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When my clients ask about the potential for a substantial drop in prices for residential real estate in Sydney, I’ve often referred to the consistent message from the major banks’ economists and others. That is that supply and demand are pretty much in balance in all capital cities except Sydney, where we have a gross under-supply that is likely to persist well into next year.
I now have reasons to question this position. Bank economists are very unlikely to ‘talk down’ the market, because 60% of their balance sheets are bricks and mortar. And, in my previous post, I included graphs provided by Stockland, who also have vested interest in the rising market. The other reason is that property monitoring experts are projecting a glut of units due to the many high-rise developments now under construction. They do, however, also project a continuing under-supply in standalone housing.
P.S. I noticed that the 5-year swap rate increased by a much wider margin than in the past. On Friday, the 30th, it was 1.87%, and on Friday, the 7th, it was 2.01%. Could this be a turning point?
Friends, clients, and prospects often ask if we’re nearing or at the top of this cycle in the residential property market. My replies have been consistently the same – probably not. Bank economists over the last 12-18 months have stated that the Sydney market is grossly under-supplied and will likely remain so well into 2017. So, prices continue to rise, aided in part by the six-year plus downward trend in interest rates.
An article in the weekend Fin Rev provides further evidence, the most interesting part being the graphs based on data from Stockland. If they’re anything close to accurate, those who want to buy but think that prices will fall in the next year or two, may experience an expensive regret.
During the Ku-ring-gai Chase Fun Run for charity yesterday, I talked to a prominent local Real Estate Agent. When I suggested that he must be ‘raking it in’, his reply was the same as others that I’ve talked with recently. They don’t have enough ‘stock’. So, as long as demand continues to outpace supply, prices will continue to rise. As my stockbroker uncle used to say, a bull market “climbs the wall of worry”.
I had coffee with a banker the other day to discuss his ‘appetite’ for a Goodwill Loan for one of my Radiologist clients who is negotiating the purchase of shares in an established Medical Imaging business. He very clearly identified the cycle that all banks follow, although they’re rarely in sync.
The banks shift back and forth between loose and tight credit policies. His bank is currently in a tightening phase for Goodwill Loans due to a growing number of bad and doubtful debts, mainly among Dentists. It reminded me of my experience at GE Healthcare where the ‘pendulum’ swung back and forth between a focus on market share and a focus on margin.
Monitoring the banks’ fluctuating appetites for the various asset classes is one of the core competencies of a good finance broker. So, save yourself a lot of time and hassle by engaging Sooner Solutions to source the right facility and lender for Medical Equipment Finance, Commercial or Residential Mortgages, Loans for Motor Vehicles, and Goodwill Loans.
Fixed rates are the norm for Medical Equipment Finance, and they’re now a much larger percentage of the loans for residential mortgages at over 33%, according to Mortgage Choice. It appears that I’m not alone in the opinion that we’ve seen the bottom in this rate ‘cycle’. While variable rates remain more popular, it’s surprising that over 23% of borrowers have undiscounted rates. They all need the services of a good finance broker.