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Looking Forward, Looking Back…

Now into our second week of 2022, our team here have truly settled in and back to work, heads down and fully focused on the year ahead.  We trust you are keeping as healthy as possible in the face of this Omicron tsunami that’s ripping through our communities and causing massive disruptions to daily life and placing a huge strain on our medical services.

Despite the pandemic and the talk of … Read the full post »

Property Predictions 2022

As 2021 draws to a close – you may be wondering what is in store for the property market in 2022?  There is lots of speculation in the media, most of it quite positive, and leading property commentator Michael Yardney has identified several property trends he anticipates for 2022; below is a summary.

Values will continue to rise: The main drivers of property price growth revolve around consumer confidence, low interest … Read the full post »

Rule Changes to Ease Rising Household Debt

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has increased the serviceability buffer in response to concerns around rising household debt levels throughout the nation; advising authorised lenders that when assessing a new borrower’s ability to service their loan payments to work on an interest rate at least 3% higher than the current product loan rate. The previous buffer in place was 2.5%.

APRA Chair Wayne Byres said that whilst they have strong … Read the full post »

Queensland: Australia’s Most Active Property Market

According to the research by the online property exchange network PEXA, more homes were bought and sold in Queensland over the last quarter than in either NSW or Victoria, for possibly the first time in history.

With COVID-jaded Sydneysiders and Melburnians buying up big in the Sunshine State, as well as locals splashing out for their own sea and tree changes, $42 billion worth of property was settled from July to … Read the full post »

Hold on Property Tightens Nationally

Australian homeowners are holding onto their properties for longer than previous years according to CoreLogic; 10 years ago, the average length of time Australians stayed in each property they owned was 7.5 years for houses and 6.5 years for apartments.

The latest analysis by realestate.com.au reveals the average hold time across both houses and units is around three years longer than it was a decade ago.  As of late 2020, we … Read the full post »

Olympic Fever…What Will it Mean for Property Prices!

Well, despite COVID19 and all that accompanies it, re: lockdowns, border closures etc – the Tokyo Olympics (so far) has been an amazing spectacle, and Australia has achieved some of its best results ever.  Well done Team Australia, and well done to Japan for hosting this complex international event in the midst of a global pandemic.

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ll now know that Brisbane has secured the 2032 … Read the full post »

Regional Growth Continues to Trend

The level of movement of capital city dwellers to regional areas is at a three-year high, while net regional migration in the latest quarter is 66 percent higher than a year ago, according to research.

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has released its Regional Movers Index in partnership with the Regional Australia Institute (RAI), which has shown the changes in population flows from capital cities to regional areas.

The index has revealed that … Read the full post »

COVID19: Impact on Apartment Market

In recent years there has been a trend by investors ‘away’ from apartment buying, driven in part by some oversupply issues, and some poor workmanship/corner-cutting (highlighted in media reports by some builders), and other contributing factors; along with the belief that a house is generally a better long-term investment when it comes to capital growth.

As a result, in the past few years, houses have outperformed apartments in our capital cities; … Read the full post »

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 »

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