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ANZ executive warns surging house prices could spark interest rate rise

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Australia’s house prices continue to surge, despite the COVID-19, and ANZ’s top executive has issued a chilling warning about what it means for you.

The supply and demand shortage that has driven house prices through the roof is unlikely to end any time soon and could easily spark an interest rate hike, one of Australia’s big four bank executives says.

ANZ chief executive Shayne Elliott says the current low interest rate levels have put home ownership front and centre in almost everyone’s mind.

That in turn has caused a major supply issue and sparked the surge in property prices across Australia, which has mainly been the only inflation within the economy, he says.

“It’s just asset price inflation,” Mr Elliott told 3AW’s Neil Mitchell on Thursday.

“There’s a lot of money sloshing around, which was partly to do with COVID, partly to do with other things.

“All that money has to find a home and people are pouring it into assets. And they’re pouring it into housing and also into equity.

“The Reserve Bank would, I imagine, be forced to act at some point. I mean, they’ve sort of said they’re not intending to do that for a couple of years but things change.”

The Reserve Bank met on Tuesday for its regular monthly meeting and left interest rates unchanged at a record low 0.1 per cent.

The RBA said interest rates would remain steady while inflation stayed below the target level of 2 to 3 per cent.

On the same day the RBA met, REA released its new Price Index Report showing values for houses along the eastern seaboard had risen by more than five per cent on average over the past 12 months, with the pandemic sweeping the nation from March last year.

The biggest gains were in Sydney where house prices jumped 6.4 per cent although apartment prices lagged behind at 0.1 per cent, according to the REA Price Index Report.

Brisbane’s house prices jumped 5.8 per cent while Victoria’s increase was 4.6 per cent.

Overall, house prices have increased 6.9 per cent on average over the past 12 months across the country, more than triple that of apartment values, which increased 2.1 per cent.

Australia’s inflation for the December quarter was 0.9 per cent, the RBA says.

REA’s director of economic research Cameron Kusher said rising consumer confidence was built on interstate borders reopening and would likely further improve as the COVID-19 vaccine rolled out.

“Price growth in capital cities has been stronger than in regional markets over the past two months so it will be interesting to see if this trend continues as vaccines roll out in Australia and we head towards a new COVID-normal,” he said.

Mr Elliott said homeowners may be grinning with the surge in house prices but there was a downside to it.

“If you’re an owner it probably feels pretty healthy. If you’re trying to get in, it probably doesn’t,” he said.

“I think extreme moves either up or down are never probably very good if they’re sustained for a period of time … because you start getting real social and political problems as a result.”

Besides house prices being a talking point during the pandemic, so has been the move away from cash, Mr Elliott said.

“Cash withdrawals fell 22 per cent over the year … but then contactless, so using your … tap cards, they are up 25 per cent,” he said.

 

Article Source: www.news.com.au

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Why owner-occupiers are loving the Chevron Island apartments at Allure

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Perfectly proportioned, generous living spaces boast a natural palette, providing a sense of ease and opportunity for you to bring your own sense of style to the space

Offering a unique blend of inner-city convenience and coastal bliss, it is no surprise that owner-occupiers are acting quickly to secure an apartment at Allure.

The latest development by Macquarie York, Allure is “inherently opulent and meticulously crafted”, a resort-style development in the heart of the Chevron Island precinct.

Delivering 95 two, three and four-bedroom apartments, the project boasts generous floorplans and a sleek contemporary design by BDA Architects.

Perfectly proportioned, generous living spaces boast a natural palette, providing a sense of ease and opportunity for you to bring your own sense of style to the space.

“Whether you’re entertaining or enjoying some private reflection time, you will always feel right at home”, the project marketing reads.

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Allure Chevron Island Corner Burra Street & Dalpura Street, Chevron Island QLD 4217 

Among other design details are the subtle natural timbers and stone that celebrate the beauty of organic materials and connect the interiors with the landscaping outside.

Contemporary bathrooms feature a semi-frameless shower, large format tiling and intelligent storage.

However, it’s the wealth of facilities designed to enhance quality of life that are pulling in buyers to the Gold Coast development.

The rooftop, the pinnacle of Allure, delivers panoramic views from north to south, while residents can enjoy an exclusive lounge, barbeque and dining area, infinity pool as well as several viewing decks to take in the impressive vistas.

A coastal aura and resort experience is felt as soon as you walk through the prominent lobby doors, with a double-storey atrium is crafted to draw natural light while bespoke lighting add a touch of elegance.

Chevron Island is a location that allows Allure to feel both secluded and connected.

“Everything you need to lead an exceptional life is at your fingertips, yet the hustle and bustle of modern life is kept at bay”, the developers said.

The development is expected to reach completion in mid-2022 but discerning buyers should act fast to secure one of these exclusive residences.

 

Article Source: www.urban.com.au

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Investing in property: The art of picking the right drivers for price growth

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It’s all a question of demand and supply, and nowhere is that more critical than when planning a residential property investment.

The art of picking the right drivers for price growth is a tricky one.

