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Shift in housing preferences

Shift in housing preferences: Embracing smaller, more manageable homes

In recent years, a discernible shift in housing preferences has emerged, driven by evolving lifestyle choices and changing demographic trends. As household sizes decrease, there’s a noticeable inclination towards smaller, more manageable homes. As we’ve noted before, this shift signifies a departure from the traditional notion of spacious dwellings towards a preference for properties that offer practicality, efficiency, and convenience.  Embracing Efficiency and Functionality One of the primary drivers behind the growing preference for smaller homes is the desire for greater efficiency and functionality. With shrinking household sizes, individuals and families are prioritizing properties that require less maintenance and offer […]

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Record low dwelling commencements

Record low dwelling commencements to push prices even higher

The latest dwelling commencement data sets make for woeful reading for anyone waiting and watching for property prices to hopefully fall. While trying to time the market is never a sensible thing to try to do, all of the major indicators point to a period of prolonged upward price pressure because of this serious demand and supply imbalance. Just consider that the trend number of new dwelling commenced has fallen a whopping 15 per cent over the year to December 2023, plus, the quarterly number of commencements – at just 37,207 – is the lowest recorded for years, according to

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Why Melbourne is a prime investment destination

Why Melbourne is a prime investment destination

By guest blogger: Terry Ryder, As a real estate analyst in Australia for over 40 years, I’ve seen various markets rise and fall, aligning with the dynamic nature of property investment. In a recent webinar with buyers’ agent Kate Hill of Adviseable, Kate offered compelling insights into why Melbourne, despite common misconceptions, currently presents a significant investment opportunity that rivals the most popular markets like Perth. Melbourne’s market positioning The webinar titled “Why Melbourne Makes More Sense Than Perth” unpacked the unique position of Melbourne in the property market cycle. The city is currently poised at a point similar

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Is a local or national buyers agent best?

Is a local or national buyers agent best?

More and more investors are purchasing interstate every year as they recognise the potential of buying in locations that are primed for future capital growth. But is it best to use a buyers’ agent who is local to a specific area, or one who has a national focus? And, how does an everyday investor know which areas are showing the most potential anyway? Of course, the answer to that question in particular is that most don’t. Rather, they may have read media stories about a city or region being the latest hotspot, then simply decide that they should invest there,

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Exploring Queensland's rental reforms

Exploring Queensland rental reforms

In recent years, Queensland, Australia, has witnessed significant shifts in its rental landscape, driven by a wave of legislative reforms aimed at addressing various challenges within the rental market. From rent increase caps to portable bond schemes, the Queensland Government has embarked on a journey to overhaul rental laws in a bid to create a fairer and more transparent renting environment. These reforms, implemented with the intention of stabilizing rents and democratizing the rental market, have sparked discussions and debates among stakeholders, including tenants, landlords, policymakers, and real estate professionals. In this article, we delve into the intricacies of Queensland’s

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Investor exodus Victoria

Investor exodus means now is the time to buy in Victoria

With the prevailing narrative being that property investors are fleeing Victoria in droves, we believe that savvy investors should be doing the opposite. There had been much media attention on investors deserting Victoria because of its new land tax policy as well as a raft of rental reforms, but the fundamentals of the nation’s second most populous state remained overwhelmingly positive. Now is the time to invest in Victoria because of much lower competition from other investors. In the grand scheme of things, property expenses and taxes are part and parcel of owning investment properties over the long-term and they

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Apartment living

More long term apartment living: A shift in Australian housing trends

The landscape of Australian housing is undergoing a significant transformation, with a notable increase in the number of individuals opting for long-term apartment living. This trend is propelled by various factors, most notably Australia’s shrinking family size (and that topic gets its very own separate blog) and also the widening gap between house and unit prices, prompting buyers to seek affordability and convenience in urban settings. According to Domain the disparity in prices between houses and units has reached unprecedented levels. They highlight that this phenomenon reflects a distortion within the housing market, indicating either overvaluation of houses or undervaluation

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Australia's shrinking family size

Australia’s Shrinking Family Size – How does it affect the property market?

The dynamics of household size in Australia are undergoing a significant transformation, with profound implications for the country’s property market. As households shrink, there’s a notable shift in housing demand, buyer preferences, and investment opportunities. The average Australian household size reduced by two people between 1910 and 2021. Australia’s family size is shrinking due to several factors: Increasing Number of People Living Alone: There has been a rise in the number of individuals choosing to live alone, which contributes to smaller household sizes. Economic Pressures: The high cost of raising children is prompting Australians to have fewer children or opt

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Australia's housing crisis

Australia’s housing crisis

Australia’s housing crisis has become a fiercely debated topic, capturing the attention of policymakers, economists, and the general public alike. As the nation grapples with the multifaceted challenges of housing affordability, accessibility, and sustainability, the discourse surrounding this issue has evolved into a complex web of competing narratives, proposed solutions, and ideological clashes. Amidst growing public discontent and calls for action, housing has pushed its way to the forefront of political debate once more, demanding attention from policymakers, advocacy groups, and the general public alike. Political parties are compelled to grapple with this multifaceted issue, as voters demand tangible solutions

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Is Airbnb all it's cracked up to be for investors?

Is Airbnb all it’s cracked up to be for investors?

