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Here’s another way to look at the Property Cycle

We all know the property market moves in cycles.

And we also know that the markets have moved to the next phase of the cycle...

But today I'd like to introduce you to another way of looking at this cycle to help predict what's ahead for our property markets.

Typically the cycle is depicted in 4 stages.

The boom is followed by the downturn, which is followed by the stabilisation phase, which leads to an upturn, which in turn sets us up for the next property boom.

I've drawn it as follows:


I'm often asked how long between one property cycle and the next

A  "7 year property cycle” is often referred to by property market commentators, but it’s rarely seven years. 

In fact, average Australian capital city prices have had multiple cycles over the last 15 years with booms around 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2017 the one we've just experienced on the east coast of Australia.

Of course the length of a property cycle has nothing to do with the number of years.

Cycles are driven by a series of socio-economic factors, but over the years I've noticed that the nature of our property cycles is changing and up until recently they seemed to be getting shorter.

Also the cycle is better seen in terms of the rate of property growth, as not all downturns or bust phases have price declines, but some just experience a slowing.

However the current property cycle is likely to be different!

It seems that our current climate of low interest rates, low inflation and low wages growth that should produce a different cycle - one that has lasted longer and one where prices won't fall as cycle

By the way… we've experienced similar conditions before in the 1990's.

Looking back these were good years in property - at least they were for me - and I've already set myself up to take advantage of the next few years.

Of course the cycle can also vary from city to city.

Recently only the Sydney and Melbourne property markets experienced strong boom phases.

And there are even cycles within cycles within each capital city.

Interestingly in all the years I've been tracking real estate, I've never seen our property markets  as fragmented as they were this cycle.

House price growth



The main factors driving the property cycle are:

  1. Interest rates and the availability of funds to buy property - when money is cheaper (interest rates are low) this is positive for property markets - Clearly the availability of finance (or lack of it) has been a  major influencer over the last few years
  2. The Economy - business confidence , employment prospects, jobs growth and wages growth all create demand.
  3. The availability of supply of property to meet this demand.
  4. Consumer confidence
  5. Demographics - in particular household formation (again affecting demand.)

The Wilson Curve

Interestingly Dr Andrew Wilson, one of Australia’s leading housing market experts, presents the cycle in a different way.

He uses another model that he calls the Wilson Curve which gives a very different perspective of what’s going on.


Wilson also says house prices typically rise and fall in an underlying cyclical pattern.

The house price cycle also typically follows the business cycle with local supply and demand factors determining its characteristics

The house price cycle, as with the business cycle, consists of growth and decline phases.

The Wilson Curve above describes the growth and decline phases of the house price cycle in relation to its price peaks and price troughs.

The 30 second video below shows you the Wilson Curve in action:

Wilson Curve - House price model

The Wilson Curve consists of...

  1. The Correction Phase   - House prices are below the previous price peak of the cycle but above the previous price trough of the cycle
  2. The Contraction Phase - House prices are below the previous price trough of the cycle
  3. The Recovery Phase - House prices are above the previous price trough of the cycle but below the previous price peak of the cycle
  4. The Expansion Phase - House prices are above the previous price peak of the cycle.

Where is each State in the Wilson Curve?

At my upcoming round of national property seminars in 4 capital cities in March and April I have organised a panel of experts, including Dr. Andrew Wilson, to give you their unfiltered and unedited analysis of where we are heading as a country and how that will affect you, your family, your business and your real estate investments.   property time market clock house cycle investment timing watch growth

Andrew will give all attendees a detailed handout of his latest research including where each state in the Wilson curve plus a lot more.

Click here now and get all the details of my National Property and Economic 1 day trainings and reserve your place.

If you had attended my seminars last year or the year before – and more importantly if you would have taken the correct action – you would now be sitting feeling pretty smug.

By the way…since we have no properties for sale, it’s always been easy to give independent unbiased facts about what’s going on.

The world is changing, our property markets are changing and we can’t wilfully ignore the changes, but for those at this event, we help you discover how to prosper in the next few years.

So please click here now to get all the details and reserve your spot and a FREE spot for a friend.

See you there.

About 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. Visit

Steve - sure the future will resemble the past - but it won't mirror it. Clearly the concept of a recession every 14 years is not correct - the RBA and APRA have done a lot to flatten out the cycle - so in the future our highs won't be as high, but o ...Read full version

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Michael I 'm a follower of real estate cycles and believe that it is more like 14 years rising land values that also push along the economy and shares-so the period 2011 to 2025 should be good for home prices. About every 14 years there is a 4 year r ...Read full version

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You're right John - not all proeprties are the same

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