Wednesday, January 8, 2014

How long does it take for property to double in value?

There is a common saying that Australian property double in value every seven years.  RP Data's recent Pain-Gain report suggests that they doubling takes longer.  And this does not take into account stamp duty and real estate agent's fees.

"Of those homes sold throughout the September 2013 quarter, those held for a short period of time have been much more susceptible to loss. Despite home values having risen over the past year, 17.6% of owners who purchased and sold in the same year, sold at a loss. The greatest proportion of loss making sales has occurred across those homes re-sold after three to five years (20.2%). If an owner wishes to double their initial outlay upon re-sale they generally need to hold the home for at least a decade. 56.2% of homes re-sold between 10 and 15 years after purchase sold for double the purchase price and 94.0% of resales after 15 years were for more than double the initial purchase price."

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