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The Suburbs Cheaper to Buy Property than Rent

The Suburbs Cheaper to Buy Property than Rent

Could the gap between renting and owning a piece of Australian real estate be narrowing?

Despite the nation’s cooling housing market over recent years, home affordability is an ongoing issue with five of Australia’s major housing markets ranking last year as “severely unaffordable”.

But thanks to some data crunching, property portal Domain has identified Australian suburbs in major capital cities where it’s cheaper to buy a home than rent one.

With the reserve bank cutting rates twice in the past six weeks to historic lows, falling interest rates is the main factor creating affordability for first home buyers, bringing the typical mortgage rate down to around 3.5 per cent, with forecasts it’s likely to go lower.

Too good to be true?

While some suburbs in the findings may not be worthwhile investments, Domain research analyst Eliza Owens says the data is a tool to provide would-be home buyers insight to the local property market.

“We thought it would be an interesting data set, particularly in giving hopeful home buyers perspective in what housing costs can be,” Owens told The Urban Developer.

The standout suburbs?

Owens says the biggest surprise from the findings was the buying options for units located in inner Melbourne and inner Brisbane.

“In these suburbs, it was actually cheaper to pay off a mortgage on that typical purchase point than it was to rent,” Owens said.

“So inner city suburbs of Brisbane like Bowen Hills, Fortitude Valley and Spring Hill have an average rental premium of $57 in rent over the median mortgage repayment.

“Melbourne’s inner city suburbs included Southbank, Melbourne, and North Melbourne with the data showing it worked out to be around $1000 to $2000 cheaper annually.”

Domain compared rent and mortgage repayments across 42 per cent of greater Sydney, but Lakemba was the sole suburb that showed up in Sydney’s findings, with a mortgage repayment on a comparable property cheaper by $1 per week than the median rental price.

But Owens said there are suburbs across greater Sydney where first home buyers could consider buying in if they were able to increase the weekly budget by up to $100.

“They were mainly the western suburbs of Sydney and the northern part of the central coast, areas like Blue haven for example,” Owens said.

“In Blue Haven there was about $35 in the difference between the mortgage repayments and median asking rents.”

While in Queensland, taking in greater Brisbane, Domain saw a spread of 45 suburbs across both housing and unit stock show up in the results.

The calculations

Domain looked at what it costs to buy for a typical first home buyer armed with a 20 per cent deposit, as a key assumption. No added costs are included, such as transfer duties, strata or council rates.

The analysis is based on sales and rent data over the 12-months to April, and the results only includes suburbs that had a minimum of 50 rental and sale observations over the year to April.

Weekly mortgage repayments are based on the median house or unit price for the suburb, on a mortgage rate of 3.5 per cent, taking in the recent cash rate cuts.

Sydney

Suburb Property Type Weekly Mortgage Repayment Weekly Rent Difference between buying and renting
Lakemba Unit $ 369 $ 370 -$1

Melbourne

Suburb Property Type Weekly Mortgage Repayment Weekly Rent Difference between buying and renting
Abbotsford Unit $ 452 $ 455 -$3
Bundoora Unit $ 356 $ 360 -$4
Carlton Unit $ 431 $ 450 -$19
Collingwood Unit $ 456 $ 475 -$19
Dandenong Unit $ 272 $ 295 -$23
Epping Unit $ 321 $ 330 -$9
Kensington Unit $ 413 $ 420 -$7
Melbourne Unit $ 461 $ 540 -$79
North Melbourne Unit $ 408 $ 430 -$22
Southbank Unit $ 519 $ 560 -$41
Windsor Unit $ 389 $ 410 -$21

