Kate Forbes is a National Director at Metropole Property Strategists. She has 15 years of investment experience in financial markets in two continents, is qualified in multiple disciplines and is also a chartered financial analyst (CFA).
She is a regular commentator for Michael Yardney’s Property Update
While the property pessimists out there will give many incorrect reasons why we can expect an impending property market crash, there is one thing that continues to underpin and strengthen property values - the number of first home buyers entering the market.
When you’re raising a family, your needs evolve and what you want out of a home is quite different from the things you held dear previously.
With property prices at record highs and wages growth struggling to keep up, housing affordability has become worse than ever, with warnings of ‘mortgage stress’ on the horizon amid an impending cash rate increase.
The Australian property market has boomed, with prices reaching record highs thanks to low supply and high demand - so it's no surprise that it's now taking longer than ever for first-home buyers to get onto the ladder.
Whether they have incredible views or are close to the CBD, the beach, or both, Melbourne has some of the most desirable streets around and attracts some of the country’s wealthiest people.
Sydney is home to some of the most expensive properties in Australia, if not the world, and its notoriously robust real estate market has remained impressively resilient against the coronavirus pandemic.
The economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic saw mass job losses and plummeting incomes - but it was an entirely different story for Australia’s billionaires.
Inflation has been in the news a lot recently, hasn’t it?
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