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Why Melbourne’s property market is suddenly so appealing

Australia’s most liveable city just became a little more attractive

By KANEBRIDGE NEWS
Tue, Jun 13, 2023 10:45amGrey Clock 2 min

Potential homebuyers may be best placed to set their sights on Melbourne, with new data revealing Australia’s largest city recorded significantly less growth than other capitals since the pandemic began.

Figures from CoreLogic show  that house values rose by just 1.6 percent between March 2020 and May 2023 compared with a stronger 16.5 percent gain in Sydney prices and a whopping 45.2 percent surge in Adelaide.

The increases have started to close the value gaps between Melbourne and the smaller capitals such as Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, said CoreLogic Asia Pacific research director Tim Lawless.

“Every capital city other than Canberra – the country’s second most expensive capital for houses – has significantly closed the house value gap to Melbourne,” he said. “At the onset of COVID, Brisbane houses were 47 percent cheaper than Melbourne. That affordability gap has closed to just 15 percent.

“Melbourne was 85 percent more expensive than Adelaide at the start of COVID but the gap has narrowed to just 29 percent and in Perth, where the gap was 88 percent, Melbourne house values are now 50 percent higher.”

Like most Australian capitals, Melbourne’s values fell at the start of COVID. During 2020, values declined by -6.7 percent according to CoreLogic, followed by substantial growth of 20.6 percent. This preceded  another decline of -11.7 percent, with the market finding the floor in February this year. Since then, prices have grown 1.7 percent to May this year.

Melbourne is consistently ranked Australia’s most liveable city and was last year named the third most liveable city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global 2022 Liveability Index.

Mr Lawless said the latest data would likely make Melbourne a more attractive option for homebuyers and investors.

“With housing affordability remaining stretched, this improvement in Melbourne’s value proposition could place Australia’s second largest city in a more competitive position to attract a greater share of housing market participants,” he said. 

“The city’s advertised supply level is trending lower and is -13.4 percent below levels at the same time last year and -7.0 percent below the previous five-year average.  

“Melbourne’s rental vacancy rate of 0.8 percent in May is also one of the lowest in the country and yet another potential factor supporting purchasing demand for those with the financial capacity to enter the market.”



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The ball is in the buyer’s court with this knockdown/rebuild opportunity

By KANEBRIDGE NEWS
Tue, Apr 18, 2023 2 min

Glenhaven in Sydney’s Hills District is one of those areas that locals tend to keep to themselves. Leafy with large blocks on offer, the suburb takes its name from its valley location, with the northern end originally known as the Glen and the southern end called the Haven. 

En route from Parramatta to the Hunter, Glenhaven has become an ideal place for growing families in search of a little more space, or even room to house several generations under one roof.

The challenge is finding properties that tick all the right boxes.

As demand for trades and supply chain issues continue to ease, now could be the right time for a knockdown/rebuild project for would-be buyers looking to create their dream home.

Fairmont Homes specialises in knockdown/rebuild projects in Sydney. General manager at Fairmont Homes, Daniel Logue, said there are key features to look for when choosing a knockdown/rebuild site.

“The key items we look for are the site falling to the street, not to the rear, to help with stormwater drainage as well as access to the site,” he said. “Neighbouring property front setbacks are also important. In some older areas, the older houses are set closer to the street, meaning your new home will have to be set to suit.

“Value for money and the return on the end sale price of the home is another issue.”

If possible, he said designing a home that meets the criteria of the Complying Development legislation will speed up approvals considerably.

While suitable knockdown/rebuild sites can be hard to find in Glenhaven, there are still hidden opportunities if you know where to look.

One block at 158 Gilbert Road, Glenhaven is ideally suited for rejuvenation. With almost 850sqm to play with, it slopes down to the street and sits between neighbouring properties that have already been stylishly updated.

 

 

An existing basketball court at the rear could provide the perfect teen backdrop to a family home, or it could make way for a larger house with landscaped gardens and pool. Alternatively, it could be the perfect position for a cabana or granny flat to serve as in-law accommodation or a source of secondary income.

With recent sales of completed homes in nearby streets reaching well above $5 million, it’s a great opportunity to make a slam dunk of a buy into one of Sydney’s best kept secrets.

Address: 158 Gilbert Road, Glenhaven
Price guide: $1.8 million
Inspection: By appointment only

 

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