Perth sales hit a five-year high

The strongest month of sales since 2015

Perth is coming off its strongest month for sales since 2015, with transactions in June up 55.1% from May.

REIWA data shows that land sales in particular rose a striking 289% from the previous month, with 1,471 blocks sold.

Dwelling transactions rose 15% from May, with 3,990 properties changing hands.

While any comparative statistics at the moment can be taken with a grain of salt (such as the recent drop in real estate values across the combined capitals), it appears coronavirus hasn’t slowed the Perth buyers market, with June sales up 45% than those of 2019.

“There is a real possibility that we will run out of titled and completed blocks in the coming months.”REIWA President Damian Collins credits the recent building bonus grants for the leap.

“The large spike that we have seen in land transactions can be attributed to people fearing that they may miss out on these grants.

Overall sales listings in Perth are down 9%, while sales are rising, making this a sellers’ market.

“During the initial COVID-19 period there was some downside price risk to Perth property prices,” continues Collins, “however it now appears that Perth prices will generally hold firm and could even possibly rise.

“This is of course dependent on the economy opening up and remaining open.”

 

Source: EliteAgent

WA space project to drive nationwide industry growth

 

Investing in new space technologies

The federal government and Western Australian government will invest in new space technologies across the state to help grow a range of industries nationwide and create new jobs.

Two of the projects being supported are part of the federal government’s $19.5 million Space Infrastructure Fund and to support local jobs and research and development.

Fugro Australia Marine will receive $4.5 million from the Commonwealth to build the Australian Space Robotics, Automation, and AI Command Control Complex (RAAICC) in Perth. The facility will boost opportunities for start-ups, small businesses and researchers to control robotics activities in space, including servicing satellites in orbit.

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre will receive $1.5 million to establish Australian Space Data Analysis Facility (ASDAF) in Perth.

Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said both projects highlighted the importance of developing technological capability to drive growth across various industries.

“These investments will not only strengthen our place in the global space sector – it has flow-on effects for mining, agriculture, emergency services and maritime surveillance,” she said.

 

Industry growth

“It’s a win-win. We’re building on the capabilities that make Australian businesses a desirable partner for space projects around the world, as well as growing the industries that we have a natural advantage in like mining and agriculture.”

Cooperation in robotics, automation and AI is a key feature of the memorandum of understanding the Australian Space Agency signed last year with the WA government, which has committed $3.5 million to the RAAICC and $750,000 to the ASADF on top of Commonwealth funding.

WA Science Minister Dave Kelly said the state government’s investment in these centres will help grow Western Australia’s space industry.

“The RAAICCC will support the WA headquartered AROSE to capitalise on the State’s world-leading remote operations for use on-Earth and to adapt it for remote operations on the Moon, Mars and beyond,” he said.

“The Space Data Analysis Facility will support business across a range of sectors to develop new products and services and help improve productivity and innovation across key WA industries.”

The Space Infrastructure Fund is among almost $700 million of federal investment in the space sector, which aims to triple the industry’s size to $12 billion and create 20,000 jobs.

 

Source: ManMonthly

Real estate: Perth’s most affordable suburbs to buy a home

 

Looking to get on the ladder?

If you’re hoping to get on the housing ladder, you don’t have to break the bank to find the perfect place to call home in Perth.

There are plenty of areas that are both accessible and affordable – and you don’t have to sacrifice amenities for a lower mortgage.

Here’s REIWA’s list of the 10 cheapest suburbs to buy in Perth.

1. ARMADALE

Perth’s cheapest suburb is Armadale. You can snatch up a house in Armadale for a median house price of $200,000, which is 11.9 per cent less than if you were buying during the same time last year.

During the 12 months to April, 140 houses sold in Armadale, proving to be a popular choice among buyers.

Armadale is a well-established suburb with large growth potential and offers first home buyers and investors plenty of affordable housing stock to choose from. Armadale is located approximately 25 kilometres from Perth City.

2. CAMILLO

The second cheapest suburb in Perth for houses is Camillo. Located 23 kilometres south of Perth, Camillo is an excellent option for first home buyers, being a family friendly suburb with great access to schools and public transport.

During the 12 months to April 2020, Camillo’s median house price declined 5.3 per cent to $216,000 making it a good time to buy your first home in the suburb or purchase an investment property. 47 houses also sold during that time.

