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Housing affordability has declined in all states and territories, according to a new report.

New report shows housing affordability has declined in Western AustraliaNEW
12 March 2018

The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) have released the findings of its latest Housing Affordability Report, which found housing affordability declined in Western Australia in the December 2017 quarter.

The national report, which is produced in partnership with Adelaide Bank, showed housing affordability had declined across all states and territories, and rental affordability had declined in every state and territory except for Western Australia and New South Wales.

REIA President Malcolm Gunning said a coordinated and aligned approach by all three levels of Government were needed to address the housing affordability issue.

“We need to address this with some urgency and reform the planning and approval process. We need all tiers of Government involved and implementing change.

“REIA believes a first step in this is the appointment of a Minister of Property Services. This would also recognise the importance of the property sector as a driver of economic growth and employment. Property investment supported by historically low interest rates has been a significant contributor to growth in the Australian economy since 2013-14 as we transition away from a decade-long reliance on mining,” Mr Gunning said.

Housing affordability results for WA
There was a mixed bag of results across WA in the December 2017 quarter, with housing affordability worsening over the quarter but improving when compared to the December 2016 quarter.

The report found the proportion of income required to meet loan repayments increased 1.5 per cent to 23.9 per cent in the three months to December 2017 and declined by 0.3 per cent decline compared to the December 2016 quarter.

First home buyers

The number of first home buyers in WA decreased to 3,996 in the December 2017 quarter, a decrease of 9.8 per cent over the quarter but an increase of 4.9 per cent compared to the same time last year.

Of all Australian first home buyers over the quarter, 12.9 per cent were from WA, while the proportion of first home buyers in the state’s owner-occupier market was 34 per cent.

The average loan to first home buyers increased to $316,067, an increase of 4.1 per cent over the quarter but a decrease of 1.5 per cent compared to the December quarter 2016.


The total number of loans (excluding refinancing) in WA decreased to 11,744, a decrease of 4.2 per cent over the quarter and a decrease of 2.7 per cent compared to the same time last year.

The average loan size increased to $352,796, an increase of 6.8 per cent over the quarter and 0.5 per cent compared to the December quarter 2016.

Perth rental market

Rental affordability in WA remained stable during the December quarter, with the proportion of family income required to meet the median rent remaining at 16.4 per cent, the same as the previous quarter but a decrease of 1.3 percentage points compared to the year before.

For more information about the WA property market, visit the WA market page.

There are 2 men in my roof!

Late one night we noticed some dripping so dutifully moved the furniture, laid down a tarpaulin and buckets, and hoped for the best!

My insurance company sent an assessor and I was advised to do some roof maintenance.

I was lucky enough to get Paul Morris who originally installed the roof when the house was built in 1996.

How lucky am I?

Paul Morris dangerously climbed up to the roof with buckets, tools and roof sheeting.

I only took a picture but cannot watch their feat. Gives me butterflies in my stomach!

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Here are his details in case you need help:

Mobile: 0419 906 473


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Regional WA outperforms Perth for price growth in latest quarter

Regional WA’s overall median house price increased 2.9 per cent during the December 2017 quarter, outperforming the Perth Metro region.

REIWA President Hayden Groves said eight regional centres experienced positive median house price growth, with Karratha the top performer with a 13.5 per cent improvement.

“Busselton, Albany and Esperance also recorded strong price growth, lifting 9.8 per cent, 7.2 per cent and 6.3 per cent respectively.

“Pleasingly, house prices improved across the board, with centres both north and south of Perth showing positive growth. Consumer sentiment in WA improved considerably in the December quarter, up 13.5 per cent which has had a positive flow on effect to the property market. West Australians are feeling more optimistic and buyer enthusiasm is returning,” Mr Groves said.

Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Northam and Port Hedland were the only regions to record declines.

“After recording a significant 19.5 per cent increase in median house price in the September quarter, Port Hedland’s median house price had a minor adjustment in the December quarter,” Mr Groves said.

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Perth property market begins its recovery in December quarter

Perth property market begins its recovery in December quarterNEW
06 February 2018

The Perth property market ended 2017 on a positive note, with December quarter data showing improvements in median prices, sales activity, listing levels and average selling days.

REIWA President Hayden Groves said it boded well for Perth that all key indicators had improved over the quarter.

“The Perth market found its floor and stabilised in the back half of 2017. We now appear to be entering a recovery phase, though REIWA remains cautious about expectations of rapid growth in the next 12 months,” Mr Groves said.

Median house and unit price
Perth’s preliminary median house price increased 1.2 per cent to $516,000 in the December quarter 2017.

“Once all sales have settled, we expect the final December quarter median to lift to $520,000, which is a notable improvement on the September quarter median of $510,000.

