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Weak new home sales could spark buyer interest

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Investors that have the means to buy or build a new home should do so now, according to the Housing Industry Association (HIA).

The latest HIA - JELD-WEN New Home Sales Report found, the number of new homes sold in July 2011 dropped by eight per cent following a decline of 8.7 per cent in June.

Detached house sales fell by nine per cent in the month of July 2011 while sales of multi-units increased by one per cent.

“The July sales result reinforces the marked deterioration in new home building conditions that is so glaring in mid-2011,” HIA chief economist Harley Dale said.

“The weak environment is actually good news for new home buyers. A competitive building market, less pressure on skilled trades, and steady interest rates combine to mean that if you're in a financially sound position to do so, now is a particularly good time to build a new home.”

CommSec economist Savanth Sebastian said investors could be enticed into the property market by strong population growth and low rental vacancy rates.

“While homes sales are weak it is not all bad news as there are good reasons for home building to increase over the medium term,” Mr Sebastian said.

“The rental market is still tight and population growth is healthy. And with the labour market remaining strong, investor housing demand is likely to pick up pace towards the end of 2011 and early into 2012 – provided the Reserve Bank remains on the interest rate sidelines .”

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With the softening market impacting property values in many parts of Australia, Sally Dale, Opteon state director for NSW, ACT and Qld joins us to discuss the importance of valuations in the current property market

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Joining host Phil Tarrant, Sally will draw on her 25 years of experience in valuation and discuss the processes involved in arriving at a value for a particular property. She will also share how that process differs between commercial and residential properties and the difficulties which regional property valuations can present.

Sally will unpack the importance and cost of regular valuations on your properties, discuss whether presentation and owner input can sway a valuation and share what you should look for when seeking a reputable property valuer.

If you like this episode, show your support by rating us or leaving a review on iTunes (The Smart Property Investment Show) and by following Smart Property Investment on social media: FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

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A joint property portfolio before they were even living together

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