People (mostly vendors) have been asking – why has the market changed? The major reason is the tightening of lending by the banks. Having said that, it is not all bad out there with “A” grade properties shining in a changing market.
And to break this down further, when you look at the fundamentals, apart from lending the biggest historical factor that can change markets is interest rates – and although Westpac adjusted their rates during the week, they still remain low and do not look likely to rise dramatically for the foreseeable future.
Also unchanged are the healthy Australian share market, strong employment numbers, continued population growth, overseas buyer activity (particularly from expats) and economic stability. Even from today’s results we saw clearance rates improve due to the lower number of properties on the market compared with this time last year.