stabilise as construction of new offices slows.

Extra funds to market Perth as travel hub

The state government will spend nearly $3 million each year for the next three years to market Qantas's new Perth-to-London direct flights, which the national carrier confirmed would go on sale in

Water West offers supply solution

SPECIAL REPORT: Developers are turning to wastewater recycling to ensure they can deliver lush public open space in their estates.

M/Land launches with 67-lot Secret Harbour development

SPECIAL REPORT: The head of a new boutique land developer believes difficult market conditions provide the perfect opportunity for the business to make a splash in the market.

Smaller houses suit changing lifestyles

SPECIAL REPORT: Developers are working more closely than ever with Western Australian builders to provide a diverse range of housing options to cater for changing lifestyles in a rapidly evolving market.

Keen competition as developers navigate market stagnation

SPECIAL REPORT: Last year couldn't end soon enough for the state's land developers, who are banking on a break from adverse conditions. Click through to see our BNiQ list of land developers.

Focus on delegates as events evolve

SPECIAL REPORT: WA event managers are focusing on attendee experience to gain an edge in one of the most hotly contested segments of Perth's hospitality sector.

Crown duels with Starwood, Intercontinental for events

SPECIAL REPORT: Perth's hotel building boom isn't just about rooms, it is about setting the city up as an events capital.

Car parks a speedbump for Belmont hotels

Perth's hotel development boom is spilling out of the CBD and into the City of Belmont, but developers are encountering issues in providing enough parking to support their proposals.

Double take on Woodside logo

Woodside Petroleum's impending move to its new offices has provided an unexpected visibility and branding boost, with the oil and gas company's logo appearing on two prominent Perth CBD skyscrapers.

Builton fails, administrator appointed

One of state's biggest residential construction firms, Builton Group, has succumbed to the financial stresses engulfing the sector, appointing an external administrator earlier today after reports of the company's financial troubles emerged last week.

Builton close to collapse

Residential construction outfit Builton Group is closing its doors, becoming the second local homebuilder associated with Tim Guest's Infinite Wealth to go bust in as many years.

Economic diversity a challenge for property

A new report assessing the diversity of property use across the city has provided some surprising results.

Rosewood spends $105m on upgrades

Aged care provider Rosewood is responding to increasing demand for its services by booking $105 million in developments for its West Perth and Leederville facilities.

Satterley goes from south to west

Satterley Property Group is closing its long-time South Perth headquarters, taking advantage of historically high levels of vacant office space to move across the river to West Perth.

Sustainability worth the price

New research shows homebuyers are willing to pay extra for energy-efficient design.

Questions over commission process

Consumers and contractors are becoming frustrated with the regulatory regime in residential construction.

Subbies empowered under new code

A new code of conduct for the state's construction sector has been hailed as a game-changer for the industry, with the potential to reduce costs across the board by 20 per cent.

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MBA takes a positive view amid collapses

Two more builders have gone bust as the transition from all-time highs of activity continues.

Builton close to collapse

Residential construction outfit Builton Group is closing its doors, becoming the second local homebuilder associated with Tim Guest's Infinite Wealth to go bust in as many years.

Perth builder goes bust

Home building companies Freelife Homes and Visionaire Homes, both divisions of Capital Works Constructions, have been placed into voluntarily administration, leaving more than 300 customers unsure

Uniqlo on its way to Perth CBD

Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo will open its first Western Australian store in Perth's Murray Street Mall, with a flagship two-level shop anchoring a $6 million redevelopment of Plaza Arcade.

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Watchdog to shut down property agency

A Pilbara-focused real estate agency in Victoria Park has had a supervisor appointed to its financial operations and will be wound up under orders from the Department of Consumer Protection.

Satterley stirs apartments debate

Prominent land developer Nigel Satterley has predicted more pain to emerge from Perth's apartments market, forecasting widespread price falls and more projects to fail as pressure builds on developers.

Builton close to collapse

Residential construction outfit Builton Group is closing its doors, becoming the second local homebuilder associated with Tim Guest's Infinite Wealth to go bust in as many years.

Gillard and Swan remain after challenge evaporates

Prime minister Julia Gillard and her deputy Wayne Swan will continue in their jobs, after no competing candidates entered the leadership ballot called in Canberra today.