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Is Migration to blame for the housing crisis?

The housing market is under the spotlight, with overseas migration being identified as a significant influence. Despite challenges like high interest rates, low consumer sentiment, and strained housing affordability, property values and rents are on an upward trajectory, while vacancy rates are declining amidst record-high net overseas migration.  National home values have surged by 7.2% year-to-date, and rents have seen a 6.0% increase in the same period. While heated discussions about migration’s impact on housing affordability intensify, we do need to consider various factors influencing values and the rental market. Long-term migration policies should not be swayed by short-term volatility […]

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Investor Exodus: Rising Interest Rates and Unfair Regulations Force Property Owners Out

The property investment landscape is undergoing a seismic shift, with a growing number of property investors deciding to pack their bags and exit the market. This mass exodus is driven by a combination of factors that have made property ownership less appealing and financially viable. Reduced Landlord Rights: Property investors are facing reduced landlord rights, with regulations becoming more tenant-friendly. For many investors, this shift in the balance of power has made them question the long-term sustainability of their investments. Rising Interest Rates: Escalating interest rates have cast a shadow over the rental market. Investors who purchased properties at historically

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Australia’s Population Boom: Challenges and Opportunities

Australia is experiencing rapid population growth, and the latest data indicates that the record population increase observed in 2022 has continued into 2023. This surge in population is primarily driven by a notable increase in net migration following the pandemic-related border closures. The influx of people, particularly students, into Australia is defying the usual trend of students departing after completing their terms. This demographic shift highlights the pressing need for more housing to accommodate the growing population and enhanced infrastructure to ensure a high quality of life in our cities. According to a recent report from PropTrack, the population grew

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Sydney’s Soaring Property Market: A Resilient Comeback Story

Sydney has emerged as the powerhouse of Australia’s property market, showcasing robust signs of recovery and a stunning upswing in the real estate sector. As of the third quarter of 2023, Sydney reigns supreme as the strongest property market in the nation, defying the challenges of rising interest rates and high inflation. It appears that these economic headwinds have had little impact on the enthusiasm of buyers and investors in the city’s real estate sector. An impressive 82% of suburbs across Greater Sydney have reported solid transaction numbers, signifying widespread growth and investment activity. The city’s fightback began in the

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The pros and cons of investing in commercial vs. residential properties in Australia

Investing in real estate can be a great way to build wealth over time, but it’s important to consider the differences between commercial and residential properties before making a decision. Each type of property has its own set of pros and cons, and understanding these can help investors make informed decisions about where to put their money. Commercial real estate is typically defined as properties used for business purposes, such as office buildings, retail spaces, warehouses, and raw land. Residential real estate, on the other hand, includes properties used for living purposes, such as single-family homes, apartments, and condos. Here

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Short Term Changes Don’t Matter

I read an article by Terry Ryder from hotspotting the other day, that really rang true for me. And the point was / is this.  One of the common ways in which the media can mislead consumers regarding the state of the real estate market is by placing undue importance on month-to-month statistics. For instance, when the price growth data from a single source indicates a decrease in growth from the previous month, media outlets often sound the alarm, predicting a looming downturn. Terms like “nosedive,” “plummet,” and “fall off a cliff” suddenly dominate headlines across various media platforms. However,

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Five affordable suburbs for investors and homebuyers priced under $550,000

After several months of rate rise-induced falls, home prices are on the up and up once again in much of the country as intense buyer demand spreads, according to national buyers’ agency Adviseable.  But for homebuyers and investors on a tight budget, there are still pockets that offer prime opportunities to purchase an affordable property with good long-term prospects. “In many parts of Australia, especially our biggest capital cities, it’s extremely difficult to find a property priced under $550,000 – but there are suburbs where affordable homes are still available,” Adviseable Property Buyer Kate Hill said. According to the latest

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inflation

What does the latest inflation measure mean for interest rates?

Inflation has now dropped to its lowest level in nearly 18 months, which was a result that surprised many forecasters as well as the Reserve Bank, too, it seems. According to the Consumer Price Index for the June quarter, headline inflation fell to six per cent in June from seven per cent in March, which was weaker than market expectations of 6.2 per cent and lower than the RBA’s official forecasts. Headline inflation has now fallen nearly two percentage points from 7.8 per cent in the December quarter to six per cent in the June quarter – or in just six

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Why the property stars are shining on Southern Perth

Perth is rightly being seen as the nation’s best city property market with prices continuing to strengthen after posting positive growth over the past year when most other cities experienced reduced price points. There is no question that from its recovery status in 2020, Perth’s property market is showing strong signs in 2023. Plus, some government incentives for first home buyers are adding further momentum to the city’s property market and are helping young families.  The region has some of the most budget-priced houses of any capital city, as well as offering good infrastructure, services, and amenities.  Suburbs south of

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equity

Don’t let your equity go to waste

With each passing week, it becomes clearer that property markets are on the move. Some of them never stood still! After a short-lived fallow patch last year, capital city and some major regional markets are experiencing property price pressures as competition heats up for the undersupply of listings currently available for sale with our overseas migration program also running hot.  Even in a higher interest rate environment, there are plenty of homebuyers and investors out there purchasing property with many of them using the solid levels of equity in their homes to make it happen. Positive data First, though, let’s

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rental yield

How to evaluate rental yield and ROI for property investment

Investing in rental properties can be a great way to generate passive income and build wealth. However, evaluating rental yield and return on investment (ROI) is crucial to making informed investment decisions. In this article, we will discuss how to evaluate rental yield and ROI for property investment. First and foremost, it’s important to understand what rental yield and ROI are. Rental yield is the annual income generated from a rental property expressed as a percentage of the property’s value. ROI, on the other hand, is the profit or loss generated from an investment expressed as a percentage of the

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the herd

Don’t follow the property herd

Property price growth has been huge throughout many Australian suburbs and towns in the past two years. That growth may have softened in some areas, but investors be warned, if you are waiting for values to fall substantially before you buy, there’s still plenty of growth to happen in 2023. Property investment adviser Kate Hill of Adviseable joined Hotspotting founder Terry Ryder in a webinar to discuss how and where to find growth in 2023. She says opportunities will come from buying in markets with growth credentials at a time of record low vacancies and rising rental yields – while

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market value

Why Landlords Must Charge Market Value Rent

We’ve spoken to so many people over the years that have started their journey as Investor Landlords with a bit of a naive attitude. It’s distressing to see the repeated mistakes that many people make. Even worse are the people who want to invest in property but think it’s too hard, risky or time consuming and don’t get started at all! We spend a lot of time with our clients addressing the risks involved in property investment and how we can stop these from occurring. One of the biggest is failing to increase rents regularly or at least charge market

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housing affordability

The Great Housing Affordability Debate

Housing affordability is a constant debate going on in Australia There are real consequences if the Government move to make housing ‘more affordable’.. ..by reviewing negative gearing or capital gains provisions for investors, for example – neither of which will actually make housing more affordable. Most major cities around the world who don’t use similar tax structures also have very high prices – like London, Hong Kong or New York – and any significant policy changes can have a real effect on the economy such as impacting the financial and retail industries, they have a dire effect on tenants and

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How to value Your Investment Property

Have you ever wondered what the real value of your investment property was and if you paid too much for it? Perhaps you’ve felt a bit of ‘buyer’s remorse’ creep in after a property purchase, especially if your offer was accepted quicker than you expected or maybe you feel like you paid too much for it in a rampant hot market? But you knew the true value of your investment property before buying it, didn’t you? Well, if you were doing everything on your own and maybe looking at the wrong data (or asking the wrong people), chances are you

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