Yes, we’ve moved to the next phase of
the property cycle.
Australia’s property market boom
appears to have ended, and now we’re onto the downturn phase of the cycle.
Let’s be clear…some property markets,
in particular, Brisbane and Adelaide still growing, but their growth is slow,
and in other parts of Australia housing prices are flat or slowly declining.
Here’s what has happened.
The boom phase of the cycle that we saw
in 2020-21 saw prices soar, but now as a result affordability has deteriorated.
For context, property prices have
surged 29% since the pandemic while wage growth has risen a mere 2.3%.
At the same time, inflation is soaring,
making it harder for buyers to save that much-needed house deposit - inflation
is at a 21-year high at around 6%, and there is more to come.
Speaking of inflation, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA)hiked the official cash rate for the second
consecutive month in June to 0.85% in an effort to curb inflation - again,
we’re yet to reach the peak with further rate hikes expected before the end of
This in turn has caused fixed mortgage
rates to more than double to around 5%, from around 2%.
What does all this mean?
Well, in short, buyers need more money
to buy a property…. but they aren’t able to borrow as much.
And the rising inflation and cost of
living mean a deposit is harder to save.
It’s easy to see why we’re entering a
downturn, isn’t it?
But wait, there is more.
A rise in new listings in Sydney and
Melbourne has taken some pressure out of the market, while there has been a
shift and rotation in spending from goods back to services on top of a decline
in consumer and home buyer confidence thanks to concern about rising rates, inflation,
and the future of property values.
As I said, we’re in the downturn phase,
and sure, the value of some properties may decrease in the coming year – some
by as much as 10% - but that will only be in the short term.
Yet there are still some strong patches
in the Melbourne and Sydney property market where A-grade homes and
investment-grade properties are still selling well.
It’s a bit like having one hand in a
bucket of hot water and another hand in a bucket of cold water and saying, "on
average I feel comfortable.”
However strategic investors are not
phased by this stage of the cycle, they understand real estate is a long-term
game and they’re more focussed on the long-term rise in values rather than
RealRenta has all the
tools that a property manager has but for less than ¼ the cost of a
Join now and the cost
is less than a cup of coffee a week to manage your rental property
RealRenta also has a
free vision, so why not check it out
Friday, 22 July 2022