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Long-Term Rates on the Rise

Although the official cash rate remains at historic lows, and the Reserve Bank is not expected to lift interest rates until 2024, some of the major banks have started to raise their long-term fixed-interest rates, with the Commonwealth Bank (CBA), being the latest.

Further hikes expected later this year suggest we could see a tide turning on Australia’s interest rates.  The cost of long-term money for the banks is rising meaning … Read the full post »

Investors Flooding the Market!

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reports indicate that investors are now well and truly back in the property market in large numbers; with March figures demonstrating that the value of national investor lending seasonally adjusted by 12.7% over March to $7.8 billion dollars, the highest monthly total recorded since August 2017.

All states recorded increases in investor activity over March – led by QLD up by 19.0% and followed by … Read the full post »

Regional Markets, Post-Stimulus

Analysis by BIS Oxford Economics, Australia’s leading economic and industry forecaster, predicts that Australia’s regional property market will continue its strong growth into 2023, despite government stimulus packages being withdrawn.

Their research suggests that despite incoming bumps to dwelling supply due to government stimulus money and changing consumer preferences, regional markets are expected to remain tight.

Data released by Domain showed regional areas have outperformed over the last 12 months, with the … Read the full post »

Women and Property Report

This week we celebrated International Women’s Day, and there were various fundraising and network events held throughout the Sunshine Coast to mark the occasion.  In this same week CoreLogic, Australia’s leading property data, information, analytics, and services provider; released an inaugural report “Women and Property: State of Play” providing evidence of the relationship between the gender pay gap and the gender wealth gap.

The report analysed a 2021 snapshot of property … Read the full post »

New Loan Commitments Continue to Grow

Despite the pandemic still hanging around creating intermittent havoc, the Australian property market remains resilient, continuing to break records and defying the logical premise of instability one would have predicted when the COVID lockdowns commenced in 2020.

The latest information from CoreLogic, sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – reveals the total value of new loan commitments for housing grew for the seventh consecutive month and shows no sign … Read the full post »

Regional Markets Continue to Shine!

Australia’s leading property market analysts and data collectors, CoreLogic released their latest report on the health of the national property market this week, and there’s plenty of good news, particularly for regional markets along the eastern seaboard, such as the Sunshine Coast.

December home value data showed the combined regional dwelling market increased 6.9% in value over the year; a growth rate more than three times the rate of the combined … Read the full post »

Reflection on the Property Market 2020

When we reflect on the year now gone, one of the biggest questions many economists and property analysts have asked, and addressed – is why didn’t the Australian property market crash in response to the global pandemic?

When the COVID19 outbreak began, the headlines were filled with doom and gloom as we headed to our first recession in over 28 years…yet somehow the property market has pulled through remarkably well, and … Read the full post »

Queensland Sticking to Original Moratorium

The Queensland state government has announced that it will stick with the original deadline of the eviction moratorium for residential tenants. Under the announcement, the moratorium, which is applied to residential tenants suffering an income loss of at least 25% amid the COVID-19 pandemic, will be lifted by the end of the month.

Housing Minister Mick de Brenni said Queensland’s economy is faring better than other states, making it ideal to … Read the full post »

Open Homes Back on the Agenda

Firstly, we hope that all the mothers out there had a wonderful mother’s day and got the opportunity to spend time with your family, if possible; or at the very least have some contact via social media interactive platforms like Zoom or facetime, or a telephone call.  It is very important that we all stay connected with our loved ones, despite the challenging environment we are currently living in.

From last … Read the full post »

COVID-19 and The Real Estate Industry

Amid the spread of coronavirus, the past few weeks have seen increased expectations of an Australian recession, a slowdown in business activity and trillions of dollars wiped off global share markets. It has many asking what the impact of the coronavirus would be on Australian residential property.

Australia’s leading real estate researcher and analyst CoreLogic explores fundamentals of housing to better understand outcomes in the current climate. It has found:

Housing … Read the full post »

Interest Rates on Hold

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) board held their monthly meeting on Tuesday; retaining the official cash rate at 1 per cent.

RBA Governor, Philip Lowe reports that despite further signs of a turnaround in established housing markets in Sydney and Melbourne; softer economic conditions and heightened global uncertainty could lead to further cuts in coming months.

“Economic growth in Australia over the first half of this year has been lower than … Read the full post »

All in the Timing?

Post-GFC Australia has undergone a property boom (particularly in the capital cities) that meant some aspiring home buyers all but gave up on the ‘Great Australian Dream’ of owning their own home. However, in the last 18 months, there has been a decline in property prices creating more of a buyers’ market, increasing affordability and allowing more people to enter the market, despite the tightening of credit.

Whilst, a softer market … Read the full post »

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