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What economists predict for Australian house prices in 2019

In the middle of last year, several top economists were predicting house prices to in fact increase in 2018 – one forecasting as much as nine per cent, but since then house prices have experienced their largest and longest peak to trough decline in recent history spurred on by increased housing affordability constraints, a banking royal commission with a microscope on lending standards, and APRA’s restrictions on new investor loans.

Now that the price falls are well and truly in motion, all five economists recently surveyed by The Australian Financial Review forecast national house values would continue to drop in 2019, with Sydney, the epicentre of the downturn, dragging down the national average.

Stephen Koukoulas, of Market Economics, was most downbeat about the state of the property market, with expectations prices would fall in Sydney between 7.5 per cent and 10 per cent in 2019 after a drop of 7.5 per cent in 2018.

Nationally, he predicted house prices would fall by between five per cent and 7.5 per cent.

“From the 3rd quarter in 2019, I am forecasting some stability in prices as supply and demand forces underpin new activity,” Mr Koukoulas said.

By then he expected cashed-up first-home buyers would be lining up to take advantage of increased levels of affordability.

A key consideration for Geordan Murray, HIA acting principal economist, is that while population growth is slowing, it remains strong and will ensure ongoing demand for housing throughout the cycle.

“The labour market has been improving and is projected to continue to do so. This should contribute to further modest improvements in wage growth,” Mr Murray said.

“There are risks around borrowing costs.”

A key issue mentioned by the economists was that at some point in 2019 is whether the RBA may be forced to consider another interest rate cut if the slump in home prices starts to impact consumer spending and the outlook for inflation.

While each economist offered a variation on how much prices would fall in 2019, each attributed the tightening of credit, rising mortgage rates, and a surge in new supply to the further softening of the market.

To see each economist’s predictions, read the full article on the Australian Financial Review. Please note you will need to be an AFR subscriber to read the full article.

This month the RBA announced that it would leave the official cash rate at 1.5%*

How Much Can I Borrow?

Before you can set a realistic budget for buying your dream home, you’ll first need to find out how much you can borrow.

Your borrowing power depends on your income, assets and current living expenses, as well as the size of your deposit and credit history.

Here are three things to consider in order to potentially improve your borrowing power.

1. How much can you save for a home loan?

Living expenses have a way of eating into your cash flow, so keep a record of what you’re spending. You might be surprised to see where your money is going – and how much you can save.

Cutting back on large and unnecessary expenses might help boost your borrowing capacity, but you don’t have to be too strict with your budget – make sure there is a little wiggle room for things like holidays or brunches with friends.

2. How much deposit do you need for a home loan?

As a general rule, the more money you can put down upfront the better. Sometimes this isn’t an option, therefore a Low Deposit Loan might suit you – often referred to as a No deposit home loan- although this shouldn’t be your first preference.

Not only does a bigger deposit mean you won’t have to borrow as much, it may also help you avoid paying LMI ( Lenders Mortgage Insurance) protects the lender if you default on your repayments.

You are typically required to pay LMI if you need to borrow over 80% of the purchase price, but even a 20% deposit may not cover stamp duty and other fees and charges associated with buying a property.

If you need to add these costs onto your home loan, you may end up over the 80% threshold and liable for LMI, so aim to save at least 25% of the purchase price to create a bit of a buffer.

3. How is your credit rating?

Potential home loans lenders will access your credit history to see if you can afford the loan you are applying for, and whether or not you are likely to repay it.

Having a bad credit history may reduce your borrowing power and can potentially increase your interest rate, so make sure you review your credit history every 12 months to correct any mistakes.

It’s also a good idea to try to avoid extending the limit on a credit card or taking out a loan for a new car in the months before applying for a home loan, as the number of times lenders request your report can impact your credit score.

Understanding your financial position is the first step to boosting your borrowing power. Budgeting carefully, setting a savings goal and building a strong credit history can all help take the stress out of applying for a home loan.

 

 

 

House sales increase significantly in Pilbara region

2018

There was a significant increase in house sales in the Pilbara region during the June 2018 quarter.
REIWA President Hayden Groves said reiwa.com data showed sales activity had increased a significant 24.7 per cent in Karratha and 16.1 per cent in Port Hedland.

“Sales were also up on an annual basis, with activity in Karratha increasing 41.2 per cent between the June 2017 and 2018 quarters and 5.2 per cent in Port Hedland,” Mr Groves said.

This increase in sales has put downward pressure on listing levels, with reiwa.com data showing there were 27.4 per cent fewer properties for sale in Karratha compared to the June 2017 quarter and 32.3 per cent fewer in Port Hedland.

