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The Silver Lining Behind Perth Property

Imagine owning a home just within walking distance from Cottlesloe Beach in Perth, Australia. It’s a buyers market now, and chances are, you can! Photo Credit: http://www.bosso.com.au/portfolio/cottlesloe-beach/

With property prices softened, buyers can now call the shots, purchasing real estate in some of the best suburbs at lowered prices. Strategic purchases will yield better returns and result in greater appreciation when the property market escalates.

The Perth property market has been on a decline over the last few years, but it may be that the market has bottomed out. Official figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that Perth’s residential property prices jumped 0.5% in the December quarter, ending the ongoing trend of sliding property prices recorded since late 2013.

That said, industry observers are remaining conservative, predicting a mild rise in prices (or for some, not at all) in 2016. Still, as they say, behind every cloud is a silver lining. It is now a buyers’ market in Perth and, coupled with low interest rates, a great time to shop for real estate. In time, when the market recovers, property is bound to see a corresponding rise in value.

What you COULD get with $A1million

So what can you get with A$1 million in West Australia today? Most likely an impressive 2-storey house near the city, acreage in the east or a beachfront cottage in the South West, reports the West Australian.

  • In Perth North – $999K buys a 4-bedroom, 2-storey house 10km from the city in Stirling.
  • In Perth South – $999K buys a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom townhouse with a shared tennis court.
  • In Perth Southwest – $1 million could get you a beachfront property.
  • In Mosman Park – traditionally one of Perth’s most expensive suburbs – you could get a home for below $1 million.

What you SHOULD get with A$1 million

If you’re looking to take advantage of the market and get a better long term investment, a wise move would be to buy in sought-after suburbs that have seen a temporary softening in price instead of splurging on bigger and fancier homes.

There are predictions that older entry-level properties in suburbs like East Fremantle and Wembley Downs in the $550,000-plus range will see capital growth of up to 10% in the next 12-18 months.

“We are firm believers that location plays a big role in your investment. It makes logical sense to pay for a good location that has lots of potential for growth,” says CSI Properties (Cornerstone International) spokesperson Virata Thaivasigamony.

“We like areas with infrastructural growth and job employment like Atwell, but we also see the potential in established locations like Cottlesloe, West Perth and Southwest Perth where capital appreciation is concerned. Of course, it is the buying motive will guide the purchase at the end of the day. The important thing is to speak to people who know the market, consult your own tax advisors, do your research,” he adds.

Are you watching the Perth suburbs? Here’s a list of bargain buy suburbs courtesy of Realestate.com.au:

CSI Properties (Cornerstone International) proudly promotes international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential and purpose-built student property in cities across the United Kingdom (London, Luton, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, York, Glasgow, Scotland; Sheffield, etc); Australia (Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane) and Thailand (Bangkok). Our projects are concentrated in high-growth areas with great educational, infrastructural and job growth potentials. We aspire to make a difference in the lives of our clients by helping them achieve their investment goals through strong market research backed by third party experts and due diligence. 

Disclaimer: CSI Properties (Cornerstone International) does not provide tax & legal advice and accepts no liability. Readers are encouraged to consult a qualified tax or legal advisor for a thorough review.

Need advice or clarification? Call us for more information and/or to find out about our projects! Hotline: 03-2162 2260

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Australian Suburbs Blacklist 2016

Bangaroo, Sydney. Credit: Taken from http://bit.ly/1Ri9DWf

Summary:

·       AMP Bank has blacklisted 140 apartment suburbs across Australia due to oversupply and other issues

·       Queensland and Western Australia lead with most blacklisted suburbs

·       In Australian capital cities Sydney CBD and Melbourne CBD tops the blacklist for high rise builds

AMP BANK has blacklisted apartments in more than 140 suburbs due to growing concerns of oversupply, off-the-plan sales and falling prices. The list was leaked and published in the Australian Financial Review yesterday.

The concern of oversupply could push down prices, rents and lead to defaults. AMP is not the only big lender circulating black lists, where buyers will face tougher terms on the amount borrowed, number of apartments purchased in a single development and a ban on using some incentives offered by developers, such as rental guarantees. Last year, NAB had blacklisted more than 80 suburbs across Down Under where they capped LTVs in the area.

