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When I speak to someone looking to buy an off the plan property, one of my first questions is usually “investor or first-time buyer?”
Blogger: Sam Elbanna, CPM Realty
Recently it was claimed that there is currently a ‘property war’ between first time home buyers and investors, each one vying for in-demand properties throughout Australia. If there is a property war, then the investors are winning. They have more experience, better credit, and in most cases, the confidence to act quickly.
Last year saw a lot of first time buyers forced out of the market due to high property prices and excessive demand. The proportion of first home buyers of all owner-occupied loans financed in January increased .5% from December. Although this is a good development for buyers and the market, this stat is still five times less than investment loans financed. But for those intimidated by the investor presence, first time buyers can easily move into top quality properties.
One of the priority issues for first time buyers is location. Most buyers are looking for something close to the city and close to work, which is where the investors begin driving competition. Smart investors will recognise these areas as the key hotspots and are also looking in these areas. But there are brand new developments in Surry Hills, and Alexandria that pose fantastic opportunities for those looking to take a step into the market.
Most inexperienced buyers don’t realise how cost effective off the plan purchases are. Many assume that because it is a new development it is going to cost them more. But seeing as many off the plan purchases occur months ahead of moving in, they afford you the time to save a larger deposit and allow you to qualify for the First Home Owners Grant if applicable.
Off the plan purchases represent some of the best opportunities for first time buyers to not only move out of home, but to move into the market as investors. Now more than ever, buyers are taking the opportunity to buy a new apartment and rent it out to pay off their mortgage faster. With the large number of young professionals looking for homes and willing to pay higher prices for better locations, the potential for return off a purchase can be significant.
About Sam Elbanna
With 18 years of experience in property development around Sydney, he has a keen understanding of property markets, developments and investing in Sydney. He has been instrumental in the sales of a number of development sites ranging from small suburban residential development sites in the suburbs, to larger multi-storey office buildings and development sites in and around the Sydney central business district.