While the states grapple with containment of new coronavirus outbreaks, the property sector soldiers on: Here are the biggest property stories from this week.
Welcome to Smart Property Investment’s weekly round-up of the stories that are most important to you as an investor.
To compile this list, not only are we taking a look at the week’s most-read stories and the news that matters to you, but we are also curating it to include stories from our sister platforms that could have an impact on your investment journey.
The question on everyone’s lips is, “Will house prices fall?” writes Aaron Christie-David.
The best advice at this stage is to not panic and watch the market closely. Should you decide to buy, undertake extensive research into the area and type of property, talk to your mortgage broker about what you can afford and run various scenarios to assess how that decision will affect you in the short, mid and long term.
Sydney vacancies are now sitting at 4.5 per cent – 0.4 per cent higher than vacancy rates in May, and 1.5 per cent higher than what was posted in March.
According to CEO Tim McKibbin, “Sydney’s inner ring experienced the most significant change, rising 0.8 per cent to 5.8 per cent. Last month, vacancies in the inner ring hit an 18-year high at 5.1 per cent – a result that has been exceeded this month. Looking back at more than 20 years of survey results, we’ve not seen vacancy rates this high. It really is staggering.”
The corporate regulator has followed up on 124 reports of real estate agents who had advised tenants to apply for early release of super to pay their rent. It said it was forced to take action on 13 occasions by issuing warnings.
According to ASIC executive director for assessment and intelligence Warren Day, “The conduct isn’t continuing, and we’ve seen a huge amount of walk-back from real estate agents.”
Laing+Simmons Bella Vista | will merge the former Laing+Simmons Bella Vista with a local Glenwood real estate business with Sam and Tony Garay at the helm.
Belle Property has bolstered its offering with a new office in Braidwood, NSW, to be headed up by experienced agent and principal Kelly Allen.
It will focus on rural and residential sales and marketing and “will be opening with a close-knit team with Kelly at the helm, alongside business manager Tim Allen and an assistant agent”.
With the recent revelation that Millennials believe the COVID-19 crisis has made their goals of property ownership more likely to be realised, there are a number of ways would-be buyers can take advantage of the less-than-ideal pandemic.
Aussie Home Loans has reported that home loan enquires from first home buyers surged over the month of June, up 219 per cent from the previous corresponding period.
This is despite a sharp drop-off in demand for housing credit across the broader market, with the latest data from the ABS revealing that the value of home loan approvals plunged 11.6 per cent (seasonally adjusted terms) to $16.4 billion in May – the largest fall in the history of the series.
Jamie McPhee, CEO of ME Bank, has resigned after being at the bank for more than a decade.
Earlier this year, the bank came under fire for its handling of a change to its redraw policy, which saw it reduce the amount borrowers could redraw from specific legacy mortgage products without forewarning customers.
Massive economic incentives and business recovery programs are likely to be tailwinds for an Australian capital city, according to new research.