Archive for Rental property

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.

Loans

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.

https://reiwa.com.au/

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.

View the REIWA Regional WA Outperforms Perth for Price Growth

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.

View more WA market information

https://reiwa.com.au/about-us/news/perth-property-market-begins-its-recovery-in-december-quarter/

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.

Great home for rent NOW!

$420 per week

194 Craigie Drive, Beldon

Open any day, any time just a phone call to 0416188752

Across from a park, close proximity to all amenities mainly, Schools, transport, shopping and easy access to freeway.

Very clean, floorboards throughout, 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 2 toilets.

Block is flat as a pancake, easy for children to play.

Secure 1 carport but space for 2 more cars.

 

Read More→

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

First time I ever got involved renovating a property personally. A lot of work but very rewarding.

My husband did most of the work.
My son Merv was a great help removing the wall paper.
Bob Russell my tradesman, good for A to Z jobs, if you know what I mean, did the painting.
Mike helped with all the jobs and redecorating.


The end result is very good.
For lease now at $385 a week
28 Banks Ave, Hillarys
Behind Whitfords Shopping Centre.
Great location. Possible for commercial use too.

Interest rates this Month unchanged. RBA kept it on hold

« Back to Blog
Interest rate update from the RBA today

April 4, 2017

The RBA have decided to keep cash rates unchanged today.

april

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.

Need a retirement unit at Seacrest Village?

Situated at the end of the Lodge and nothing build on top offering 1 large bedroom, 1 bathroom with shower and a very spacious kitchen, meals and lounge.

Overlooking greenery and having a delightful covered courtyard.
Easy access to Library, Swimming pool and the very popular bowling green.

It is ready for possession.
Asking $235.000
Usually home Opens on the weekend but available during the week by appointment.
I am one phone call away: 0416188752

You can also buy as investment.

Home Open Marathon at the Seacrest Village.

Sunday from 12 to 1pm I will be available at the Lodge in Seacrest Village to take you around to view all the bedsitters priced at $155.000 and all the 1 bedroom units priced at $235.000 and $249.000
They are all delightful units and each offers their own stamp of ownership.
You have to come and put your own stamp to call it “home”.
Seacrest Village is a lifestyle for the ones that are looking to downsize not only in house size but also housework.
Seacrest Village you don’t have to work the garden or the pool. Only your own place but you have all the amenities to enjoy.
You can also buy today, rent it out and keep for your future retirement.

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.