Real estate expert Tom Panos has provided insight into the current state of play for property investors in Australia.
Speaking on the recently launched What’s Making Headlines podcast, Mr Panos and Phil Tarrant discussed the latest affecting the real estate market.
During the discussion, which was shared on Facebook Live on 16 April, the pair covered off how the real estate market is an asset class being looked after by the federal government amid COVID-19, creating benefits for property investors, mortgage brokers and real estate agents alike.
“Look at what the government has done,” Mr Tarrant put to Mr Panos.
“They haven’t intervened and tried to support other asset classes. You don’t see them saying, ‘Your wine collection has gone down 25 per cent, let’s try help you out’. You look at the sharemarket, you don’t see a lot of stuff coming out of that, [in comparison to what’s come out about the real estate market].
“This is a message for property investors; it’s a message for mortgage brokers, and it’s a message for real estate agents and property managers as well: The government wants real estate in Australia to achieve and keep driving forward.
“The banks are highly invested in real estate in Australia. Real estate is always going to have huge support from the government, from the regulators, and the banks are highly connected in making sure the values of real estate in Australia are maintained.”
Mr Panos offered a similar sentiment, noting that he believes property prices won’t drop too much during the pandemic as there aren’t “forced sellers” at the moment.
“The reason why is because unemployment, while it will grow, you’ve still got the government that’s actually gone off and paid people $750 a week to keep their job. You also have the banks that are saying, ‘Don’t pay us your loan now’. I actually spoke to someone who said they’re better off at the moment in terms of cash flow,” he said.
“I actually think what will happen is you’ve got the government working in cahoots with the banks. It’s making it very, very hard for distressed sales to take place.
“But I do think that there is going to be some sector of the market, and it could be people, particularly people who have been linked to the sharemarket that have got all their financial wealth in the sharemarket… people like that might offload their property, their Central Coast getaway home, the Byron Bay unit they had – some of those things might come on the market.”