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Double-digit price growth: When & Where

By Simon Pressley

Promoted by Propertyology.

It’s not out of the question for property market history to be created this year.

The last capital city to push through the 20 per cent threshold in a single year was Darwin (22.2 per cent) in 2007 and there’s a good chance that this longstanding record could be broken in 2018.

In spite of Darwin’s recent woes, the Top End has produced double-digit price growth more times than any other Australian capital city since the turn of this century – 10 times, the last being 12.1 per cent in the 2012 calendar year.

The multi-award-winning buyers agency and one of Australia’s most respected research firms, Propertyology, believes that Hobart has potential to become the first capital city to produce 20 per cent property price growth in 11 years.

After price growth of 9.8 per cent in 2016 and 12.3 per cent in 2017 (the highest in Australia), Greater-Hobart is currently the run-away hottest property market in Australia.

Hobart was the only capital city to produce positive price growth during the March quarter. Metropolitan-Hobart is currently experiencing price growth of 16 per cent. There is currently no end in sight for the current growth cycle. All things being equal, Hobart could push through 20 per cent growth in 2018 and 2019.

Hobart is Australia’s eleventh largest city with a similar population size as Geelong and Wollongong.

Hobart’s buyer demand is being driven by the state’s strong economy, high local confidence, housing affordability, record interstate migration levels, and extremely tight housing supply.

2007 was a particularly prosperous year for Australian real estate with every capital city other than Sydney producing double-digit price growth.

7 out of 8 capitals produced double-digit growth in 2002 and then all 8 capitals did it again in 2003.

As for that 20 per cent per year milestone, Sydney last broke it in 2002 (22.9 per cent), Brisbane (22 per cent) and Hobart (32 per cent) last did it in 2004, and Adelaide’s median house price increased by 21.5 per cent in 2003.

Over in the west, PerthPerth, TAS Perth, WA had consecutive years of in excess of 20 per cent in 2005 and 2006. Canberra also had back-to-back years in 2002 and 2003. Melbourne came close in 2001 (19 per cent) and 2007 (18.2 per cent).

During the recent Sydney and Melbourne boom, the highest rates of growth were 15.5% and 13.7%, respectively. Both occurred in the 2016 calendar year.

But it’s never always rosy. We only have to look back to 2011 when 8 out of 8 capital cities declined in value. 5 out of 8 declined again in 2012.

Right here, right now, Propertyology believes that the locations that offer the best potential for the next 3-5 years are in non-capital cities.

Australia’s only market analyst to correctly forecast Hobart’s current boom says that their buyer’s agents are currently active in a few different locations across Australia which offer the important combination of affordability, economic growth, rising local confidence, and sensible volumes of housing supply.

To find out how Propertyology can help you invest in strategically-chosen locations all over Australia, you can contact them on 1300 654070 [Mon-Fri, 8:30-4:30] or email here.

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Promoted by Blue Ink Finance.

Budgeting tips when your Personal Debt is High.

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Credit card debts and personal loans are the greatest obstacle between everyday people and their potential to live in financial freedom.

Of course, I understand that sometimes getting a small personal loan is absolutely necessary. Unexpected costs like medical expenses can make personal loans the only option.

However, the majority of us have debt simply because we spend more than we earn.

In either case, your number one priority is unlocking those chains of debt that are holding you back.

I’m going to give you some tips for budgeting with hefty personal debt, but first I want to talk about the impact those loans are having on your life.

How much is your debt really costing you?

Over the years that you’re paying off your loans at the minimum repayment, the interest on those items will end up costing you multiple times more than the original borrowed amount - and those endless due dates will haunt you. There’s no freedom in that!

Let me give you an example. You’ll be shocked, I guarantee it!

Let’s say you have around $4,000 of credit card debt, charged at 19.99% p.a. If you paid only the minimum monthly amount, it would take 37 years to pay off the total debt.

How much will that $4,000 debt cost you? $19,200. Depressing, isn’t it?

You might feel like you need a full-blown money explosion to get out of debt, but don’t despair just yet.

What you need to do is arm yourself with a strategic budget, and I’ve got some tips to help you.

