This week’s Australian Property Market Update – Latest Data, State by State September 20th

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Despite the fact that over half of Australia is in lockdown our housing markets having taken Spring in their stride and just keep rising.

Despite what is now more than an 12-week lockdown in Sydney and Melbourne still in lockdown number 6 – in fact with more Australians in lockdown than are not – our real estate markets are still in good shape. Melbourne Property

Melbourne buyers and sellers are pleased that one on one inspections are now allowed and this should bolster the local housing markets.

Overall consumer confidence is holding up and many of us can see a light at the end of the tunnel, with roadmaps in place for easing restrictions once vaccination levels are higher.

Corelogic reports that there were 796 auctions held in Sydney this week, compared to 661 over the previous week and 667 over the same week last year.

Of the 693 results collected so far, 82.3 per cent were successful, making it the 8th consecutive week where the city has recorded a preliminary auction clearance rate above 80.0 per cent.

In Melbourne, 565 homes were taken to auction this week, down 10.2% from the 629 originally scheduled. Of the 383 results collected so far 39.3% will withdrawn and a preliminary auction clearance rate of 56.4% was recorded by Corelogic.

With one on one property inspections now permitted to cross Melbourne, the withdrawal rate fell to the lowest level since the weekend in August 15.

The lower withdrawal rate was a key driver in the higher clearance rate, and it’s likely the Melbourne withdrawal rate will continue to fall as vendor confidence improves in line with the eased restrictions.

Here’s what happened to property prices…

  • Sydney property prices have kept moving higher, up another 0.4% in the last week alone and up 22.5% over the last year.
  • Melbourne house prices also rose 0.2% this past week and up 14.4% over the last 12 months
  • Brisbane house prices increased 0.6% over the last week and 19.1% over the last year.

Of course, there are headwinds that will slow us down, including concerns about the economic impact that prolonged lockdowns will deliver.

Nevertheless, despite the disruption, property values are holding up well as there are more buyers than good properties for sale and this means property values will keep rising.

Capital City Value

 

The number of properties for sale in Australia is still in short supply

The supply of properties for sale just can’t keep up with demand.

For every new property coming onto the market for sale, 1.4 properties are being sold around Australia.

Capital city demand continues at a vigorous rate, with buyers out in force – owner-occupiers, investors, and first home buyers – at a time when available supply struggling to keep up.

The table below shows how the stock of advertised properties is well below year-ago levels across all capital cities.

At the same time “time on market” continues to decline.

​These are signs that property values will continue to rise moving forward.

Properties For Sale
Homes For Sale

To help keep you up-to-date with all that’s happening in property, here is my updated weekly analysis of data and charts as of September 13th provided by NAB, Corelogic, and realestate.com.au.

What’s happening in our property markets?

The REA Buyer Demand Index

The REA Insights Buyer Demand Index increased 0.5% last week.

Rea Buyer

According to Paul Ryan, the level of aggregate buyer demand has remained stable for several months, at levels within 10% of the historic-peak recorded in mid-February this year.

However, demand across the country continues to be affected by lockdown measures to contain COVID-19 outbreaks.

Demand in all regions except Victoria recorded small increases over the past week.

Demand for units has increased the most over the past year, with demand for houses broadly flat.

An influx of first-home buyers, as well and investors coming back into the market in 2021, has contributed to the increase in interest for units.

Demand is likely to fall over the coming weeks, with lockdown restrictions looking set to continue in New South Wales and Victoria.

As sellers delay bringing new properties to market until conditions normalise, our measurement of buyer demand will fall, as we saw during lockdowns in 2020.

But later in the year, should lockdown restrictions be lifted, we expect a rebound in market activity and buyer demand.

The REA Rental Demand Index

The REA Insights Rental Demand Index, increased 0.5% last week.

Rea Rental

According to Paul Ryan, lockdowns to contain the most recent COVID-19 outbreaks make weekly changes in rental demand more volatile than usual.

Displaying this volatility, rental demand increased in regions beset by lockdowns – New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT – and decreased elsewhere over the past week.

Aggregate rental demand is a bit below a year ago, when we saw a strong period of housing demand after national lockdowns were lifted.

While rental demand remains about 20% below the peak recorded in January this year, the level of demand remains 25% higher than the average over 2019, before the pandemic.

This is surprising given that foreign students and other migrants – traditionally a strong source of rental demand in inner-cities – remain unable to enter the country.

