Eastern Sydney sees decline in development applications for renovations: HTW residential

Eastern Sydney sees decline in development applications for renovations: HTW residential
Eastern Sydney sees decline in development applications for renovations: HTW residential

The majority of development applications in the eastern suburbs relate to renovations and extensions, according to the latest Herron Todd White (HTW) residential report. 

The valuation firm suggests 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 report notes renovations are generally made by owner-occupiers looking to enhance their current home to meet their changing needs and include examples such as renovations of terraces in Paddington and Woollahra, to second storey additions to semi-detached homes in Maroubra and Randwick, to huge extensions and renovations to large prestige homes in Vaucluse and Bellevue Hill.

"While we do see full renovations of units and townhouses in the eastern suburbs, it is more often the case that a part renovation is undertaken to get an uplift in rent for investors, or an uplift in price for owners looking to sell after the renovation," the valuation firm said. 

These renovations often focus on the works that will give you more bang for their buck such as a new kitchen, bathroom renovation or new floor coverings.

"Given the local government areas of Woollahra, Waverley and Randwick have a significant proportion of development applications relating to renovations and extensions, we took a look at the number of new development applications lodged so far this year and how that compared to last year," the valuation firm said. 

In the period to the middle of May this year, Woollahra LGA saw 150 new development applications lodged. This was slightly down on the 170 lodged over the same period last year.

Waverley had 150 in both years, while Randwick dropped from 270 last year to 215 this year.

"These numbers may reflect the stronger property market conditions in the first quarter of 2020 compared to 2019, with owners looking to sell rather than stay and renovate, but may also indicate that some owners may be placing larger renovation projects on hold under the current COVID-19 environment," the valuation firm said. 

The report notes a good example of uplift in value from renovating in the eastern suburbs is a property at the southern end of the region in Chifley.

The original two storey, semi-detached, four- bedroom, two-bathroom dwelling (pictured below) situated on a thoroughfare opposite Long Bay Correctional Facility, sold in September 2018 for $1.15 million.

Eastern Sydney sees decline in development applications for renovations: HTW residential

 

After a full renovation, the property (pictured below) resold in November 2019 for $1.9 million, more than covering the cost of the renovation.

Eastern Sydney sees decline in development applications for renovations: HTW residential

Another example at 9 Jane Street in Randwick saw a detached, single level cottage (pictured below) sell originally for $2.1 million in June 2019, then undergo a full renovation, before selling again in April for an undisclosed price above $3 million.

Eastern Sydney sees decline in development applications for renovations: HTW residential

"Both of these examples also benefited from an improving market between purchasing and selling. This is an important consideration for anyone looking to flip, as in a falling market it may be difficult to cover your total costs after completing the renovation," the valuation firm said. 

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