Illawarra caters for a large variety of demand for rental properties: HTW residential

Illawarra caters for a large variety of demand for rental properties: HTW residential
Illawarra caters for a large variety of demand for rental properties: HTW residential

The Illawarra offers a variety of residential property types that can generate cash flow for an investor owner, according to the latest Herron Todd White (HTW) residential report. 

The valuation firm took a look at yields across the nation to dissect where to find the best returns in residential markets.

The HTW report notes the region has broad pockets of single houses, older and modern unit developments and villa and townhouse developments.

Sprinkled throughout are specific investment properties such as duplexes, flat buildings, display homes and boarding houses.

In Nowra there is a large supply of defence housing properties.

"We experienced strong capital growth from 2013 through to 2017 and in that time rents also increased, but not anywhere near the same pace. As a result, residential yields compressed," the valuation firm said. 

An example is a sale of an eight unit building at 17 Smith Street, Wollongong (pictured below).

The property sold in November 2018 for $2.23 million with an assessed gross yield of 4.8%.

The same property sold again in August 2018 for $2,675,000.

Illawarra caters for a large variety of demand for rental properties: HTW residential

"The rents for the units had increased but this still represented a gross yield of 4.28%, a decline of 11%," the valuation firm added. 

Recent weakening market conditions have changed the tide for low yields. As prices have declined, yields have started to increase.

Small scale and older style multi-unit properties appear to be a favourite of residential investors.

Recent transactions include an April sale of five two bedroom units in West Wollongong for $1.1 million, reflecting a passing gross yield of 6.15%.

A single level block of three units in Bellambi sold in May for $695,000 which reflected an analysed gross yield of 5.42%.

More unique are sales of modern developments in the Illawarra, according to the HTW report. 

The recent sale of 6A Addison Street, Shellharbour (pictured below) is the first one in recent times.

Illawarra caters for a large variety of demand for rental properties: HTW residential

This was a three level, six unit building built in 2016. The sale for $2,565,000 reflects a gross passing yield of 5.55%.

"The most important aspect for a cash flow investor is having their property occupied and the Illawarra caters for a large variety of demand for rental properties," the valuation firm said. 

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