The combination of low interest rates, foreign buyers, upgrader enthusiasm and investor momentum saw 2013 emerge from its property holding pattern and the market become reinvigorated.
RP Data analyst Cameron Kusher said he believes momentum in property will continue into the new year, propelled by investors and upgraders.
He also believes values will climb further, though not as sharply in 2014. Another of his predictions is that gross rental yields in Sydney and Melbourne will continue the decline they commenced in latter 2013, leading investors to look at alternative growth zones. These are good tidings for the Far South Coast of NSW. The last few months of the year had seen keen interest in the area, with properties that were priced right being snapped up, some as soon as they came on the market.
However, Mr. Kusher issued a warning about other economic wild cards, like the unemployment rate, stating “If it reaches 6.25% it will be the nation’s highest unemployment rate since September 2002. If people start to become nervous about their job security it is likely to result in a lower level of demand for housing.”
Rates are at their lowest levels since the 1960s and inflation is currently at 2.2%. Keep in mind that the Australian interest rates don’t operate in a bubble – they respond to what’s happening in the global economy. The recent fall of the Australian dollar of 2.5 cents against the U.S. dollar as a result of the U.S. winding back its stimulus is a reminder that inflation could increase if the dollar keeps falling and the cost of imports increase. If inflation increases we could see a rise in interest rates. The all important question now is whether the RBA will increase or decrease rates, or leave them as is in the new year.
With keen interest from both local buyers and those from interstate in Merimbula, Bega, Tura Beach, Eden and Cooma and the current low interest rates together with confidence in the real estate market, vendors should not delay listing their properties for sale. Now is a prime time to sell.