It shows many Australians are still reassessing where they want to live, and what they want to live in, as the pandemic rolls on.

Median property prices

Capital City Private

Median House And Unit


NOW READ: Latest property price forecasts revealed. What’s ahead in our housing markets in the next year or two?


Vendor Metrics

Vendor metrics confirm that despite the lockdowns, we’re in a seller’s market with the number of days to sell the property very low (a sign of the tight supply situation), and vendor discounting (it’s easier for them to sell) at very low levels.

In general, houses are selling better than apartments, but the shortage of good properties on the market is seeing properties selling quickly with minimal discounting.

Discounting ResulsTime On Market

Our Rental Markets

While rental growth is slowing, we’ve still experienced the highest rental growth in over a decade.

Rental PriceGrowth in rental rates eased over the second quarter of 2021, with the national rental index rising by 2.1% over the 3 months to June compared to a 3.2% rise over the March quarter.

While rental growth has slowed over the recent months and quarters, the latest figures take national rental rates 6.6% higher over the year; the highest annual growth in dwelling rents since January 2009.

Regional rents continued to outpace capital city rents over the second quarter of 2021, with regional dwelling rents rising by 2.7% against a 1.9% rise in capital city rents.

This was a 1.4 percentage point reduction in the rate of growth quarter on quarter for the combined regionals, and a 1 percentage point reduction for the combined capital cities.

Despite the easing in growth in recent months, regional Australia recorded an annual rate of rental growth of 11.3% in June 2021.

Chaneg In Rent Hosue

Change In Rent Unit

Last weekend’s auction clearance rates

While ‘delta’ disruptions are clearly having an impact on the number of transactions happening in our property markets, there seemed to be no impact on the auction markets.

Dr. Andrew Wilson of My Housing Market was tracking 1,150 auctions in the major capitals this weekend, considerably less than last weekend’s 1,392 and the previous weekend’s 2,209 properties auctioned.

As lockdowns and difficulty inspecting properties persist we can expect the number of properties going to auction to be lower moving forward.

Sydney was the stand-out performer with a preliminary auction clearance rate of 85.2%.

Other preliminary clearance rates (as reported by Dr. Andrew Wilson’s Auction Insider) were:-

  • Brisbane – 81.5%
  • Melbourne – 79.3%
  • Adelaide –  79.6%
  • Canberra – 76.9%

 

Sydney Auction TrendsMelbourne Auction Trends

National Clearance Trends September 11th

National Auction Listings September 11th

Source of graphs and data: CoreLogic, NAB and REA, and Dr. Andrew Wilson – My Housing Market 30th of August 2021.

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'This week’s Australian Property Market Update – Latest Data, State by State September 20th' have 44 comments

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    September 8, 2021 Michael Yacoub

    Great update Michael, I always get great value from reading your blog.
    People are buying properties now without proper planning or structure. We have potential clients calling us wanting to set up a SMSF within half an our and without a statement of advice or proper planning. Also some clients don’t know which entity to buy their investment properties under and why. I wander if you can include in future blogs about these issues and some tips etc. this will help people avert costly mistakes. Cheers

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      September 8, 2021 Michael Yardney

      Thanks Michael – I agree, starting with a plan is important and you are correct, many beginning investors think they can just set up an SMSF without correct and independent advice and that’s just not right is it?

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    August 28, 2021 Kun

    I am considering buying an investment house on the north beaches of Cairns. Is it still a good time after this year’s growth in price?

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      August 28, 2021 Michael Yardney

      I don’t know your personal circumstances so can’t give you investment advice, but my general advice would be that Cairns is definitely not a good investment grade location.
      It might be a lovely place to vacation and even a good place to live, but the market is too small to be “investment grade.” Steer clear of it

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    July 25, 2021 Luke

    Hi
    I have a nice house in Baulkham Hills. I want to sell and move up north and out of Sydney. Should I wait till this lock down is over or do it now. I can wait a couple of months if needed but want to get the best price. I am also worried about once I sell how can I move as Sydney is locked down!

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      July 25, 2021 Michael Yardney

      Luke – that’s a real dilemma isn’t it? It could be difficult put your property on the market now, during lockdown. The ones being sold at present have been on the market for a little while. Similarly there will be little stock for you to look at in the next few weeks. It seems to make sense to wait a month or two till the waters are calmer

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    July 6, 2021 Vabene

    Thank you Michael and team for the informative and interesting data sets and commentary. There is one thing that does make it slightly harder to get full value is that the Gold Coast (where I live and invest) is rarely mentioned and or lumped in with Brisbane. It’s a completely different market in so many ways, let alone a city of 660,000 which makes it bigger than Hobart, Canberra, and Darwin. The median prices on the Gold Coast, let alone Rental data is significantly different to Brisbane (which no doubt includes Ipswich, Moreton shire and surrounds).

