After retreating during the early stages of the pandemic, it appears that investor interest in the property market has come roaring back. At least, that’s the picture painted by the latest home loan data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Lending figures from the ABS reveal that after dropping to a decade-low $4.2 billion in May 2020, new loan commitments made by investors have marched higher and higher in the year and a half since.
New borrowing reached $9.6 billion in September (the latest data available) suggesting that – unlike owner occupiers who have been backing away from new loans – investors may be less fazed by rising property prices. At least, for now.
And it’s with this backdrop of strong investor enthusiasm that ME Bank has released a new report which explores the best places in Australia for investors to buy.
Based on research conducted by planning and economics firm Ethos Urban, the report outlines the top 20 suburbs in the country for residential property investors to buy in, based on criteria such as population growth, rental yields, house and rental prices, transport infrastructure and the attractiveness of suburbs to renters.
So which areas came out on top? Woolloongabba, in Brisbane’s inner east, took out the number one spot, followed by fellow Sunshine State suburb Burleigh Heads in second and Sydney’s Five Dock in third.
Overall, suburbs in New South Wales accounted for 45% of the top 20 followed by those in Queensland which made up 25% of the list. Here’s the full rundown:
Australia’s top 20 best places to invest – ME
|Suburb||Primary dwelling type|
|1. Woolloongabba (QLD)||Apartment|
|2. Burleigh Heads (QLD)||Apartment|
|3. Five Dock (NSW)||House|
|4. North Melbourne (VIC)||Apartment|
|5. Rozelle (NSW)||Townhouse|
|6. Ellenbrook (WA)||House|
|7. Parramatta (NSW)||Apartment|
|8. Crows Nest (NSW)||Apartment|
|9. Preston (VIC)||House|
|10. South Melbourne (VIC)||Apartment|
|11. Yanchep (WA)||House|
|12. Waterloo (NSW)||Apartment|
|13. Coffs Harbour (NSW)||House|
|14. North Sydney (NSW)||Apartment|
|15. Pyrmont (NSW)||Apartment|
|16. Claremont (WA)||House|
|17. Mermaid Beach (QLD)||Apartment|
|18. Miami (QLD)||Apartment|
|19. Concord (NSW)||House|
|20. Fairfield (QLD)||House|
According to ME’s Consulting Demographer, Chris McNeil, one of the common themes that links the top performing suburbs as being potentially good areas for investors is new transport infrastructure.
“Woolloongabba, for example, is already serviced by two train stations and the new Cross City Rail Project will provide a new line running directly under the suburb, increasing connectivity and changing the way people use the area. This will only be bolstered in the coming years as Brisbane prepares its infrastructure for the 2032 Olympics,” he said.
“Add to this the exciting atmosphere in Logan Street, its rapid population growth and steady house price growth, it really does offer a unique opportunity for those looking to invest in the residential property market.”
McNeil also noted that while there were no suburbs in the ACT, Northern Territory, South Australia or Tasmania on the top 20 list, that was more of a reflection of some of the major infrastructure projects being developed in the other states and not due to a lack of investment options.
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