September Perth property market update: is it time to buy?!

Back in April I said that there were selective signs of green shoots in the Perth property market.

Whilst indicators suggest that continues to be the case (more about that shortly), our expectation is that different parts of the market will continue to perform differently in the months to come, with any recovery in the short to medium term likely to be modest, patchy and protracted. But again, this will be different for different suburbs, price points and property types, with some likely to fare much better than others.

So is now a good time to buy?!

In their budget forecasts for the … Read more »

Selling a property worth $750,000 or more? What you need to know!

From 1 July 2017, the Federal Government has lowered the threshold for the payment of withholding tax by foreign residents for property sales of $2m and above to $750,000 and over and increased the withholding amount from 1o to 12.5%.


The official line is that the ATO wants to communicate strongly to foreign investors that if they want to buy property in Australia they will have to comply with Australian capital gains tax rules and ensure that this capital gains tax is paid before the sale proceeds are moved off-shore.

That said, by requiring ALL property sellers with a sale price of … Read more »

REIWA market update now free to the public has launched a new look quarterly market update, which is now free to the WA public.

The market update, which was previously only available to REIWA members,  highlights real estate activity across Western Australia.

In addition to Perth suburb data, the update also includes a comprehensive review of WA’s regional centres, an update on the Perth rental market, feature articles and an economic wrap-up.

“The WA public now have a reliable, informative and visually appealing real estate publication to help them get to know their local property markets at a deeper level,” says CEO Neville Pozzi…. Read more »

The market is the market…

So here we are at the end of May and the consistent question from buyers, sellers and home owners alike is “How’s the market?”.

The Perth property market is something we contemplate daily. What’s new to the market, what’s sold and how much for, how long has something been on and what’s it been price adjusted to, what’s happening with rents, what’s happening with migration and unemployment, what’s happening with interest rates and what lending changes are the banks introducing now?  All of these things and more feed into consumer confidence and influence price and market activity. Most importantly, and you’ll always hear me say this, the Perth market is not homogenous. … Read more »

April Perth property update: signs of green shoots?

Despite the state election, an event that usually precipitates a slowdown in property sales activity, the Perth residential sales market has had a good start to 2017, with sales transactions for the quarter ending 30 March ahead of the same period last year.

Any thoughts of an across the board recovery in the Perth property market this year though are likely premature, with statistics showing the strongest sales activity being in popular established suburbs that predominantly cater to the residential trade-up sector.

That analysis by REIWA and Herron Todd White concludes with our own anecdotal observations where locally, we’ve seen good quality, renovated character or near new … Read more »

2016 Perth property market review: Are we there yet?

Same headline, just 12 months further on…

And buyers and sellers keep asking, “Are we there yet?”, “Have we hit the bottom?” or, “When do you think the market will recover?”.

Anyone have a crystal ball?!

In their December 2016 Month in Review, national property valuers Herron Todd White stated that they thought the Perth housing market was now at the bottom but provided no indication of a projected turnaround in performance in 2017.

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Instead, they cited a recent Consumer Housing Market Sentiment survey by CoreLogic-TEG that found that only 20% … Read more »

Agent comparison websites not what they seem

You’ve seen them, the websites that promise to connect sellers to the “best performing agents” in your suburb.

But do they?!

I think the majority of prospective sellers don’t realise that often these websites aren’t genuine comparison sites at all, but a software program that simply spits out names with little or no due diligence as to who really is the “best” agent in a suburb. And what does that mean anyway?!

Recently, I came across an instance where a comparison site recommended an agent who had only sold 1 property in that suburb in the last 12 months, and only 8 properties in total for the year … Read more »

Top tips for getting your property ready for sale

Want to sell your property for the most the market is prepared to pay?  If the answer is yes, read on!

Property is the largest and most valuable asset most people own.  And one of the biggest things that influences your sale price (apart from selecting the right agent) is presentation.
“Real estate has become like Tinder, if people don’t like what they see they’ll swipe and move on” – Tom Panos
Poorly presented and maintained properties are like a red flag to buyers, often attracting little interest and typically being heavily discounted when sold.

Conversely, properties that are prepared for sale and presented in what I call selling, rather than living, condition tend to … Read more »

March Quarter 2016: Property prices steady, sales lift


REIWA President Hadyn Groves has confirmed that the median Perth house price seems to have remained steady for the quarter ending March 2016 and that sales have also lifted slightly from the end of last year. The anticipated glut of new listings coming to the market hasn’t materialised and rental vacancy rates are holding steady too, have fallen slightly from 6 to 5.9%. Find the link to the full article here.


Perth property sales jump in February – blip or trend?

It’s what we thought but now its confirmed, Perth property sales lifted in February. Whether it’s a blip or a trend remains to be seen, but our sense is that buyers might be thinking that the market now is pretty much as low as its going to get, and that now might be a good time to trade up or buy.

Whilst the median price has been reported as having slipped since the beginning of the year to $529,000, following a slight uplift for the December quarter, the total number of properties listed for sale is lower now than it … Read more »