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[Podcast] Here’s why the property markets may have already bottomed, with Stuart Wemyss

[Podcast] Here’s why the property markets may have already bottomed, with Stuart Wemyss
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Have their property markets really bottomed?

Well, that's a brave call made by my guest today, Stuart Weymss. My Podcast 426 Stuart Wemyss 01

If you think about it, this time last year, the property market was running full steam ahead, consumer confidence was high, and you could still get a fixed mortgage rate with a 2 in front of it.

What a difference a year makes.

The Reserve Bank of Australia began lifting the cash rate in May in response to rising inflation and hasn't stopped since - enacting the fastest series of rate hikes since the 1990s and sparking a dramatic turnaround in property values. Inflation3

As the property market edges toward the end of 2022, prices have fallen by around 7% overall, but by more than 10 per cent in selected areas; fixed-rate mortgages start from 5 per cent and buyers can afford to borrow far less than they could a year ago.

So how much further are our property markets going to fall?

The property market is too big to fail

There are many large and powerful institutions that have a vested interest in rising property prices.

But all levels of government (i.e., federal, state, and local) probably have the most to gain.

This leads to two important observations. Property Market

Firstly, the government is the main contributor to housing affordability pressures i.e., making housing less affordable.

Secondly, government tax revenues are dependent upon rising prices and demand for property

Why property values may bottom out very soon

  • Metrics – can’t rely on just one
    • Asking prices are flat or rising
    • Auction clearance rates held up well through Spring and into December
    • Vendor metrics firm – days on market and discounting
  • Most borrowers have factored in higher interest rates.
  • The top of the rate cycle is close
    • The RBA knows there is a lag property time market clock house cycle investment timing watch growth
  • Top of interest rate cycle close
  • Our strong population growth will underpin rental and capital growth
  • Yields are increasing
  • Very low supply/demand imbalance and no significant new supply until prices rise and developments are more financially feasible
  • The big headwind – fixed-rate mortgages converting to higher variable rates

Links and Resources

Michael Yardney

Stuart WemyssProsolution Private Clients

Stuart’s Book – Rules of the Lending Game & Investopoly

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Some of our favourite quotes from the show:

“The state governments are particularly dependent on stamp duty.” – Michael Yardney

“I think it’s also probably worth remembering that we’re starting this year with very strong fundamentals.” – Michael Yardney

“I don’t think you’re suggesting we should be investing for cash flow, but the cash flow’s going to support the properties that give us capital growth.” – Michael Yardney


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Michael is a director of Metropole Property Strategists who help their clients grow, protect and pass on their wealth through independent, unbiased property advice and advocacy. He's once again been voted Australia's leading property investment adviser and one of Australia's 50 most influential Thought Leaders. His opinions are regularly featured in the media.

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