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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.

Perth rental market subdued in June quarter, but annual leasing figures remain strong

Leasing activity in Perth was more subdued in the June quarter than it was in the March quarter, but when compared to the same time in 2016 reiwa.com data shows leasing levels in Perth increased by six per cent.

REIWA President Hayden Groves said although activity had dropped off across the metro area in the three months to June, annual activity levels had continued to improve.

“The data for the June quarter 2017 clearly shows an uptick in activity on an annual basis across the board, which is pleasing. We’re seeing notably more properties being leased now than we were this time last year.

“All five sub-regions saw lifts in their annual activity levels. The stand out performers were the South East and Central sub-regions, which improved by 10.5 per cent and 6.6 per cent respectively when comparing June quarter 2017 to June quarter 2016,” Mr Groves said.

Despite Perth experiencing a decline in activity on a quarterly basis, there were a number of suburbs throughout the metro area which saw the volume of leased rentals increase over the quarter.

“Huntingdale, Booragoon, Bedford, Aubin Grove and Sorrento saw the biggest improvement in leasing activity in the three months to June 2017,” Mr Groves said.

Median rent price
Perth’s overall median rent price softened in the June quarter, edging back slightly to $350 per week from $360 in the March quarter.

Mr Groves said this was a trend felt across each of the sub-regions, but a number of suburbs had stood out over the quarter, recording increases in their overall median rent price.

“Karrinyup in the Central sub-region was the best performing suburb for rent price, with its overall median lifting to $570 per week for the three months to June.

“Other suburbs to record positive growth to their median rent prices were Booragoon, East Fremantle, Mount Pleasant and Mindarie,” Mr Groves said.

reiwa.com data shows the median house rent price for the three months to June came in at $360 per week, while Perth’s median unit price was recorded at $330 per week.

Average leasing days
It took an average of 52 days for Perth landlords to secure a tenant for their rental in the June quarter.

Mr Groves said the figure recorded for the three months to June was fairly steady on the March quarter, having only increased by one day.

“This stability was felt across all sub-regions, with only minor changes recorded in the average leasing day figure for the June quarter. The North West sub-region was the only sub-region to experience a reduction in the number of days it took to lease a property, while the South East sub-region saw no change,” Mr Groves said.
Transcript from REIWA

My birthday is coming up on August 14th. It is a big one: what do I want? Listings! Can you help?

Houses, duplexes, investments, blocks, anything. I want to sell them all!

Why would you give them to me?

I would like to answer that is your trust in me that will bring you the premium price for your asset.

I am refreshed, charged up after a long holiday visiting relatives and ready to work for another 3 years to be able to go back and visit my family again. In the meantime I want to my to keep myself busy doing what I do best: selling real-estate.

How about making it your gift to me?

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?

Or if you want just a chat about anything related to real-estate, like refinancing, renting, house-sitting, market statistics, interest rates, if you’re wondering ‘shall I sell, develop, or sit on it?’

What can I see in my crystal ball in the future?
Hmmmm….

I am a call away: 0416188752

Across from a park!

Oops! I think by the time you read this newsletter the house will be sold. Listed and sold in 6 days. It is a record in today’s market.

Situated on a corner block, across from Seacrest Park, some ocean glimpses from kitchen window. Fabulous double car garage to house 5 cars.

Accommodation consists of a large master bedroom with separate en suite, reasonable size walk-in robe. Additionally there are three bedrooms, 2 of which equipped with double wardrobes and the fourth bedroom can also have multiple uses like office ( working from home), hairdressing salon or activity area with access from garage. 2 bathrooms and study.

This family home is perfect for outdoor entertaining, with sufficient space for the new owners to install a pool, allowing you to enjoy the company of others.

Approved plans to build up and enjoy the most fantastic views of park and the ocean.

There is nothing left to do but move in and bask in the Sorrento lifestyle, which is ideally located in close proximity to public transport, prestigious schools and the tantalising tastes and sounds of this beachside suburb. Around the corner from Sacred Heart College.

