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60 MINUTES: FACT FROM FICTION


If you watched Sunday evening’s 60 Minutes program, you should be alarmed. And not if you are a home owner or a mortgagee, not because your investments are in jeopardy, but because the media is trying to fabricate the truth. The reality of the Australian property market, and more particularly a market I know a lot about—the Melbourne market—is that it is far more complex than an abridged Sunday evening feature will reveal. Every postcode is judged on its own merit. Every property in that postcode is judged on its own merit, and for the past 2 years the media has tried to gain control of the property market for no other purpose than to sensationalise and sell headlines.     Downturn in the property market. That was the headline of Channel 9’s 60 Minutes report. They claimed that the market is set to drop 40% in the next year, and that the current conditions resemble the GFC of 2007-08. “It’s coming”, said one of their motley panel...


Have you started planning for spring?


It has been a strong few months in the local market, with much of the action happening at the negotiation table. It has been a true test of mettle for real estate agents as buyers have registered some reluctance and trepidation. This nervousness is a result of worries in the marketplace, with much of the media reporting a “softening” or “correction” across Melbourne. In response, average days on market has increased as buyers spend more time deliberating over their purchasing decisions, and agents spend more time negotiating and pursuing qualified buyers. With all that said and done, the latter part of Winter has been surprising in its steady, constant stock levels and robust price outcomes. Now more than ever, being priced right, marketed right, and presented right is of upmost importance. These can be difficult times for agents who simply ride on the market peaks (you know what they say about the going getting tough). You will find that agencies which are tri...

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STRONG MARKETS IN REGIONAL VICTORIA


According to a recent REIV (Real Estate Institute of Victoria) research bulletin, the property market is strong and stable in regional Victoria. An auction clearance rate of 71.1% was recorded in July post-financial year, well above the state average of that time. Median house prices have also continued to outperform metropolitan Melbourne and rental vacancy rates are low (meaning very few investment properties are vacant). Although some people are nervous after the Big 4’s decision (following Westpac) to raise interest rates, however slight, the Reserve Bank has assured Australians that they do not intend to change their cash rate, which remains at 1.5% (as at 12th September 2018). We have seen media fearmongers at work in recent days, trying to convince the general public that there are grey clouds on the horizon, but the numbers do not lie. Despite the bad reports and rumours about “corrections”, “bubbles”, and “drops”, our market continues...


The truth from the factory floor.


It has been a very busy month and a half at Integrity Real Estate. Although stock volume was very high at the turn of the financial year June 30, the month of July would determine whether or not sales results would stand up against the barrage of media advertising touting a “market softening”. Without holding you in suspense, the answer is: sales maintained strong. Majority of clearances in the month of July and into August were properties on small acreage in excess of $800k and $900k. This bodes very well for the local market, as it shows that (as predicted) the Kinglake Ranges remains mostly immune to a market relapse that is occurring in suburbs reliant upon the once-almighty Auction. But this comes with a condition. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) recently decided to keep the official cash rate on hold at the record low setting of 1.50%. The RBA determined that global and domestic economies remained positive and were generally remaining buoyant. On a domestic...

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What does property & Bitcoin have in common?


If you watched the news or scrolled through your Facebook newsfeed around October last year, chances are you were introduced to bitcoin. This crypto-currency caused quite a stir, being the headline act for a new transaction system that increased the efficiency of currency exchange and threatened the necessity of a central banking system. To that end, if you mention bitcoin to a passer-by or family member they may look at you like you’re wearing a tin-foil cap. People tend to group crypto-currency investors into the same category as conspiracy theorists, but there is serious merit and technology behind the popular buzz. However, that is a topic for another day. What is interesting about bitcoin, from a real estate point of view, is how public attention altered its value. Bitcoin gained traction as a “get-rich-quick” scheme, with many starry-eyed investors dumping money into the currency on reports of massive, immediate returns. Although bitcoin has been around for...


Let's talk about rentals


  The Kinglake Ranges has always been a popular destination for investors.In fact, many established residents have started in the area by purchasing a property, be it vacant land or an established home for rental investment, with the intention to move long-term. Many homeowners, with great foresight, sat on these investments through seemingly slow fiscal years and either sold in peak markets down the line to move to Kinglake or swapped properties, renting the ‘suburban’ home in favour of raising the kids or retiring in the country. For some, the last 24 months of profitable returns has also been a bonus, allowing astute investors to buy and rent, buy and flip, or even do both in the same market and still come out ahead. In two cases recently, Integrity facilitated multiple transactions where a client sold their first home, purchased an investment to flip, and secured another property with the intention of building their long-t...