That’s because in many capital cities, house prices have fallen since this time last year. Sydney was the hardest hit by falling property prices at 6.1 per cent but national values have fallen by 3.7 per cent according to Corelogic, the company which released the latest housing market statistics.
If you’re in Brisbane, Canberra and Hobart, there hasn’t been a fall but other than Hobart, there’s been only very modest gains.
In the last couple of months there have been numerous articles and even a recycled 60 Minutesprogram warning us to prepare for the longest and deepest housing downturn in modern history.
Shane Oliver, AMP Capital’s chief economist has said he believes property prices in Sydney and Melbourne may decline 15 per cent by 2020, suggesting they have another 10 per cent to lose given falls recorded. While Paul Dales, the chief economist for Capital Economics in Australia, said values could slide by 12 per cent over the next four years.
Maybe that’s why the most asked question I’ve faced this past month has been, is property still worth it?
My answer is, it depends. If you’re looking for a get rich quick, buy an apartment off the plan in a major city then I’d be having some sleepless nights.
But if you’re a young person or you’ve been desperate to buy your own home and have been scared off by galloping house prices, then surely softening house prices is a good thing.
Yes, you might face a small dip in your property price in the short term if you’re buying in Sydney or Melbourne but if that’s where you want to live and you’re in it for the long term, then a short-term drop shouldn’t deter you.
Certainly, with potentially rising interest rates and falling clearance rates, it’s a buyer’s market for the first time in a long time which should be good news for any potential purchasers.
If you’re determined to live in Sydney or Melbourne (which so many of us want to), then one of the alternatives you might want to consider is rentvesting. This involves buying a property you’re not intending to live in and renting where you want to live instead. This takes advantage of negative gearing tax concessions and allows you to potentially pay less in rent than you would to a mortgage.
But ultimately, it’s still including property as part of your wealth creation plan.
Property analyst and coach Pete Wargent suggests that one of the reasons owning a home is such as successful investment is because of the leverage involved. According to Pete, people generally use a deposit for 10 to 20 per cent of the purchase price and borrow the remainder from a bank or other lender in the form of a mortgage. And because most people see their home as a long-term investment, they don’t sell.
Part of the pain of having a mortgage is that you can’t skip a payment because you’d rather use the money to go away on holidays. We’re forced by a contractual obligation to make our minimum payments.
My concern is that if young people particularly were to be scared off by property because they’re worried by a possible 10 per cent slump, they won’t have that same compulsion (and obligation) to save. And there’s a lot of people (who already own property portfolios) trying to scare them off.
Instead, why not think of the softening as an opportunity, to be creative around how you consider property ownership or to consider rentvesting instead.
There’s been a lot of speculation about Sydney house prices.CREDIT:ROB HOMER
What is clear to me, is that home ownership and using it as our only means of wealth creation is potentially being lost to us. Particularly when you consider the huge gains in our major cities.
However, property ownership, especially when you factor in our willingness to hold onto it long term and the power of leverage, in my opinion, is still an option worth considering.
No matter what a fearmonger on 60 Minutes might tell you.
Melissa Browne is CEO of A&TA and financial planning firm The Money Barre
Smart buys: Brisbane’s best properties under $800,000 for sale right now
Here’s our pick of the best buys in Brisbane and some of its surrounds at the moment — and they’re all under $800,000.
34 Ivy Street, Toowong
With tongue-and-groove floorboards, a cast-iron fireplace begging for love, a sunroom, and a prime position on 405 square metres, this three-bedroom original workers’ cottage is bound to catch eyes of inner-west renovators. No price has been set yet but agent Alex Jordan says as a vacant block on land it would achieve over $600,000.
McGrath, Alex Jordan 0410 424 749
81 Payne Road, The Gap
The rear of this multi-tone brick house surprises. There’s a single-garage-cum-workshop or home office between the double carport and an elevated timber sundeck, and there’s also a pool. It is fully fenced on a 625-square-metre block, and has three bedrooms with a further small room inside that could become a fourth bedroom or study.
