Survey Finds Now Is a Good Time To Buy

By Peter Sarmas on 25 Jul 2016
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Melbourne Auction Results 24th of July 2016



Sold at Auction: 341    
Passed in: 121  


Sold Before: 65    
Sold After: 2    





Market Wrap (REIV)

A clearance rate of 74 per cent was recorded this weekend compared to 78 per cent last weekend and 76 per cent this weekend last year. There were 462 auctions reported to the REIV, with 341 selling and 121 being passed in, 49 of those on a vendor bid. Reservoir has recorded the highest number of auction sales in the year-to-date. Other suburbs in the top five are Craigieburn, Bentleigh East, Mount Waverley and Glen Waverley.



Source: Shuttesrstock

Survey Finds Now is a Good Time To Buy

Property investors appear to back with May recording a solid growth in investor lending and rumours that lenders are struggling to keep up with a backlog of loans to be processed. So where is that slump we’ve all been waiting for?

Late last week CoreLogic and TEG Rewards released their latest findings. Of the 2432 respondents surveyed, 64% believed now was a good time to buy a home, up from 60% a year ago. This confidence comes at a time when the property market is at its most vulnerable, according to experts.

Have jobs got anything to do with our strong property market? According to the latest ABS figures, Melbourne leads the way in annual employment growth with 78,300 new jobs added from Sydney at 61,400.

The current market has seen a resurgence from investors in a strong equity position looking to secure their retirement through property for growth and cash- flow in the form of rent. The rentvestor is also out in force, attempting to enter the property market through an in investment purchase while they stay home with mum and dad or rent themselves but at a lower amount. Meanwhile First Time Buyers are seeing house prices continue their upward trajectory and are trying to get into the market before missing out all together.

A low interest rate environment and the continued fight for more mortgage customers means first and second tier lenders are finding ways to lend more money to customers at levels up to a 90% Loan to Value Ratio (LVR) using Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI), this despite a crackdown on lending. Mortgage funders AFG and Liberty Financial have seen record growth in the loan books over past few years as buyers unable to meet tougher lending banking criteria search for finance alternatives.


Street Advocate

Good stock is very tight in the middle to inner suburbs of Melbourne.

Areas like Croydon, Sunshine and Chelsea, Hawthorn and Ivanhoe are booming and have seen price rises of 20-30% (Domain) for houses.

But attention on units has also been strong. Nelson Alexander’s Spiro Karragiannidis reporting over the weekend 50 plus groups through a split level apartment for sale in Thornbury.  “I was staggered at the response, it must be the price range sub $500,000 that’s getting all this attention from buyers.”

Richmond agent Edward Hobbs from Biggin Scott reported 2 sales from 2 auctions over the weekend, both with good crowds and 3-4 bidders.

Mr Hobbs saying, the “lack of stock is seeing even passed in properties being sold at the vendor’s price”. “ A few weeks ago we passed in a double storey townhouse at  5 Koorang Ave, then over the weekend we secured a sale to the same buyer at the vendor’s expected price. Obviously the buyer couldn’t find anything else that seemed good value so they came back to the same property”.


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About the Author

Peter Sarmas is a Certified Property Investment Advisor (PIAA) and Vendor/Buyer Advocate. Before becoming the founder of Street News, Peter completed a Degree in Applied Science (Chemistry) and a Graduate Diploma in Property Valuations (Hons). Peter believes property investing is a major and potentially risky undertaking. In his view, everyone should have an independent person acting on their behalf when seeking property investment advice.

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