3. PARMELIA

Next on the list is Parmelia, with a median house price of $237,500 for the year to April 2020. Parmelia is a self-sufficient suburb, close to the thriving Kwinana hub. Parmelia experienced a one per cent decline to its median house price when compared to the same time last year.

During the 12 months to April 2020, 79 houses sold in Parmelia. Parmelia is situated 34 kilometres from Perth City and is a good option for young families looking to buy their first home with plenty of parks, schools and access to public transport.

4. MANDURAH

The fourth most affordable Perth suburb by median house price is Mandurah.

For the 12 months to April 2020, Mandurah’s median house price experienced a four per cent decline, taking the figure to $240,000. Known as the heart of the Peel region, Mandurah has evolved into a thriving city and a popular tourist destination.

The coastal suburb appeals to buyers looking for a first class ‘sea change’ suburb with property development potential. During the 12 months to April, there were 83 sales in Mandurah.

5. ORELIA

Another affordable option for buyers is Orelia, with a median house price of $240,000 – an eight per cent decline when compared to the same time last year.

Orelia is located 38 kilometres south of Perth within the city of Kwinana and features all the amenities residents need. During the 12 months to April 2020, 51 houses sold in Orelia.

6. COODANUP

Another southern suburb of Perth, Coodanup’s median house price remained stable during the 12 months to April 2020, coming in at $242,500.

During that time, 46 houses sold in Coodanup, proving to be a relatively common option for buyers looking for affordability. Coodanup is located within the city of Mandurah, meaning residents can enjoy the bustling lifestyle of Mandurah while living in a smaller more relaxed suburb.

7. GREENFIELDS

Greenfields is a relatively popular choice for young families, with 124 sales in the year to April 2020. Featuring three primary schools and two high schools as well as attractive estates and parkland, Greenfields is a common pick for first home buyers or investors.

It’s affordable median house price of $247,000 represents a 10.2 per cent decreased when compared to the same time last year. So, now’s the time to snatch up a bargain if it’s on your agenda.

8. STRATTON

Stratton experienced an 11.3 per cent decline to its median house price in the year to April 2020, making it Perth’s eight most affordable suburb for houses with a median house price of $255,000.

During that time, 26 houses sold in Stratton. Stratton is located within the City of Swan, so is a viable option if you are looking for affordability and lifestyle.

9. COOLOONGUP

Cooloongup is a neighbouring suburb of Rockingham, meaning locals get to enjoy all of Rockingham’s amenities and features while also living in a self-sufficient suburb.

For the 12 months to April 2020, Cooloongup’s median house price comes in at $256,500. Coolongup’s median price increased 2.6 per cent when compared to the same time last year, so if you’re looking to buy in Cooloongup, hurry before prices increase further.

During the 12 months to April, 78 houses sold.

10. LEDA

Rounding out Perth’s most affordable suburbs for houses is Leda, with a median house price of $260,000 – a two per cent increase on the same time last year.

During the 12 months to April 2020, 37 houses sold in Leda, which makes up one of the five suburbs within the City of Kwinana.

 

Source: PerthNow

Real Estate Institute of WA research reveals drop in available rentals amid COVID-19 pandemic

 

A tighter market

The rental market is getting tighter, with fewer than 5000 dwellings available for lease at the moment.

Real Estate Institute of WA research shows listings fell 17 per cent in May to 4676 dwellings.

They are being quickly absorbed, according to REIWA boss Damian Collins, who said the take-up of new leases jumped 27 per cent in May compared with April.

But the laws of supply and demand have been overruled by the coronavirus response, which means prices have remained steady.

The overall median price remains $350 a week.

This is largely because it is unlawful to increase the price of existing leases until October under the Residential Tenancies COVID-19 Response Act.

Listings of homes for sale were also down in May with only 11,299 properties for sale on reiwa.com which is 3.3 per cent lower than April and 30 per cent lower than this time last year.

 

Source: PerthNow

Perth property market recovery delayed but not destroyed

 

Delayed but not destroyed

The state’s peak real estate and property body has added to recent commentary that COVID-19 has delayed but not destroyed the long-awaited recovery of Perth’s property market.

But in the same breath the Real Estate Institute of WA warned the recovery would need significant support, sustaining calls to reform the stamp duty tax and remove or soften this costly barrier to homebuyers.

