The high rise apartment glut: Pete Wargent

Pete WargentSeptember 30, 20150 min read
One of the most notable aspects of this building approvals boom has been that it has been focussed on the building of high density housing to an unprecedented extent.
If you want capital growth from property then I suggest that you should be wary of high rise stock since proportionately far too much of it is has been approved.
Approvals in most instances do now seem to be pulling back, but the approvals pipeline has seen 4+ storey dwellings pushed through this cycle to date in unprecedented volumes.
In August the number of approvals pulled back in Victoria from 1,766 to as the new levy takes effect, but the 12mMA trendline tells its own story...
In Queensland the number of 4+ storey dwelling approvals at 895 in August was well below the extraordinarily high volumes approved in 7 of the preceding 9 months, and the trendline peak now seems to be in...
Being home to the largest capital city, New South Wales has typically approved the greatest number of high rise apartments, although here too approvals fell from an elevated 3,431 to 1,887 in August...
Overall it seems that the great flood of approvals of high rise apartments is now easing as developers take note of the looming oversupply.
The problem with the highest density tower blocks for investors is simply that there is no inherent scarcity value. 

PETE WARGENT is the co-founder of AllenWargent property buyers (London, Sydney) and a best-selling author and blogger.

His latest book is Four Green Houses and a Red Hotel.

Pete Wargent

Pete Wargent is the co-founder of, offering affordable homebuying assistance to all Australians, and a best-selling author and blogger.
Housing Market
Dwelling Construction
This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Find out more in our privacy policy.
Accept Cookies