Regions getting the most investor attention revealed

Regions getting the most investor attention revealed

By Bianca Dabu 12 August 2021

Amid increased COVID-induced uncertainty, investors appear to be returning to the market in swarms, but most are now looking beyond city limits for new opportunities.

Investors are returning to the market, based on recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), but while most states and territories experienced a jump in investor lending, demand has been concentrated across regional cities, according to REA economist Paul Ryan.

“Affordability has been a big driver of demand in these regions, which tend to be favoured by people from capital cities looking for larger homes and more relaxed lifestyles,” Mr Ryan said.

“But crucially, they are close enough to maintain semi-regular commutes to capital cities when the need arises.”

REA enumerated top regions per state based on the number of new investors in the period between October 2020 and March 2021:

State Regions
New South Wales Sydney Inner City, Gosford, Newcastle
Victoria Geelong, Wyndham, Ballarat
Queensland Toowoomba, Broadbeach – Burleigh, Caloundra
South Australia Charles Sturt, Onkaparinga, Playford
Tasmania Launceston, Hobart Inner, Hobart – North West
Western Australia Stirling, Perth City, Cottesloe – Claremont

How to succeed

While the strong growth boost may have reached its limit, Mr Ryan said property investors will still be able to obtain capital growth in the future, but it will be important for them to do thorough research into where to invest.

Looking ahead, adapting to post-COVID property trends will be key to the success of investment strategies, according to him.

Amid the new normal, the economist encouraged investors to look into some “new tick-box items”, including strong connections to industries with solid growth prospects and good access to services, amenities and transport links.

It’s also crucial to consider where buyers and tenants will want to live in the future in light of new work and lifestyle trends, he added.

“Increased remote working is likely to continue to benefit regional areas, although not all will benefit equally.”

“On the flip side, demand for inner-city areas is likely to return when borders open and immigration recommences, while the preference shift among buyers and renters towards larger dwellings, both within cities and away from them, is likely to continue,” Mr Ryan explained.

Ultimately, he opined, the COVID-induced shift in lifestyle and market movements will continue to lift the popularity of regional markets, and it’s up to the investors to tailor their own strategies to ensure maximum success.

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