“On an annual basis, the Perth market is very stable. We’ve observed consistent price levels between the December 2016 and 2017 quarters which is a strong signifier the market has turned a corner,” Mr Groves said.

Perth’s median unit price is $405,000 for the December 2017 quarter which is a 1.3 per cent increase on the September quarter.

“It’s encouraging to see Perth’s house and unit medians increase over the quarter because it suggests one sector hasn’t recovered at the expense of the other,” Mr Groves said.

Sales activity
There were 4,946 dwelling sales in Perth in the December quarter.

Mr Groves said this figure was expected to lift to 6,700 once all sales had settled, putting it significantly above the September quarter sales figure.

“Traditionally, the September quarter outperforms the December quarter, but that wasn’t the case in 2017. The December quarter is on track to record 14 per cent more sales than the September quarter,” Mr Groves said.

REIWA analysis shows the composition of sales shifted in the December quarter in Perth, with more transactions occurring above $700,000.

“We’ve observed a surge of activity in Perth’s aspirational suburbs, with buyers recognising there is good opportunity to secure a home in these areas which might have previously been considered unattainable by many,” Mr Groves said.

“This spike in sales above $700,000 has also contributed to Perth’s median house price increasing over the quarter.”

Listings for sale
There were 13,088 properties for sale in Perth at the end of the December quarter.

Mr Groves said this was on par with the September quarter figure and six per cent less than the December 2016 quarter figure.

“There were 800 fewer listings in Perth at the end of 2017 than there was in 2016 and some 1,300 less than there were at the same time 2015. We have consistently seen stock levels decline over the last two years as the market trends towards parity,” Mr Groves said.

“Declining listing levels combined with notable improvements in sales activity has helped restore net-demand. With buyer activity increasing, stock levels are being absorbed faster,” Mr Groves said.

Average selling days
It was 10 days faster to sell in the December quarter than it was in the September quarter, with it taking on average 60 days to secure a sale.

It’s been two years since it was this quick to sell in Perth. The combination of sellers’ preparedness to meet the market and buyer appetite for well-priced property has significantly shortened days-on-market,” Mr Groves said.

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New listing hitting the market in Sorrento.

2 Hermite Rise, Sorrento

Located on a large 801sqm lot is this large two storey family home in the perfect location.

This quality Federation built, double brick and tile home comprises of 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms plus a study.

The main living includes open concept meals and family room with garage entry and a functional kitchen with granite bench tops and a scullery window. The adjoining games room opens to the outdoor entertaining area with decking and a pitched pergola. There is a grassed area perfect for a trampoline or family dog.

The home features separates zones, the ground floor compiles of the master bedroom and ensuite, the guest bedroom and study. All children/minor bedrooms are on the second level. Windows on the upper level all have beautiful views of the Sorrento skyline.

Entertain your family and guests in the beautiful underground, crystal-clear pool that’s just screaming to be enjoyed this summer.

Located just minutes from Hillarys Boat Harbor and a short stroll to Perth’s best coastal café strip. Seacrest Park Community Sporting Facility is just down the road and the popular and highly-sought after Sacred Heart College only a 10 minute walk away. This location offers proximity to beautiful beaches with public transport conveniently located at your doorstep.

sacred Heart College is just the other side of the park

There is everything to offer for a family looking to reside with lifestyle…

More features include:
* 5 bedrooms plus study
* 3 bathrooms
* Open plan indoor and outdoor entertaining
* Reverse cycle air conditioning
* Solar panels
* Master suite with ensuite
* Double lock up garage with extra parking for boat or trailer
* Workshop

For more information, please contact Alycee on 0416 188 752.

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My Community helps others in need.

Over the last year, I have become involved with a local community group, and now attend weekly gatherings and contribute in various ways.

We meet at the Emerald Terrace Community Centre in Edgewater to do craft, chat, and do good works too.

We have a table of stuff brought in by various members that we put up for raffle. (Last week my daughter gave me some toys my grandson had grown out of to pass on to other people). During the morning, people wander around and but raffle tickets for the items that interest them. The winner will take one item. A table with more expensive items is for gold coin donations only.

We also have a table of items for free, anyone can help themselves to those.

Another table has the beautiful bread I collect every week from the very generous Dejaxo bakery in Carine Glades. Everyone helps themselves to those too. The leftover bread (and there is always a lot left over!) goes to a Retirement Village.

There is also a table full of home-made jams made from strawberries, plums, grapes, marmalade, and other seasonal fruits, which you can purchase for $2 a jar.

All of the money raised throughout the year is donated to different charities and institutions, helping various groups as much as we can.