Harcourts, Stephen Dangerfield 0412 145 802
48 Bringelly Street, Arana Hills
From its white picket fence to its flat sandpit-friendly backyard, the DNA of this three-bedroom, one-bathroom house is pure family. Set on a flat 607-square-metre block about 20 metres from the local bus stop, Grovely State School is 900 metres away and Arana Hills Plaza, restaurants and cafes are at the end of the street.
Coronis, Jo Dryden 07 3351 5151
19 Allamanda Crescent, Albany Creek
This substantial four-bedroom, double-storey house sits on a 1250-square-metre landscaped block. It has ample room for its pool and double garage, and there is a massive covered entertaining area and both casual and formal living and eating rooms. Two state high schools are located within 2.4 kilometres of the front door.
Style Real Estate, Claire Little 0422 755 171
40 O’Quinn Street, Nudgee Beach
This 54-year-old updated beauty on a double block opposite the beach offers three bedrooms, three bathrooms and 1000 square metres of land. Open-plan living and dining space, plenty of natural light, timber floors, and a second living area with clever built-in bench seating and storage are boons. The rear has a storage shed, two garden sheds and a single garage.
Calio & Scott Real Estate, Carl Calio 0416 145 288
6 Chase Crescent, North Lakes
Worth a look if a first-time home buyer, or investor watching budget-friendly growth areas, this super neat, modern three-bedroom, two-bathroom house also has a double garage. It is set on a low-maintenance and landscaped 486-square-metre block. It also has decent-sized, open-plan living and media rooms.
Hudson Property, Viv Robinson 0407 918 184
50 Windsor Place, Deception Bay
This two-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage on a 397-square-metre corner block has serious update or rebuild potential. Set three blocks west of Moreton Bay and one block to the suburban public primary school, it is liveable as a home or easily rentable with a modern kitchen and fenced backyard. It has a separate sunroom and a single carport.
Ray White, Lydia Robins 0438 166 763
441 Beenleigh Road, Sunnybank
This renovated, four-bedroom, one-bathroom house has parking space for two cars on a 708-square-metre block. The floor plan is open between living, dining and kitchen areas and the metro rail station is about 400 metres away. Its reserve price is unknown as required by Queensland auction laws, but it was found in a search for homes under $800,000.
Auction, June 29, 12.30pm
RE/MAX, Gary Dellios 0411 879 935
4 Parliament Street, Bethania
The federal election is done for 2019, but here is another way to get into Parliament. With three bedrooms and one bathroom, this brick-and-tile house also has a double carport and a double garage. On a flat 758-square-metre block, the back section is contained making for a fine play zone. Neutral timber-look flooring in the kitchen-meals area balances the retro swirl carpet in the living-dining.
LJ Hooker, Trina Wilson 0427 188 500
Cbus Property Plans $600m North Quay Tower
Cbus Property will partner with local Brisbane developer Nielson Properties to deliver a $600 million riverfront commercial building in the city’s CBD.
The 3,000sq m corner site, an amalgamation of 205 North Quay and neighbouring 30 Herschel Street, will now house the city’s latest A-grade commercial building.
The office development, to be known as 205 North Quay, will deliver 50,000sq m of net lettable area.
Cbus Property chief executive Adrian Pozzo said the site was ideal as it takes advantage of Brisbane’s strong economic outlook, employment growth and the state government’s infrastructure investment.
“205 North Quay is a major riverfront CBD site, ideally located to capitalise on the major infrastructure projects nearby such as the recently announced Roma Street Station, Brisbane Metro, Cross River Rail and Brisbane Live,” Pozzo said.
“Queensland’s economic growth also anticipated to continue to outperform the Australian average.”
“We will look to build on these strong economic foundations and our past success with 1 William Street, to deliver a premium and future-focused commercial tower for Brisbane’s CBD in collaboration with our partner, Nielson Properties.”
No stranger to Brisbane CBD’s commercial market, the project follows Cbus Property’s 46-storey “tower of power” at 1 William Street, home to the Queensland government.