You might have found the perfect property in a popular area with lots of jobs, a healthy rate of population migration and excellent infrastructure but if there are plans underway for 1000 new homes in the next year … suddenly, it’s no longer such a good prospect.

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Buying an investment home in an area with chronically high demand and low stock will ensure higher returns in the long term. Photo: Vaida Savickaite 

“The basic equation that underlines everything is a low level of supply and a high level of demand,” says Kate Hill, founder and director of investment property buyers’ agency Adviseable.

“And you want that imbalance to be sustained, not just short-term in a volatile mining market, for instance, or for the demand to be extrinsic, like the quick blip in Brisbane when the Olympics come but then everyone moves on. It has to be good, long-term demand to drive capital growth.”

You also need to judge the demand for the type of property too.

There’s no point in investing in a two-bedroom apartment if everyone there is looking for four-bedroom houses.

Don’t be too entranced, either, by the promise of good capital growth in a spot where rents are low and there might be a high vacancy rate and too many days on market for property sales.

Uwe Jacobs, the founding director of Property Friends and author of the book, The 7 Secrets of Highly Successful Property Investors, says being enticed by the lure of negative gearing schemes is a common error of people trying to build a property portfolio.

“The main driver for investment is the balance between the short-term income of rental income and the long-term prize of capital growth,” he says.

“That rental money is what’s going to sustain you during periods of low, or no, capital growth so your investment doesn’t eat you out of house and home.

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Investors will need to conduct research in key property data before taking the plunge. Photo: Vaida Savickaite 

“The vast majority of people invest for financial independence, choices in retirement or leaving a legacy to children, so highly negatively geared properties aren’t the way to go. You need a more risk-averse strategy.”

That means not skipping essential research, he advises.

All factors like vacancy rates, days on market, median prices, growth forecasts, any upcoming property developments, and whether there’s an influx of people – or they’re leaving – are all critical to calculations.

“And you need to visit the area to check that it physically matches the research,” Jacobs says.

More than almost anything, the area where you’re considering investing should also be liveable and desirable.

“It should have amenity close by,” says Lachlan Vidler, director of the Atlas Property Group.

“That means transport options for people to get to work easily, shops, cafes, restaurants and parks, so there’s plenty to do when family or friends visit. Don’t be too caught up in promises of infrastructure to come, either. How many promises of infrastructure have there been which takes decades to arrive – if it ever, eventually, does?”

 

Article Source: www.domain.com.au

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What to ask agents when being taken through a display suite online

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Here at Urban, we have compiled a list of questions so prospective buyers can get a handle on what they should be asking agents during online inspections, useful both during lockdown and for those buying out of state or internationally

Australians have been staying at home on and off during the intermittent lockdowns and for homebuyers, this means a delay, sometime indefinitely, in purchasing property.

However, data in both the first Melbourne lockdown and beyond shows that online visits and enquiries of property listings have surged by over 50%.

Here at Urban, we have compiled a list of questions so prospective buyers can get a handle on what they should be asking agents during online inspections. This is useful both during lockdown and for properties available for purchase off-the-plan, or available across state or national borders when in-person inspection may not be possible.

For a more in-depth guide on off-the-plan buying check out our expert guide.

1. What’s the cost per square metre for each floorplan configuration? (make a note of this and compare to other properties you virtually view)

This is vital information to compare the value of the property to others in the area as well as the suburb/region you are looking to buy in. It is important to make sure you are buying a property that suits your needs and has room to grow, one marker of such potential is if the $/psqm is below median for the area, however it isn’t the be all end all

2. When is construction slated to start/be completed?

Construction projections are important information as it will have an effect on how long you may rent or choose to settle on your current property. Ensure the builder/construction firm is reliable and has a good reputation to reduce the likelihood of delay.

Keep in mind that some delays may occur if a coronavirus outbreak occurs.

3. Which items within the display are included and which are optional upgrades?

Straightforward enough, make sure you don’t get blindsided and chuck out your old washer/dryer just because the display suite has one, double check with the agent to see what is supplied by the developer as some offer white-goods packages and optional deals.

4. What customisation option do you have available?

Depending on the design firm and developer, some firms offer a higher degree of customisation, this tends to increase linearly with price as the more expensive the property is, the more customisable it generally is. Either way you should ask as many developments offer at minimum a choice in colour pallete and fittings

5. What’s the ceiling height? (compare this to your own ceilings at home)

While this many not mean as much to someone who is 150 cm tall, for prospective basketball players… and everyone else, it’s worth knowing ceiling height as this can impact whether the home feels claustrophobic or spacious and airy regardless of your personal height.

6. Which aspect does the particular apartment I’m considering buying face? (take note of where the sun is throughout the day in your own home)

This is important for natural light purposes, as well as potential views as some apartments will offer a better aspect than others.

7. Who built the display suite and will they be constructing the actual apartments/townhomes?

A vital point of note is the builder, don’t misunderstand something because of an unrealistic display suite.

8. If taking a virtual tour, ask the agent to zoom in on details so you can see the build quality

If the builder doesn’t put their best foot forward with the display suite, it is worth asking the agent about it and whether other properties you have looked at demonstrate better build quality or detailing.

 

Article Source: www.urban.com.au

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