New vs Old – What Offers More to Investors?

Naivety to the rules of the real estate market can often drive the first time buyer to believe that cheaper properties make a better investment. The idea is that they are getting a better deal because they are paying less. In reality, when you take a closer look into what you’re purchasing it becomes evident that nothing comes without a price and if something seems too good to be true (or too cheap to be true) it probably is. Let’s have a look at day to day differences of new and old property for investors, and observe why new property wins... View article »
Posted in Buy, Latest news, News on 16th January, 2020

Interior trends 2020: Mindful urban living

In the fast-paced world of an always-on culture, we see people struggling to find ways to disconnect. In 2020, increasingly dense urban environments continue to push the rental prices up, while the square footage of the newly built apartments continues to shrink. But while the space might be at a premium, the importance of creating a properly balanced home sanctuary inflates. We become aware of the significance of creating a healthy and nurturing environment for us to withdraw and recuperate. Following the footsteps of the previous seasons, home crafters are continuously turning away from the fast-fashion industry and prioritizing investments in... View article »
Posted in Latest news, News on 14th January, 2020

What’s ahead in Sydney property market?

The turn in Australia’s housing markets has been remarkable, with the rebound in prices considerably stronger than many expected. What’s ahead? House prices across all our capital cities are expected to grow over 2020/21. The combination of lower interest rates, easing lending serviceability buffers and increased consumer sentiment is expected to bring more buyers back into the market.   Continued strong population growth will be another key driver supporting our property markets. Net overseas migration is forecast to average a net inflow of 243,000 people per annum in the next 3 years and most of these people have jobs and are at household... View article »
Posted in Buy, Latest news, News, Sell on 9th January, 2020

Home Ownership Drops In 22 Countries Globally, except Australia

While home ownership rates are dropping around the world, Australia is bucking this global trend. A study by Swinton Insurance has revealed that the number of people owning their homes in Australia has increased in the last 10 years. The figures may seem surprising, as house prices in Australia have been climbing for a few years. And with our national property markets having bottomed out earlier this year, there now seems to be a fear of missing out among buyers once again, especially in Melbourne Sydney and Brisbane. Swinton’s research shows that the average monthly Australian salary is $4368.66 and the cost to buy... View article »
Posted in Buy, Latest news, News on 12th December, 2019

The value gap between capital cities is widening

Spurred on by a rise in national dwelling values after a long period of decline, property values around Australia are now up 4.7% since finding a floor in June through to the end of November. While Sydney has long been the most expensive capital city housing market, there was a short period in 2006 which was related to the mining boom where Perth values shot up to be the highest of any capital; a very different scenario to what we are now seeing where Perth is now the cheapest capital city based on median house values. To put this into perspective, the... View article »
Posted in Buy, Latest news, Sell on 9th December, 2019

Heading to boom times

The latest data from the Commonwealth Bank Household Spending Intentions (HSI) series released today shows the sharp increase in home buying intentions is continuing. After a measly two-year downturn, homebuyers now appear to be back in a big way. The proportion of Australians planning on purchasing a house is all-time highs, propelled on by three rate cuts according to the latest Commonwealth Bank research. Beyond housing, the overall picture is one of a gentle upturn in consumer spending intentions. CBA’s Chief Economist Michael Blythe said the sharp upswing in home buying intentions continues and intentions are now approaching the record highs... View article »
Posted in Latest news, News, Sell on 20th November, 2019

More than ever Australian families choosing apartment living

Australia’s reorientation to apartment living, fuelled partially by young couples delaying families, the lifestyle-oriented boomers downsizing and increasingly more lone-person households; but is this the whole story? It is certainly true that lone-person households are far more prevalent than most Australians realise. Out of the 9.9 million households in Australia reported during the 2016 census, more than 2 million of them (a quarter of all homes) were occupied by a sole person. Lone person households are the largest group of apartment dwellers; however, three-quarters of lone person households are still in either a detached house, attached house or townhouse. The next largest... View article »
Posted in Buy, Latest news, News on 18th November, 2019

Real estate listings rise 7 weeks to Christmas

National residential property listings increased in October by 2%, according to figures from SQM Research. They ticked to 321,754, up from 318,874 in September. Listings are still down nearly -5% compared to 12 months ago. All states were up over October, apart from Darwin where listings dropped -2.4%. The biggest jump was in Sydney, with listings up over 4% in October, however the harbour capital also has the biggest gap to its stock levels last year, down -19%. Canberra saw the second highest stock level increase, just behind Sydney, to be one of just three capitals with stock levels higher than they were... View article »
Posted in Latest news, News on 7th November, 2019

Melbourne house value growth overtakes Sydney after October surge

Melbourne house values soared a massive 2.4 per cent over October, leaving Sydney trailing in its wake, according to CoreLogic. Melbourne's huge success over the month also took its quarterly gains higher than Sydney, posting 5.7 per cent gains. Sydney house values were up another 1.8 per cent in October, with quarterly gains of 5.3 per cent. The October price surge in houses is the biggest month-on-month gain since May 2015.   Nationally dwelling prices were up 1.2 per cent across all capitals and territories, the fourth month in a row of dwelling value gains. Perth was the only capital not to see... View article »
Posted in Buy, Latest news, News, Sell on 4th November, 2019

Fastest rebound in decades

The Sydney property market is on the move. Sydney’s has recorded its quickest turnaround in decades, with house prices rebounding almost $50,000 last quarter according to Domain’s House Price Report for the September quarter. Houses prices regained almost one-third of the value lost during the two-year downturn, with the city’s median up 4.8 per cent to $1,079,491 according to Domain. Sydney’s house price downturns and recovery The rapid recovery — four times greater than the next strongest quarterly rebound of 1.2 per cent following the 1994 market low — has surprised most property commentators. The recovery can be attributed to: Lower interest rates; The... View article »
Posted in Buy, Latest news, News, Sell on 28th October, 2019