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Will Ipswich Banks cut interest rates as the RBA sits tight?

HOME loan customers in Ipswich should look forward to lenders lowering interest rates out of cycle despite the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) staying on the sidelines with its official cash rate, says mortgage broker network 1300HomeLoan. 1300HomeLoan managing director John Kolenda said it was no surprise to see the RBA keep its official rate…Read More→

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HOME loan customers in Ipswich should look forward to lenders lowering interest rates out of cycle despite the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) staying on the sidelines with its official cash rate, says mortgage broker network 1300HomeLoan.

InterestRates property investors ipswich1300HomeLoan managing director John Kolenda said it was no surprise to see the RBA keep its official rate on hold at the near record low of 3.0 per cent following its March deliberations.

But Mr Kolenda said consumers can anticipate lenders reducing their variable rates while fixed rate home loan products are at an all-time low of 4.79% over two years as banks compete in a tight home finance market.

“Despite no move from the RBA this month, mortgage holders can expect a further lowering of interest rates by lenders out of cycle,” he said.

“The banks have no issues at the moment with cost of funds and we can see them cutting their rates as they aggressively compete for home finance business.

“As the competition intensifies among lenders we could see rates reduced slightly by five to 10 basis points over the coming months.

“The major plus for mortgage holders is rates are unlikely to rise for the foreseeable future.

“This situation presents an excellent opportunity to pay down your mortgage.”

Loan Market corporate spokesman Paul Smith said with positive economic indicators such as a 2.2 per cent inflation rate, an increase in home auction clearance rates and an increase in retail trade the RBA was justified to not adjust the cash rate this month.

“Home owners would certainly welcome lower repayments but the RBA has to consider the wider implications of lowering the cash rate and today they’ve continued with the same wait-and-see strategy displayed over the past two years,” Mr Smith said.

Mr Smith said that there were several sectors and statistics the RBA was going to be watching closely over the next few weeks, whose performance would strongly dictate the direction of future interest rates.

“There are some patches of the economy that will continue to pressure the RBA to lower interest rates in the coming months, especially if the Aussie dollar continues to trade at its present value and if trade data softens,” he said.

Mr Smith said lenders were continuing to forecast a lower cash rate in the next several months, indicated by fixed interest rates continuing to drop.

“Fixed rates remain nearly a full percentage point below most variable rates. This is strong evidence that the lending markets are anticipating a rate cut.

“Additionally, there’s an affluence of reports that cost-of-funds pressures are easing for banks.

“It’s very likely we will see some strong competition in the next few months from lenders looking to offer the lowest interest rates.”

Mr Smith said it was still too early to expect lenders to adjust their variable rates without action from the RBA, unless it was a movement to pass on previous rate cuts or to fall in line with offerings from other banks.

“Even without a rate cut this month, there’s certainly scope for both buyers and existing home owners to get better deals on home loans right now.

“It comes down to shopping around and making sure your home loan matches your personal circumstances and financial goals.”

Alyssa Welke 8 March 2013

Toowoomba Chronicle
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Budget 2021: Queensland Invests $1bn in Housing Fund

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The Queensland government plans to establish a $1 billion housing investment fund according to its 2021-22 budget.

The fund is expected to generate $160 million in four years which will be used to “drive new supply to support current and future housing needs”.

The budget detailed further investment in social housing including $1.8 billion to increase the supply of social housing over four years with $30 million to be spent on fast-tracking these projects this year alone.

This funding along with hospital expansions, new schools in rapid growth areas, infrastructure and a hydrogen feasibility study were some of the key highlights in the state budget.

Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick said the budget highlighted the state’s success in managing Covid and plans for future growth to cope with new residents.

“It is no surprise that more Australians are flocking to Queensland,” Dick said.

“Our state received 30,000 net interstate migrants in 2020, and we are expecting another 85,000 Australians—the equivalent of a city the size of Rockhampton—to call Queensland home over the next four years.

“Meaning our growing state will need more and better roads, schools, hospitals and support programs.”

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▲ Planning is under way on the satellite hospitals which aim to free up capacity in acute hospitals and provide virtual health opportunities. 

There would be $177 million spent in Springfield to create a new public hospital, while the Caboolture Hospital redevelopment would get $103.5 million, $92.4 million was allocated for expanding Ipswich Hospital and $90 million for Logan Hospital.

A further $265 million would be spent delivering satellite hospitals in Bribie Island, Caboolture, Brisbane South, Pine Rivers, Gold Coast, Ipswich and Redlands.

The new schools opening 2023 would be located in Yarrabilba, Ripley, Augustine Heights and Palmview. Six more schools would open in 2024 at Redland Bay, Bellbird Park, Springfield, Collingwood Park two in Logan Reserve.

Infrastructure funding was also on the cards for Bruce Highway upgrades and $1.044bn to extend Gold Coast Light Rail to Burleigh as well as $1.5bn further funding for the Cross River Rail.