Brisbane-Greater Brisbane

Suburb Property Type Weekly Mortgage Repayment Weekly Rent Difference between buying and renting
Albion Unit $ 378 $ 380 -$2
Beenleigh House $ 328 $ 340 -$12
Bellmere House $ 329 $ 360 -$31
Bethania House $ 327 $ 345 -$18
Boronia Heights House $ 329 $ 350 -$21
Bowen Hills Unit $ 339 $ 418 -$78
Brassall House $ 327 $ 330 -$3
Bray Park House $ 408 $ 410 -$2
Brisbane City Unit $ 484 $ 490 -$6
Bundamba House $ 304 $ 310 -$6
Caboolture South House $ 312 $ 320 -$8
Calamvale Unit $ 346 $ 395 -$49
Capalaba Unit $ 354 $ 380 -$26
Chermside Unit $ 377 $ 380 -$3
Cleveland Unit $ 405 $ 415 -$10
Collingwood Park House $ 329 $ 330 -$1
Crestmead House $ 320 $ 350 -$30
Deception Bay Unit $ 240 $ 305 -$65
Eagleby Unit $ 221 $ 300 -$79
East Brisbane Unit $ 359 $ 365 -$6
Fortitude Valley Unit $ 358 $ 400 -$42
Goodna House $ 312 $ 315 -$3
Hillcrest House $ 334 $ 350 -$16
Holmview House $ 373 $ 395 -$22
Kallangur Unit $ 272 $ 310 -$38
Kelvin Grove Unit $ 369 $ 400 -$31
Kingston House $ 309 $ 320 -$11
Loganholme House $ 365 $ 395 -$30
Moorooka Unit $ 318 $ 350 -$32
Morayfield House $ 336 $ 350 -$14
Morayfield Unit $ 300 $ 310 -$10
Mount Gravatt East Unit $ 389 $ 400 -$11
Mount Warren Park House $ 371 $ 385 -$14
Nundah Unit $ 359 $ 370 -$11
Raceview House $ 318 $ 340 -$22
Redbank Plains House $ 315 $ 340 -$25
Regents Park House $ 378 $ 380 -$2
Richlands Unit $ 341 $ 360 -$19
Rothwell House $ 383 $ 390 -$7
Runcorn Unit $ 341 $ 400 -$59
Spring Hill Unit $ 367 $ 419 -$52
Springfield Lakes House $ 392 $ 400 -$8
Taringa Unit $ 364 $ 369 -$5
Upper Mount Gravatt Unit $ 401 $ 440 -$39
Waterford House $ 367 $ 400 -$33
Yarrabilba House $ 369 $ 370 -$1

 

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

Brisbane

Shayher Group see local interest at Indooroopilly townhouse collection Long Pocket

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The Jacaranda Place development bordering the Indooroopilly Golf Club in Brisbane will home 45 townhouse when completed in 2023.

The Brisbane-based Shayher Group are seeing high demand from locals at their recently launched Indooroopilly townhouse development Long Pocket.

The Jacaranda Place development bordering the Indooroopilly Golf Club in Brisbane will home 45 townhouses when completed in 2023.

Shayher are expecting a mix of buyers, from downsizers wanting a lower maintenance lifestyle while retaining the space, to young professionals with young kids and families looking to be near the private St Peters Lutheran College school zone.

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Long Pocket 75 Jacaranda Place, Indooroopilly QLD 4068

There’s two collections, the Rainforest Collection or the Riverview collection, the latter proving most popular so far.

Each townhouse will feature a number of living areas, a galley kitchen with Gaggenau appliances, an integrated fridge and freezer, as well as a butler’s pantry.

They will have expansive entertaining balcony as well as an outdoor courtyard. There are internal lifts available in selected townhomes which is a feature aimed at the downsizer.

The grounds will feature a 22 metre resort style pool as well as a sauna and a steam room.

There are five display homes on site ready for inspection.

About the developer

Shayher Group is privately owned Australian company that began operating in 1999 and has since grown into a diversified property group.

With their HQ in Brisbane, Shayher have developments across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. One of their most recognised developments is the $1 billion redevelopment of the heritage-listed Pentridge Prison in Melbourne.

