Harry Triguboff stops purchasing sending land prices into freefall: Robert Gottliebsen

Harry Triguboff stops purchasing sending land prices into freefall: Robert Gottliebsen
Harry Triguboff stops purchasing sending land prices into freefall: Robert Gottliebsen

The inner-city apartment property crunch is now starting to really bite, according to Robert Gottliebsen, The Australian columnist.

The Sydney developer, Harry Triguboff’s Meriton, has stopped buying Sydney land which was "sending land values into freefall" as bankers prepare for losses.

Gottliebsen did not cite any examples.

Meriton was also curtailing its building activity, he added.

The columnist suggests the Melbourne crunch is being delayed as developers are proceeding with construction because they have old permits that allow greater density than the new rules.

"If they don’t proceed the opportunity will be lost," he said of the city where the building supply industry was booming because the state is undertaking unprecedented infrastructure investment.

The bank credit squeeze has caused small apartment first home buyers and investors to slash their purchases, but there is still some Chinese buying.

Affluent baby boomers are still shifting from their large family homes to apartments, usually closer to the city.

They don’t want the small apartments that are being built by most developers, often with the encouragement of rate-hungry councils, the veteran columnist advised.

"Most long-established developers did not pick this switch in the market and the long delays in gaining permission to build locked them in to providing small apartments for students, tourists, and young executives."

"There are a lot of frustrated developers and frightened bankers out there," he concluded

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