Airbnb have been accused of being one of the main culprits for our rental market mess, because many more investors are supposedly choosing short-term tenants over long-term ones. As I have written about many times before, though, the rental crisis was nearly a decade in the making and came to be because of a plethora of poor policy decisions that stuffed up the demand and supply equilibrium of rental properties around the nation. But is Airbnb really a better financial option for property investors? Let’s take a look to find out. Cash flow considerations Most of us have no doubt

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Why the promise of infrastructure is not enough

Over the next five years, there are nearly $240 billion worth of major public infrastructure projects under way around the country. Now, these projects will be at varying levels of completion at any given point in time, but they are ones that are actually happening. Alas, the same can’t be said for a plethora of other projects, which looked like they were a sure thing but may be unlikely to see the light of day anytime soon.Infrastructure spending When the Federal Government wanted to slash spending last year, it pulled out its red pen and instantly killed off a large

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Real Estate Investment in the Next Decade

The Australian property market, like many others worldwide, faces a plethora of factors influencing its trajectory over the next decade. From housing supply issues to population trends and economic uncertainties, investors are keen to understand if real estate remains a safe haven for their capital.  Many potential investors missed significant financial gains in the past decade due to hesitancy and uncertainty surrounding real estate’s viability as an investment. More recently, there has been a prevailing belief that investors couldn’t match the premium prices paid by homebuyers, which deterred them from entering the market and realizing favourable returns. Let’s delve into

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Toowoomba – a property market in bloom

Toowoomba is known colloquially as the Garden City because, you guessed it, its temperate climate and elevation nearly 700 metres above sea level means it has an over-abundance of flora. The city – about 125 kilometres directly west of Brisbane – has had its annual Carnival of Flowers since 1949. But Toowoomba is no longer just known for its pretty streetscapes and blooming gardens. Instead, this city of 180,000 people within reach of the Queensland capital has benefited from major infrastructure projects over recent years – including its own privately owned airport! So, let’s unpack why we’ve been purchasing property

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borrow money

Is it still possible to borrow money in 2024?

In recent times, borrowing money has become increasingly challenging, posing significant hurdles for individuals and businesses alike. In the dynamic landscape of Australia’s property market, aspiring homeowners face mounting challenges when seeking to secure financing for their property purchases.  The current economic climate, characterized by a confluence of factors, has significantly tightened the borrowing environment, making it increasingly difficult to obtain loans for property acquisition. One prominent reason contributing to this difficulty is the evolving macroeconomic conditions, including tightening monetary policy and surging inflation, which has prompted lenders to exercise greater caution. Additionally, the reduced tolerance for risk among central banks,

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negative gearing

Negative gearing becomes political football… yet again!

In a move that surprises absolutely no one, the Australian Greens have started kicking around the negative gearing football again in a misguided attempt to win votes with their constituents. They did the same last year when they tried to strong-arm the Federal Government into somehow instigating rental freezes even though the government has no jurisdiction in state-based residential tenancy matters. They didn’t win that fight either. Now, I’m not here to disparage or promote any particular political party, but I do want to explain what negative gearing is and what it isn’t – and also why fiddling with the

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Is Victoria still a good place to invest?

Melbourne’s property market has undergone a remarkable transformation over the past year, transitioning from a struggling market to a growing one and emerging as a national leader in growth momentum. Nearly half of Greater Melbourne’s suburbs are now considered rising markets, with an impressive 87% of them showing positive rankings in Terry Ryder’s Hotspotting analysis. This shift represents a significant turnaround from the situation at the beginning of 2023. This resurgence in market activity extends across the entire Greater Melbourne area, with the exception of the Mornington Peninsula. Most locations are experiencing thriving market conditions. Furthermore, Melbourne’s inner-city apartment market,

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How can you tell if your property manager is professional?

If there is one thing that is likely to stuff up a property investor’s ability to hold the property over the long-term it is poor property management. Because, like most industries, there are good and bad property managers out there, so the key is being to recognise one from the other. The best property managers generally are the ones who consider their job a career rather than a stop-gap job, or a stepping-stone to someday working in sales. And, they’re likely to be working for agencies who  recognise that professional property management is the backbone of their businesses, rather than

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Why buyers need to be cautious about Perth

Perth has been the shining property star for the past year or two without a doubt. We started buying quality real estate assets for our clients in the Western Australian capital quite some time ago, which means those properties have ridden the capital growth uplift over that time. But there is something unsettling happening in Perth at the moment that makes me very nervous indeed. You see, there are buyers over there purchasing inferior properties at ridiculous prices. There are even supposed buyers’ advocates paying through the nose for seriously warty properties. The current buying frenzy means someone is likely

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Caring for children number one barrier to work for women

New yearly statistics have found that nearly two-thirds of women looking after their children would prefer to be working in some capacity but are unable to do so. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation for the 2023 financial year found that caring for children remained the greatest barrier for women wanting to be in the workforce.  According to the ABS, in 2022-23, out of 5.1 million parents with children aged under 15 years, 700,000 were out of work. But about 85 per cent of out of work parents with children were mothers and

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Affordable property can still be found in 2024

I am happy to say that this time last year I predicted price rises during 2023, which has come to pass even with interest rates up significantly over the past 18 months. And the thing is, the factors that put price pressure on properties this year, are set to remain next year. What I’m talking about is billions upon billions of dollars in major infrastructure expenditure, hundreds of thousands of new overseas migrants, as well as more buyer demand than supply of properties available in many markets around the nation. When you add in the very real possibility that interest

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