    The demand for housing on the Gold Coast (and Sunshine Coast) is certainly higher than Brisbane. Would be appreciated if your data included Australia’s 6 largest city as well as the smaller capitals already mentioned.

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      July 6, 2021 Michael Yardney

      I understand your frustration, however I’m just reporting with the data houses report, and they rarely give details of the Gold Coast market on its own

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    June 24, 2021 Sarah

    Hi Micheal, My name is Sarah I was thinking of buying in Norlane, Geelong, Victoria. Could you see a real growth in this suburb.?

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      June 25, 2021 Michael Yardney

      Sarah, I’m glad you’re considering getting involved in the property market, but this is a very shallow question.
      To ensure you don’t make a mistake we must answer ask much deeper questions and I must know a lot more about you. You are making the typical mistake of starting with a location or a property rather than the big picture “plan” that strategic investors use.
      For example I don’t know whether this is for your home or as an investment. I don’t know your budget, your risk profile, or your timeframes. For what it’s worth… Norlane is not on my radar
      He’s not on my radar

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    May 25, 2021 RK Property Partner

    Really trustworthy blog. Please keep updating with great posts like this one. I believe choosing right property management company and investing in real estate is not easy task. After reading this I am a little bit clearer about this and going to read again to get the full meaning.
    Keep sharing, Thank you.

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    May 24, 2021 AAH

    Hi Michael,
    I have been following your blog for years, I want to buy investment property in melbourne between, 600 to 700k, options are either craigieburn side or diametrically opposite in Frankston / Seaford. One of other melbourne blogger I follow said on a video log that dont go beyond carrum coz its too far. Any thoughts? Where would I get better return between the two

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      May 25, 2021 Michael Yardney

      You’re making them same mistake most beginning investors make and that’s why they never get past there first or second property.

      You’re starting with a location rather than with a strategic plan (I guess I’m making some assumptions here) so it would be terribly wrong to answer your question without understanding what your endgame is, what your risk profile is, what your cash flow situation is, what your long-term plans are etc etc — there are at least 10 other factors we have to take into consideration before making a recommendation

      Having said that we have helped many clients over the last couple of months my great investment properties in your budget range yet I would not consider either of the two options you mentioned. Would you like my team at Metropole to help you? If so please leave your details here and discover your options

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    May 18, 2021 Brett

    I am struggling to understand the graphs regarding demand for owning homes and rental properties. What form of measurement is the index relative to? How can the total number of renters and buyers not be an addition of both units and houses?

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      May 18, 2021 Michael Yardney

      overall about 70% of Australian one there own home – around 50% without a mortgage.
      Around 26% of our population rent their property and around 4% are in some form of social or public housing

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    May 11, 2021 Vaughan Felton

    What a great resource you are! I have a property in Bulimba that I am thinking of selling to free up some cash. I have had it for 6 years but I feel I am pulling the trigger too soon. Any thoughts maestro?

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      May 11, 2021 Michael Yardney

      Property values in Bulimba are likely to keep rising for another year or 2, so it really depends on what you are planning to do with the cash – maybe it would be better to refinance and access your equity.
      SO you needs to work the numbers carefully – that’s what we do when we build a Strategic Property Plan for our clients

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    May 4, 2021 Bahee

    Our syndicate is a small time developer/investors. Lately I am focusing at St Marys, NSW.
    The price of a townhouse yet to pickup even though with the Western Sydney airport and St Marys being the main interchange. Is there a reason for that?. We just bought a land to build 12 townhouses (yet to go through DA application).

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      May 4, 2021 Michael Yardney

      There is no reason for property values to rise just because there’s a new airport coming up. No one wakes up in the morning and things “i want to live near an airport” I wouldn’t be investing in those locations that have always underperformed

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    March 9, 2021 Joe

    Hi. Love your website, fantastic resource. I recently moved to Oz, so figuring out lay of the land and me and my partner are currently figuring out where we want to base ourselves. I have $200k in savings that I had earmarked for a property, and wondering if I can make this work for me in an investment sense. Not sure where I’d even start on this journey as I have no experience. Any advice very welcome. Thanks Michael. 🙂

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      March 9, 2021 Michael Yardney

      Joe – since you’re new to Australia seek independent professional advice. Are you an Australian citizen or permanent resident – that makes a huge difference in the type of property you can buy

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    December 19, 2020 Lisa

    Hi Michael, we’ve had a townhouse in Kedron for 5 years that we purchased for $520k and is only valued at $580k. It’s neutrally geared – would you suggest selling to look at land / something with more CG potential or better to hold for longer?

