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The Surprising Shift in Australia’s Property Market: An Apartment Boom Ahead?

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If you’ve been contemplating investing in Australia’s property market, you might want to pause and reconsider your options. Emerging trends and expert predictions are indicating a surprising shift – a potential boom in the apartment sector. Intrigued? Read on or watch our detailed video analysis below to gain a comprehensive understanding of this evolving landscape.

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The Rising Demand for Apartments

CoreLogic, a renowned property data and analytics company, suggests that apartment prices might soon outpace house prices due to higher demand and fewer apartments available. Tim Lawless, the company’s research director, attributes this potential increase to a scarcity of apartments, a surge in rented properties, and escalating rents.

Lawless believes that high house prices and the challenges of securing a loan might push more people, especially first-time buyers, towards apartments. This shift could help these individuals become property owners and evade the rising rental costs. The steady influx of people moving to the area and the number of foreign students could keep the demand for apartments high.

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The Future of Apartment Availability

Lawless also forecasts a significant shift towards apartments. This trend could be more noticeable due to the insufficient number of apartments being built, which could lead to a shortage in about one and a half to two years.

Leigh Warner and Aiden Mayne, property market experts from JLL, echo this view. They note that while property developers are optimistic about the demand for apartments, the rising costs of building and financing are preventing them from initiating large apartment projects. This could prolong the shortage of apartments.

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The Value of Apartments Amidst Housing Affordability Crisis

Historically, houses have been a better investment because the land they’re on increases in value faster. However, apartments are starting to perform just as well. Over the past decade, house prices have increased by 5% per year on average, compared to 3.4% for apartments. But in the last three months, both house and apartment prices in the biggest cities have risen by 1.4%.

Lawless emphasizes that more first-time buyers are opting for apartments. The affordability of apartments and the cautious approach of lenders to loans with small deposits and high debt-to-income ratios seem to make apartments more appealing to buyers.

The Impact of Population Growth on Housing

The continuous rise in Australia’s population, due to both natural growth and immigration, presents both opportunities and challenges in planning and providing housing. By analyzing current population growth patterns and the available housing supply, we can gain insights into the factors shaping Australia’s housing situation.

Conclusion

The continuous rise in Australia’s population, due to both natural growth and immigration, presents both opportunities and challenges in planning and providing housing. By analyzing current population growth patterns and the available housing supply, we can gain insights into the factors shaping Australia’s housing situation.

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