One of the biggest myths in real estate is that Winter is a bad time to sell. Actually, the opposite is usually true, and that’s especially the case this year. Let me explain.
Selling in Winter is actually advantageous for vendors in two ways.
Firstly, there is typically a lower number of homes for sale in Winter (because of the myth!). What that does is tighten up supply, and that strengthens buyer competition for the homes on the market. Buyers who want or especially need a new home do not stop looking because the weather gets cold!
Secondly, if your strategy is to buy your next home after you’ve sold your existing one, then selling in Winter means you’ll be ready to buy in Spring – when there are usually a lot more homes for sale.
These two advantages are present every year, but in 2023, the supply/demand advantage is magnified. This is because we’re at a point in the market cycle when stock is already very low, data from Domain and realestate.com show total listings are down 30% on historical averages, which means buyer competition will be even stronger for the homes available for sale during Winter this year.
The market is now absolutely on its way back after a correction with buyer demand clearly increasing, stock levels are not yet improving. This creates great selling conditions, with auction clearance rates in Melbourne up to well beyond the 70% mark and climbing!
So, we see a great opportunity for sellers to do very well this Winter in the suburbs with particularly tight supply, so if you’re thinking of selling this Winter, get in touch today!
Written by Toby Campbell
Mar 1, 2024
Certainly, there are lots of Real Estate market changes, and with investors offloading their properties the time for first homeowners is here! There's been a significant increase in first-home buyer activity over the past months, based on the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. There were a total of 9,491 owner-occupier first-home buyer mortgages issued across Australia in December 2023, which was 12.9% higher than the year before. The are lots of options and incentives for those who are trying to get into their first home, we have; Victorian Homebuyer Fund the Victorian Government will use the Victorian Homebuyer Fund to make a financial contribution to the purchase price in exchange for an equivalent share in the property. For example, if you have a 5%* deposit together, the Victorian Government will provide a contribution of up to 25%. That means that you’ll only apply for a mortgage equal to 70% of the value. First Home Owner Grant A $10,000 First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) is available when you buy or build your first new home. Your first new home can be a house, townhouse, apartment, unit or similar. A new home can be a home that has been substantially renovated, or a home built to replace demolished premises. Stamp Duty Waiver Both the duty exemption and the 50% duty reduction are available to first-home buyers when they purchase a new or established property in Victoria with a dutiable value of up to $600,000. The duty concession applies where the dutiable value is more than $600,000 but not more than $750,000. Vacant land can also attract the exemption or concession if you are buying it to build your home. First Home Guarantee The First Home Guarantee (FHBG) is part of the Home Guarantee Scheme (HGS), an Australian Government initiative. It is administered by Housing Australia on behalf of the Australian Government. Under the FHBG, part of an eligible home buyer’s home loan from a Participating Lender is guaranteed by Housing Australia. This enables an eligible home buyer to buy a home with as little as 5% deposit without paying Lenders Mortgage Insurance. For the FHBG, any Guarantee of a home loan is for up to a maximum amount of 15% of the value of the property (as assessed by the Participating Lender). This Guarantee is not a cash payment or a deposit for a home loan. First Home Super Saver Scheme (FHSS) The FHSS scheme allows you to save money for your first home in your super fund. The scheme allows you to make voluntary contributions (both before-tax concessional and after-tax non-concessional) into your super fund to save for your first home. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you can have these voluntary contributions released, up to a limit, (along with associated earnings) to help you purchase your first home. Taking this into consideration and now knowing that we might start seeing some interest rate reductions coming in the next couple of months, the perfect time to buy your first home is now. Make sure you contact your broker or financial advisor to find out what grants and benefits you can take advantage of. If you have any questions or want to know more about market conditions specific to your desired area, reach out to your trusted Real Estate Agent for more information. Written by Elli Blanco
Nov 17, 2023
We recently had the privilege of managing the sale of two properties, A and B, both nestled in the same location and bearing striking similarities. However, the variation in their sales campaigns highlights the difference in how strategic decisions can affect the outcome. Property A: A Transformative Journey When the owners of Property A expressed their intention to sell, we embarked on a comprehensive evaluation of its condition. Despite having a renter and furnished lease, the property, dating back to its 2005 origins was in its original state. After careful consideration and consultation, the owner opted to vacate the property. This decision paved the way for a transformative process, including painting, new carpet installation, and strategic staging. The property was then listed on major real estate websites like Domain and REA. The results were impressive - a successful campaign that culminated in a sale above the asking price within just two weeks of launching. The proactive approach to presentation and accessibility proved instrumental in attracting potential buyers. Property B: Lessons Learned On the flip side, Property B, also occupied by a renter, opted to proceed with the sale with the renter still in place. This decision, while financially practical, presents challenges. The renter, though tidy, had configured one bedroom as a home office. Prospective buyers struggled to envision it as a bedroom, often referring to it as a studio. This limitation, connected with access issues, and the actual tenancy length, impacted the property's market appeal. After a period on the market with lukewarm interest, a decision was made to serve the renter a notice to vacate. Subsequent improvements, including painting and carpet replacement, were undertaken to enhance the property's overall presentation. Navigating the Tenancy Dilemma We acknowledge the financial implications of keeping a property empty and understand why some owners opt to sell with a renter in place. However, this decision can present challenges ranging from cleanliness and presentation to access issues. In certain cases, the tenancy agreement itself can shape the success or failure of a sales campaign. Property owners must recognize the potential impact on the sales price, as a poorly presented property may signal desperation, attracting lower-than-desired offers. If you find yourself at the crossroads of deciding whether to sell with or without a renter, consider seeking advice from our team. Our insights will prove invaluable in tailoring a strategy that aligns with your specific circumstances, ensuring a successful and lucrative sale. Written by Elli Blanco