The main hub is a combined family and meals zone that benefits from an open-plan layout and is where most of your casual time will be spent, flowing on from a stunning kitchen that is loaded with extensive storage options and comprises of an island work and breakfast bench, dishwasher,a double sink, a commercial range hood.

Walk to a plethora of local parklands, as well as the nearby Sorrento Medical Centre and Harman Road Medical Centre, whilst Sorrento Primary School, Sacred Heart College, Seacrest Park’s lush playing fields, Hillarys Boat Harbour, beaches, Sorrento and Marmion, popular cafes, award-winning restaurants, public transport and convenient freeway access are all only a matter of minutes away from this very special residence. The coast is clear – make your move, today!

FEATURES;

· 4 bedrooms

· 2 bathrooms

· Study

· 3 split reverse cycle air conditioning

· Garage for 5 cars

· Hardwood floors throughout

· Sunken Lounge and Family room

· Bedroom/office/activity area

· Aproved plans to build up

A new trend or a new way to sell your property: Open Negotiation

It is like an Auction but more transparent. You bid online or with your Agent.
The benefits of why buyers would get themselves registered straight away and not wait until a week before the Open Negotiation starts.

This is what we say to them is… ‘the benefit for you registering today is if the owner accepts your terms and conditions and we sign off on those terms, this means you are ready to participate in three to four weeks.

If someone then puts in an offer that the owner actually would like to accept as early as tomorrow, the sale could start earlier. By being Terms Accepted this means we cannot sell the property to that person without letting you know. You will then be able to compete with that person on the home you love because we can start the Open Negotiation early.’

That is the benefit for buyers to get involved straightaway and to get their terms and conditions accepted as soon as possible so that they don’t miss out on the property. It costs them nothing to be able to register and you only pay your deposit should he be successful. There is absolutely no cost in securing your position to make sure you don’t miss out on the property.’

Hopefully that has been of help to you today and hope you can call me to your home and we can have a chat in Open Negotiation.

Regards

Interest rates this Month unchanged. RBA kept it on hold

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Interest rate update from the RBA today

April 4, 2017

The RBA have decided to keep cash rates unchanged today.

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The REIQ welcomes the RBA decision to leave cash rates on hold at the current historic low of 1.5 per cent.

REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said the housing market throughout Queensland, and most of the country, would benefit from continued low rates.

“Our economy in regional Queensland is far from strong and giving people access to affordable loans is a key part in strengthening the housing market, which underpins the broader regional economy,” she said.

Conditions in the global economy have improved over recent months. Both global trade and industrial production have picked up. Labour markets have tightened in many countries. Above-trend growth is expected in a number of advanced economies, although uncertainties remain. In China, growth is being supported by higher spending on infrastructure and property construction. This composition of growth and the rapid increase in borrowing mean that the medium-term risks to Chinese growth remain. The improvement in the global economy has contributed to higher commodity prices, which are providing a significant boost to Australia’s national income.

Headline inflation rates have moved higher in most countries, partly reflecting the higher commodity prices. Core inflation remains low. Long-term bond yields are higher than last year, although in a historical context they remain low. Interest rates have increased in the United States and there is no longer an expectation of additional monetary easing in other major economies. Financial markets have been functioning effectively.

The Australian economy is continuing its transition following the end of the mining investment boom. Recent data are consistent with ongoing moderate growth. Most measures of business confidence are at, or above, average and non-mining business investment has risen over the past year. At the same time, some indicators of conditions in the labour market have softened recently. In particular, the unemployment rate has moved a little higher and employment growth is modest. The various forward-looking indicators still point to continued growth in employment over the period ahead. Wage growth remains slow.

The outlook continues to be supported by the low level of interest rates. Lenders have recently announced increases in mortgage rates, particularly those paid by investors. Financial institutions remain in a good position to lend. The depreciation of the exchange rate since 2013 has also assisted the economy in its transition following the mining investment boom. An appreciating exchange rate would complicate this adjustment.

