Issue 46 – What does the residential property landscape look like?

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Issue 46 – What does the residential property landscape look like?

Well the end of the financial year is upon us and much continues to be said about the effects of continuing inflation and rising interest rates on business (small businesses in particular), property prices and as a result on the economy.

In this article, we look at how the residential property landscape is changing beyond the short-term influences of interest rates and possible opportunities this may provide.

As a starting point, what did Census night 2021 tell us?

The diagram below reflects the data from the most recent census. It shows that combined, 66% of residential dwellings were owned (either outright or with a mortgage) while 30.6% were occupied by tenants renting. Other tenure type and Tenure type not stated represented the remaining 3.4 per cent.

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Ian Irvine - Guest Contributor

Ian has been a keen investor for over 40 years and can draw on his experiences from both investing on his own behalf and also having worked in financial services for more than 30 years. Over this time, he has seen many changes that impact investors’ attitudes to in what and how they invest.

He started his career in what is now referred to as fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) or grocery, working for an Australian margarine manufacturer. In 1986, he was recruited to Westpac around the time of deregulation of the sector, where he spent 10 years before taking a role at AMP and then with ASX for 14 years up to the end of 2017. He continues to be involved with ASX; working on their educational programs.

In 1996, he and his wife established their own SMSF and again the experience and lessons learned regarding managing an SMSF over the years have provided him with many insights and ideas. He enjoys sharing these with others where these are helpful and always suggest that if an investor or SMSF trustee is unsure, that they should seek appropriate advice from a licenced professional.

Ian holds a B. Com (UNSW), and lives in Sydney and enjoys travelling to and meeting investors and SMSF trustee at the educational events with which he has involvement with from time to time.