Where to find Australia's best high yield capital city suburbs


ryancrawford tnThere are three capital city areas with strong rental returns and promising capital growth prospects.

Blogger: Ryan Crawford, founder & group director, Crawford Realty

Last week I looked at three regional towns currently delivering strong rental yields. This week’s blog highlights three capital city areas with promising investment profiles for strong rental return and capital growth prospects.

Units, over houses, are generally performing better across the board in capital cites.

Brisbane – City
•    Yield: up to 7% (units)
•    Vacancy Rate: 4.5%
•    Growth (1yr/3yrs/5yrs): 0.11%/3.33%/1.09% (units)
Sources: RP Data, SQM Research

Why invest: The Brisbane market has now entered its next growth phase after a period of decline. Investors have the opportunity to buy-in at very affordable prices, considerably less (up to 45 per cent) than the Sydney and Brisbane medians for quality inner-city units.

Brisbane has been undergoing a transformation in recent years and along with fantastic weather now counts world-class culture, entertainment and dining options among its drawcards. It’s also investing heavily into infrastructure with $132 billion of projects planned between 2010 and 2014, with a significant focus on improving transport.

Queensland is also one of Australia’s most resource-rich states with a massive LNG export industry that’s only in its early phases of development, further strengthening the state’s industry with significant flow-on effects to Brisbane.

Top tip: Investor demand is most definitely on the rise in Brisbane – apartment sales in 2013 almost doubled that of 2012. Get in now and make the most of the current affordability and opportunity to maximise growth. Look for boutique apartments with unique features.

Risks: Apartment oversupply is an issue in Brisbane, as it is with many Australian capital cities. This could result in slow rental and capital growth, and high vacancy rates in the short to medium term until supply is absorbed.

Sydney – Western Suburbs (eg Whalan, Mt Druitt, Lethbridge Park)
•    Yield: 6-7%
•    Vacancy Rate: 0.7%
•    Growth (1yr/3yrs/5yrs): 15%/35%/34% (Averages)
Sources: RP Data, SQM Research

Why invest: Sydney’s market has boomed in recent years prompting investors to look outside the usual inner-city areas – which have reached unaffordable heights – to suburbs where they can secure decent-sized blocks for renovation or development and where the low buy-in can facilitate good yields.

While not considered highly desirable locations to live in the past, suburbs such as Whalan, Mt Druitt and Lethbridge Park, which all fall within the local government area of Blacktown, have emerged as areas worth further investigation for these very reasons. Despite the LGA’s rapid population growth – a 25 per cent increase over the last 10 years – median property prices range from just $270,000 for a unit to $410,000 for a house across Whalan, Mt Druitt and Lethbridge Park.

They might be 40 kilometres from Sydney’s CBD, but transport connections are excellent which is one of the area’s most desirable features. There are direct rail lines to Central station and close access to major motorways. Vacancy rates are extremely low at 0.7 per cent and the area is very popular with families.

Top tip: These outer suburbs are ripe for renovation projects and larger blocks mean the addition of granny flats to increase income are also worth considering.

Risks: Sydney’s capital growth over recent years has been huge and is now slowing. A ‘crash’ is unlikely but investors should be aware that growth will more than likely to be slower than recent years and this is cash flow investment rather than a capital growth investment.

Perth – City of Bayswater
•    Yield: Around 5-6% for units
•    Vacancy Rate: 1.9%
•    Average Annual Growth: 10% (houses and units)
Sources: RP Data, SQM Research

Why invest: It has been reported that slower growth, sales and rising vacancy rates suggest that Perth’s booming property market is softening and maybe reaching -– or have already reached – its peak. However, this doesn’t mean good yields can’t be found in certain pockets within the city.

Bayswater council – which includes the suburbs of Bayswater, Maylands, Morley and others – has plenty of highlights. It’s just seven kilometres from the CBD, the Swan river is on its doorstep, there are excellent bus and rail connections and a lively cultural and entertainment precinct in neighbouring suburb, Mount Lawley.

Top tip: Morley looks to be one of the most interesting of the suburbs within Bayswater due to its recent and future development. Despite not having its own train station, unlike some of the other Bayswater suburbs, it has superb bus infrastructure – the CBD is only around 15 minutes by bus. Major roads are also easily accessible and the light industrial area in Ashfield, under development, is within a couple of kilometres.

In 2011, the $60 million Coventry Square, Perth's biggest markets complex, opened in Morley, creating a major tourist and entertainment destination.

A masterplan for the further development of the Morley city centre has also been approved. The plans include a new central park, improving public transport, upgrading streetscapes and public spaces, and making streets more pedestrian friendly.

Risks: The Bayswater area has experienced good capital growth in recent years and could slow based on the broader market indications for Perth.

About Ryan Crawford
ryan crawfordRyan Crawford is one of Australia’s most successful property investors under 40 and a leading expert in positively geared property investment. In less than a decade, Ryan built a portfolio of more than 40 positively geared properties and is now dedicated to helping others plan and implement successful property investment strategies.

Since establishing Crawford Property Group in 2008, he has coached thousands of everyday Australians to financial freedom through positively geared property. Ryan is regularly featured in the media as an industry thought leader and commentator, including Channel 7’s Today Tonight, national newspapers and investment magazines.

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Ryan Crawford

Ryan Crawford

Ryan has been involved with the real estate industry for over 10 years, making the journey from highly successful property investor to real estate professional. Ryan established Crawford Property Group in 2008 in response to the growing service need in the states resource marketplaces with the focus to guide property investors from around the country through their investment journey’s and identify positive property locations around the country.

Ryan is a firm believer in the power of property investing to create wealth and offers his service and advice as a seasoned investor, with a sizable investment portfolio of property spanning residential homes, land & development sites. Ryan is regularly featured as an expert commentator in the national media on property matters including state and national press, national property magazines and television.

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