Property is just a simple mathematical equation

Property is just a simple mathematical equation

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Every year, as Sydney hits winter we can expect the inevitable property market predictions to come in thick and fast. Now before we get into the nitty gritty of these predictions there are a few observations that I made when I read these somewhat bizarre predictions.

Let’s look at some facts – the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released their latest data on Residential Property Prices in March 2015 which showed that the total value of Australia’s 9.500 million residential dwellings had increased to $5.500 trillion. At the end of the March quarter 2015 the ABS also advised that household net worth was $8,090.9 billion so we are talking big numbers here.

Researcher BIS Shrapnel noted that house prices (I assume this includes the investor apartment market too) have soared by 45 percent since 2012 – and they don’t expect a correction to arrive until 2017. Because in 2017 they are expecting the cash rate to start increasing – which I don’t agree with as I expect we will have a low cash rate for quite a few years to come.

A recent PwC study found that more than one – third of Australia was enduring recession conditions as the economy is increasingly driven by a small group of regions. The PwC analysis found about 20 per cent of the national income was now produced in just 10 out of 2,214 locations across Australia, with Sydney, Melbourne and WA’s iron ore belt in the Pilbara among the dominant areas.

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It is also worth noting that Queensland and NSW are on a massive infrastructure spend with Victoria not that far behind.

Glastier,Cronulla

SYDNEY AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

For those intently following the Sydney infrastructure model, I suggest that you read Your Future Sydney – “The Government must accelerate the delivery of new housing in Sydney to meet the needs of a bigger population and to satisfy a growing demand for different types of housing. Making sure that Sydney will have adequate shelter for its future population is a high priority of this Plan.

Over the next 20 years, the population in Sydney will grow much faster than in the last 20 years. Projections indicate that Sydney will need around 664,000 additional homes over the next 20 years. 1 – New housing will be needed in Greenfield locations and the established urban area. Providing housing in a variety of sizes, types and locations will be essential to meeting Sydney’s future housing need. Increasing housing supply will boost economic activity and generate viable infrastructure and business investment opportunities.

Sydney’s house prices are high compared with other Australian capital cities, 2 – and while house prices are the result of consumer demand, governments can help to put downward pressure on prices. Accelerating the supply and the variety of housing across Sydney, such as apartments and townhouses, will make it easier for people to find homes to suit their lifestyle and budget.”

It is also worth noting that the 664,000 additional new homes will be of the strata title variety with many high density subdivisions of air space to be contained mainly on the transport corridors. The Baird Government is well aware that NSW has fallen well behind where present reports have Sydney at approximately 140,000 new homes short of where it needs to be.

When these huge infrastructure models come to fruition which one would assume we will find ourselves somewhere around the 2017 mark – so it makes plenty of sense that investors will be watching this massive construction phase with great interest. By then the councils will have been merged into the new larger councils and we will see major high density subdivisions being rolled out across Sydney.

I have been reliably advised that the Abbott Government will not be changing the foreign ownership laws so foreign buyers can acquire 100 per cent of all new developments – and we need to know that there are plenty of foreign buyers wanting to invest in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and regional areas.

For those of you interested, next Tuesday night July 7 at 6.30 PM – Richardson & Wrench Projects will be hosting an Investor Night at Level 9, 504 Pacific Highway St Leonards. Naturally we will all be attending as these are brilliant informative nights and it’s free! Given the numbers you will however need to register to be assured of a seat as there are limited seats available.

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Mosman house levels are now down over 50 per cent on recent years where this week we hit 36 houses on the market which is the lowest in living memory – so no correction happening here as is also the case in the vast majority of suburbs across Sydney.

At the end of the day despite what some may predict the Sydney real estate market is all about that old mathematical equation supply V demand. With the easing of foreign ownership rules the Australian property market is now an international market and that’s where the demand is coming from.

MOSMAN – 2088

• Number of houses on the market this time last year – 62

• Number of houses on the market last week – 43

• Number of houses on the market this week – 36

• Number of apartments on the market this time last year – 56

• Number of apartments on the market last week – 39

• Number of apartments on the market this week – 43

CREMORNE – 2090

• Number of houses on the market this time last year – 5

• Number of houses on the market last week – 4

• Number of houses on the market this week – 3

• Number of apartments on the market this time last year – 12

• Number of apartments on the market last week – 12

• Number of apartments on the market this week – 16

NEUTRAL BAY – 2089

• Number of houses on the market this time last year – 3

• Number of houses on the market last week – 2

•Number of houses on the market this week – 2

• Number of apartments on the market this time last year– 42

• Number of apartments on the market last week – 39

• Number of apartments on the market this week – 25

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Source: APM Price Finder

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