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Luxury Rents Around the World Rose Faster Than Sales Prices 2023

By CASEY FARMER
Thu, Feb 8, 2024 8:30amGrey Clock 2 min

Luxury residential rents remained strong globally in 2023, outperforming capital values in 28 of the 30 cities tracked in the Savills World Cities Index, according to a report from the British real estate company on Wednesday.  On average, luxury rents increased by 5.1% last year, compared to the average home price growth of 2.2%. “In the face of economic uncertainty, the prime residential rental market proved resilient in 2023,” said Kelcie Sellers, associate at Savills World Research.

“Continuing a trend from the past year, prime rental value growth outpaced capital values, largely driven by a lack of stock in global prime markets and increased levels of demand from individuals and families who would look to purchase a property, but are holding off until the economic and interest rate situations stabilise.”

Lisbon was by far the leader in rental growth, with luxury rents increasing by an average of 39% over the year and by 22% in just the second half of 2023, according to the report.

“Lisbon has seen an influx of people moving to the city, attracted to its climate, the quality of life on offer and strong business environment. But some have been more reluctant to enter the purchase market in Lisbon due to rising house prices and increasing interest rates,” Sellers said. “While the supply of houses in the rental market has not kept pace with demand, leading to a rise in rental prices throughout Portugal, it remains comparatively priced compared to other rental markets in Europe and will likely continue to attract new renters and investors over the coming year.”

Singapore led the Asia-Pacific region, with its rental growth at 12.3%, though that was down from 32.3% in 2022. Hong Kong also saw luxury rents increase, jumping by 5.9%, as high deposit requirements, increased interest rates and an influx of buyers from Mainland China drove would-be buyers to the rental market, according to Savills.

As for the year ahead, a slight increase in luxury rents is expected across the 30 global cities, though the price growth may be less than usual.

“Looking at the year ahead, prime rental prices are forecast to record a slight increase for the 30 cities covered in the World Cities index, as would-be prime buyers continue to turn to rental markets, but this growth will likely remain below the historic average,” Sellers said.  Savills predicts that Amsterdam will lead this year’s rental growth index, with a forecasted increase of 6% to 7.9%, as the city has seen a spike in demand in tandem with limited supply and increased regulations on the private rented sector.



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Amid a national housing crisis, these are the home building hot spots

By Bronwyn Allen
Tue, May 28, 2024 2 min

Australia is in the midst of a housing crisis with supply challenges and demand pressures leading to a clogged pipeline of unfinished new home builds and approvals per capita languishing at decade-lows. There aren’t enough tradies to finish the homes under construction in normal timeframes. Meantime, construction costs have risen by 40 percent since late 2019 and contributed to dramatically higher insolvencies among building companies. High interest rates and lengthy approval processes have also prompted some developers to shelve plans for new projects altogether.

All of these challenges mean the National Housing Accord, with its ambition to build 1.2 million well-located homes over the next five years, will begin shortly amid very difficult conditions. However, the Federal and state and territory governments have agreed to the plan and plenty of money was allocated in the recent Federal Budget to get the program officially underway from 1 July.

Meanwhile, the Housing Industry Association (HIA) has published a report revealing the areas that are in line to receive the most new homes soonest, based on the value of approvals during FY23. The HIA has paired this data with population figures to identify the growth hot spots across Australia.

HIA economist Maurice Tapang said the top 20 hot spots for new approvals and above-average population growth were predominantly suburbs with greenfield developments. These developments require state governments to fund and build supporting infrastructure such as power lines, sewage and water pipes, roads and footpaths to service thousands of new residential lots.

“This is testament to the role that greenfield developments play in supporting the growth of our cities,” Mr Tapang said. “The drivers of housing demand are population and economic growth. Supporting population growth will require supplying adequate homes, which will entail providing the necessary infrastructure and land supply to grow our cities.

“As the high cost of the typical house and land package in some of our capital cities becomes out of reach to the typical income earner, it is important for policymakers to facilitate the supply needed to fill housing shortages. In order to build the Australian Government’s target of 1.2 million homes, there needs to be a healthy balance between greenfield and infill developments to support building well-located homes of all types.”

 

Australia’s top 6 home building and population hot spots

 

Box Hill – Nelson

In NSW, the top new home building hot spot is Box Hill – Nelson in Sydney’s Hills District, with $597 million in approvals and population growth of 26.5% in FY23.

 

Fraser Rise – Plumpton

Fraser Rise – Plumpton in Melbourne’s west was Victoria’s biggest growth hot spot, with $660.1 million in approvals along with 26.4% population growth.

 

Marsden Park – Shanes Park

 Located in Sydney’s Blacktown area in the western suburbs, Marsden Park – Shanes Park booked $370 million in approvals and 19.7% population growth.

 

Tarneit – North

 Located in Melbourne’s western suburbs, Tarneit – North recorded $384.3 million in new home building approvals and 18.9% population growth.

 

Rockbank – Mount Cottrell

Also in Melbourne’s western suburbs, Rockbank – Mount Cottrell had $593.4 million in approvals and 18.7% population growth.

 

Chambers Flat – Logan Reserve

Chambers Flat – Logan Reserve in the City of Logan, south of Brisbane, was Queensland’s biggest growth hot spot with $264.6 million in approvals and 18.4% population growth.

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