Currently, Queensland and Western Australia leads AMP’s blacklist, while among capital cities, Sydney tops both AMP and NAB’s ‘high risk’ list, as building of apartments has boomed due to demand from investors and first-time buyers. Melbourne is not spared either, namely the CBD, Docklands and Southbank.

What’s worth flagging is that Brisbane CBD, Melbourne CBD, Perth CBD, and Sydney CBD have appeared on both NAB’s blacklist in 2015 and AMP’s blacklist this year.

“We have been warning our clients that the CBD is not the place to invest in as valuations have been unfavourable. We have refrained from marketing Sydney property as prices have gone too high and there is a great oversupply there. AMP’s blacklist just confirms our predictions,” says CSI Properties (Cornerstone International) spokesperson Virata Thaivasigamony.

“Our objective is to make a difference in the lives of our clients, to help them achieve their investment goals, which is why our projects are concentrated in locations that have sound growth potential. We pride ourselves on our research, which is the bedrock of the investment projects that we offer,” he adds.

An estimated 45,000 apartments are due for completion and settlement over the next nine months to Christmas in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, an increase of nearly 25 per cent compared to last year, with another 53,000 coming to the market in the same postcodes next year, according to planning consultancy MacroPlan Dimasi.

Below: AMP’s Apartment Suburb Blacklist 2016

Credit: Australia Financial Review http://www.afr.com/real-estate/amp-blacklists-more-than-140-suburbs-for-apartment-lending-20160322-gno3em

To read more about AMP’s Apartment Blacklisted Suburbs 2016, click http://bit.ly/1RAp8Li

To compare with NAB’s credit risk list in 2015, read: http://bit.ly/1MDqT2P

CSI Properties (Cornerstone International) proudly markets international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential and purpose-built student property in cities across the United Kingdom (London, Luton, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, York, Glasgow, Scotland; Sheffield, etc); Australia (Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane) and Thailand (Bangkok). Our projects are concentrated in high-growth areas with great educational, infrastructural and job growth potentials. We aspire to make a difference in the lives of our clients by helping them achieve their investment goals through strong market research backed by third party experts and due diligence. 

Disclaimer: Cornerstone International does not provide tax & legal advice and accepts no liability. Readers are encouraged to consult a qualified tax or legal advisor for a thorough review.

Need advice or clarification? Call us for more information and/or to find out about our projects! Hotline: 03-2162 2260

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Melbourne Suburbs to Watch in 2016

Melbourne Suburbs

If you’re watching the Melbourne suburbs market following our last posting on the Australia Outlook for 2016, here are some tips to give you a heads-up on what Melbourne suburbs to look out for in this city this year.

To recap, Melbourne did pretty well last year, ending 2015 on a high auction note compared to other cities in Australia. However, median house prices growth is expected to moderate this year, yet the increasing population and relatively low interest rates will continue to fuel interest in the property market in Melbourne.

Real Estate Institute Victoria (REIV) expects moderate growth across the city in 2016, with further price increases in a range of suburbs in Melbourne’s inner, middle and outer rings.

Based on research by the REIV, here are the suburbs to look out for:

West of CBD

  1. Footscray
  2. Altona
  3. Sunshine
  4. Spotswood

North of CBD 

  1. Preston
  2. Epping

East of CBD

  1.  Burwood East
  2. Montrose
  3. Mount Waverley
  4. Glen Waverley

South of CBD

  1.  Seaford
  2. Chelsea

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CSI Properties (Cornerstone International) proudly markets international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential and purpose-built student property in cities across the United Kingdom (London, Luton, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, York, Glasgow, Scotland; Sheffield, etc); Australia (Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane) and Thailand (Bangkok). Our projects are concentrated in high-growth areas with great educational, infrastructural and job growth potentials. We aspire to make a difference in the lives of our clients by helping them achieve their investment goals through strong market research backed by third party experts and due diligence. 

