"At the other end of the spectrum, the most affordable property reported sold at the weekend was a one-bedroom unit at 29/8 Phillip Street, Redfern, sold for $383,000 by Belle Property Surry Hills."
This is actually a 17.15sqm studio.
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07-03-2016 22:11 #231
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07-03-2016 22:51 #233
There is still a massive shortage of stock so in our area of Sydney prices are still going well , we had 14 and 9 registered bidders at our last 2 auctions last weekend ( more than we actually thought we would have!)
We have found though some banks are making it tougher with most wanting a 20% deposit on homes over $1,000,000 and the bank valuers are refusing to use last years sale prices in their reports
08-03-2016 05:50 #234
It's still a very strong market, but a reduction is a reduction. The main suburbs dragging down the average are the west and north west, and South Sydney. But the lower north shore was 86%! So obviously some areas do better than others. I just thought it was an interesting statistic.
08-03-2016 06:17 #235
Negative Gearing - Politics talk
"The managing director of financial planner Omniwealth, Matthew Kidd, said by far the biggest effect of the policy would be on residential real estate.
“Residential real estate is not a great investment when you have to pay stamp duty, pay lawyers to do conveyancing and arrange mortgage funding, while there are strata fees, real estate agency fees and maintenance for holding it,’’ he said."
How did this guy get his credentials?
Not a great investment? What is this guy smoking? Maybe he is motivated to sell financial products rather than encourage his clients to buy real estate, but this is misleading and frankly, incorrect!
Even without negative gearing as a sweetener, you still get to invest 20% of the value and enjoy the growth on 100% of the asset. What other asset class allows this? Mortgage rates on real estate are also lower than on margin loans and there are no margin calls on investment home loans.
Yes you have to pay stamp duty, but you recoup that pretty quickly in the first year if you did your research.
Also, what other asset class gives you a consistent return on investment? With shares, you don't have any say in whether dividends are paid. With rent you can choose your tenants, and depending on what area you invest in, your property is like liquid gold to renters. There's just not enough supply out there.
Lastly, real estate is far less riskier than financial assets like shares, managed funds etc. if you hold the asset for 10 years, chances are the value will double. Recently it's been taking about 6-7 years to double, but that will surely slow down.
So how exactly is this a bad investment?
Honestly, negative gearing is nice, it's like the cherry on the cream which is sitting on the ice cream which is sitting on the ganache which is sitting on the cake. Just the cherry though. It's not the *reason* people buy real estate.
08-03-2016 06:26 #236
08-03-2016 06:32 #237
We bought an apartment in Bondi beach in 2009 for $435k and it is currently renting for $750 per week. It is currently valued at around $700k, after 7 years. It has always been positively geared. Strata fees are low because it's an older building, there's hardly any maintenance, interest we are paying at the moment is only 4.6%. I would say that is a bloody good investment.
08-03-2016 06:40 #238
Of course if you buy a $1.4m house you won't be able to get a good return on it. But who buys 1.4m houses as an investment property?
If a house is available for rent online, that is probably because the owner/occupier had moved out for some unforeseen circumstances, such as work relocation or some other reason: buying such an expensive property with obviously low rental return is not smart.
08-03-2016 06:49 #239
Last post for now, sorry for all the rambling..
I came across this data on realestate.com.au
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This is the average for all apartments in Sydney (they didn't have data for houses). So some suburbs will be worse and others will be better. It's not a great return but also not bad. 4.4% rental return. And according to this average, if you borrow 80% and pay 4.6% interest, you would still be cash positive. The difference between the rent and interest is around $6200. Plenty of cash left over for council rates, strata, management fees.
Add to this the capital growth, and you're on a winner.
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Negative Gearing - Politics talk
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