Southwest Western Australia sees little capital growth in the short stay market: HTW residential

Southwest Western Australia sees little capital growth in the short stay market: HTW residential
Staff reporterDecember 7, 2020

The residential property market in general in the South West of Western Australia does not, as a rule, take yields into consideration, according to a recent Herron Todd White (HTW) residential report. 

The valuation firm took a look at rental yields across the nation. 

"Yes, investors want good returns adequate to cover the annual costs and help pay off the mortgage but it is capital growth that underpins most of the investor market in the South West," the valuation firm said. 

"If you are after return on investment in the residential market, then the short stay accommodation market may be your thing.

"However these also have their issues. High strata levies and expensive management and cleaning fees eat into an income which is very seasonally dependent," the valuation firm added. 

The report notes on top of this in general there has been very little capital growth in the short stay market.

The Airbnb market has increased significantly in the region over past years to such an extent that it has limited the supply of rental properties on the market.

In some instances, this has placed upward pressure on rental values in peak holiday periods.

"Properties which have a mix of both short stay and permanent use become more attractive, particularly if they are well located and with good views." the valuation firm said. 

These properties can benefit from high returns in the holiday seasons and modest returns in the off seasons. They are also more likely to benefit from capital growth.

There has been an increase in demand for properties which have the potential for a little income on the side, such as properties with granny flats or a second dwelling which can be rented
out on either a short stay or permanent basis.

The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River now permits granny flats and second dwellings to be leased on a permanent and short term basis which increases the options available for extra income.

Agents have indicated that this sector of the market is on the rise. It is also having an influence on the design of new homes so as to allow for Airbnb style accommodation.

"Rental income be it short stay or permanent is important to cover costs but capital growth is still king." 

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