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Good opportunity for buyers near Perth’s inner city

Good opportunity for buyers near Perth’s inner cityNEW
09 September 2017
Author: REIWA President Hayden Groves

If you were to ask people in Sydney or Melbourne whether it was possible to secure a house – not just an apartment, but a house – within 10 kilometres of the CBD for under $500,000, you’d likely be met with mirth.

Purchasing any property in Sydney or Melbourne for under $500,000 is challenging, let alone finding a property for that price just a few kilometres away from the city. It’s this point of difference that keeps the dream of home ownership alive for many more people in Western Australia than it does in other parts of the country.

For instance, unlike the major markets on the east coast, you don’t need to move miles away from the city to be able to get onto the property ladder. There are numerous suburbs within 10 kilometres of the city that offer fantastic value to savvy buyers and investors.

Perth’s 10 cheapest suburbs within 10 kilometres of the CBD
A recent report by reiwa.com revealed Perth’s 10 cheapest suburbs within 10 kilometres of the city. Nollamara, located 10 kilometres north of the CBD, took out first spot with a median house price of $410,000 for the year to June 2017. This is extraordinarily good value, and doesn’t even factor the suburb’s lower quartile price, which sits at $375,000.

Other suburbs to make the list were Cloverdale, Belmont, Redcliffe, Bentley, Embleton, Osborne Park, Kewdale, Morley and Carlisle. And of these 10 suburbs, seven were located east of the city.

The eastern corridor of Perth’s inner city is a growing area that presents particularly good value. With the Perth Stadium and surrounding infrastructure nearing completion, the opportunity is certainly there for savvy buyers and investors to purchase in a fast growing area at a relatively affordable price.

Get in quick!
We are very lucky here in Perth that there are still great bargains to be had in and around the CBD, but as WA’s population inevitably grows, it is unlikely inner city living will remain this attainable. By 2050, the state’s population is expected to have almost doubled, and as we’ve seen in most major cities around the world, as population density increases so too does the cost of real estate.

The Perth property market currently favours buyers, but property markets are cyclical and conditions will change. With signs emerging that we may have finally found, or be close to finding, the ‘floor’ of our local housing market, I would advise buyers to act sooner rather than later if you’re wanting to secure an affordable house close to the city.

Speak to a local REIWA agent in your area to discuss the options available to you.

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Changes in Real Estate concerning Sellers for properties over $750.000,00

As from July 1, 2017 the changes to this legislation will apply to contracts entered into on or after 1 July 2017 for real property disposals where the contract price is $750,000 or more. Contracts entered into prior to July 1 are exempt
The following matters should be noted:
1. Rules will apply to sales at $750,000 and above.
2. The Buyer has an obligation to deduct 12.50% withholding tax on the sale price unless the seller can supply a FOREIGN RESIDENT CAPITAL GAINS WITHHOLDING CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE.
3. If it is partnership selling the property then all the partners must apply for a clearance certificate in their own name.
4. If it is a trust or superannuation fund selling the property then the trustees must apply for the clearance certificate in the Trustees’ name. 5. Clearance certificates once granted only are valid for a twelve month period What makes this requirement confusing as the name given to these certificates, because it is in fact Australian residents who need to apply for the clearance certificate so that tax is not deducted at the time of sale.
It is imperative that you give this advise to all your Sellers.

It is best to have the Sellers acknowledge this requirement has been brought to their attention and if they wish to obtain further information they should address their enquiries to the Australian Taxation Office.
Nevertheless we should ensure that we have informed the Seller/s of the ATO requirement.

Furthermore all the Agents have an obligation to bring this requirement to the attention of a Buyer.
All the Agencies should have the appropriate forms to inform Sellers and Buyers

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Call anytime and I will be there before you can say ‘Jump!’ Appraisals are still free if you wish only to find out how much your property is worth. Maybe you have a friend that you can refer to me?

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Stamp Duty axed for first home buyers!

On June 1st, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that first home buyers across the state will be exempt from paying stamp duty on existing and new homes up to $650,000. There will also be stamp duty concessions for properties between $650,000 and $800,000.

The changes, which will come into effect 1st July 2017, also include a $10,000 grant for builders of new homes up to $750,000, and purchasers of new properties worth up to $600,000. The previous $5000 New Home Grant Scheme will end.

As part of the reform to address housing affordability, the government has said that the stamp duty charged on lender’s mortgage insurance will also be abolished. For an individual with $50,000 in savings looking to purchase a $800,000 home, this could mean saving approximately $2900.

Foreign investment

In an effort to slow down the competition first home buyers face, foreign investors will now pay double the stamp duty surcharge – from 4% to 8% – and land tax will increase from 0.75% to 2%.

Investors

To decelerate investor competition for first home buyers in entering the market, the government will axe the ability for investors to defer paying stamp duty on residential off the plan purchases,

In addition, the State government has committed to increasing the supply of land as a means to tackle the current constraints, adding that $3 billion will be invested in infrastructure.

The exemption, is said to benefit about 25,000 first home buyers every year, with an average of $8000 worth of savings for new or existing homes.

Lots buyers around. What are they waiting for to submit an offer?

