Think you’re being priced out of the property market? Think again

Latest property data heralds good news for those eager to crack into the market in 2018.

Prospective first home buyers can allow themselves a sigh of relief with the latest CoreLogic data revealing that national property prices fell 0.3% in December 2017, with further drops tipped to come.

The Sydney property market experienced 0.9% decline for the month of December, while Melbourne dropped 0.2%.

“There’s going to be a negative growth rate, probably most similar to 2000 to 2003 when prices fell by about 7%,” said CoreLogic’s head of research Tim Lawless.

Cities that experienced positive growth for the month of December included just Adelaide (0.3%), Hobart (1.5%) and Canberra (0.2%).

“Positive lending environment”

Lawless is tipping the December trend to continue for Sydney and Melbourne throughout 2018, saying it was “likely to be significantly different relative to previous years”.

“We’re likely to see lower to negative growth rates across previously strong markets, more cautious buyers, and ongoing regulator vigilance of credit standards and investor activity,” Lawless said.

“Although credit policies are likely to remain tight, we expect mortgage rates to remain low in 2018, providing a positive lending environment for those who are able to secure credit.”

What does this mean for me?

Well, if you’re a hopeful first home buyer looking to gain a foothold in the property market, continuing downward trends could mean that the mirage of owning your own home becomes a reality.

That’s because instead of home prices rising several thousand dollars every quarter, they’ll drop, giving you the time you need to be patient and select a home you love, not just one you can afford.

AMP Capital chief economist, Shane Oliver, is tipping prices in Sydney and Melbourne could fall by up to 5% this year.

“Low interest rates and support for first home buyers are providing some support and should help ensure only moderate price falls,” Oliver says.

What’s my next step?

Well, as CoreLogic’s Lawless stated above: “credit policies are likely to remain tight”.

This highlights the importance of working with a mortgage broker who knows what they’re doing in this space. And that’s us.

We can help you help you navigate the difficulties that others face when securing credit so that you can take advantage of the positive lending environment and continuing low rates.

So if you’re interested in finally cracking into the property market, give us a call and we’ll help you make your 2018 goals a reality.

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