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Foreign investment in Australia’s housing market collapses: FIRB

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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.

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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

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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.”

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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.

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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: brisbaneinvestor.com.au

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Hollywell, the often overlooked Central North Gold Coast suburb: HTW

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Hollywell is often overlooked in property searches due to its size and the well known surrounding suburbs, according to a recent Herron Todd White (HTW) residential report.

It is a small suburb located just below Paradise Point and just above Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

It features canal front properties with bridge free broadwater access to a number of sites, as well as broadwater views.

“Whilst the suburb does lack quality shopping facilities, restaurants and cafes, it is within walking distance to suburbs that offer these,” the valuation firm said.

“Furthermore, public transport is readily accessible and runs straight through the middle of the suburb.”

Price points within the suburb do range as the property mix comprises units, dry block houses and canal front houses.

“Over the past six months we have seen entry level two-bedroom, two-bathroom units being acquired for just under $400,000, dry block houses selling upwards from $525,000 and canal front properties with bridge free broadwater access from $900,000,” the report said.

There was a recent $900,000 sale.

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A circa 1980 five bedroom brick house at 361 Bay View Street, Hollywell was sold for $900,000 (pictured above).

The house features updated kitchen with timber floors, solar panels, concrete boat ramp, pontoon jetty and swimming pool.

Other highlights include north-east facing, 18 metre canal frontage with bridge free broadwater access, and 725 square metre land area.

The property is positioned on a local thoroughfare road that runs through Hollywell, which is a detracting factor.

The property was on the market for 64 days and original asking price was $1.15 million.

 

 

Source: www.propertyobserver.com.au

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Gold Coast rainforest retreat sells in multimillion-dollar deal

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A Gold Coast family will head to the hills after securing the keys to a picturesque property in a multimillion-dollar deal.

A rainforest retreat in Currumbin Valley has changed hands in a multimillion-dollar deal, selling to a large local family seeking a tree change.

The picturesque property sold for $2.4 million to the family from Sovereign Islands last week.

It was aptly named the Palasari Rainforest Estate and had a lush mountain backdrop and tropical rainforest surrounds.

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Two residences were on the sprawling 10.52 ha property.

The main house was perched at the highest point and featured four bedrooms, a resort-style pool and an Asian-influenced design.

On the lower side of the block was an updated four-bedroom guesthouse.

Kollosche Broadbeach agent Rob Lamb, who sold the estate alongside Laura Delaney, said a Melbourne buyer also flew up and put in an offer but the local family had an unconditional cash contract.

“They are a large family with lots of kids who wanted to get out of the small confinements of urban living,” Mr Lamb said.

“There’s a bit more maintenance with a rural property but they can ride motorbikes and have a bit more freedom and privacy as the kids are growing up through their teens.”

Mr Lamb said the family plan to live in the guesthouse while renovating the main residence to better suit their needs.

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A freestanding cellar door with a 1600-bottle, climate-controlled wine room, butler’s kitchen, powder room and outdoor patio was another impressive feature of the property.

The large block also had a thriving orchard with citrus, stone fruit, mangoes, avocadoes, apples, paw-paw, guava, banana, berries, macadamias, gapes, figs and vegetables.

The property was listed through Kollosche from late March, first with a $2.899 million price tag that was later reduced to $2.6 million, according CoreLogic.

Property records also showed it first hit the market with a different agency in January seeking more than $4 million.

The property last changed hands in 2015 for $2.3 million.

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Currumbin Valley’s median house price has grown by 19.5 per cent in the past five years to $920,000. It is the Gold Coast 11th most expensive suburb.

Mr Lamb said he hadn’t seen any shift in the prestige property market in the lead up to the federal election and expected it to keep soldiering on. “For owner occupiers and particularly prestige properties, it shouldn’t affect anything too much,” he said.

“Interest rates look like they are heading down so it should suit the buyers looking to live in those prestige properties.”

 

 

Source: www.news.com.au

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The southeast Queensland suburbs where vendors are discounting their sale prices

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The southeast Queensland suburbs where vendors are discounting their sale price by the largest percentages have been revealed.

New data analysis by Domain looked at the average rate of vendor discounting on properties in suburbs throughout Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast over the six months to March this year and found some areas were discounting by as much as 12 per cent.

Houses at Carindale, Clontarf, Redcliffe and Rochedale South topped out the list of Greater Brisbane suburbs with the highest percentage of vendors discounting their asking price, while Chermside, New Farm, Redcliffe and South Brisbane had the highest rate of discounting for units.

On the Gold Coast, houses at Broadbeach Waters and Hope Island both recorded double-digit average vendor discounting, while units at Main Beach and Southport had the highest rate of discounting.

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Maroochydore and Tewantin headed up the Sunshine Coast houses that were being the discounted by the highest percentage.

Domain economist Trent Wiltshire said the rate of discounting was another market indicator that could help assess conditions in certain suburbs.

The data was compiled using a minimum of 30 observations and did not include properties that sold via auction or without a listed price.

“This can be a bit more timely than price data,” he said. “But it is only an average figure and, while the average or median is the simplest way to look at a suburb, it doesn’t tell the full story.”

Will Torres of Torres Property said overall the housing market in Carindale was performing well but that the average discounting rate was likely brought down by a specific price point.

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Carindale’s median house price is $879,750, a rise of 1.1 per cent over the year to March.

“I’d say the market that is being affected at the moment is that mid-$1 million price range,” he said.

“Rewind to six months ago I was selling houses in this price range in three weeks — now I’m struggling to get numbers in the door. That’s where the discounting will be, around that $1.5 million range and that’s why the Carindale percentage is that high.

“Anything under that price point is still performing really well and selling well. Days on market have stretched but the buyers and the demand is overall still there.”

Broadbeach Waters recorded the highest rate of vendor discounting, by up to 12 per cent. Jordan Williams of JW Prestige said that figure had likely been increased by houses in the $2 million to $3 million range, which were sometimes overpriced.

“If you’re 10 per cent over the odds you won’t get a result, you won’t get a deal — that’s why you’re seeing that average discount for Broadbeach Waters,” he said.

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“So this figure doesn’t mean the market has dropped here, it means some properties were overpriced. I sold a house for $4.5 million where the owners originally were asking $4.7 million. That’s a massive discount.

“But it started out that high because the owners said they wanted to give it a go, test the waters. There’s a million different scenarios for why people discount their properties.”

At Hope Island, where the average vendor discount is 10.3 per cent, agent Warren Hickey is selling a four-bedroom, two-bathroom contemporary home on Virginia Avenue, which is listed for offers over $995,000 and advertised as a huge price reduction.

However, he said the listing was not representative of the local market.

“On average we’d sell a property a week in Hope Island. I would say if you look back at everything we’ve sold in the past few years, we’ve probably only advertised one as having a price reduction and this is it. It’s the exception,” he said.

On the Sunshine Coast, where Maroochydore recorded an average discount on houses of 7.5 per cent, local Century 21 agent Damien Said said a lot of the properties in higher demand were now auctioned.

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“That needs to be noted — those properties are automatically excluded from the data,” he said.

“If anyone in Maroochydore is discounting, I’d say it’s more of a reflection of a few properties that came on the market with unrealistic expectations.

“Generally, we’re finding that when properties do come on the market, as long as the price is realistic, our days on market are reducing. The coast market is still quite active.”

 

Source: brisbaneinvestor.com.au

 

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