Friday, April 3, 2015

Sydney Strong, Brisbane About to Boom?

"Since mid-2013, the average gross rental yield across Australia’s combined capital cities has reduced from 4.3 per cent down to 3.6 per cent. Gross rental yields are now approaching record lows in both Melbourne and Sydney at 3.3 per cent and 3.6 per cent respectively.
Mr Lawless said the latest housing market data is likely to present a further challenge for the Reserve Bank when they deliberate interest rate settings next week. 
"Despite the headwinds of softer labour markets, very low rental yields, increased oversight on lending conditions and heightened economic uncertainty, historically low mortgage rates appear to be adding further stimulus to the housing market, albeit that stimulus is largely being felt in Sydney."
With Sydney now overpriced, Brisbane looks more promising.
Brisbane apartment prices (to 31 March 2015):
March 2015 - up 1.8%
Quarter - up 2.1%
Year to Date - up 2.1%
Year on Year - up 3%
Median price based on settled sales of Brisbane apartments over the quarter - $380,000

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