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Edwin’s Rant Special: A Collection Of Property Experts Say…

In a special edition of Edwin’s Rant, we are joined by property analysts Louis Christopher from SQM Research.

We look at the latest statistics and property trends and discuss where the markets are headed.

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  1. Thanks for this. It’s important the rise in interest rates is not just seen as influencing or being influenced by real estate (as said here). There is a far bigger macro world than just real estate in NSW and VIC and if a few home buyers, re agents and builders get in a pickle, who really cares if food prices et al are out of control. Rates are not really in the hands of the rba and saying so, whilst it’s what average people want to hear, is very myopic, uninformed and unhelpful. Interest rates need to go as high as they need to go. Inflation above 7pc with interest rates below 4 is not a restrictive setting so if people in property go under, we’ll, you gotta wonder who’s really to blame there. What data has made your expert decide 4pc is as high as Australia can handle? No scientific basis for this position was given. A little introspection can be a good thing.

  2. Why did clearance rates drop so low in 1990? Any guesses? Perhaps it's because back then the cash rate was actually where it was supposed to be relative to inflation, unlike in our situation. When monetary policy is sufficiently restrictive to curtail consumption (which includes housing) there's supposed to be a fear of buying in addition to a greater inability to buy. Yeah, there's some fear of buying now, but it's not what it should be based on where the economy is; something is out of alignment with market forces and that something is the cash rate.

  3. Great chat. Enjoyed it. Poor Ed didnt say much.

    Request for next time: Info on where are all the rental properties have gone? Recently there was an AirBNB map view of properties along the Mornington coast south of Melbourne. It was scary. 200k just in that area. Also reports of a huge amount of empty homes Australia wide. All this with expected students and new workers to come to Aus for workstudy! Where will theywe live?! Thoughts?

  4. When vendors come to the realisation that we won't be having a cash rate below 2% for at least 3 years and what the implications are of such an elevated cash rate for asset values, they will start to change their tune about "holding out" for a "recovery."

  5. Surely it doesn't matter if there's not much supply when people are struggling to get finance and create the demand for the elevated prices. Money isn't cheap anymore. Unless something major breaks, it'll just be a slow grind down in house prices for a couple of years before reversing.

  6. Unfortunately the only way inflation comes down is by increasing rates as high as needed to crunch the consumer and actually cause an impact. No other way about it. If you think of all the Covid stimulus injected into the economy it's going to take alot to bring the balance back in line. What goes ridiculously up must come down. Pausing at 4% in my opinion is wishful thinking. They have been too soft bringing rates up trying to save everyone.

  7. What a great view to what is really going on in this real estate market. This market is just replicating the 1988 crash and the market stayed very quiet if remember correctly for about six years. This was the time when the real estate industry lost a lot of very good real estate agents to other industries. Let's hope the good agencies stay this time and the not so good move on and it clears all the floated real estate business.

  8. Here's interesting thought. Edward Dowd has done a huge amount of data collection and research on excess mortality in the US, UK, Europe and Australia. He is predicting a collapse in birth rates(already occurring), and a collapse in working population.
    Add the collapse in population in China and what occurs to demand in the decades ahead?

    Also, what IF China invade Taiwan. Do we sanction CCP officials that bought huge amounts of property in Oz pre 2017 before Xi's crackdown?

  9. Louis was holding his main message right to the end and unfortunately it was an emotional manipulation. Which makes him a good addition to this Monday club of property spin doctoring. Edwin spreads wet dreams about solid line of high net worth Chinese individuals outside of his office wanting to buy that didn’t materialise as of today. Martin runs this show as a biased moderator and “property recovery” in local lingo means even less affordable prices.

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  11. Fascinating episode gentlemen, much better analysis and insights than you get from the mainstream. It’s a real witches brew out there. Rising interest rates that are already doing real damage but due to the lag effect we can only see the tips of icebergs and not what lies beneath the waves. Declining property prices yet raging rents (due to all the people coming from India and China to solve the so called skills shortages). In Sydney they are cutting bus services because they still can’t find enough drivers to earn 80-100K. But soon real estate agents and tradies and cafe owners will be driving buses and people who’ve come from India and China won’t find any jobs (and therefore won’t be able to pay rent and ultimately will return home) and that’s when the rubber hits the road.

  12. Well we have just learnt last week why the Sydney real estate market defies logic !!

    Money laundering capital of Australia !!
    First bust up last week found co that had laundered just on $10B a lot of it placed into property …. Amd there is said to be 3 more similar operations !!!

    Great Australian dream taken away very easily

    Australia is a country that does not stop this happening

    Sums up the economy here perfectly

  13. The message still hasn't sunk in to the general population that the property party is over – permanently. We had an incredible run and pushed it way further than it ever should have gone, but it is done now. Next ten years will look nothing like the last twenty.

  14. I'm in the process of buying another home in the northern suburbs of Melb, Vic. However the seller is wanting a price that he could have gotten back 7 months ago at the peak. We are not getting much help from the agent in order for the seller to lower his expectations. It's currently vacant so the seller much be losing money day by day. How do you buy a home when the seller does not want to sell?

  15. The things I see driving inflation
    1. Mining industry that is sucking up the tradies
    2. Super low interest rates that have supercharged “liar loans”
    3. Bank of mum and dad that has kept the Ponzi scheme going
    4. Immigration pushed into Sydney Melbourne other capitals to make up for skill shortages and aging population but has had several effects in creating infrastructure issues and housing issues

  16. Nobody is talking about the elephant in the room, the dollar. On the face of it, and for very good reason, all the talk surrounding central banks the world over, is only with regard to how far central banks will go to curb inflation.
    But monetary policy is not just a tool used to control inflationary pressures. It's also a tool used to manage the value of a nation's currency.
    The world over, governments have raised the levels of public sector debt to ridiculous heights over the past three years. Australia is no exception.
    This means that now, more than ever, nations are going to seek to maintain or even increase the value of their currency. Once again, Australia is no exception. And one of, if not the only way of pro-actively achieving that is via interest rates.
    I think that it is very possible that even in the event that inflation returns to acceptable levels and unemployment starts to rise, rates mightn't fall too much at all, despite what the experts are saying. Interesting times, that's for sure.

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