I have been driving around the coastal suburbs and I am amazed by the numbers of properties on the market that have not been sold yet.
Superb properties!
Great prices!
And buyers are not moving on them!
What are they waiting for?
Trump? That is old news and far away.
Mining boom?
That is gone and not coming back!
Jobs?
A lots of jobs around but not same salary as it was before GFC.
Real Estate sells in ANY MARKET.
People move because they’re…
Downsizing in size
Downsizing mortgage
Upsizing for new babies or parents moving in
Change of schools
Moving closer to family
Retiring, etc, etc, etc.
So, there is never a “bad market” only you may not get your price because you are chasing the market down.
Be smart! Sell today. Tomorrow may cost you thousands of more dollars to sell what you should have sold 3 months ago.
Good luck!

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You can also buy as investment.

How to maximise your selling price

21 December 2016
Author: REIWA President Hayden Groves

Often home owners who decide to sell finally get around to completing jobs around the house they had been intending to do for years.

Fixing the paving, painting the front fence and repairing the side gate are typical examples of ‘little’ jobs that fit into the “I must get to that one day” category.

The little jobs matter
When preparing your home for sale, these ‘little’ jobs are important in achieving an expedient sale at the highest possible selling price. This is because buyers typically notice the little jobs too; an ill-fitting gate is easily and cheaply repaired, yet can loom large in the buyer’s mind as a more major problem that hints at other areas of the property being neglected.

Beware of over-capitalising
Of course, you need to be cautious about “over-capitalising” when preparing to sell. Replacing a bathroom and renovating a kitchen are expensive and, depending on the property and its location, may prove counterproductive in the effort to achieve the best price.

For example, if you were to take a quality home on a lot worth $700,000 in a suburb where the median house price was of that same value, then investing in a new kitchen and bathroom that cost, say, $80,000 may not be the best idea, as it is probably more difficult to sell that property at $800,000. This is partly because it is already above the suburb’s median house price.

Conversely, an original cottage in a well-established affluent suburb is more likely to benefit from renovations when preparing to sell due to the higher demand for “finished” properties in those sought-after areas.

How to present your home for sale
Obviously, each property and circumstance engenders a variety of options for sellers when preparing to sell, and opinions from real estate agents on the matter are, as always, subjective.

In general terms however, presenting a clean and tidy home is always going to help your cause in selling at the best price.

A client once suggested to me that you should “present it like you don’t live in it” – which is probably a fair description.

Paint out bright colours on internal walls, de-clutter by storing away trinkets and excess family photos, clear the fridge of magnets and kids’ school art and place items neatly in storage cupboards.

Small things do make a difference. Paint and gardens are two areas of focus that can make a disproportionate difference to the selling price (relative to their cost and the effort involved).

These tasks can usually be completed by the seller themselves which helps keep costs down and can make an amazing difference to the presentation of the home and therefore the price of the property.

To find a REIWA real estate agent to help sell your home, visit reiwa.com AgentFinder.

First Home Owners Grant increases to $15,000

03 January 2017

First home buyers purchasing newly built properties will now have access to a $15,000 First Home Owners Grant until 31 December 2017.

Announced last week, Premier Colin Barnett said the decision to increase the grant from $10,000 to $15,000 would help first home buyers enter the property market, stimulate construction in WA’s housing market and provide around 2,000 new jobs.

“We are conscious about housing affordability and this boost will provide more families an opportunity to get into the housing market,” Mr Barnett said.

Speaking to ABC Online last week, REIWA President Hayden Groves said he was worried the increase to the grant would be a detriment to the property market and would like to see the same incentive given to first home buyers purchasing existing homes.

“As an Institute we’re a little concerned that the gap between established property and new property for first home buyers is getting larger,” Mr Groves said.

As with the existing grant, the boost payment applies to new homes up to the value of $750,000 (or up to one million dollars if the home is located north of the 26th parallel).

Perth’s median house price increases again

Perth’s median house price increased by nearly two per cent in the three months to December 2016.

REIWA President Hayden Groves said reiwa.com data showed the median house price had lifted 1.9 per cent to $535,000 over the three month period.

“This is the second month in a row that we’ve seen an increase in the median house price, which is a welcome trend and suggests that the trade-up sector of the market is recovering.

“Since the second half of 2016, we’ve seen prices across the metro area start to lift on a monthly basis. If you’re a buyer waiting for the ‘bottom of the market’, you would be wise to make a buying decision soon should this trend continue.

“The benefit of buying now is that there is currently less competition from other buyers, so you’re more likely to find a home or investment property that genuinely meets your needs,” Mr Groves said.

Listings for sale in Perth experienced an 11 per cent decline in December, with 13,883 listings recorded in the metro area.

“It’s not unusual for listing volumes to drop off in December as the market tends to be quieter over the festive period. More significantly though, listings in December 2016 were three per cent lower than in December 2015 which is a good indication that we’ve seen supply peak,” Mr Groves said.

Perth rental market
In line with seasonal trends, leasing activity in Perth’s rental market moderated slightly in December, dropping back two per cent over the month. However, when compared to December 2015, activity has escalated by a noteworthy 27 per cent.

“We expect to see a slowdown in leasing activity across the month as people prepare for the holidays, so a two per cent drop isn’t a concern. The hike in the number of properties leased on an annual basis however is very pleasing and there’s been a significant increase compared to the same time in December 2015.

“Despite listings for rent remaining above the long term average, tenants are still very active in the market and recognise they have good choice to secure a home at a competitive price,” Mr Groves said.

Another positive sign for the Perth rental market is that the median house and unit prices remained steady over the three months to December 2016, holding at $380 and $340 per week respectively.

For more information about your local property market, visit the WA market section.