“With sales activity increasing significantly this quarter, listing stock in the Pilbara region is now being absorbed at such a rate that there’s genuine competition amongst buyers for quality properties,” Mr Groves said.

reiwa.com data also shows house prices in Karratha and Port Hedland have stabilised.

“Karratha’s median house price should settle at $315,000 for the June 2018 quarter, while Port Hedland’s median house price should come in at $205,000. Both median house prices have held up well over the last year, with little change recorded in either price,” Mr Groves said.

“It’s no secret the Pilbara region’s housing market was greatly affected by the WA market downturn. However, the June 2018 quarter results are very encouraging and indicate the Pilbara region is finding its feet again.

“The Pilbara region is one to watch over the next 12 months. The announcement of three new mining projects in the region by BHP, Rio Tinto and FMG has gone a long way to restoring confidence in the area. These new projects are expected to create 20,000 local jobs in the 2018-19 financial year, which will support population growth in the region and improve demand for housing in the area

313 West Coast Drive, Trigg is for sale!

Asking price is $5.500,000

 

Why would you want to live anywhere else? This beautifully designed masterpiece combines location with luxury and boasts spectacular, uninterrupted ocean views.

Ray White is proud to be the listing agent of 313 West Coast Drive.

Finished to the highest of quality, this Webb and Brown Neaves built home creates a perfect balance between indoor and outdoor living. Featuring five bedrooms, four bathrooms and two double garages, you will be only meters from the crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean.

With a scullery, built in coffee machine, integrated floor to ceiling fridge, granite bench tops and mesmerising ocean views, the kitchen really is the star of the home.

The light and bright open-plan family/dining and kitchen area flows seamlessly with the expansive balcony to create the ideal vibe for entertaining. Impress your guests with stunning 180-degree sunset views while enjoying a glass of bubbles.

The west-facing master suite is located on the third storey and offers holiday-style luxury in the comfort of your own home. The four minor bedrooms are all double in size and offer either walk-in or built-in robes, two of which also have ensuites.

Outside continues to impress, the large alfresco entertaining area features an outdoor kitchenette complete with a mini-fridge, sink and BBQ. Listen to the beats from your built-in surround sound system and enjoy the hot summer days in your very own sparkling below-ground pool and spa.

It doesn’t end there, other features include:

  • Smart home with tablet controls
  • Ducted reverse-cycle air-conditioning throughout
  • Central vacuum System
  • Security alarm
  • Separate theatre room
  • Electric window shades
  • 2 x 500 litre underground water tanks
  • Solar panels
  • High ceilings
  • Italian travertine tiles throughout
  • Parking for 7 cars

 

Located on arguably Perth’s best coastal café strip, you will have it all in arms reach from your spectacular Trigg home. Relish in a location that offers it all.

Words do not do this home justice, you need to see to believe!

View by appointment only, call Alycce on 0416 188 752.

 

 

 

Ocean front in Trigg for sale

Webb & Brown Neaves 3 storey high with an elevator for sale for the first time.
625m2 of building including 4 car garage.
5 large bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, study, home office, theater, fabulous kitchen with all the toys and technology of today’s modern existence.
Swimming pool
Pictures arrebentar than a thousand words.
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Price tag: $5.5
Everything you dream off!
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Seven common mistakes investors makeI

uWhen it comes to winning big in real estate, many turn to property investment. But achieving success takes time and patience, with only a handful making it past their first investment.
To ensure you don’t fall into the property trap talk to an expert and do research.

1. Don’t buy in an overheated market

Momentum Wealth Research Advisor Shaun Strickland said many investors see reports of unprecedented growth in one area and assume this must be the next ‘boom’ suburb.

“If you are reading about a boom in the media, chances are it is already too late to be buying in the suburb. Instead, investors need to be identifying areas that are likely to outperform in the long-term, which is where the advice of a professional buyer’s agent could prove invaluable,” Mr Strickland said.

2. Not doing enough homework

The property market is always changing, and you will never know EVERYTHING there is to know about real estate. But, doing your homework nonetheless is essential and studying the suburb you wish to buy in will make it worth your while.

Mr Strickland believes research is the cornerstone to a successful property investment.

“Identifying high-performing properties requires analysis of demand and supply, knowledge of the local demographic, consistent market monitoring and awareness of other key growth factors,” he said.

“Once investors have narrowed their search to a specific suburb, they will then need to assess the potential of individual streets and properties.”

Another common mistake investors make is that they tend to only research properties within five kilometres of their current location.

Mr Strickland also said “whilst it’s a natural reaction for investors to look in areas they are most familiar with, this could result in them missing out on key investment opportunities elsewhere.”

