John McGrath suggests investors buy within 10 minutes of Sydney Metro North West train stations

John McGrath suggests investors buy within 10 minutes of Sydney Metro North West train stations
John McGrath suggests investors buy within 10 minutes of Sydney Metro North West train stations

The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the value of new loans to investors (excluding refinancing) across Australia jumped by 4.7% in July – the highest monthly gain since September 2016.

On the east side of the country, Canberra led the way with a 22% spike in the value of loans from June to July, followed by Queensland at 8.1%, Victoria at 5.7% and NSW at 2.0%. 

John McGrath told Switzer readers, "My best piece of advice for property investors is to buy quality and focus on location and aspect."

"Go for a quality property in a great street, in a desirable neighbourhood, with plenty of amenities such as cafes, shops and public transport. These properties might cost a bit more, but you’ll get better capital gains."

"In terms of locations, I think a good strategy is buying close to new infrastructure. There is so much building going on and this is creating opportunities for investors to capitalise, especially in areas where prices have fallen during the downturn," he added.

He analysed the impact and reasons that investing near the Sydney Metro North West may have potential.

Impact: A game changer for the Hills District, where residents have had to endure long trips on packed buses to the CBD for many years

Opportunity: Fantastic time to buy in suburbs along the line within a 10-minute walk of stations. Hills prices dipped 10-15% in line with Sydney throughout the downturn. For example, Castle Hill’s median house price in 2017 was $1,620,000 and today it is $1,347,500. The median apartment price in 2017 was $890,000 and today it is $815,000. 

Prediction: CoreLogic-Moody’s Analytics predicts 15.3% house price growth in Baulkham Hills/Hawkesbury, which encompasses the Hills; and 9.5% for apartments over CY20 and CY21. 

He also looked at the latest MelbourneCanberra and Brisbane infrastructure developments and the impact they have had and will continue to have.

JOHN MCGRATH is the Founder & Executive Director of McGrath

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Sydney Infrastructure

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