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      December 19, 2020 Michael Yardney

      Lisa – Kedron is a good area but clearly your property has underperformed. There are a number of different neighbourhoods in Kedron some of which do not perform as well as others and obviously some properties in these locations will outperform others. There are too many variables to take into account for me to answer this correctly without a lot more information, but we have some spreadsheets and frameworks we can use to help give you the right answer.if you’d like help making the decision, please email me michael at metropole.com.au and I’ll set things up for you

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    December 2, 2020 Rod

    Hi Michael,

    I’m interested to get your thoughts on Newcastle and Hunter Region areas. Newcastle now has the 4th highest median property price in the country. Massive growth opportunity (area) or have people missed the boat?

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      December 2, 2020 Michael Yardney

      Rod, there’s no doubt the Newcastle in the Hunter region great locations to live, but I have found in the past when locations grow too fast, they then revert back.

      Just see what happens when Brisbane property prices were almost the same as Sydney a couple of decades ago and are now half of Sydney and similarly when Perth’s median property price was almost the same as Sydney’s and is now half of Sydney’s median price.

      At the price you would have to pay to get investment great properties in Newcastle, I think they’re better long-term opportunities elsewhere.

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    November 17, 2020 Richard Jones

    Hi Michael,
    In the past couple of days it has been reported an increase of 18% in Perth’s property market 2021 – 2023. After years of negative growth and lowest house prices across the nation, could you provide some comments on why such a big % increase is expected and will it last? – Many thanks Richard

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      November 17, 2020 Michael Yardney

      Richard, I didn’t make that forecast so I can’t really comment. Who did? Possibly “an expert’ chasing a headline.

      Don’t believe all the forecast you hear. Think about it – did all those forecasts “experts” made at the beginning of this year come true?

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    October 13, 2020 Ben

    I wish Core Logic would present current statistics, and not ones which are 2-3 months old. A lot has happened since August. I also appreciate that your focus is the big markets of Sydney and Melbourne, but perhaps these posts could improve with a contribution from expert writers who know something about the rebounding regional markets – not just the major state capitals?

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      October 13, 2020 Michael Yardney

      Ben – thanks for your thoughts. Much of this Corelogic data is updated weekly.
      You’re right – we don’t cover the the regional market much do we.

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    October 6, 2020 Linnet Marshall Joseph

    I found this blog pretty helpful. It’s really sad to see the kind of impact Covid-19 has had on all the sectors and specifically the real estate sector. I personally feel that the sudden re-appearance of Covid cases in Australia may lead to a further decline in the property prices and may take a while to bounce back. The future is always uncertain and unreliable. Luckily, I came across a real estate agent Broadbeach who is a great advisor with excellent market knowledge. I will be taking his help in making my investment decision for the right property at the right time because the current scenario doesn’t seem to be going well for making investment decisions and without the proper guidance from a real estate advisory help, property investment may be risky.

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      October 6, 2020 Michael Yardney

      Linnet yes it’s a shame what’s happened to our beautiful country – be careful, most Real Estate agents are great at selling properties but very, very poor at giving investment advice. They are not licensed to, nor trained to and should not even ventured down that path. In today’s very challenging market to be careful who you seek advice from

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    August 5, 2020 Philip

    The spike in search for property listings is not due to interested buyers but by an increase in distressed sellers checking out what their failed investment is now worth on READ and how much they have lost. Winter should normally be quiet season for property sales. It is unusual to see an increase in property sales volumes in winter. Can only be explained by distressed sellers

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      August 5, 2020 Michael Yardney

      I can see why you might come to that conclusion by looking at one stat in isolation – that’s why we look at the complete picture and Corelogic and independently Dr. Andre Wilson keep track of buyers and transactions – there ARE more genuine buyers around. REA believes so also becuase they keep coming back to the same property on search

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    July 21, 2020 Geoff Hadley

