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It’s been a wild year in real estate. This is what’s likely to happen next

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Especially in the real estate market, 12 months can make a big difference.

In 2021, state-owned property prices rose 22.8% year-on-year, but price growth began to slow. Inflation was looming, but it wasn’t seen as an immediate concern, and most thought rate hikes were some distance away.

Fast forward to the end of 2022, Property prices fell 1.9% in the first 11 months of the year And as inflation continued to surge, the official discount rate changed from 0.1% through most of the pandemic to 3.1% from May to December.

as a result rising interest rates, borrowing capacity decreased by about 25%. This means that the lender will allow him to borrow 25% less than before interest rates rose.

Many buyers are no longer able to pay the price before interest rates started rising.

Looking back at the real estate market in 2022, how much difference a year will make. Photo: Getty


Measures of consumer sentiment show confidence to be at recessionary levels, which is clearly affecting market buying and selling intentions, resulting in fewer buyers and lower sales. are down and the sales process is taking longer than it did a year ago.

Volume started better than early 2021, but eventually returned to levels similar to 2019.

Of course, 2019 was the last Covid-free year, and last year was an anomalous year for trading volumes. Still, sales volumes slowed sharply as interest rates rose and consumer sentiment declined.

Demand from homebuyers remains strong, but has weakened in the wake of sharp interest rate hikes.Photo: Getty


Historically, there is still strong demand from buyers, but we are reluctant to offer given interest rates rising monthly, uncertainty about when they will end, and prices falling. target.

The number of new listings on the market did not reach the typical seasonal peaks towards the end of the year, especially towards the spring.

New listings for November 2022 are below last year and below most recent Novembers outside of 2019 and 2020. At the same time, the slowdown in sales has led to an increase in total listings.

Property sales have also slowed, with the median number of days a property was listed on realestate.com.au rising from its low a year ago but remaining low compared to pre-pandemic levels. is.

Finding a property to rent is a daunting prospect for many Australian tenants.Photo: Getty


Real estate prices have taken a hit over the past year, Rental Market Continues to Rise in Rents.

Nationwide rents rose 4.7% in calendar year 2021. His first 11 months of 2022 increased by 6.7%. Regional rental growth has slowed from 10.5% to 7.1%, but across the capital has risen significantly from 0% last year to 8.9% this year.

Rising interest rates have contributed to lower purchases by first-time homebuyers and investors, but the reopening of borders has further boosted rental demand. As a result, demand for rentals has increased and supply remains limited.

This combination is driving up rents.

Rental vacancy rates are at historically low levels, as is the number of new and gross rentals, as well as the number of days rentals are listed on realestate.com.au before being leased. At the same time, demand for rental housing is at record highs in the capital, but is easing in rural markets.

While there are some signs that the local rental market is easing tightness, rentals are tighter in the capital.

The city has largely come back to life after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.Photo: Getty


With life almost back to normal after Covid-19, the urge to leave the city has diminished. Some of those who have moved have returned, and most of those who have moved to Australia are looking for rentals in major cities.

Rents in markets such as Sydney and Melbourne have seen only modest increases during the pandemic. However, with reduced supply and rising demand, they have seen rent costs rise significantly throughout 2022, though smaller capital continues to be hampered by tight supply pushing prices higher. It is

Heading into 2023, rising demand and tight supply are likely to keep rents rising, but more so in the capital than in the provinces.

Many trends in the buying and selling market are expected to continue as interest rates rise, borrowing capacity declines and property prices fall.

In the long term, market conditions improve as prices fall, interest rates stabilize and wages rise, with sellers listing more aggressively and potential buyers trading more aggressively. It is expected that

Hopefully, more investors will come back into the market, creating more rental supply.

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