The 205 North Quay development will add to the continued regeneration of the burgeoning North Quarter precinct, which will also include Mirvac’s 80 Ann Street tower to be tenanted by Suncorp, Shayher Group’s 300 George Street project and the recently completed W Hotel on George Street.
The development will also be located in Brisbane’s prime commercial district, capitalising on the major infrastructure projects nearby such as the recently announced Roma Street Station, Brisbane Metro, Cross River Rail and Brisbane Live.
“As a local Brisbane developer, we’re excited to be a part of the evolution of the North Quarter as it becomes a vibrant hub bolstered by outstanding connectivity to Brisbane’s CBD and premium infrastructure and amenity,” Nielson Properties director Ross Nielson said.
Cbus and Nielson have commenced preliminary discussions with the Brisbane City Council.
Last week, Brisbane-based Sentinel Property Group snatched up Makerston House, a neighbouring commercial property in Brisbane’s North Quarter precinct from investment management company Challenger for $103 million.
Further along the CBD riverfront, work has also commenced at the $3.6 billion Queens Wharf developed by the Destination Brisbane Consortium, a joint venture led by casino giant Star Entertainment Group, Far East Consortium and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises.
Work is also under way on Brisbane’s newest riverside public space, with the area between the Goodwill Bridge and 1 William Street to be developed into an above-water pedestrian walkway and recreational area called Waterline Park.
‘Why not Hendra?’ The luxury house that is poised to set a new benchmark for this Brisbane suburb
A prestigious new property in Hendra is tipped to break records when it goes under the hammer in a couple of weeks, setting a new benchmark for luxury in the area.
The five-bedroom, four-bathroom house may be located on General Street, but its myriad of bells and whistles means it’s anything but.
With a plethora of top-line features, including travertine tiles, state-of-the-art fixtures and a mosaic-tiled swimming pool, it includes a climate-controlled wine cellar as well as bespoke cabinetry throughout.
Marketing agent Patrick McKinnon of Place Ascot said the house was part of an emerging trend in the suburb towards luxury new builds. The developers behind the home, Innovare Builders, were quickly transforming the standard of Hendra homes project by project, he said.
“They’ve really lifted the benchmark for what’s expected in Hendra and set the tone for the quality that people look for here,” he said.
“This house should a set a record for the area for 405-square-metre non-racecourse property. The records are around the $1 millions and I think this is better than anything else comparable on the market right now.”
While perhaps not as well-known as its prestigious neighbouring suburbs of Ascot and Hamilton, Hendra’s gentrification is well underway, partly due to the redevelopment of Eagle Farm Racecourse.
The 379-square-metre statement home is within an easy canter of the racecourse as well as many cafe precincts.
Orazio D’Arro of Innovare Builders said Hendra’s multitude of attributes made the decision to develop there simple.
“In a nutshell, why not Hendra?” he said.
“We first chose Hendra because it is a gentrified living suburb with wide, tree-lined streets full of traditional and modern character houses and dotted by cafes, boutiques, other community businesses and gorgeous local parklands.”
Mr D’Arro said the design inspiration was Hamptons exterior meets modern European interior.
“Modern life requires thoughtful use of space and automation as well as comfort and this was at the forefront of each and every design and inclusion decision,” he said.
Located within easy commute of the Brisbane Airport as well motorways north and south, the home can be controlled from anywhere in the world via state-of-the-art automation and electrical integration.
“Part of a busy modern family’s lifestyle demands convenience – even while travelling – and the electronic aids offered up here deliver convenience in spades,” Mr D’Arro said.
Other features of the home include a rear patio designed for al fresco dining and summer barbecues, with a built-in, custom outdoor kitchen that features a barbecue and beverage centre.
The home also boasts an in-ground swimming pool lined with mosaic tiling and a manicured, drought-resistant lawn with landscaped gardens.
The property is located at 6 General Street, Hendra, and will go to auction on Saturday, June 22.
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