 

Article Source: www.theurbandeveloper.com

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Luxury focus as Sammut, Alceon plan $750m of developments

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A joint venture with Alceon Group has supercharged the pipeline of Sydney developer Sammut Group, including a $350 million plan to transform the Cronulla CBD in the city’s southern beach suburbs.

The mixed-used urban renewal project, known as Vue, will cover more than 5000 square metres after Sammut Group was able to pull off a complex site aggregation that cost more than $100 million.

Sammut Group director Allen Sammut said negotiations took a year, encompassing 24 stakeholders across nine properties .

“In the past 15 years there’s probably been half a dozen developers try to put the site together through various schemes, but no one has been able to fully secure every single tenant and landlord there,” said Mr Sammut.

“It was quite a diverse range of negotiations and because they’ve been approached so many times, obviously expectations were always high. I would put it down to local knowledge and a one-on-one approach.

“Even though the negotiations were painful and quite trying at times we were finally able to get there.”

It is the third project Sammut Group and Alceon have partnered on – two in Cronulla and one on the Gold Coast – and a fourth is on the way.

Mr Sammut said the partnership had been a game changer for the business, founded by his father 50 year ago, which specialises in luxury apartment and mixed-used developments around the Cronulla area.

“We’ve formed a great bond with Alceon and probably have about $750 million worth of projects under way,” he said.

They are Vue, another nearby development called Parc, and the company’s first interstate project – Coast, a 35-level apartment building at Surfers Paradise in south-east Queensland.

All are in various stages of planning, while the final project with Alceon, back in Cronulla, is on the verge of being finalised.

Sammut Group now had the financial firepower and the ability to grow beyond its Cronulla roots into new markets, Mr Sammut said.

Its first foray outside NSW, the $200 million Coast project at 43 Garfield Terrace, Surfers Paradise, had been an immediate success.

More than 70 per cent of the 43 apartments have pre-commitments at prices of between $3.5 million and $9 million, even though development (DA) approval is still pending.

The sales were achieved in just three weeks, a reflection of the extremely strong Gold Coast apartment market.

In Cronulla, a development application has also been lodged for Vue, on The Kingsway next to Northies Hotel.

Vue includes 112 apartments, plus commercial and retail space featuring flagship launch tenant Harris Farm Markets, which will open its biggest store in Sydney on the site.

Looking forward, Mr Sammut said the company would target lifestyle destinations “anywhere along the eastern seaboard” that are in the sights of cashed-up downsizers.

 

Article Source: www.afr.co

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RBA keeps interest rates at record low of 0.1% as housing prices hit record highs

The reserve bank has continued to hold interest rates at a record low of 0.1% as house prices across Australia keep rising.

The national housing market rose 2.2% in May, according to the latest data from CoreLogic, following on from a 1.8% rise in April and a 32-year record rise in March of 2.8%.

In Sydney prices rose 3% in May alone, and prices are now up 9.5% in only the past three months (March-May).

They rose 8.5% in the first three months of 2021 – the largest quarterly rise since records began. The median house price in Sydney is now $970,355.

Prices have reached record highs even though borders have been closed for more than a year and immigration halted, with the boom fuelled largely by Australian buyers with improved savings and low interest rates.

Tim Lawless, the research director of CoreLogic, said housing values were up “across every capital city over the month, with both house and unit values lifting across the board”.

He said soaring prices were due to “the combination of improving economic conditions and low interest rates”.

“At the same time, advertised supply remains well below average,” he said. “This imbalance between demand and supply is continuing to create urgency amongst buyers, contributing to the upwards pressure on housing prices.”

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According to CoreLogic, the number of homes listed for sale nationally is 24% below the five-year average.

And even as supply picks up, continuing high demand means that sales still exceed supply.

“The sales-to-new listings ratio remains around 1.1, meaning for every new listing there is more than one sale occurring,” Lawless said. “This rapid rate of absorption is keeping advertised inventory levels extremely low, despite the rise in new listings. As a consequence, vendors remain in a strong selling position while buyers have a weak position at the negotiation table.”

Prices rose 3.2% in Hobart over the past month, 3% in Sydney, 2.7% in Darwin, 2% in Brisbane, 1.9% in Adelaide, 1.8% in Melbourne and 1.7% in Canberra,

The combined capital city prices rose 2.3%. Prices in combined regional areas rose 2%. Out of 334 subregions analysed by Corelogic, 97% recorded a house price rise.

“Such a synchronised upswing is an absolute rarity across Australia’s diverse array of housing markets,” Lawless said.

The CoreLogic report also found that “worsening affordability pressures are likely to impact first homebuyers more than other segments of the market” and “there are already signs that first homebuyer demand is pulling back”.

“Investors, on the other hand, are stepping up their activity across the housing market, motivated by prospects for continued capital gain and low interest rates,” CoreLogic said.

Over the past year, house prices have risen 20% in Canberra, 16.3% in Adelaide, 15.1% in Brisbane, 11.2% in Sydney, and 5% in Melbourne.

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