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The Environment For Property Investors Is Healthy

The Environment For Property Investors Is Healthy
February 2, 2015 Simon Pressley

Aside from the ‘manufactured confidence’ courtesy of a 2009-10 stimulus package, 2014 marked the first year since the GFC where confidence was shown in Australian property markets.

As we enter 2015, the environment for property investors is healthy.

  • The message from the RBA is ‘stability’ with a 2.50% cash rate remaining unchanged since August 2013. While the jury is out in regards to whether the next move will be ‘up’ or ‘down’, property investors will enjoy these 60-year low interest rates for some time yet;
  • The latest ABS population figures (housing demand) showed growth over the last year of a strong 1.5%;
  • Whilst the national unemployment rate rose from 5.4% to still be low at 6.1% during 2014 the country still created 134,408 new jobs;
  • The construction industry is buoyant with an all-time record 195,715 new dwellings approved last year;
  • Our retail industry reported a record December; and
  • Our exporters received some relief with the AUD$ easing from $0.89 at the start of 2014 to close at $0.81.

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