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Katie McDonald

Katie McDonald is the property writer for Business News. Katie previously covered the community and arts, education and science sector when she joined the team in 2016, after a brief stint as a recruitment consultant. At the 2017 WA State Media Awards Katie took out the top prize for the Best Culture and Arts Report and was also a finalist for the Best Cadet/New Journalist award. Katie completed a bachelor of commerce at the University of Western Australia in 2015 with a double major in marketing and english studies. 

Moody's tips Perth house price recovery in 2019

Perth’s house values will decline for another year but are tipped to recover in 2019, a report released today has found, conflicting with an ANZ analysis from earlier this week that predicted further house price falls for the state in the next two years.

BGC hotel assets on the market

BGC Australia has kicked off its asset sale program with the listing of the recently completed Westin Perth and Aloft Perth hotels, along with an adjoining commercial office building in Rivervale, a CBD development site and a neighbouring food and beverage precinct.

Sandover Pinder to connect with clients as Carabiner

After more than two decades as Sandover Pinder, the local architecture firm has changed its name to Carabiner – a rebrand its directors say better reflects the business as the link between clients’ needs and good design.

Perth house prices continue to fall

The latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows Perth’s house prices are down on the last quarter, while the ANZ is forecasting further house price falls for the state in the next two years.

Perth plays catch-up on student accommodation

The latest uptake of CBD-based projects could provide the shot in the arm Perth needs to boost international student numbers.

Don’t knock it till you try it

Community concern over mid- to high-density developments remains an ongoing challenge facing the state’s apartment developers.

Finance squeeze shifts focus

SPECIAL REPORT: Developers are exploring alternative funding methods due to a tough property market and tight lending conditions.

Development visions align

SPECIAL REPORT: High-density residential developments are emerging alongside some of the state’s shopping centres, as owners seek to reposition their assets to offer more than just retail.

Apartment sales up amid shift in density debate

SPECIAL REPORT: Confidence is returning to the state’s apartment market, with developers seeking to boost their project pipelines. Click through to see our map with 30 apartments projects across Perth and our updated ranking of Property Developers.

Unlocking the city’s heritage potential

A resurgence of heritage restoration has started to take shape across the CBD, with a number of initiatives aiming to boost renewal.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Beyer, Matt Mckenzie, and Katie McDonald discuss the latest economic growth data, three intriguing takeover prospects (Atlas Iron, HBF, BGC), stockmarket floats, including Primero group, agricultural projects in WA's north, the continuing debate over fly-in-fly-out, and our special report on Perth apartment projects.

Payment security issues prompt calls for overhaul

The building and construction industry is assessing a number of options to improve its practices in the wake of company collapses and unpaid contractors.

Summit’s $20m HQ a style hub for clients

The state’s residential builders may have struggled through a slowdown in activity in recent years, but that hasn’t stopped Summit Homes Group from pushing ahead with its $20 million investment in a new headquarters and client hub.

Activate Perth makes first move

A new association is aiming to liven up the streets of the CBD and fill its empty spaces with startups and creative enterprises via short-term and rent-free rolling leases.

Uber plans regional expansion

A new Perth headquarters and driver support hub have been established to support further growth for Uber as it targets regional centres such as Bunbury and Busselton.

Property group wants Metronet broadened

Broadening the scope of the state government's Metronet rail project to include existing station precincts as a means to deliver short-term development opportunities was among the key recommendations outlined in an Urbis report released today.

BGC among WA’s largest private businesses

BGC Australia is one of the state’s largest and most diverse business groups, with revenue last financial year in excess of $2 billion from its building, construction, property, contracting, trucking and manufacturing operations.

Development potential for Northbridge site

A prime site in Northbridge, located on William Street opposite Yagan Square and Perth City Link and earmarked for a multi-tower mixed-use development, has been listed for sale.

National review seeks to strengthen security of payments

A national review has recommended all state governments establish a system of statutory trusts for building projects above $1 million as part of a package of measures to tackle the impact of company failures and late payments on contractors.

