Luke Graham

Strengthening performance in inner-Brisbane following reduced supply

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Data from various sources indicates that inner-Brisbane suburbs are showing stronger signs of performance into 2020. Australia’s third-largest city experienced a high level of anticipated demand for new housing as major infrastructure projects drove investment in the area. Some parts of Brisbane, particularly inner-city apartment markets, experienced a period of market volatility as a spike in residential property supply influenced sensationalist commentary and bizarre forecasts. This further fuelled irrational investor activity such as premature resales.

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Luke Graham

Property market hits the ground running in 2020

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We are only a few weeks into 2020, but our predictions about a strong start to the year are already beginning to materialise. REA reports a further hike in New South Wales’ auction clearance rate last weekend, now at 73 percent from an already-promising level around 70 percent at the end of 2019. Victoria and Queensland still have a little catching up to do on this metric, reporting 57 percent and 50 percent respectively.

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Luke Graham

Why sell an investment property when it costs nothing to hold?

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In 2019, Blue Wealth Property celebrated our 10th anniversary. In an ideal world, every one of the hundreds of properties we’ve recommended over this time would still be held by our clients. The property market has changed a whole lot since we started. Australia skimmed by the global financial crisis and its aftermath, a minerals boom and contraction, as well as multiple market booms, stagnations and corrections across the country. The RBA cash rate plummeted from 7.25 per cent to just 0.75 per cent. There have been changes to the construction industry, banking and finance, as well as our very own research model. The Australian population grew by 18 per cent, from 21.7 million to 25.6 million.

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Helen Matsoukas

The evolution of rental property

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The year is 2001. Its 6:45pm on a Thursday evening and I’m doing what most leasing managers were doing at this time of night: sitting on the phone with The Age classifieds. Why? To place my listing ads for the coming weekend’s open for inspections. The process is mundane, to say the least. The conversation goes back and forth until we have explored every possible acronym which minimises the number of characters used. Hopefully, this time our marketing spend doesn’t blow out… again!

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Luke Graham

Could house prices double again?

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Property commentators regularly discuss the general rule of Australian real estate prices doubling every 10 to 15 years. This has been the case over recent decades, but some argue this will slow down. At Blue Wealth Property, our view has been that property price growth may not be as aggressive in the future as it has been in the past. With that said, positive sentiment has returned to the market following a number of helpful changes throughout 2019. Chief among these have been three cash rate drops and corresponding drops in mortgage interest rates.

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Luke Graham

More Australian families choosing apartment living

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Australian house prices have been steadily climbing over the decades alongside a rapidly growing population. Despite government efforts, the bulk of our population growth (and thus, demand for new housing) has been concentrated in few major cities and regional centres. Until very recently, we Australians characterised ourselves in part by the quarter-acre block, but even those still living in houses are less likely to have a block that large.

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Jack Guthrie

New vs Old – What Offers More to Investors?

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Naivety to the rules of the real estate market can often drive the first time buyer to believe that cheaper properties make a better investment. The idea is that they are getting a better deal because they are paying less. In reality, when you take a closer look into what you’re purchasing it becomes evident that nothing comes without a price and if something seems too good to be true (or too cheap to be true) it probably is.

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