Locally, Shayher have developed The One, the 82 level, 467 apartment development in the Brisbane CBD, and are set to transform the Bulimba Barracks in the next few years.

 

Article Source: www.urban.com.au

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Councils Want Workers to Kickstart CBD Economies

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A survey indicating more than half of full-time employees want a hybridised virtual and in-office working model is not helping a national bid to lure workers back to the capital city centres.

According to a McKinsey survey of about 5000 full-time corporate employees, more than half of respondents wanted a flexible hybrid working solution post-pandemic, while just over a third wanted to work in the office.

The number of people wanting to work remotely grew 3 per cent to 11 per cent.

The changing face of work models was addressed by Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner when he spoke to the National Cabinet on behalf of the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors, outlining the issues facing the country’s CBDs and what needed to be done to kickstart their economies.

The Kepler Retail Index for the week ending June 6 showed passer-by traffic was still 26.5 per cent down year-on-year from the same time in 2019, excluding Victoria, which remained in lockdown.

Schrinner said the CBDs were the “beating heart of Australia’s economy” and contributed 69 per cent to the nation’s gross domestic product before Covid-19.

“We can’t ignore the plight of our city centres … if we’re going to get Australia’s economy firing on all cylinders again, we have to get people back into city centres and using public transport,” he said.

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Source: McKinsey Reimagine Work: Employee Survey (Dec 2020 – Jan 2021, n=5043) 

“The working-from-home phenomena may suit many people but we can’t ignore the fact it has an economic consequence.

“Councils have been undertaking a range of initiatives, including waiving rates, fast-tracking maintenance and providing hospitality discounts, to help CBD businesses and to entice people back.”

Schrinner said while office occupancy rates had lifted from record lows last year, data indicated growth was plateauing.

He said traffic congestion continued to be a problem along major arterials as people chose to drive instead of use public transport to commute.

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors has joined the growing chorus of groups calling for the federal government to expand the use of travel bubbles and fast-track the return of international students.

At the end of the third quarter in March, Melbourne’s office vacancy rate had quadrupled from 3.4 per cent to 14.3 per cent over 12 months.

Sydney’s office vacancy rate doubled to 12.1 per cent, while the already double-digit vacancy rates in other capital cities continued to increase with Perth recording a 20.2 per cent office vacancy rate.

 

Article Source: www.theurbandeveloper.com

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Brisbane

Ascendas Sells $125m Australian Logistics Portfolio

Ascendas

Singapore’s largest listed owner of industrial and office property, Ascendas’ Real Estate Investment Trust, has sold three assets in Queensland and Victoria for $125 million.

A Coles warehouse and a neighbouring warehouse at Heathwood, south of Brisbane, were sold for $101.6 million to Arrow Capital Partners’ $1-billion logistics investment fund, Strategic Industrial Real Estate with Altis Property Partners.

The latest acquisition, which is due to complete later this year, comes in the wakes of two logistics asset acquisitions in the Irish capital Dublin recently.

The Heathwood warehouses are in the Brisbane South Industrial Park. The 35,000sq m Coles logistics warehouse at 82 Noosa Street will be vacant later this year as the retail giant moves its operations to a purpose-built facility at Redbank.

Ascendas also divested a 16,134sq m warehouse and office space at 1314 Ferntree Gully Road in Melbourne via a unit sale agreement to China Tube and Haelram worth $23.5 million.

In a statement to the Singapore Exchange Ascendas REIT said: “The proposed divestments are in line with the Manager’s proactive asset management strategy to improve the quality of Ascendas REIT’s Australian portfolio and optimise returns for unitholders”.

“The total sale price of $125.1 million is approximately 16.8 per cent higher than the total market valuations of the properties of $107.1 million as at 31 December 2020.”

The proposed divestments are expected to complete in the third quarter of 2021.

Ascendas REIT is part of CapitaLand, which owns industrial assets in Singapore, Australia, the United States and Europe.

 

Article Source:www.theurbandeveloper.com

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