Opportunity for strong property recovery post-Coronavirus

While property transactions have seen a considerable downturn during the Coronavirus lockdown, Australians are keeping a keen eye on the residential market, according to REA’s executive manager of economic research Cameron Kusher.

“In particular, they’re doing research and thinking about their next move once this is all over,” Kusher said in a live webinar this week. 

“When we do start to come out of this, the cost of borrowing is going to be very low, and it’s going to encourage an increasing number of people to go and upgrade their home, move to a new property or build their dream home. It could also encourage people who are renting to get into property as well.”

While low consumer confidence means big financial moves aren’t a high-priority right now, Kusher said this could still represent “good opportunity for a strong recovery” post-crisis.

Supporting this idea, there’s been a recent 14% rise in ‘for sale’ search activity on realestate.com compared to the same period last year. 

Additionally, the emergency RBA rate cut has led to rapidly declining mortgage interest rates, which also bodes well for borrowers.

RELATED ARTICLE: Government extends support to First Home Loan Deposit Scheme applicants amid coronavirus auction ban.

The REA doesn’t anticipate a considerable fall in house prices down the line but Kusher noted potential price shifts in the rental market, linking a surge in new realestate.com rentals to a drop-off in Airbnb listings.

“That product has essentially become unviable at the moment, so people are looking for someone to rent out those properties for the next six to 12 months,” he said. “That’s probably going to be deflationary for rental prices, so the cost of renting is likely to come down.”

If you’re a homeowner facing financial hardship, read about bank relief options, or investigate if you’re eligible for refinancing.

Compare refinance home loans - last updated 9 August 2022

Search promoted home loans below or do a full Mozo database search . Advertiser disclosure
  • Smart Booster Home Loan

    2 Year Discounted Variable Rate, Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, <80% LVR

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Initial monthly repayment
    3.60% p.a.variable for 24 months and then 4.00% p.a. variable
    3.96% p.a.

    Already includes July RBA rate increase. New super low introductory rate home loan for two years. Min 20% deposit. No monthly or ongoing fees. Fast settlement times. Mozo award-winning online lender. Friendly, local Australian based team.

    Details
  • Unloan Variable

    Owner Occupier, Refinance Only

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Initial monthly repayment
    3.14% p.a. variable
    3.06% p.a.

    For refinancers only. Built by CommBank, the Unloan is the first home loan with an increasing discount (conditions apply) for borrowers. No application or banking fees. No monthly account keeping or early exit fees. Apply in as little as 10 minutes.

    Details
  • PAYG Home Loan

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, LVR<80%

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Initial monthly repayment
    3.29% p.a. variable
    3.33% p.a.

    Low variable rate. Ideal for new home buyers or refinancers. Unlimited additional repayments. Unlimited free redraw. Application completely online. Optional 100% offset can be added for $120 p.a.. 20% deposit required.

    Details

* WARNING: This comparison rate applies only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan. The comparison rate displayed is for a secured loan with monthly principal and interest repayments for $150,000 over 25 years.

** Initial monthly repayment figures are estimates only, based on the advertised rate, loan amount and term entered. Rates, fees and charges and therefore the total cost of the loan may vary depending on your loan amount, loan term, and credit history. Actual repayments will depend on your individual circumstances and interest rate changes.

^See information about the Mozo Experts Choice Home Loan Awards

Mozo provides general product information. We don't consider your personal objectives, financial situation or needs and we aren't recommending any specific product to you. You should make your own decision after reading the PDS or offer documentation, or seeking independent advice.

While we pride ourselves on covering a wide range of products, we don't cover every product in the market. If you decide to apply for a product through our website, you will be dealing directly with the provider of that product and not with Mozo.