    With the record levels of existing household debt, falling real wages, rising permanent unemployment, contracting bank credit, declining immigration, contracting GDP, depletion, of superannuation, ineffectiveness of the first home buyer and other assistance schemes (only leads to inflated prices) absence of investors, over supply of units (of dubious quality) abismal rental prospects, 1.2 million vacant properties and a persistent declining world economy, why would I expect the general property market to rise. Granted premium properties will hold up but what about the vast new estates and over valued areas like Perth and Darwin? What happens when the present support schemes finish in Sept or later next year. What happens when the supposed V shaped recovery turns out to be an L with stagflation and real unemployment/under employment >8%. We can’t all afford to buy in Middle Park? And what happens when interest rates rise in the next 5 – 6 years.?
    Get real! I would appreciate an answer. Maybe I an wrong.
    Geoff

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      July 21, 2020 Michael Yardney

      Thanks for your comment Geoff- I agree with all the issues that you have mentioned – there are a lot of headwinds that will hold back your economy and our property markets.

      But there isn’t one Australian property market, and interestingly there are still a number of suburbs where property values are increasing in value, well outperforming the averages (I guess that’s how averages work – some outperform and some are underperform)

      I’ve always learnt taking a long-term perspective is important when investing, and I’m not really sure that in this particular blog I suggest of the property market is going to increase in the short-term – in fact I said the opposite.

      With regard to your comment about interest rates. I really hope they will increase in a few years time, because the only reason interest rates are going to increase is because our economy will be booming, property values will be increasing, unemployment will be very low and wages will have risen considerably. So the RBA will need to raise interest rates to slow down the boom. that’s the economic cycle

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    June 2, 2020 Craig Poole

    IN todays report you quote “Sydney house values increased by 0.3% last month (+15.8% over the last year)” however the reported data in the ear;y part of the report and the news states that values fell by 0.4%? Can you help me understand the difference between the two stats against the same apparent period.
    Thanks

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      June 2, 2020 Michael Yardney

      I update the top section of this blog weekly and the lower half, state by state section monthly

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    May 16, 2020 ANN HOME

    Very informative. Thank you for sharing.

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    March 24, 2020 Michael

    I think that’s about 27 State by State market updates in a row, where you’ve told us there will be a downturn in Tasmania.Which has still yet to eventuate. It’s all good and well that say that the growth has ‘dropped by 2%’ or what have, but when that’s 7% growth down to 5% growth, still out performing most of the country.

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      May 27, 2020 Long Time Fan Losing Faith

      While once a massive Yardney fan, credibility is in question at the moment, and not because you’re not seeing the future (no one can), but for continually stating the boom is over, the markets on the slide, yet as Michael March 24 states, doesn’t eventuate. Surely self-analysing and learning from our errors makes us better at what we do moving forward? Instead of the cut and paste job for Hobart and to a lesser extent Darwin. Perhaps those areas are too far away for you to profit from their investors? It;s also interesting that you pick and choose which graphs some cities appear in. Come on mate, you’re better than that.

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        May 27, 2020 Michael Yardney

        Thanks for letting me know your thoughts.

        Yes I don’t comment a lot about Darwin and Hobart, because it’s really difficult to write something different every month about these very, very small market.

        While no doubt the re are opportunities in most property markets around Australia, I have only been prepared to “risk” my money in the three big capital cities and that’s the only place we Recommend our clients invest.

        Since we don’t have any properties for sale and my only interested in ensuring our clients don’t lose money, going with the big long term trends has stood us well for over 40 years. I’m happy to stand on that track record.

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    December 25, 2019 Rio Siva

    Hi Michael,
    I recently read that the Queensland government might bring the following laws which do not favor property owners. Is this true and how likely this is going to happen??

    The Queensland Government has announced Stage 1 of its proposed rental reform, with changes to include:

    – Forcing property owners to consent to pets
    – Allowing tenants to modify properties without consent
    – Forcing property owners to renew tenancies indefinitely
    – Introduction of minimum housing standards requiring the rental property and its inclusions to meet prescribed standards and to be in a certain state of repair.

    Thanks,
    Rio

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    December 18, 2019 Tam

    We have recently been looking at Boondall and surrounding suburbs in Brissy and have found that there seems to have been up to a 5% increase in basic entry level properties and even a bigger increases for some quality or well presented entry level properties.

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      December 18, 2019 Michael Yardney

      Sure Tam – but be very careful – entry level properties in this location are NOT likely to be long term “investment grade” properties

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