Continued capital growth forecast for Geelong

Continued capital growth forecast for Geelong
Continued capital growth forecast for Geelong

The forecast remained extremely positive for Geelong, the Victorian port city despite "incredible capital growth over the past five years.

The growth had put Geelong on the map, according to the latest analysis by RiskWise Property Research that found high population growth and a rise in infrastructure projects, leading to an improved economy and more jobs, have greatly increased the popularity of the area.

“Add to that it only takes an hour to drive to Melbourne and housing is significantly more affordable, it is ticking plenty of boxes for a lot of people with their eye on capital growth in the future,” RiskWise CEO Doron Peleg said.

One key piece of infrastructure will be delivered by the Federal Government thanks to a $50 million funding boost to help deliver the Geelong rail duplication between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds train stations.

Meanwhile, the Victorian State Government has also directed $50 million to investigate fast rail between Geelong and Melbourne, as part of the Melbourne Airport Link, to be delivered within 10 to 15 years.

It all adds up to an economic windfall for the region, with more employment attracting more residents to the area, Peleg suggests.

Continued capital growth forecast for Geelong

“And this, in turn, has seen capital growth in the past five years explode with the forecast also looking good for future capital growth.”

He said compared to Melbourne, Geelong offered greater value for money and more affordability.

“Given its proximity to Melbourne, it is becoming very popular with those wanting a great lifestyle and better housing options with more value for money … and they are still within a comfortable distance from the CBD to commute to work,” he said.

Continued capital growth forecast for Geelong

“Of course, it’s always important to remember that houses are a good investment while units carry a higher level of risk due to potential oversupply issues and that they do not appeal to families looking for three bedrooms and a yard, meaning demand is less.”

The median house price for Geelong is only $576,118 compared to $836,122 for Greater Melbourne. For units in Geelong its $403,408 compared to $552,941. 

Continued capital growth forecast for Geelong

“This means who can buy a house in Geelong for around the same price you could buy a unit in Greater Melbourne. It represents excellent value for money,” he said.

 “And we believe it will only get more popular in the next few years, thereby presenting projected solid capital growth.”

An recently sale was a Swanston Street two bedroom house which sold for $581, 000 (pictured below).

Located at 151 Swanston Street, the house comes with two spacious bedrooms, large family living area, updated kitchen and dining area.

Other features include high ceilings, plenty of natural flowing light and gas heating.

It is close to the cafe precincts, river, Kardinia Park and the CBD.

Continued capital growth forecast for Geelong

Another sale was a McKillop Street two bedroom house which was sold at $560,000 (pictured below).

The 17 McKillop Street house features two good sized bedrooms, living room with fireplace, sleek kitchen, and low maintenance gardens. 

It is within close proximity to the CBD, waterfront and local hospitals. 

Continued capital growth forecast for Geelong

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