Monaci to head Georgiou Group

John Georgiou will step down as chief executive of family-owned Georgiou Group after 20 years in the role, with executive general manager Rob Monaci to take up the position from August 1.

First State makes $190m Freo foray

First State Super has made its first major investment in Western Australia, with the Sydney-based superannuation fund signing a $190 million funding agreement with Sirona Capital for the Kings Square Fremantle redevelopment.

Scarborough sale heralds rental plan

A Singaporean investment manager has bought the Sunmoon Boutique Resort in Scarborough for $8.3 million, with plans to transform the property into one of Australia’s first build-to-rent projects.

New infill drive to deliver 5,000 homes

While the push for more urban infill across Perth is nothing new, the state government has lifted its game today with the release of Western Australia’s largest collection of infill opportunities to market, calling on the private sector to help achieve its vision.

Sandalford selling wine experiences

SPECIAL REPORT: Sandalford Wines has established itself as one of Australia’s most popular wineries, with dining and events key to its appeal in the wine tourism market.

Chinese taste for WA wines leads Asian sales push

SPECIAL REPORT: Local wineries are embracing China’s growing taste for WA wine with plans to develop more export opportunities across Asia.

Dunsborough Puma developer has court win

The proponents of a Puma Energy development on Dunsborough’s main street had a win in the Supreme Court yesterday, but the issue is far from settled according to a local advocacy group against the proposal.

Building a case for timber

Alternative construction materials are attracting more interest in WA.

Blackburne receives top property accolade

Blackburne’s Aria Swanbourne luxury apartments has been named Western Australia’s development of the year, following an awards ceremony held by the Property Council of Australia WA and Rider Levett Bucknall last night.

Art adds value to planners

An art exhibition that aims to showcase the creative side of the state’s town planning professionals is under way at Brookfield Place.

Zorzi sells stake in Aveling Homes

After 10 years as a partner in Aveling Homes, Walter Zorzi has sold his share in the business and stepped down as one of the company’s directors.

Yolk expands project portfolio

Government partnerships, a focus on sustainability and counter-cyclical acquisitions have bolstered Yolk Property Group’s growth.

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Perth house prices rebound

North Fremantle, Claremont and West Leederville are among 12 Perth suburbs to record a growth in house price after experiencing price falls last year.

Cedar named 40under40 First Amongst Equals

Gumala Aboriginal Corporation executive officer Jahna Cedar has been named the 2017 Business News 40under40 First Amongst Equals, taking the top honour ahead an impressive field of Western Australia’s young business and community leaders. 

Stockland strikes $91m deal

ASX-listed property group Stockland has invested $91 million in the purchase of more than 4,600 residential lots across three metropolitan corridors in Perth, comprising a total 385 hectares of land.

Perth house prices tipped to grow by 2020

Perth’s house prices are forecast to grow by 3 per cent over the next three years, according to QBE Insurance Group’s latest Housing Outlook Report for 2017-2020.

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Disputed claims over Scarborough knock-back

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority has disclosed that the majority of public submissions on the $450 million Iconic Scarborough development supported the project, but said all government agencies and utilities it consulted, with the sole exception of Tourism WA, opposed it.

Iconic Scarborough gets the go ahead

Following the rejection of an initial proposal late last year, the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority has given 3 Oceans Property the green light to progress its twin-tower mixed-use development on the corner of West Coast Highway and Scarborough Beach Road.

SAT sides with Como Hotel developer

Woolworths subsidiary ALH Group has had a win in the State Administrative Tribunal this week over its plans to develop a Dan Murphy's liquor store as part of its Como Hotel redevelopment, following a multi-year saga involving liquor licensing and the City of South Perth.

MRA knocks back $450m Scarborough twin towers

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority has rejected a $450 million proposal for two towers near Scarborough beach with the developer behind the project, 3 Oceans Property, saying the decision was a missed opportunity to show courage and vision.