A huge shift in net interstate migration has taken place since the financial crisis, a major demographic trend which is a game-changer for this property market cycle, particularly in Sydney. Let's take a look in four short parts.
Part 1 - Mining states slowing...but Sydney booming
Drilling into the most recent round of demographic data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics confirmed an interesting fact: net interstate migration from New South Wales has declined to its lowest level on record at just 1036 in the March 2014 quarter.
Melbourne is seeing a massive boom in the population of those two cities.
Part 2 - Dwelling supply: too hot, too cold...or just right?
Much more unusually we see offbeat comparisons of Australian construction versus that seen in certain US states which previously had a cahuna oversupply and now aren't constructing much (relevance?), or on particularly obscure days, comparisons with Japanese construction.
Largely bought by offshore investors, these off-the-plan apartments will generally be poor performers and are likely to suffer from falling rents, vacancies, and possibly both.
(As an aside it's often highlighted how most property investor loans written are for established dwellings, but since there are now 9,366,800 dwellings and counting in Australia, and since a high proportion of the new stock is sold offshore, the percentage of domestic investment in established stock will continue to rise.
Moreover, established properties usually represent better value than most expensive new units and therefore a majority of domestic investors will rationally steer clear of the newly constructed stock in the absence of incentives to do otherwise. In short, we probably do need foreign investors to create supply).
Sure, there are some areas where there are more new flats than willing renters. But ask anyone in the market and they'll tell you that in the lifestyle suburban areas where most people actually want to live, precisely the opposite problem exists - there is a dearth of quality stock and the decent stuff is selling in a matter of days.
Part 3 - New stock has come online
...and only 17,510 completions for unit and apartments.
However the level of monthly apartment approvals peaked way back in March 2014 and is now rolling over. The major developers, who are nobody's dummies, are aiming to have their Greater Sydney new apartment stock completed and sold by December 2015.
Over the past ten years the growth in median rental for detached houses in Sydney has been 80 percent, and for attached dwellings the equivalent growth in median rental is 77 percent.