Director of Property and Research at Ironfish Grant Ryan, has been forensically analysing market trends through the lens of both developers and customers and was recently invited by the Urban Developer to share his thoughts and insights into the risks and opportunities for off-the-plan developments for 2022 and beyond.
BUYERS ARE DEMANDING MORE AFFORDABLE, LESS GENERIC DESIGN OPTIONS
Affordability and, more importantly value for money, will be front and centre over the next 12 months.
While apartments that offered value for money have been a growing trend for some 3-4 years before Covid, the impact of more time spent at home during the pandemic turbo-charged the desire from consumers for more quality builds and features in apartments living.
“Investors are drawn to projects that offer real design integrity and a sense of community”, said Grant. “We’re seeing a definite trend away from supersized projects to medium sized projects that offer more outdoor amenities and communal living spaces.”
RENTAL INCREASES WILL DRIVE MORE INVESTORS BACK INTO THE MARKET
Once again, housing affordability is playing its part in the growing demand for rental properties. While borders are opening up and education and business migrants are set to return, albeit at a much slower pace than we experienced pre-Covid, the reality is that there are simply not enough apartments in the construction pipeline, especially in markets like Brisbane and Perth. The increase in rental demand coupled with buyers demand for projects that offer a unique point of difference represents a strong opportunity for strategic investors.
QLD, SA AND WA HOTSPOTS FOR DEVELOPERS
With the gap between the affordability of houses vs apartments widening, the prospects for apartment growth are very encouraging Australia-wide.
However, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia are definitely the markets to watch in 2022 and beyond.
“One of the best parts of this latest boom is that it is national, so it’s pleasing to see our customers’ portfolios growing. However, Qld and WA have been what we consider to be underbuilt in the last few years, so the opportunity exists for developers to take advantage of the growing demand .”
THE BALANCE BETWEEN AFFORDABILITY AND DESIGN INTEGRITY TO BE THE SWEET SPOT FOR DEVELOPERSS
With challenges in construction costs creating more risk, particularly in the high-density apartment space, and buyers becoming far discerning, getting the right project is key.
“One of our greatest strengths is that we are highly selective with who we work with, and due to our longstanding relationships with key developers around Australia, we predict an exciting 3-4 years ahead.”
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