Inflation remains quite low. Headline inflation is expected to pick up over the course of 2017 to be above 2 per cent. The rise in underlying inflation is expected to be a bit more gradual with growth in labour costs remaining subdued.

Conditions in the housing market continue to vary considerably around the country. In some markets, conditions are strong and prices are rising briskly. In other markets, prices are declining. In the eastern capital cities, a considerable additional supply of apartments is scheduled to come on stream over the next couple of years. Growth in rents is the slowest for two decades.

Growth in household borrowing, largely to purchase housing, continues to outpace growth in household income. By reinforcing strong lending standards, the recently announced supervisory measures should help address the risks associated with high and rising levels of indebtedness. Lenders need to ensure that the serviceability metrics that they use are appropriate for current conditions. A reduced reliance on interest-only housing loans in the Australian market would also be a positive development.

Taking account of the available information, the Board judged that holding the stance of monetary policy unchanged at this meeting would be consistent with sustainable growth in the economy and achieving the inflation target over time.

10 Perth suburbs selling quicker now than they did during the ‘boom’

29 March 2017

Rossmoyne, North Beach and Mount Lawley are among Perth’s top 10 suburbs selling property faster now than they did during the ‘boom’.

REIWA President Hayden Groves said it was easy to get caught up in general Perth market talk, but it was important to look deeper to see how individual suburbs were performing.

“reiwa.com analysis shows Perth’s average selling day figure is currently 66 days, which is notably higher than in 2013 when it took on average 41 days to sell a property. However, if we dig a little deeper and look at average selling days at a suburb level, there are numerous areas of Perth selling significantly quicker now than they did in the boom,” Mr Groves said.

Rossmoyne experienced the biggest improvement in average selling days, with reiwa.com data revealing it is now 22 days quicker to sell in the area than it was in the year to January 2014.

“Churchlands, Glen Forrest and Dalkeith are also experiencing faster selling times, with each suburb improving by 15 days in the year to January 2017 compared to the year to January 2014,” Mr Groves said.

Interestingly, eight of the 10 suburbs on the list have an annual median house price (for the year to January 2017) above $750,000, with four of those above the $1 million mark.

“These results show the quickest sales are happening in the suburbs that predominantly cater to the trade-up sector of the residential property market. Buyers looking to take the next step in their property journey clearly recognise there is good opportunity in the current market to take advantage of more affordable house prices to upgrade to a new home,” Mr Groves said.

Glen Forrest and Helena Valley were the only suburbs on the list with a median house price below $750,000, coming in at $534,000 and $557,000 respectively for the year to January 2017.

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!

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.

2017 is going to be a “Ripper” year! I am back to the workforce!

I cannot complain about 2016. I had my health, family and friends, and took a couple of overseas trips.
But… I vegetated a lot. I don’t want to be a couch potato, I want to work.
Home opens, meeting people, being busy is my kind of fun, not work. So, good bye to my lethargy. I’ve got my motivation back!
I want to WORK.
I started  the year well, submitting an offer on 1st of January 2017. That is what I call a good start to the year.
I listed another property just before Christmas which I will be opening for the first time on January 7th, Saturday.

That is 131/7 Harman Road, Sorrento from 11 to 11:45. So wake up, have a nice breakfast and meet me there!

I got a new car that I have to show off to you all! Stunning and red, it goes faster, they say, even though I am a slow-poke driver.

I have planned a trip to Brazil this year in May/June, so I have lots of time to sell your home. Call while I am full of beans and ready to sell, sell, sell!
Looking forward having some rellies come visit from Canada, Brazil and Italy, actually the italians now live in Spain but they are coming. Yippee!
How about the market?
Well, the market is what it is but there are buyers buying, don’t make a mistake about that.
Sellers may not get what they are expecting to get. We are not in 2006/2007 anymore.
We are in a falling market but people move house in ANY Market.
Be prepared to sell because I want to be YOUR AGENT!
Have a great year!
Be positive, healthy and love your family and friends.
Home Opens this Saturday:
19 Justin Dr,Sorrento: 10 to 10:45
131/7 Harman Rd, Sorrento: 11 to 11:45