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Christmas is just around the corner, so if you haven’t done your shopping it might be wise to start now. In the meantime, here are four stories I think you’ll like:

  • Australian market gets big tick
  • The properties tenants want most
  • Govt aims to build 1m new homes
  • Home builders have record pipeline

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One of the world’s largest real estate firms has given five very good reasons why “Australian real estate represents a compelling investment”.
      1. CBRE said Australian real estate has provided an average return of 9.5% per annum over the past decade – significantly higher than the average home loan interest rate during that period.
      2. Rental vacancy rates are below 1% in some cities. When supply is low, demand is high, which is translating into “robust rent growth”.
      3. Australia’s population is forecast to grow 14% between in 2021-2030, which would be the “highest amongst leading economies”. More people would mean more demand for real estate.
      4. Australia has a “strong” and “resilient” economy, which makes it a good place to invest.
      5. Local real estate is relatively easy to sell if you decide you want to cash out. CBRE said Australia ranks sixth in the world on the dollar value of property transactions.
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As any property investor could tell you, rents have grown strongly over the past year.

But when you drill down into the data, as realestate.com.au did, you discover that some types of rental property have been more in-demand with tenants than others.

Between the September quarters of 2021 and 2022, demand was higher for houses (which experienced an 11.1% annual increase in rents) than units (7.1%).

Drilling down further, by bedroom size, it turns out that houses with more bedrooms were more popular than those with less:

  • 2 bedrooms 7.7% annual growth
  • 3 bedrooms 9.3%
  • 4 bedrooms 12.0%
  • 5 and more bedrooms 11.4%

For units, the results were different:

  • 1 bedroom 11.1% annual growth
  • 2 bedrooms 8.4%
  • 3 and more bedrooms 10.0%

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The federal government has rolled out a new policy to address what it calls “one of our nation’s biggest economic challenges” – housing affordability.

The National Housing Accord, which was unveiled in the recent Budget, aims to improve affordability by building one million new well-located homes over five years from 2024.

What makes the accord unique is that, for the first time, it aligns the efforts of governments, institutional investors and the construction sector.

The role of the construction sector will be to build homes that are more energy-efficient and to train more apprentices.

Institutional investors, like superannuation funds, will be expected to fund development projects “for their members’ interests and for the national interest”.

As for governments:

  • The federal government will provide financing options to facilitate institutional investment in social and affordable housing
  • States and territories will expedite zoning, planning and land release for social and affordable housing
  • Councils will deliver planning reforms and free up land for new builds

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There are a record number of homes under construction, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

A total of 241,926 home builds were underway in the June quarter, which was up 0.7% from the previous record result recorded in the quarter before.

On the surface, that would suggest the federal government’s plan to build one million new homes (see previous story) in five years is realistic.

However, as Housing Industry Association economist Tom Devitt pointed out, there are “more houses still being commenced than completed”, which means this “record pipeline” of building work is due to limited supply rather than overwhelming demand.

“Supply constraints are continuing to hold back completion of these projects. Materials constraints have plagued builders over the last two years, and shortages of skilled trades have only become more acute,” he said.

“These supply constraints will keep Australia’s home builders busy this year and next as they continue to work down this record volume of detached house projects.”

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