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Hot Property: Biggest headlines of the week

20 August 2020 Grace Ormsby
Biggest headlines of the week

Despite the downturn, a number of real estate agents are thriving: Here are this week’s most popular property stories.

Welcome to REB’s weekly round-up of the headline stories and news that’s important not only for the real estate sector, but also for the state of property in Australia more broadly.

To compile this list, not only are we taking a look at the week’s most read stories and the news that matters to you, but we are also curating it to include stories from our sister brands that could have an impact on the Australian property landscape.  

1. Di Jones to hit Sydney’s northern beaches


Di Jones has confirmed an expansion to Sydney’s northern beaches, with two industry heavyweights joining the brand.

Sales agents Michael King and Gordon Archibald are set to join Di Jones as part of a progression plan the network has in place to expand its offering across the harbour city hotspot. The move sees more than 20 years of real estate experience added to the fold.

2. Double Bay duo to take on eastern suburbs

Belle Property is cementing its Sydney footprint, having launched a new office in Double Bay.

With 60 years of industry experience between them, Peter Starr and Alain Waitsman will be at the helm of the new offering, which comes at an ideal time for the local market, according to the pair.

“The property market has a lot of distraction at the moment, but over the past six months, we have seen that real estate is still transacting in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, especially at the top end of town,” Mr Waitsman said.

3. AFL legend returns to roots with industry debut

Jason Akermanis, who some may know better as Brisbane Lions footballer “Aker”, has been announced as joining the Ray White Ascot team.

The new role also marks a return to Queensland for the Brownlow medalist and 248-game AFL veteran, who hasn’t lived in the Sunshine State for more than a decade.

4. Update on Melbourne’s housing market

Herron Todd White’s latest month in review has provided insights into how the city is faring.

“While demand has remained fairly steady for properties in some areas, rental property markets have felt the pinch in the past few months. Latest statistics show that Melbourne housing values have dropped 1.1 per cent, the numbers of owner-occupiers had increased in demand by 0.5 [of a percentage point] and demand from investors has dropped by 0.3 [of a percentage point].”

Flagging that not all suburbs are created equal, the Herron Todd White research broke down Melbourne’s hotspot areas to understand which suburbs are faring better than others.

5. South-east Queensland becomes state hotspot

South-east Queensland has recorded its strongest monthly sales in more than five years.

According to Oliver Hume national head of research George Bougias, the south-east Queensland (SEQ) land market recorded 1,110 sales in June after dropping to just 273 sales in April. Further, the total number of sales for the June quarter came in at 1,910, up from 1,518 in the March quarter.

The results show that the federal government’s HomeBuilder scheme and state government grants are fuelling buyer demand. Mr Bougias said: “There are still plenty of buyers with stable incomes who are more than happy to take advantage of the numerous grants and incentives available.”

6. ‘You’re not buying into a city, you’re buying into a suburb’

REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella has issued a statement to property watchers following research being released that showed Queensland’s rental market continues to face tight conditions. Such figures only reinforce the necessity for current and prospective buyers to consider the rental data, including vacancy rates, of the suburb they’re interested in.

“Our rental market has changed from its historical role as a transitional housing sector for people moving into home ownership or social housing to a long-term housing sector for a significant number of Queensland households,” she said.

7. RBA backs move to axe stamp duty

On Friday (14 August), Philip Lowe, governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, told the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics that he would support the scrapping of stamp duty as part of a broader tax reform agenda to support the economic recovery effort.

“[Stamp duty] is a tax on mobility, people moving location… If we’re looking for an economy that’s dynamic and vibrant, we want to remove taxes on mobility,” Mr Lowe said.

8. FHBs helping ‘pick up the slack’ amid COVID drag

First home buyers (FHBs) have reserved approximately 65 per cent (6,500) places available in the second phase of the FHLDS since the second round commenced in July, Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar has said.

He’s called it “a reflection of the market’s resilience to the COVID-19 crisis”.

9. Stage 4 restrictions can’t slow down St Kilda sales

A St Kilda real estate agent has recorded a mammoth $13 million in sales in just seven days, despite stage 4 lockdowns wreaking havoc across much of Melbourne City.

10. Staying undisruptable in a new property market: Tips from Australia’s leading real estate agents

Australia’s entire property industry, and the great agents that comprise it, are being confronted daily with challenges to many facets of business and ways of working, writes Mark Armstrong.

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