Trends in 2011

By: Domain Property Advocates - Warwick Brookes  31-Jan-2011
Keywords: Real Estate Agent, Property for Sale, Property Investment

Looking toward 2011 there are a number of trends that will influence the local residential property market.

Interest rates and housing affordability

House prices may have stabilised over the past six months but the cost of home ownership has not. As a result of multiple increases in interest rates, which have not been matched by higher incomes, the affordability of housing has been substantially eroded over the past 12 months. Further interest rate increases would have a negative impact in 2011. As a result, in 2011 suburbs at or below the median will increase in popularity.

Auction stock levels

Many home owners looking to sell in 2011 will have watched the performance of the auction market over the last few months and noted the drop in the clearance rate to around 60 per cent. This is likely to lead to a number of sellers looking to use private sales rather than auctions as the selling method in the same way that high clearance rates in 2009 led to more auctions in 2010. This is then likely to increase competition for the homes at auction.

First home buyers

With the promise of a 20-per-cent cut in stamp duty from 1 July 2011, we are likely to see a small increase in first home buyers in the second half of next year.

Population pressure

There still remains a substantial gap between the Victoria’s population growth and the supply of new dwellings; this gap won’t be closed in 2011, resulting in ongoing pressure in all segments of the housing market

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