REIWA announced on Tuesday that residential listings for sale and rent in WA on its site were the lowest they had been in six years with available stock dropping, not rising, during the COVID-19 restriction period.

There are almost 30 per cent fewer properties currently for sale than there were at this time last year and the same goes for rentals, with the vacancy rate at only 2.4 per cent.

The average discount accepted by sellers has reduced to seven per cent, 0.5 per cent lower than May last year.

REIWA president Damian Collins said due to the lower than normal stock levels and reduction of discounting, there should not be any major downward price pressure and it was likely the current median price of $477,000 would remain relatively stable over coming months.

The state’s economy was bouncing back much quicker than many experts thought and it was unlikely the property market recovery would be reversed.

“While it’s still not a great market it’s now almost normal in terms of volume, every day the volume of rental stock is dropping … quite significantly,” Mr Collins said.

“Going into COVID-19 there were still some downturn risks but those have really dissipated, and barring a second wave I am struggling to see any risk of downward pressure.”

Mr Collins sustained calls for the state to ensure continued recovery through reforming stamp duty, which could add tens of thousands to the cost of a new house.

A major government revenue stream when the market is healthy, stamp duty is nevertheless seen as an inefficient revenue-raiser, because in difficult times that revenue drops while the barrier it represents to homebuyers stays high.

Long-term replacement of stamp duty with broad-based land taxes phased in over a period of years has started in the Australian Capital Territory and is being discussed in Victoria and New South Wales.

Recently Opposition Leader Liza Harvey released a six-month plan to kickstart WA’s economy, including a 75 per cent cut in stamp duty for house and land packages, and urged the government to keep significant permanent reform on the table.

But Premier Mark McGowan ruled it out and said replacing stamp duty with a rate on every household would not help the economy.

Mr Collins said the amount per property would in fact need to be less than $1000 to make the same amount of revenue, and Mr McGowan’s response did not take into account the possibilities of a long-term, phased approach to a broad-based land tax that made use of exemptions and options such as allowing people to choose whether they paid a lump sum or annual amount.

He said there was pressure on both sides of politics to come up with alternatives for what “every side agress is not a good tax”.

“It penalises people who move, it’s got nothing to do with wealth or income … even Victoria and New South Wales are saying they want to get rid of it so there are opportunities there for WA politicians to take a brave stance, this is the time,” he said.

Mr Collins’ comments followed prominent Perth developer Paul Blackburne saying WA’s market recovery might be delayed a few months but, he believed, would recommence by spring and would not mirror the pain the eastern states faced.

And on Friday, WA’s biggest apartment developer Finbar’s managing director Darren Pateman also said there could be reasonable confidence that WA stood to recover quicker from the COVID-19 crisis than other states.

Mr Pateman called on the government to extend a rebate beyond off-the-plan sales to projects under construction and new completed stock, to encourage commencements and allow capital to be redirected to new projects.

The Urban Development Institute of Australia WA also on Friday called for long and short-term reforms to the tax in the wake of glum new housing commencement forecasts.

Property tipped to hold up against virus strain

House prices predicted to remain stable over the medium term

The COVID-19 pandemic is unlikely to cause a significant drop in Perth house values over the medium term, according to insight from a national property investment association.

Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) said compared to other mass economic hits, the property market would likely be shielded by low interest rates, inflation, the ability to defer mortgage repayments and previously strong conditions.

“Whenever there is a global financial shock, some commentators predict huge property price falls, which ultimately don’t happen,” PIPA Chairman Peter Koulizos said.

Previous predictions

“During the global financial crisis, prices were forecast to fall by 30 per cent, but in many locations they held their ground and even strengthened over the months and years afterwards.

“While the coronavirus situation is somewhat different, given it’s a temporary public health emergency, I believe property prices may temporarily soften by five to 10 per cent at most but rebound relatively quickly.”

Frasers Property Australia Residential General Manager Tod O’Dwyer agreed financial relief was playing a big role in keeping Australian property afloat, as well as the industry adapting quickly to the situation by introducing virtual tours, online inspections, video links and electronic sales contracts.

“It’s an encouraging sign that we are still seeing sales activity in the local market, as evidenced by the recent rebound in the number of sales across Perth for existing properties,” he said.