It feels good to be a part of a community group like this. Not only for the social aspect but because I am fortunate enough to be in a position to help, and all it takes is a little bit of my time. Which groups or communities are you a part of? Do you find you get a lot out of it?




BMW $1200 1st Anniversary Voucher

I received a voucher of $1200 from BMW as a Christmas gift. A lovely present to be used at Verve Portraits.

Unfortunately I won’t use the voucher. My daughter is a professional photographer doing this type of business and has just done a portrait of her brother.

I didn’t want it to go to waste so I decided to offer it as a gift to my clients.

Thanks to Deb Diamantis at BMW Wangara who provided me with excellent service and made it possible to transfer the gift to whoever I want to.

I sent 375 emails/texts and said that the first one to call would receive the gift.

I had a few calls but the first one was Kyro Saweres, pictured with me.

Thank you all and sorry I could not please everyone.

Wait for my second Anniversary until BMW sends me another gift….maybe.

And you also could consider going to BMW Wangara to purchase a car for yourself.

They offer excellent service and it comes with tea, coffee and lots of smiles. Worth the experience!… Plus the gift which is a bonus, right?








Looking for a rental by the beach?

Looking for for a rental?

This property on the heart of Sorrento, steps away from the beach it will be available for Christmas!

1/14 Padbury Circle in Sorrento is a delightful 2 bedrooms, one bathroom, ne double lock up garage, small courtyard asking $360 a week.

ocean glimpses from the lounge window.

New listing: The Entrance to Paradise

Magnificent gardens and luxurious roses await you beyond the electric gates.
This is a place where you wake up in the morning to the sounds of nature, experiencing a magical moment in your life.
A self-sufficient wonderland – only in Perth could you reside on a 13,000 square meter block with manicured lawns and gardens and still be only a 30 minute drive from the CBD.
But it’s the stillness and peace of mind that will disarm you, which only a property like this can provide.
Impeccably presented family sized home in a semi-rural Eden replete with fruit and nut orchards, vegetable beds and vineyards.
It is like a country /colonial style home with all the modern amenities. The grand formal areas dress to receive the most prestigious visitor.
Reverse cycle air con throughout the house.
This is one home that truly must been seen to be appreciated. Come experience the country charm and to hear the sound of the birds.

• Vast, open-plan kitchen, with adjoining meals/family areas – all high ceilings
• Large master bedroom with adjoining ensuite boasting oversized shower and separate toilet
• The children’s wing has 3 other spacious bedrooms all with built in robes, another complete bathroom and an
activity area. There are 4 toilets in total in the property
• Sunken lounge with a log fire and formal dining room
• Stunning chef’s kitchen with feature granite tops, dishwasher and plenty of storage / bench space and casual
meals area, family room with wood fire
• Separate Games/theatre room with bar
• Study
• A well-appointed laundry with plenty of storage and bench space and its own separate toilet
• Office totally separated from the home with a powder room which can be converted into granny flat/teenagers
• Security alarm system

• Amazing rear yard space with huge all-weather pitched patio area complete with pizza oven and barbecue
• A large gazebo with pitched roof for entertaining
• A massive cellar with sink
• Abundance of native Australian flora and fauna plus fruit and nut orchards, including citrus and stone fruits such as peaches, nectarines, apricots, loquats (agent’s favourite), three varieties of plums, apples, pears, avocados, custard apples (another agent favourite), figs, olives, macadamias and almonds
• A healthy vegetable garden and producing vineyard
• How can you forget the roses? The most amazing quantity of species throughout the garden
• Exterior lights surrounding the property all the way to the vineyard

• Water licence, with 14 stations to maintain the property
• Reverse cycle air-conditioning
• Children’s playground
• 2 cubby-houses/lookout for children and adults
• Two fireplaces
• Solar hot water
• Lock-up electric gate
• Exterior lights around the property
• Couple of large sheds

The worst is likely over for the Perth property market with stable conditions recorded in September quarter

The Perth property market continues to stabilise with preliminary September quarter data revealing steady or improved levels across most key market indicators.

REIWA President Hayden Groves said conditions in the September quarter had mirrored those experienced in the June quarter, which indicated the Perth property market may have finally found its floor.

“We’ve observed six months of stable conditions, with both the June and September quarters posting consistent results. Historically, before a market improves there is a sustained period of level stock, sales activity and house prices, which is what we appear to be witnessing at the moment,” Mr Groves said.

Median house and unit price
Perth’s preliminary median house price for the September quarter came in at $499,000.

“Once all sales have settled, we expect the revised September quarter median to lift to around $515,000, an increase on the June quarter’s $510,000 median,” Mr Groves said.

REIWA analysis shows Perth’s median house price only experienced a marginal one per cent decline when compared to the same time last year.