Disclaimer: Cornerstone International does not provide tax & legal advice and accepts no liability. Readers are encouraged to consult a qualified tax or legal advisor for a thorough review.

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Brunswick East: Transformed Property Landscape

Brunswick East is surrounded by hip and happening dining, entertainment and retail outlets.

PLENTY has changed for the Brunswick East neighbourhood. The suburb in Melbourne’s inner North has transformed into a gentrified area featuring some of the hippest and trendiest dining, entertainment and retail outlets in the city namely along the Fitzroy and Lygon Streets.

At its most basic, Brunswick East’s allure lies in its close proximity to Melbourne CBD. Australians, in general, prefer living out of the city – a segregation that draws a clear line between work and play, both geographically and psychologically. Conversely, Asian investors prefer to be at the heart of the action, but are compelled to invest in dwellings outside the city to accommodate the local rental market comprising mainly young Australians.

One can imagine how being only 3km – 4km from the city centre, with fantastic public transport accessibility, makes living in the Brunswick East locality extremely attractive.

Additionally, housing is bigger and comparatively more affordable to neighbouring North Fitzroy and Carlton.

Hot Market

Today, Brunswick East is known to be the most difficult suburb in Melbourne to buy a house, forcing local and international buyers and renters alike to look to apartments instead. Recent CoreLogic RP Data statistics show that median house prices have increased by 26.6% in the last 12 months as a result. In the year ending Nov 30, only 2.1% of houses in Brunswick East had been listed for sale – well below the Melbourne average of 5.3%.

Built in 1910, this Brunswick East house was recently sold for $3.4 million to a foreign investor.

To illustrate, a house built in 1910 sold for an incredible $3.4 million at a recent auction. The house, which began at a starting bid of $1.5 million and rose by increments of $100, 000 was sold to an international investor who bid via mobile phone!

Brunswick East is followed by Carlton, Fairfield, Carlton North and Fitzroy North as some the most difficult suburbs to buy into.

Conclusion

In a neighbourhood like Brunswick East, there is high potential for capital growth (5.06%) given the amenities in the locality.

But, the increase in property prices in Brunswick East has an undeniable knock-on effect on rental yields. After all, rental that is too high forces potential tenants to look slightly further afield for something better. Yes, it is a constant juggle.

However, as with the law of physics, so it is with the property cycle: what goes up will come down. Prices can only go so high before the market rights itself.

What will remain constant is the demand for rental housing. Here are 3 reasons why:

  • A 2.1% vacancy rate
  • 20% residents are students (Uni of Melbourne and RMIT are about 10 minutes away)
  • Good public transportation system with direct access to CBD
  • The incredible growth rate of Melbourne’s population – more people, more need for housing (100K migrants per year; Victoria’s growth rate of 1.8% surpasses W. Australia (1.6%) and NSW & Queensland (1.4%)
Capital Growth in the Lygon / Brunswick East suburb

Additional reading:

  1. Time Capsule House in East Brunswick to go Under the Hammer
  2. Brunswick East the Most Difficult Suburb to Buy a House
  3. The Melbourne Market Will Continue to Perform for Investors if you Know where to Buy
  4. Melbourne’s Little Italy A Guide to Lygon Street
  5. Buying into A Tightly Held Suburb of Melbourne

CSI Properties (Cornerstone International) proudly markets international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential and purpose-built student property in cities across the United Kingdom (London, Luton, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, York, Glasgow, Scotland; Sheffield, etc); Australia (Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane) and Thailand (Bangkok). Our projects are concentrated in high-growth areas with great educational, infrastructural and job growth potentials. We aspire to make a difference in the lives of our clients by helping them achieve their investment goals through strong market research backed by third party experts and due diligence. 

Disclaimer: Cornerstone International does not provide tax & legal advice and accepts no liability. Readers are encouraged to consult a qualified tax or legal advisor for a thorough review.

Need advice or clarification? Call us for more information and/or to find out about our projects! Hotline: 03-2162 2260

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The State of Melbourne and Sydney Property Markets

Property investment is viable in Brisbane as the market is more affordable than Melbourne & Sydney, and has entered into an expansionary/ growth phase.