“The strong initial response to our new East Green community in Greenwood is a good indicator of buyer demand for well-located property.

“Given the COVID-19 environment, we were curious to see what the market response would be and we have been pleasantly surprised.

“We’ve had more than 100 expressions of interest in the past month for property in this new community, which we expect will become available for purchase in the second half of this year.

“The financial institutions have made some significant steps towards reducing the cost of borrowing, so for those people whom job security is not a consideration, the current market may represent a strong buying opportunity.

“If this competition within the lending industry stays in place for some time, it will bode well to support a steady recovery post COVID-19.”

Mr O’Dwyer predicted Perth’s market would stabilise towards the end of the year, but he said market recovery would depend on some major influences, such as the return of interstate and international immigration, population growth and international education.

Source: TheWest

WA Unveils Housing Boost

The $150m housing investment package

The state government of Western Australia has unveiled a $150m housing investment package in an effort to boost the residential building sector.

The news could not have come at a better time for the residential building industry, which has already reported a 50% reduction in pipeline as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, said Cath Hart, executive director for WA at the Housing Industry Association (HIA).

“Supporting and sustaining job-creating sectors such as construction through the pandemic will be vital for economic recovery. It will create much-needed additional activity across the residential building supply chain,” he said.

Around $19m of the package will be allocated for 200 additional shared-equity homes. These will be delivered in partnership with Keystart.

The Housing Industry Forecasting Group recently reduced its forecast for new dwelling commencements in WA for 2019-20 by 19% – from 15,500 to 12,500, the lowest level ever, adjusting for population.

“This downturn will hurt businesses and workers in the home-building supply chain over at least the next 12 months. Unfortunately, many in our industry are not eligible for the JobKeeper safety net because of the way state governments regulate home-building progress payments,” Hart said.

Latest figures from the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) show that the Perth residential property market is already feeling the impact of sluggish building activity.

Damian Collins, president of REIWA, said the number of properties for sale and rent has already hit a six-year low.

“Perth’s property market has been showing signs of recovery since October 2019, and while COVID-19 may delay this, it most likely won’t stop it,” he said. “The state’s economy is coming back much quicker than many experts thought, and as long as it continues to recover, it is unlikely the property-market recovery will be reversed.”

Collins said the limited stock will help support prices. He said the average discount accepted by sellers has reduced to 7%, lower than last year.

“If we were in a struggling market, we would see this number higher as sellers accepted lower than normal prices,” he said. “There should not be any major downward price pressure, and it is likely that the current median sale price will remain relatively stable over the coming months.”

 

Source: YourInvestmentProperty

WA To Relax Coronavirus Number Restrictions – Home Opens Allowed

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Great news for home opens

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan has announced an easing of gathering restrictions to allow for up to 10 people at once to be allowed to gather in one location.

This is a huge boost for the WA housing market, with the restrictions meaning home opens (and display villages) will be allowed to operate again from tomorrow.

The government has precautioned this, saying that it will be under strict health controls. The exact details of these controls are still yet to be fully understood.

WA has not recorded any new cases in the past 24 hours of the coronavirus, off the back of the one case reported yesterday related to the Costa Luminosa cruise ship (a 65-year-old West Australian Woman). South Australia has seen a similar slowdown and it’s anticipated it will follow closely in easing restrictions, but the exact details are again still yet to be determined.

Trying to anticipate exactly how the market will rebound is difficult, given this disaster has been under such unique circumstances. The most recent economic crisis didn’t greatly affect the housing market, with the effects of the Global Financial Crisis in 2008-2009 only being felt on a small scale in Australia.

It is anticipated that there have been a number of vendors who have put selling their home off due to these restrictions will likely enter the marketplace immediately. The WA government is suggesting that this may be the first step towards economic recovery for a state that has continued to hold a strong foothold in the resources market throughout the crisis.

 

Source: CommCollect

3 ways to pay off your mortgage faster

Paying off a mortgage is one of the primary financial goals many Australians have – if not the sole one.

A home is often a family’s largest asset, so paying off the mortgage is a big step towards financial freedom and living a comfortable retirement.

Unfortunately, it remains a massive task to accomplish – even with interest rates at their lowest levels in history.

So here are three tips for paying off your mortgage faster, so you can spend your hard-earned money on more important things!

