Michael Matusik’s Summary Of What’s News In Property This Week

Foreign investment here, foreign demand there….foreign in this week’s property news, just about everywhere…..

  • China has become the largest source of foreign demand for Australian property with FIRB granting approval for almost $6b – yes, that’s b for billion – in purchases in 2012-13.  Chinese buying of real estate rose 44% in the year, ousting the US & Singapore as top origin of foreign investment in the sector. 
  • Foreigners in house splurge – foreign buyers spent twice as much buying established residential housing in Australia in 2012-2013 (buying over 5,000 homes compared to 647 in 2009-2010) – but spent 12.6% less on mining investment.  Asian buyers have been targeting established homes in Melbourne & Sydney close to the CBD and Sydney’s north shore.  A further 4,499 new apartments & homes were sold to foreigners off-the-plan last financial year.
  • Chinese win on towers – the Victorian Government has approved this week an application for five high-rise residential towers in Melbourne that will deliver more than 2,000 apartments.  Sino-Ocean, a Chinese government-owned enterprise, is the backer of ICD Property’s Eq Tower that will stretch 63 storeys & consist of 632 dwellings.
  • Apartment roulette – a development application for a $75m tower in Brisbane was rejected by the local council even though 131 apartments had been fully sold.  Other developers reportedly are using strategies to attract buyers to a product that doesn’t yet exist.[sam id=41 codes=’true’]
  • High five – top countries for foreign direct investment in Australia 2012-13 ($bn): US $20.6; Switzerland $18.4; China $15.5; Canada $14.4; UK $6.8.
  • Housing surge tipped – HIA forecasts are for good news in the housing industry over the next 12 months, driven by much stronger activity in New South Wales, Queensland & Western Australia.
  • Sydney’s roaring auction market – wont’ continue indefinitely – according to APM senior economist Andrew Wilson.  McGrath chief, John McGrath expects the Sydney market to settle, with no repeat of last year’s 15% price increase.
  • Cashed up foreign buyers are snapping up Australian homes.  FIRB gave the green light to 11,668 purchases of Australian residential properties by foreigners last financial year – up 19% on the previous year.  Including commercial real estate, a total of 12,025 purchases were approved – 4,573 in Victoria; 3,580 in NSW, 1,734 in Qld, 1,267 in WA & 567 in SA.

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Michael is director of independent property advisory Matusik Property Insights. He is independent, perceptive and to the point; has helped over 550 new residential developments come to fruition and writes his insightful Matusik Missive

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