Hot Property: The biggest stories this week

By Grace Ormsby 10 September 2020 | 1 minute read

Despite the announcement of a roadmap out of stage 4 restrictions, not everyone is happy: Here are the biggest property stories from the past week.

The biggest stories this week

Welcome to Smart Property Investment’s new 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.  

  1. REIV slams Andrews’ renewed restrictions

The REIV has issued a statement expressing its frustration with the decision to extend restrictions, which it said will “effectively keep the property market shut down for an uncertain period”.

“The continuation of the ban on inspections means that people who desperately need to buy or lease a property will have to make that decision ‘sight unseen’,” the REIV’s statement said.

  1. Alarm bells raised on rise of distressed sales

The Victorian property market is set to see a greater number of distressed sales as renewed restrictions continue throughout the state, according to the Ray White Group.

The real estate group said it is deeply concerned for many of its customers following the announcement that private inspections of properties will not be allowed until 26 October.

  1. East coast affordability woes won’t impact WA

First home buyers struggling to crack the east coast property market are being advised to look west as Western Australia once again tops housing affordability, according to new research.

  1. Roadmap woes: REIV requests federal intervention

The REIV has condemned the state government’s roadmap out of stage 4 restrictions, citing a “lack of vision and planning” and calling for an independent review.

“Voices across the community have labelled the Victorian government’s response as disproportionate, alarmist and shortsighted,” a statement from the organisation expressed.

  1. Brisbane property market update – August 2020   

Brisbane continues to show its resilience to price falls throughout this pandemic, and we are seeing more strength in the rental market as well, writes Melinda Jennison.

The latest CoreLogic data shows overall dwelling values in Brisbane declined -0.1 per cent, but houses were stable and the decline came from the unit sector, down -0.3 per cent. Since January, Brisbane house values have reported an increase of 1.6 per cent, despite the pandemic, and yet unit values have slipped -1.8 per cent.

  1. Borrowers turn to bank of mum and dad in HomeBuilder confusion

Many borrowers looking to build new homes with the HomeBuilder grant are relying on borrowed funds from family and friends due to the structure of the HomeBuilder scheme.

While the grants have been popular with borrowers, its progress has been stymied by a lack of lenders accepting the grant as funds to complete, according to the broking industry

The issue largely comes down to the fact that lenders have not been made appointed agents for the grant, unlike with the First Home Owners Grant, where they can manage the funds.

  1. Half of deferrals to be reviewed in coming weeks

Approximately 450,000 borrowers are approaching the expiry of their deferral arrangements, which are set to be reviewed over the coming weeks, the Australian Banking Association has revealed.

  1. 15k customers unable to restart repayments: ANZ

ANZ has estimated that around 15,000 of its mortgage customers may not ever be able to resume repayments, due to the ongoing economic impact of the COVID crisis.

Speaking before the House of Representatives standing committee on economics on Friday (4 September), ANZ chief executive Shayne Elliott said that based on conversations with customers so far, around 15,000 of the 84,000 home loan customers currently receiving repayment deferrals were unlikely to be able to resume repayments for the foreseeable future.

  1. Melbourne property predicted to drop by double digits

The Melbourne property market is now tipped to fall by double digits as a second lockdown hits Australia’s second largest city, according to new research. 

Head of research at Propertyology Simon Pressley believes the unintended consequence of the shutdown will see mass migration from the city, which will hurt the housing market. 



Property refers to either a tangible or intangible item that an individual or business has legal rights or ownership of, such as houses, cars, stocks or bond certificates.

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