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Renos expected to skyrocket

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The number of investors choosing to renovate their properties is predicted to increase dramatically over the next three years.

A forecast from Master Builders Australia predicts renovations are likely to increase by 16.9 per cent per annum until 2017.

This type of activity has been in an extended slump but this is set to turn around, according to Master Builders CEO Wilhelm Harnisch.

“The robust outlook is in stark contrast to the languid performance experienced over the last three years, when it contracted by an average of 3.2 per cent per annum,” he said.

The most renovation activity will be in the Northern Territory, where growth of 27.8 per cent per annum is expected through to 2017.

New South Wales renos will increase by 19 per cent and Western Australian renos by 18.6 per cent in the period.

The weakest markets for refurbishments are likely to be South Australia and Tasmania, where growth is tipped for 3.1 per cent and 1.5 per cent respectively.

Victoria, Queensland and the ACT are also expected to be strong performers with a predicted uptick in activity of 12.5 per cent, 14.6 per cent and 16.9 per cent respectively.

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