Here’s a big mistake made by Sydney property investors

The Brisbane property market is being infiltrated by Sydney investors ‘buying blind’.

You’d have to have been living under a rock not to know that Sydney property market prices have been rising strongly over the last few years and that now the market has slowed down from it’s frenetic pace. rise price house growth

These high prices plus tighter banking regulations limiting investor’s budgets has caused many Sydneysiders to follow the sun north and look for property investment opportunities in Queensland but many are making a big mistake.

According to an article in Domain Sydney property investors are increasingly buying properties in Brisbane solely on photographs and skipping inspections.

And they’re buying the wrong properties in the wrong location based on price.

Agents quoted in Domain say these southern investors are buying up in Brisbane suburbs considered “unfavourable” by locals and boosting house prices

One agent was quoted as saying:

 “…blind-buying Sydney investors had flooded into​ the Logan market.

“Out of every 10 sales, five will be investors, and two will not have viewed the home, and that is a modest estimate.

“Often it seems as the investors have no idea about the area’s reputation.”

Domain quoted another agent as saying:

“We are seeing about 70 per cent of Sydney investors buying without seeing the homes,”

Buying sight unseen: camera photograph picture sale house rental sell online advertise vacant buy property

It’s incredible what you can achieve, and the unsightly features you can avoid showcasing, when you’re using a good camera and exploit the right camera angles.

I’ve heard horror stories of people who have bought sight unseen thinking their investment property had an incredible view (it did – but only from the toilet) or who didn’t realise huge powerlines dominated the streetscape, because they relied on agent photos only.

Moral of the story: don’t risk purchasing site unseen unless you have a trusted representative review the property on your behalf.

By the way…

It’s not too late to buy in the Sydney market.

While there are great opportunities in the right locations in Brisbane, there are still many excellent in Sydney if you know where to look.

Last year Sydney’s property market was in fifth gear and at the end of the year it slowed down into second gear, but now certain segments are back into third gear again and moving ahead nicely.

If you like to know where to look for a great investment property in Sydney why not have a chat with the independent team at Metropole – just click here to organise a chat to discuss your options.

Since we have no properties for sale, and access to every property on the market we can give you independent unbiased advice.

Just click here to organise a chat and discuss your options in not only the Sydney but also the Brisbane property market.

You may also be interested in reading: 5 common mistakes investors make when buying interstate

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George Raptis


George is a Director of Metropole Property Strategists in Sydney. He shares his 27 years of experience in the property industry as a licensed estate agent and active property investor to help create wealth for his clients.

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