[Video] The latest property news with Kevin Turner | 2nd April

In this week’s two minute property investment news video: Federal Parliament’s House Economics Committee is examining the laws governing foreign investment, property investors and home buyers shouldn’t worry about a market slow down

With Chinese investors spending almost $6 billion in Australia’s real estate market last financial year, the Federal Parliament’s House Economics Committee is examining the laws governing foreign investment.

Australia has become among the most popular property investment destination for Chinese nationals, who are estimated by some financial institutions to be purchasing about 12 per cent of new homes.

Sydney and Melbourne attract the most interest, with some apartment blocks in those cities 100 per cent owned and occupied by Chinese nationals. [sam id=13 codes=’true’]

But not everyone is concerned – Chinese investors have helped to boost the supply of Australian houses without making it harder for first-home buyers, according to Australia China Business Council president Duncan Calder, and data from the Foreign Investment Review Board supports the claim that the Chinese property splurge is overblown, with overall foreign investment in Australia’s residential property falling by 18 per cent in the past two years.

Meanwhile Rick Otton, renowned property coach in Australia and the UK, says property investors and home buyers shouldn’t worry about a market slow down because this is all part of the fluctuating cycle of the property market.

However otton says that in order to stay afloat, even after an up cycle, home buyers must enter the property market with a flexible strategy that could help them get in and out of properties during different growth cycles.

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