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The FIRB has revealed a fall in foreign investment in new apartments in Australia.Source:Supplied

FOREIGN investment in Australia’s housing market has fallen, amid waning investor appetite and tighter lending standards.

OFFICIAL data has confirmed a collapse in approvals for foreign investment in Australia’s housing market, amid waning investor appetite, higher charges and tighter lending standards.

The Foreign Investment Review Board’s annual report reveals a 67 per cent fall in residential real estate approvals last financial year — down from 40,149 approvals to 13,198.

The value of FIRB approvals also plunged, from $72.4 billion to $25.2 billion in fiscal 2017.

The report reveals 18 per cent of approvals to foreigners were for residential real estate in Queensland in 2016-17.

Foreign investment in Australia’s housing market collapses: FIRB

Proportion of residential real estate approvals by state and territory in 2016-17. Source: FIRB.Source:Supplied

Victoria and New South Wales remained the favourite destination for investment, accounting for nearly three-quarters of all approvals granted.

The FIRB said a significant factor contributing to the reduction in approvals was the introduction of application fees from December 2015.

“The introduction of fees resulted in investors only applying for properties they intend to purchase,” the report said

Foreign investment in Australia’s housing market collapses: FIRB

FIRB Residential Real Estate Approvals by Year.Source:Supplied

“Prior to the introduction of fees, individuals often made several applications earlier in the process when considering multiple properties, even though they might have only ended up purchasing a single property.

“This suggests that the resulting reduction in approvals may not imply a corresponding a reduction in actual investment in residential real estate. That is, the actual decline is likely to be lower than implied by the data.”

Foreign investment in Australia’s housing market collapses: FIRB

The FIRB has revealed a significant drop in foreign investment approvals for residential real estate in Australia.Source:Supplied

Along with the introduction of state-based taxes on foreign investors, the FIRB said weaker demand from China was another factor behind the decline in approvals granted.

Investment in new apartments from mainland Chinese investors dropped significantly in 2016-17.

AllenWargent Property Buyers chief executive Pete Wargent said the figures would have some significant impacts on the new apartment sector, construction trends, and the broader economy — especially in Sydney.

Foreign investment in Australia’s housing market collapses: FIRB

The FIRB says weaker demand from China impacted the fall in approvals.Source:Getty Images

Mr Wargent said he expected Sydney to experience the greatest number of failed apartment projects, with increasing signs of discounting on new apartments.

“Perhaps this was an inevitable end-game for this cycle, where development has been too much skewed towards apartments for investors, and too little towards the types of medium-density dwellings that people want to reside in,” he wrote in his blog.

But Chinese international real estate website Juwai.com chief executive Carrie Law played down the reported decline in Chinese demand.

Ms Law said that in the second half of 2016, Chinese buyers were investing in Australian real estate at an almost irrational pace.

“It was like money falling from heaven for vendors and developers,” Ms Law said.

“In early 2017, capital controls, financing restrictions, and foreign buyer taxes reduced Chinese investment to more reasonable levels.

“Since November 2017, we seem to have entered a period of more sustainable long-term growth.”

Ms Law said Chinese buying enquiries for Australian property in March were 5.7 per cent higher than the month before and in April they were 22.3 per cent higher.

“Unfortunately, this year’s FIRB data is not directly comparable to that of prior years, due the change in regulations and buyer behavior,” she said.

“The big declines are partly due to lower demand, and mostly due to the changed application fees.”

Source: www.news.com.au

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According to CoreLogic property analysts, Brisbane is leading mainland Australia in all four property performance indicators for the first time in more than a decade. But what does the record increase in home values mean if you’re looking to buy or sell the place you call home? Kieran Clair is the Director of Bricks and Mortar Media, and a regular guest on ABC Radio Brisbane on a Saturday morning. He is chatting with Loretta Ryan.

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Each double-storey home features a mix of three-bedroom and three-bedroom-plus-study designs, complete with multi-purpose room, two bathrooms, guest powder room and generous-sized living areas.

EVERTON Hills is earmarked as a ‘next-generation’ suburb, according to developer Sunland Group.
Sunland Group managing director Sahba Abedian said local government designated Everton Hills as a next generation suburb due to its proximity to existing and future retail centres, employment, and community facilities.

Buyer interest in next-gen suburb
The kitchens will feature reconstituted stone benchtops, high-gloss cabinetry, and quality appliances, and flow seamlessly to the indoor living areas

“The arrival of Park Lane later this year, as well as the planned redevelopment of the Woolworths site in Everton Park and North-West Private Hospital, are delivering considerable amenity to The Hills District,” Mr Abedian said.

“Everton Hills also adjoins the 630ha Bunyaville State Forest, renowned for its expansive nature trails and recreation spaces.

“Grovely Train Station is an easy four-minute drive away, with direct services to the Brisbane CBD.”

Located at the centre of this wave of new infrastructure is Sunland Group’s The Hills Residences, which had already seen 50 per cent of residences sold since its April launch.

Mr Abedian said the early sales success of The Hills Residences demonstrated the inherent value of sophisticated architectural design and established amenity.

Buyer interest in next-gen suburb
Bathrooms will feature large porcelain tiles, custom-made vanities, reconstituted stone benchtops, and premium fittings.

“These homes represent the latest evolution of Sunland’s award-winning designs, featuring striking framed facades and expansive landscaping,” he said.

“Each double-storey home features a mix of three-bedroom and three-bedroom-plus-study designs, complete with multi-purpose room, two bathrooms, guest powder room and generous living areas.

“A selection of homes enjoy aspects overlooking the central park and the adjoining nature reserve.”

Mr Abedian said the kitchens would feature reconstituted stone benchtops, high-gloss cabinetry, and quality appliances, and flow seamlessly to the indoor living areas.

While bathrooms would feature large porcelain tiles, custom-made vanities, reconstituted stone benchtops, and premium fittings.

Buyer interest in next-gen suburb
The early sales success of The Hills Residences demonstrated the inherent value of sophisticated architectural design and established amenity.

“One-third of The Hills Residences is dedicated to open space, with a large central park and 3,500sq m of preserved bushland located a short stroll from every home,” he said.

“Early construction works have commenced on site, with the display home on track to be delivered in early 2019.”

Buyer interest in next-gen suburb
One-third of The Hills Residences is dedicated to open space, with a large central park and 3,500sq m of preserved bushland located a short stroll from every home.

Source: www.news-mail.com.au

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