Budgeting while you have hefty personal debt is tough, but possible – and it’s essential for eliminating that debt forever. Let’s have a quick look at how you can start to tackle that mountain of borrowed money.

It’s time to take charge and break some chains!

There’s a method for reducing debt that has an excellent success rate, if you’re committed:

  1. Make a realistic budget (and stick to it)
  2. Reduce your expenses and/or increase your income until you are in the black
  3. Save an emergency fund first
  4. Pay off your personal loans and credit cards, starting with the either the smallest debt first or the debt with the highest interest rate
  5. Revise your budget as you go along.

Why an emergency fund is paramount to success

You’ll see I’ve put saving an emergency fund before paying off your loans. Even a small amount initially, like $500, is enough to stop the cycle of borrowing to pay bills, then paying out even more in interest each month, which leaves less in the bank to pay the next bill.

Once you have a buffer saved, then you can start aiming some serious firepower on your debt, and that’s when it gets exciting!

Think back to my credit card example. If you upped the payments each month from $84 per month to $212, you would have the card paid off in two years and save $14,285 in interest. That’s worth a little bit of effort, wouldn’t you agree?

Tips for a budget that works

You may need to cut back drastically on your expenses to clear your debt, but here’s some other ways to make the most of your budget:

  • Find micro-ways to reduce your expenses every day. Make work lunches at home, cancel a pay TV subscription, find a better phone deal, or pass on your afternoon chocolate bar from the vending machine. Instead of spending $40 on a takeaway dinner, have a bowl of cereal!

  • Find a friend who will keep you accountable. Having someone else who shuns a pricey outing to the day spa for a walk along the beach instead will make you feel better about saying ‘no’ to expensive events that will blow the budget.

  • Refinance your home loan to release some funds. If you have a mortgage, talk to us at Blue Ink Finance about the possibility of refinancing your home loan to allow you to release some equity to help clear your high interest, personal debt. It’s not always the best strategy, but it’s worth investigating, especially if you can consolidate it into a home loan that has a significantly lower interest rate.

  • If your income increases, leverage it! The only place that extra money should go is into paying off more debt. Enough said!

  • Refine and polish your budget as your circumstances change. Your budget shouldn’t stay the same. As you find more ways to decrease your expenditure and become adept at sticking to your financial plan, fine-tune your budget to reflect your savvy saving. Any spare change goes directly onto your debt.

  • Automate payments of bills, so you don’t spend the money first. This saves you from late fees if you forget, too.

The reality is that you won’t have a profitable budget until you get rid of that high-interest debt. The beauty of a budget is that it can get you there! Knock the debt, stay away from borrowing except for assets like property, and you’ll have a well-oiled financial plan that kicks goals instead of paying lenders!

At Blue Ink Finance, we have a team of expert brokers as well as a panel of industry experts that understand all the nuances of positioning your personal finances to kick real goals with Property Assets and can support you in achieving your goals.

Give the team at Blue Ink Finance a call on 1300 888 796 or click here to request your Complimentary Finance Review with one of our experienced Finance Coaches now.

And see how having a panel of industry experts on your side, can fast track your property goals.

About The Author

David Wegener
Chief Executive Officer
Blue Ink Finance

Who I am, and why I want to help you succeed.

As an award-winning Mortgage Broker with nearly 20 years’ experience in the finance industry, I’ve seen it all.

I’ve gone through constant industry changes and yet I still successfully help my customers borrow the money they need to get ahead.

As a Finance Coach, my goal is to help you understand your financial potential so that you can borrow with confidence.

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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.

If you have any questions about what you heard today, any topics of interest you have in mind, or if you’d like to lend your voice to the show, email [email protected] for more insights!

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In this episode of the Smart Property Investment Show, Bill joins host Phil Tarrant to share his thoughts on the current Sydney property market, and to share the shifts that he has seen in house and unit sale prices following their worst quarter in the past decade.

Bill will unpack why properties are spending longer on market, share what he believes property investors are doing wrong when trying to sell their properties and share the secrets to getting the best out of a real estate agent and an auction in the current softening market.

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