Hope for first home buyers

Hope for first home buyers
Hope for first home buyers

Heir apparent Ginia Hope Rinehart, who married last year and had a baby recently with husband, Simon Robinson, purchased a Bondi Beach penthouse for $14.8 million mid-year.

It was likely the highest priced first home acquisition ever in Australian property history.

She's the daughter of Gina Rinehart, the mining tycoon who has more recently stepped up her interest in outback cattle farming.

Fresh-faced and more mature first time buyers began to make an impression on the Sydney market this year.

Model Jordan Stenmark joined his twin brother and fellow model Zac on the property ladder earlier this year, securing his first apartment, a $1.19 million unit in Bondi.

Bachelorette and former 2DayFM radio personality Sam Frost secured her first Sydney home, however it was not the coastal apartment she'd initially been after.

Sam settled on a $1.2 townhouse near Sydney Park, one of Sydney's best park playgrounds.

South Sydney Rabbitoh rising star Tyrell Fuimaono paid $785,000 for a two-bedroom Alexandria unit.

There were also the emerging rentvestors, who have secured an investment property as their first acquisition.

There were some 10,496 first time buyers in a recent four month period who dived into the market after stamp duty concessions came into effect in July arising from the Berejiklian government’s big state budget measure. Just 3094 first timers had accessed stamp duty concessions when they were limited to new properties in the same time last year.

With continued low interest rates, softening prices across Sydney and the tougher lending rules applied to investors, we’re likely to see more first-home buyers entering the market next year.

No avocados on toast over the Christmas break for them while saving for a deposit.

Nine out of 10 properties in Sydney are out of the reach of first-home buyers, a recent study suggested, with most having to secure something 30 kilometres from the CBD to easily afford an apartment, and 50 kilometres for a free-standing house.

The average first-time buyer has $500,000 to spend in Sydney where the median price is over $1 million.

It comes as there's been a pull back in investor spending along with disconcerting higher fees for foreign investors.

Developers are also seeking out first timers with lower deposit requirements too.

This article was first published in the Saturday Daily Telegraph.


Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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