Speculations on the Melbourne & Sydney property market following the Australia Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) latest figures on home prices in the June quarter, have been pretty disparate.

According to the ABS, Melbourne & Sydney had posted home price rises of more than 1% in the June quarter, with prices rising by almost 9% in Sydney – more than twice Melbourne’s 4.2% gain. This comes on the back of a tighter regulatory environment, including the crackdown on errant foreign investors.

Experts from Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs have pointed out that a recession could be imminent as auctions for homes in Sydney and Melbourne soften.

Conversely, some of Australia’s leading economists say that there is no bursting bubble in the near future, predicting that Melbourne & Sydney could enjoy strong growth this coming year. An exclusive Fairfax Media survey of 25 leading economic forecasters reveals that most believe house prices have risen for fundamental economic reasons and NOT over-exuberance from investors.

Apparently, only a third of economists (7 out of 25) believe that there is a housing bubble in Sydney or parts of Melbourne.

Despite the woes of rising house prices, housing investment is deemed the only really bright spot and, perhaps, the wisest option for saving.

However, it seems that the more widely held view is that growth is set to moderate. UBS economist Scott Haslem says that the banks see a “moderation of strength”, not a “downturn”, and that “the outlook for housing depends on who and what you ask” while at the same time cautioning that some factors are hard to quantify.

At the end of the day, it is imperative that you read and do your research while keeping in mind the various methodologies used by the different experts in interpreting data. Be sure to questions and talk to as many people as possible to make informed decisions.

There is, for sure, a sound alternative. The housing market in Perth and Brisbane are more affordable, with prices expected to appreciate as they enter into an expansionary/ growth phase in the property cycle.

Looking for Australian property? Need to speak to someone? Call us at 03-2162 2260.

CSI Properties (Cornerstone International) proudly markets international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential and purpose-built student property in cities across the United Kingdom (London, Luton, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, York, Glasgow, Scotland; Sheffield, etc); Australia (Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane) and Thailand (Bangkok). Our projects are concentrated in high-growth areas with great educational, infrastructural and job growth potentials. We aspire to make a difference in the lives of our clients by helping them achieve their investment goals through strong market research backed by third party experts and due diligence. 

Disclaimer: Cornerstone International does not provide tax & legal advice and accepts no liability. Readers are encouraged to consult a qualified tax or legal advisor for a thorough review.

Need advice or clarification? Call us for more information and/or to find out about our projects! Hotline: 03-2162 2260

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The Changing Face of Melbourne

There’s no denying Melbourne’s reputation as the Most Liveable City in the World. Bestowed on this beautiful city four times, this ranking holds merit, evidenced by the population growth over the years. What was once a backwater town has boomed into a world class city.

And there’s no stopping this growth, by the looks of it: Melbourne is slated to overtake Sydney as the biggest city in Australia in the near future. What does this mean and what solutions are being explored to accommodate such growth?

7 News highlights this in their special two-part report (CLICK on both links to watch video):

An increased population will lead to a continual sprawl in the city and drive the demand for housing. And as migrants continue to move into Melbourne, there will be a greater need for rental accommodation.

Timing is just as important as location and other factors when it comes to investment. Are you now thinking of exploring options in Australia?

Need advice? Call 016-228 9150 or 016-228 8691 to arrange for free consultation at your convenience.

CSI Properties (Cornerstone International) proudly markets international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential and purpose-built student property in cities across the United Kingdom (London, Luton, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, York, Glasgow, Scotland; Sheffield, etc); Australia (Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane) and Thailand (Bangkok). Our projects are concentrated in high-growth areas with great educational, infrastructural and job growth potentials. We aspire to make a difference in the lives of our clients by helping them achieve their investment goals through strong market research backed by third party experts and due diligence. 

Disclaimer: Cornerstone International does not provide tax & legal advice and accepts no liability. Readers are encouraged to consult a qualified tax or legal advisor for a thorough review.

Need advice or clarification? Call us for more information and/or to find out about our projects! Hotline: 03-2162 2260