Do you think we’re in a property bubble? 20



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New data out today from the Australian Property Institute is showing that 70 per cent of Aussies do not think we are in a property bubble. This comes on top of a number of surveys saying the opposite last week.

So today it has us wondering whether you think we are in a property bubble or whether it is a good time to buy?

A survey by the NSW division of the Australian Property Institute canvassed peoples insights on whether Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne were thought to be “in a bubble” by locals and property valuers in the industry with 44 percent  of Sydneysiders saying it would last another 6 months and 33 percent expected another year.

That survey showed that while 68 per cent of people believe the national housing market is “vulnerable to a significant correction in values”, only 16 per cent expected prices to fall over the coming year, while 41 per cent expecting prices to rise.

Could this be false optimism or are you confident in investing in property in Australia as a solid asset?

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The property boom we are in has been building steadily since markets stabilised after the GFC, but 2015 has been a stellar year. The ABS showed some extraordinary housing price growth for Sydney in the 12 months to June 2015, with Sydney up by 18.9 per cent and Melbourne up 7.8 per cent. Cities like Brisbane however have seen much slower growth at 2.9 percent for the year according to the ABS.

Earlier this month, the UBS Global Real Estate Bubble Index found Sydney sitting just below the top 2 on the list of major cities in the “overvalued” range.

Sydney sits behind London and Hong Kong on the list, but isn’t far behind, after a sharp run up in prices over the past 12-18 months.  The report labelled the city’s property market as “significantly overvalued” ahead of markets in Vancouver, San Francisco and Amsterdam.

Are you worried that Australian property prices could see a significant contraction in values? Take our polls below and see how others with as much experience feel about the property markets at the moment.

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Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. I think we are in a baby formula bubble, Chinese taking our powdered baby food back to China at $100 per tin, the boil gone off investing in property, more money here.

  2. Definitely if you sit on your house for 10-20years!….buying n selling quickly isn’t what I used to be…hang in there I say

  3. Its the laws of supply and demand.. want biggest and best, or close to city for commuting, convenience and all that city sparkle. Prices of residential never going to be realistic if people continue to want these things. Some may need to consider a whole new lifestyle. Out in regional australia with a job that maybe pays much less, but the tradeoff is more family time, less daily stress, a cheaper mortgage and petrol bill, and shopping locally encouraging more incentive for services and infrastructure to focus more on regional areas. Regional areas can be beautiful, family and sport oriented and conducive to getting involved in local issues and social activities one is so inclined.

  4. The A$ keeps low, overseas property investors will continue to buy, despite government restrictions. We have neighbours who have been educated in Australia who value our lifestyle and are wealthy 🌸

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  5. The Chinese aren’t buying in Perth so we are the only State in minus? We have a ridiculous situation here, homes are not selling well, prices having to be brought down, but I believe it’s not the mining industry at fault, it’s the literally thousands of brand new homes being built and sold all over Perth suburbs. First time buyers are being given $10,000 if they buy a brand new shiny home, so no contest. I can’t drive five minutes in an direction from our semi rural property without seeing huge new estates being built. It’s nonsense!

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  6. The only people who don’t want us to believe we are in a property bubble in Sydney or anywhere are the real estate agents who make money from jam. It is to their financial benefit for prices to keep going up and up!

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