Get a better rate

Even though interest rates are close to zero, many banks haven’t fully passed on these cuts. That’s why (if you haven’t already), you should pick up the phone today and ask Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA), or whichever bank you have your loan through, if you’re getting the lowest rate you can. Even shaving 0.2% off your mortgage rate can save you thousands of dollars over the lifespan of the loan.

Who would you rather have that extra dough – you, or your bank? Exactly!

Pay more than the minimum repayments

A principal-and-interest loan sees interest-dominated repayments required at the start of the loan, which taper over time as you pay off more of the principal. That’s why making extra repayments on top of the minimum amount required can dramatically shave off years (and interest charges) from your loan. It can also help protect you from the possibility of higher interest rates down the road.

If you’re in your first year of a 25-year mortgage, every extra $100 you pay is $100 you won’t pay interest on for 25 years. How’s that for a return?!

Invest alongside your loan

Many people save investing for when the mortgage is paid off, but there’s a better way to do it if you’re careful.

Say you have an interest rate of 2.5% on your mortgage. If you invest in an ASX dividend share that pays you 4% a year in dividends, you can use this extra passive income to help you make additional payments down the road, all whilst holding an income-producing asset.

Of course, this option isn’t for the faint of heart, as ASX investments can fluctuate wildly in value and some won’t always pay consistent dividends. But if used prudently, I think this is a path anyone with a mortgage can use to their advantage.

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Perth: Surprising recovery for property market

A “surprisingly” quick recovery

FROM record lows in April, the Perth property market has made a “surprisingly” quick recovery according to Reiwa president Damian Collins.

“I think the market has ridden a rollercoaster wave of confidence,” he said.

“April had the lowest transactions on record.

“What’s interesting is how quickly, in the last week of April and coming into May, things have bounced back.

“It’s been surprisingly positive and it’s happened surprisingly quicker than we could have thought six or seven weeks ago.”

There were 527 sales in the week ending May 10, 32.7 per cent higher than the week before and just short of double the 264 sales recorded a four weeks ago.

The number of sales is on par with the same time last year and Mr Collins said while Perth was experiencing an “ordinary market” then, it was still a positive sign.

Another positive sign for ongoing improvement was stock levels, which were decreasing before COVID-19 and have continued to decline through April.

Mr Collins said the number of homes for sale and rent were at the lowest levels since 2014.

The number of Perth homes listed for sale on reiwa.com was 11,611 at the end of last week, 30 per cent lower than a year ago.

There were 5420 homes listed for rent, 23 per cent lower than 12 month ago.

“(Listings) are even lower than they were in February and early March when we were having a much better market,” Mr Collins said.

“Speaking to agents over the weekend it was pretty buoyant, there is activity, there’s just not enough properties around for lease or sale.”

Supporting the market’s rapid bounceback was pent-up demand, which has led to the decline in stock, the quick return to almost-normal life and Perth’s housing affordability.

“(Earlier this year) the demand was there, rents were starting to increase, prices were increasing and we were kicking off into a better market,” Mr Collins said.

“Then of course when COVID came it scared everybody; the headlines originally were we’re going to have 20 per cent unemployment, prices were going to drop X per cent and people got fearful.

“Now they’re realising that’s not going to happen.

“We’re not going to have that bad a market in WA, we’re not going to have that unemployment, even hospitality, we’re opening up cafes next week, albeit with only 20 people, but things are starting to get back to normal and it’s just giving people that confidence again.”

When it came to affordability Mr Collins said Perth prices were the lowest they have been since 2013.

“When you look at our affordability across the country we’re the most affordable capital city by a long way,” he said.

“Our (average) income is higher than pretty much every capital city, including Sydney and Melbourne, and yet our house prices are half of Sydney and about 30 per cent per cent lower than Melbourne.

“And the median price in Adelaide is about the same as Perth, yet our income on average is 25-30 per cent higher.

“There’s pent up demand, the oversupply has gone, people are looking at getting a loan for 2.29 per cent and they’re just thinking, maybe it’s not a bad time.”

Mr Collins said, compared to March, when WA went into lockdown and restrictions were imposed on the property market, there was now more confidence the market would hold its own.

“If we continue to have an economic recovery and the economy continues to go back to normal, certainly the market could hold,” he said.

“I think the risk that was looking significant on April 1 is probably not looking very significant at this stage.”

Source: PerthNow