3. No backup cash

According to Momentum Wealth Finance Team Leader Caylum Merrick, many investors fall into the trap of not saving up a sufficient cash buffer once they’ve actually acquired a property, which could leave them in a disadvantaged position should unexpected scenarios arise such as property repairs, rises in interest rates or tenants leaving a property.

Mr Merrick advises investors to set aside a cash buffer to cover unexpected costs for each property in their portfolio.

“We also advise investors to work with an experienced property manager to understand any of the potential costs that could occur for their particular property,” he said.

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4. Cross-collateralisation

This is when more than one property is used as security for a loan or multiple loans.

“Cross-collateralisation can significantly reduce an investor’s ability to borrow in the future, so it is especially important to seek the help of a mortgage specialist who fully understands their financial needs and long-term investment goals.

“Choosing the right loan strategy from the start can significantly maximise an investor’s borrowing capacity and give them more flexibility moving forward,” Mr Merrick said.

5. No plan, no gain

All property investors have one goal – to build a lucrative property portfolio. However getting there without a plan or goal will backfire. As the old saying goes, if you fail to plan you plan to fail.

You need to have an end vision of where you want to end up and then follow a strategic plan to get there.

6. Thinking with your heart not your head

With the Perth property market starting to show signs of recovery and stabilisation, interest will grow from property investors, meaning buyers need to act fast to secure their ideal property.

An investment should be look at as a business decision. Making an ’emotional purchase’ is to be avoided at all costs. A decision driven by your heart can lead you to over-capitalise rather than prioritise the best outcome for your investment goals.

Base your decision on facts, statistics and research.

7. Choosing to self-manage

Seeking the advice of a professional can help you avoid making simple mistakes, and they can also play a vital role in helping investors identify opportunities to maximise rental returns.

“Property investment experts can assist investors in identifying properties with the highest growth prospects that a single investor may not be able to discover or analyse on his or her own,” Mr Strickland said.

It can be very daunting trying to handle all aspects of property investment on your own, especially if you have a portfolio of more than one or two properties.

Momentum Wealth Asset Management Advisor Clare Christiansen said property managers play an important role not only in the day-to-day running of properties, but also in supporting an investor’s overall investment strategy and protecting their long-term wealth.

“Property investment doesn’t stop at the acquisition of a property,” she said.

“Savvy investors will also realise that smart asset management is key to their long-term wealth strategy.”

Read more about why property managers are vital to a successful investment.

What condition should the property be in at settlement?

One of the most widely misunderstood elements of real estate is what condition a property should be in at settlement or possession.

What does ‘buying as inspected’ really mean?

In short, a property is sold “as inspected”. If there was dust on a ceiling fan when you first inspected before contracting to buy then the fan can be dusty at settlement. The same goes for a dirty oven, a blown light globe or a squeaky laundry door. If it was dirty, blown or squeaky at inspection before purchase then so it should be at settlement.

Buyers will typically expect that the property is handed over to them spick n’ span and thankfully most house-proud sellers leave their homes in an appropriate condition when moving out, however legally there is no obligation for them to do so.

What should you expect at settlement?

If you’re buying a home, it’s smart to have a realistic expectation of what to expect at settlement.

Unless otherwise specified in the contract, the seller is under no obligation to have the property professionally cleaned for settlement and it is surprising how few buyers ask that such a condition be included.

The seller’s only obligation under the contract (Clause 6.1(b) 2 of the General Conditions) is to “…remove from the Property, before possession, all vehicles, rubbish and chattels, other than the Property Chattels.”

Many modern contracts to purchase include provision for essential plumbing, gas and electrical components to be working at settlement. Hence, if at settlement the toilet cistern leaks then the seller ought to make good because the contract says so.

It is trickier when, for example, a telephone jack doesn’t work at settlement. It is not strictly electrical but it is probably reasonable for a buyer to assume that it was functioning at inspection. This is partly because, caveat emptor (buyer beware) has all but disappeared according to some legal practitioners. The onus is probably on the seller to disclose (in this case) that the telephone jack didn’t work.

How to ensure you’re happy with the property at settlement

My view is that buyers need to take reasonable steps to ensure the property they have bought will be presented to them in a condition they are satisfied with.

This can be achieved by either contracting with the seller to guarantee it and/or being more thorough when inspecting the property in the first instance. Ask the agent if it’s ok to turn on taps, flush loos, flick switches, open and close doors, open the oven, turn on the dishwasher and so on before making an offer to purchase.

Buyers ought to have a realistic expectation of what to expect at settlement when buying an established home and acknowledge that opinions of presentation are subjective.

If you’re unsure about what to expect, it’s a good idea to speak with the agent selling the property about your concerns.

