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The Australian uptake of the ‘new’ development platform remains dwarfed by overseas expansion — but things are moving.

By Terry Christodoulou
Thu, Jul 8, 2021Grey Clock 2 min
Build-To-Rent is a relatively nascent residential living market — one that is quickly moving beyond an ‘emerging’ tag as it spreads out across Australia. 
To understand the platform is to comprehend that where standard development equates to the construction of residences to be sold on completion, BTR developments are held, operated and rented by the developer. 
While the premise is straightforward it does present with a number of issues — among them land tax discounts and premium land transfer tax, alongside funding and consumer uptake issues that have caused it to stutter in its national rollout. 
Where the BTR industry in Australia continues to find its footing as a fresh consideration, BTR has been delivered and engaged in US markets for the best part of 40 years. Elsewhere, European markets such as London — which has expanded rapidly in alignment with federal government support since 2013 — has around 28,000 BTR properties completed, 16,000 under construction and 38,000 in planning, according to Statista research. 
Local experts such as Craig Godber, CBRE’s Associate Director, Head of Residential and Build-To-Rent Research Australia indicates that local trepidation may be more a case of ‘seeing is believing’ amongst prospective consumers. 
“I think that Australians have always partly accepted that there’s either owning a home or private renting, and it’ll take a few successful projects before a gradual uptake by renters is made,” said Godber. 
Where BTR differs from traditional renting is in its want to retain renters across extended periods and through a number of additional services such as dedicated concierge services, mail rooms, meeting rooms and mixed-use office spaces. 
Further, with one central controlling body overseeing each building operation, BTR offers flexible long-term tenancies, client-centric onsite management as well as appealing allowances in rewards to personalisation (painting and decorating) and pets. 
The caveat is that more lifestyle services means increased outlay. 
“There is the expectation that rents in BTR developments will be higher as opposed to the private market, and that may take some time for the consumer adjust to,” added Godber. 
The premium services offered by BTR have dispelled early market fears about it being rebranded social housing.
“That perception existed early on, particularly as the developments are purpose built, but as people and investors continue to learn about it that stigma fades away.”
Godber is increasingly optimistic about the future, buoyed by with a number of projects by renowned operators Mirvac and Grocon and an expansive market being further fed by various overseas developers. 

Sydney and Melbourne remain key with the Victorian capital outpacing the northern city’s pipeline by almost double, according to research from Knight Frank. 

The number of BTR apartments in Melbourne’s planning currently sits at 6000, well ahead of Sydney’s 3300 and Brisbane’s 1600.

11.1% of development sites purchased in 2020 in Melbourne were earmarked for high-density, BTR projects while in Sydney that figure was 0.7%.

Despite the recent interest and development proposals in the pipeline uptake is still expected to be rather gradual when compared to the recent explosions in popularity of BTR in Europe. 
Godber indicates that further government assistance and incentive, aligned to increased interest at an institutional investor level will help BTR continue to grow across Australia. 
“Financial models, the combination of better taxation and the structuring of funds as institutional investment vehicles for build-to-rent are all essential to seeing the sector continue to grow.”

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By Robyn Willis
Fri, Aug 5, 2022 2 min

When people talk about making a seachange, chances are this is the kind of property on the NSW South Coast that they have in mind.

Open for inspection for the first time this Saturday, 24 Point Street Bulli offers rare absolute beachfront, with never-to-be-built-out north facing views of the ocean. Located on the tip of Sandon Point, this two-storey property is a surfer’s dream with one of Australia’s most iconic surf breaks just beyond the back wall.

On the lower floor at street level, there are three bedrooms and two bathrooms, including a family bathroom and an ensuite in the master suite. A fourth bedroom is on the upper floor, along with the main living area, and is serviced by its own bathroom. 

While this would make a spectacular holiday home, it is well equipped for day-to-day living, with a spacious gourmet kitchen and butler’s pantry set into the articulated open plan living area on the first floor. A separate media room to the street side of the property on this level provides additional living space. 

Every aspect of this property has been considered to take in the light and views, with high ceilings internally and spacious, north facing decks on both levels to take in views of rolling waves. If the pull of the ocean is irresistible, it’s just a 100m walk to feel the sand between your toes.

The house is complemented by a Mediterranean, coastal-style garden, while the garage has room for a workshop and two car spaces.

An easy walk to Bulli village, the property is a 20 minute drive from the major hub of Wollongong and just over an hour to Sydney.


Open: Saturday August 6 2pm-3pm Auction: Saturday September 3 Price guide: N/A but expected to exceed $5.3m paid in March for 1 Alroy Street 

Contact: McGrath Thirroul – Vanessa Denison-Pender, 0488 443 174