“Comparatively, between the September quarters in 2015 and 2016, Perth’s quarterly median house price declined by 2.3 per cent. These longer term trends are a good indicator as to the positive direction the market is headed, as the rate of decline is slower than it was two years ago,” Mr Groves said.

Perth’s preliminary median unit price is $395,000 for the three months to September. data projects this figure will lift to $407,000 once all sales have settled, putting it on par with the June quarter median.

“It bodes well for the market that Perth’s house and unit prices are exhibiting signs of recovery simultaneously,” Mr Groves said.

Sales activity
There were 6,960 property sales in Western Australia in the September quarter.

Mr Groves said this preliminary figure was expected to lift to around 8,000 once all sales had settled.

“In the Perth metro region, property sales increased in the September quarter. Once all transactions have settled, we expect sales to exceed 6000, up from 5,730 in June quarter.

“REIWA analysis shows despite softer market conditions, this quarter’s projected sales figure is not far off the 10 year quarterly average of 6,780. Given the challenging economic factors facing the state, it’s a testament to the strength of our local market that it has held up relatively well through the downturn,” Mr Groves said.

Listings for sale
Stock levels in Perth continue to decline, falling from 14,071 at the end of June 2017 to 13,043 at the end of September.

Mr Groves said after a prolonged period of rising listings across the metro area, it was pleasing to see substantial declines occurring.

“The September quarter listing figure is 7.3 per cent lower than the figure recorded at the end of June and 7.9 per cent lower than the figure recorded at the end of September 2016.

“With sales activity trending up and listing levels declining, this has improved net demand across the metro area and contributed to the healthy sales figures we’ve seen this quarter,” Mr Groves said.


Average selling days and discounting

It took on average 70 days to sell a house in Perth in the September quarter.

“This quarter’s average selling day figure is two days slower than it was in the June quarter, but two days faster than it was in the September quarter 2016,” Mr Groves said.

The proportion of vendors required to discount their asking price improved to 53.4 per cent in the September quarter. This is 1.8 per cent less than the June quarter and 4.5 per cent less than the same time last year.

“It’s pleasing to see fewer sellers needing to reduce their asking price. It means they are listening to the advice of their REIWA agents and pricing their homes competitively from the start, negating the need to discount their original asking price,” Mr Groves said.

See the original article here.


Massive family home with indoor pool

Thursday 2nd of November Open from 6:30 to 7pm

Saturday November 4th Open from 1pm to 1:30

Sunday from 1pm to 1:30

Come along to view this massive home!

This home offers so many benefits that I asked the seller to write a story of their abode. And here it is…..

The story of our house began in 1999 when solar architects were engaged to design a solar passive house on a beautiful block of land.

Our house was then built by Dale Alcock and completed in 2000. In case you’re not familiar with it, in passive solar building design, windows, walls, and floors are made to collect, store, and distribute solar energy in the form of heat in the winter and reject solar heat in the summer.

This is called passive solar design because it does not involve the use of mechanical and electrical devices, unlike active solar heating systems. It’s also within walking distance of Sorrento Primary School, Duncraig High School, Sacred Heart College, Robin Reserve and Sorrento Beach. It’s the perfect design in the perfect location!

The house follows the slope of the land with three large double bedrooms at one end of the house, open plan living in the middle, a study/bedroom next to the large main bedroom towards the front of the house as well as an activity or second TV room for the kids.

At the very front of the house is a double garage so the house looks deceptively small from the road but everyone is surprised at the size when they come inside.

The main hallway is 1.5m wide so there is no struggle getting through the house no matter how much shopping you are carrying!

Although at the time many features of our house were considered a bit “greenie”, today we see the benefits. We use Council approved grey water to water the lawn, veggie patch and gardens, and there are five rainwater tanks on the fence line of one boundary which are filled by the runoff from the expansive roof.

Rainwater is then used in the laundry for the washing machine, topping up the under cover pool and extra water on the garden. We do not have air conditioning as we don’t need it but use “The Doctor” sea breeze to cool the house and ceiling fans to move it around.

With extra insulation in all the western facing walls, the house does take a long time to get warm.

There are also 5kW of solar panels on the roof which helps to run the heat pump for the pool so we can swim all year round.

Our undercover entertainment area is big enough for a party or just as your own oasis. There is also a fitted rangehood within the entertainment area and plumbed gas connection, so rain never ruins a BBQ.

And like all good homes, there is wifi throughout with access points in all the rooms and boosters built in to make sure everyone gets the internet.

If you are looking for a big space but still a home and not a house, this may be the home you are looking for.


  • High Ceilings
  • Fresly painted
  • Ceiling fans
  • Indoor pool
  • Split level home
  • 941m2 block