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Best time to buy in Perth since 2013

March 2018 quarter has revealed it’s the best time to buy in Perth since 2013.

The Index, released quarterly, assesses whether it’s better to buy or rent in Perth based on past and current trends in the economic and property market climate.

REIWA President Hayden Groves said the March 2018 quarter index showed the annual rate of house price growth required over 10 years to break even in the Buy-Rent Index had declined from 3.3 per cent to 3.1 per cent over the quarter, suggesting an improvement for prospective homebuyers weighing up the decision.

“To put that into perspective, Perth’s annual house price growth rate has been 5.9 per cent for the last 15 years. Based on the March 2018 quarter Index, house prices in Perth would only need to grow by more than 3.1 per cent annually for buying to be considered more financially beneficial than renting,” Mr Groves said.

“This improvement in buying conditions can be attributed to the Perth median house price softening by 1.9 per cent during the March quarter, while the median house rent price increased $5 to $360 per week. We also saw the 10 year average mortgage rate drop to 6.43 per cent, which means home owners are paying less on their mortgage repayments.

“This is the most affordable buying environment we’ve seen in Perth for some time, so if you’ve been weighing up whether to buy, now is the time to take advantage of favourable market conditions,” Mr Groves said.

Mr J-Han Ho, a Property Researcher and Senior Lecturer in the School of Economics and Finance at Curtin University, said the data indicated a continued improvement for the home buyer in the near future.

“Our analysis shows home buyers gaining an advantage, largely due to the low interest rates for home loans, home ownership costs continuing to be affordable and the median rents stabilising,” Mr Ho said.

Real Facts. Pictures worth a thousand words.

Member Real Facts 22 May 2018 Sales activity experienced stability over the week, with REIWA members reporting no change in weekly sales at 538.

The overall steadiness in weekly sales is attributed to a seven per cent rise in house sales, a four per cent fall in unit sales, and a 34 per cent fall in vacant land sales over 1th2 e week. 2 3 PROPERTY SALES TOP SELLING SUBURBS

Total properties listed for sale grew over week to 14,896. Listings for houses and units both remained stable.

Whilst listings for vacant HOUSES 418 North of the River
Morley 9 land increased by four per cent. UNITS 72 Bayswater 7

The total number of listings recorded this week are on par with levels seen four weeks ago, but are one per cent lower than levels seen a year ago.

LAND 48 Member Real Facts 22 May 2018 Turning to the rental market, REIWA members reported total properties available for rent fell to 8,324 over the week.

Location! Location! Location! Free Park!

37 Orient Circuit, Hillarys

Make an offer! Asking price: $775000

Professionally freshly painted walls, ceilings and doors, display presentation facing a park!

Double-storey home, with self-contained living on the ground floor.
The upper-floor master bedroom and ensuite flows seamlessly outside to a private Balcony where you can enjoy views of the tree-lined reserve nearby.

Also upstairs are three minor bedrooms and the second bathroom.
You’re so close to the coast where you can enjoy an enviable lifestyle, including golden beaches, Hillarys Marina, with specialty shops and restaurants and public transport.
The home’s kitchen boasts soft-closing cabinetry, dual stainless-steel sink, dishwasher, oversized cavity for a combined fridge/freezer, gas cooktops, 600ml oven and pantry plus a third toilet of the adjacent laundry.
Reverse-cycle, ducted air-conditioning services upstairs and the living areas downstairs.
The double lock-up garage and low maintenance gardens round-out this wonderful home.

 

 

 

Oops! Under Offer already! Didn’t even came to market!

Almost about to come and…..GONE!

37 Orient Circuit, Hillarys

While Sellers had painters and cleaners preparing the house to go to market I was busy working my own database and showing the property to prospective buyers.

It is now Under Contract!

  1. Are you thinking of selling? I am looking for more homes to sell.

Double-storey home, with self-contained living on the ground floor.
The ground-floor master bedroom and ensuite is offset by a gorgeous open-plan living space, which flows seamlessly outside to a private courtyard.
Upstairs are three minor bedrooms and the second bathroom as well as a private balcony where you can enjoy views of the tree-lined reserve nearby.
You’re so close to the coast where you can enjoy an enviable lifestyle, including golden beaches, Hillarys Marina, with specialty shops and restaurants and public transport.
The home’s kitchen boasts soft-closing cabinetry, dual stainless-steel sink, dishwasher, oversized cavity for a combined fridge/freezer, gas cooktops, 600ml oven and pantry plus a third toilet of the adjacent laundry.
Reverse-cycle, ducted air-conditioning services upstairs and the living areas downstairs.
The double lock-up garage and low maintenance gardens round-out this wonderful home.