Renovation remains a popular option in Sydney: HTW residential

Staff reporterJune 17, 20200 min read

Renovation is a popular option in many parts of Sydney, particularly in inner Sydney and harbour side locations, according to the latest Herron Todd White (HTW) residential report. 

The valuation firm suggests that in locations across the nation, the downtime delivered by isolation has spurned on owners looking to improve their assets through maintenance and upgrade. This month's HTW residential report highlights where renovations are on the rise and the price points and outcomes those markets can expect.

The HTW report first provided a short COVID update. 

"Since last month’s edition, we have seen the number of daily new cases of COVID-19 in New South Wales remain low. We have also seen the first stage of the easing of restrictions and also the lifting of restrictions on live auctions and open homes.

"This has at least made the process of selling more straightforward and has seen an instant bounce to auction clearance rates, back up above 70% for Sydney, mainly as a result of the number of auction withdrawals returning to more normal levels," the valuation firm said. 

The last month has still seen prices remain fairly stable overall, however as discussed previously, there are some localities and price points seeing some discounting. This is mainly due to the number of new listings remaining subdued, meaning that supply and demand are staying relatively in balance. 

The report notes that the concern is what will happen later in the year when government stimulus and mortgage pauses end.

There potentially could be a significant increase in new listings, some under distressed circumstances, which could have a large impact on prices heading into 2021.

"In the rental market we have continued to see an increase in vacancy rates and a fall in asking rents. Houses, somewhat surprisingly, have experienced a quicker fall than units over the past two months.

"With restrictions around travel within the state and within Australia likely to be eased in the coming weeks and months, short-term holiday rentals that have been transferred to the long-term rental market may start to transfer back to the holiday market, easing vacancy rates," the valuation firm said. 

The valuation firm suggests renovation is a popular option in many parts of Sydney, particularly in inner Sydney and harbour side locations where extension and renovation of an existing home is a more viable option than a knock- down and rebuild.

These areas often have heritage and other planning restrictions that make it difficult to get approval to do a complete rebuild, the report noted. 

In addition, it is also desirable to maintain the period features of older dwellings whilst upgrading the fit out and increasing the floor space.

A Victorian residence situated in the heart of Marrickville has recently been sold for $1.5 million. 

The freestanding home at 1 Hastings Street (pictured below) presented a good opportunity for renovation. 

It consists of four bedrooms, two bathrooms, large formal and casual areas and front veranda. 

In the middle and outer rings, there is more of an appetite for knock-down and rebuild, increasingly for duplex and small townhouse style developments to take advantage of larger land parcels.

Granny flat builds continue to be a popular option in these areas too, either for extended families or for those looking to obtain some additional rental income.

"This doesn’t mean that renovations aren’t an option here, as owners look to enhance their homes by something as minor as a fresh paint or some additional landscaping, through to a full blown second floor addition and full renovation," the valuation firm said. 

A two bedroom granny flat in Bass Hill is currently on the rental market with a price guide of $400 a week.

The well maintained home at 15A Handle Street features large covered entertaining area, gas cooking and split system air conditioning. 

It is situated close to local schools, transport and shops. 


Staff reporter

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