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The Secret Agent Report – Upzoning

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Affordable housing is an issue many cities are currently facing. Upzoning is a potential solution to the issue, however prominent geographer Michael Storper suggests that upzoning actually makes housing more expensive.

The process in which zoning restrictions and building codes are removed to allow for higher density housing is called upzoning. Upzoning as a definition is simple. However, the deregulation of land zoning has consequences that are much more complicated to predict.

In this report, Secret Agent will take a deeper look into upzoning and how it has been impacting property markets in various cities of the world.

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The Secret Agent Report – The Zoning Effect

Detroit is largely composed, today, of seemingly endless square miles of low-density failure.” – Jane Jacobs

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variety of forces affect the real estate market, one of which is zoning controls: local government policies that control the supply of housing in some way. Although they may provide benefits, these controls also push up the price of housing.

In this report, Secret Agent will break down the findings of a recent RBA paper by Ross Kendall and Peter Tulip on the zoning effect.

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The Secret Agent Report: State of Apartments

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“There is now around one occupied apartment for every five occupied separate houses in Australia – compared with one to every seven, back in 1991.” (ABS, 2017)

Apartments are increasingly popular living options for owner occupiers and tenants alike. They are located in some of the best positions, close to schools, transport, work and lifestyle precincts. They are well suited to a variety of audiences, from young professionals entering the property market to retirees looking to downsize, to office workers who want to cut down on transport time, to students who want to reside close to university.

In this report, Secret Agent will take a look at the state of the apartment market in Melbourne and Australia in general.

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The Secret Agent Report: Unique Subdivisions

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A subdivision refers to an area of land that has been divided into separate lots. In this report, Secret Agent wanted to investigate whether different shaped subdivisions have an impact on the sale price of a property. 

The subdivisions in the suburbs we looked at for this report date back to the original founding of Melbourne. The shape of these subdivisions have a wonderful aesthetic from a bird’s eye view and break the grid like structure that is so common in Melbourne. These subdivisions have an elite European feel to them and perhaps reveal a lot about the early power structures within Melbourne society. 

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The Secret Agent Report – Co-Living

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This month, Secret Agent takes a closer look at the co-living spaces that are emerging across the world. While this trend is something we have seen before, it has re-emerged in a modern form and is changing the way people think about living – and working.

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Price Per Square Metre of Melbourne Penthouse Apartments

Open plan living room of Melbourne penthouse apartment

Melbourne penthouse apartment, realestate.com.au

This week, Secret Agent takes a closer look at the price per square metre of Melbourne penthouse apartments.

Besides occupying the top floor of a medium to high rise building, for an apartment to be considered a penthouse, it also had to have a distinguished floor plan.

Out of 1,908 apartments sold around inner Melbourne since January 2016 to May 2017, there were only 21 penthouse apartments. All of these were new, post-90s builds except for 2 warehouse conversions. These penthouses were concentrated around the CBD, inner East and inner South suburbs.

Note that our results were skewed towards the sub-$3 million penthouse market, as information on apartments sold above this value is generally less accessible. Most of the apartments in our study are not whole-level penthouses.

Suburb Penthouses Non-Penthouses
Average sale price $1,739,048 $590,655
Average overall PPSM** $11,076 $8,724
Average PPSM for 2 bed $11,544* $8,669
Average PPSM for 3 bed $11,132 $8,877
Average PPSM for 4 bed $10,187* $10,138
     
Median internal area for 2 bedrooms 139sqm* 69sqm
Median internal area for 3 bedrooms 157sqm 118sqm
Median internal area for 4 bedrooms 192sqm* 198sqm
Median outdoor area 47sqm 7.5sqm

* Based on less than 5 sales,  ** PPSM refers to price per internal square metre

Table 1   Average prices per square metre and median sizes in penthouses versus non-penthouses around inner Melbourne

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DIY Period Home: What Does It Cost?

Illustration of two identical Victorian terraces built in 1880 versus 2016

Last spring, Secret Agent investigated the cost of rebuilding two period homes in inner Melbourne using current technology and materials. Our results below demonstrate that the prices paid for period property fairly represent the quality, history and scarcity of these types of homes in today’s market.

Using real examples of a Victorian terrace and an Edwardian house, we found that recreating these homes from scratch would cost at least $740,000 more than what you would pay for a genuine period home.

While it is possible to build a new home that imitates the defining features of Victorian and Edwardian houses, replacing period character to its full extent is almost impossible to get right. Note that the figures in the analysis of replacement values are conservative estimates only. Read the full post


Budget 2017 – Winners and Losers in Property

WINNERS

First Home Buyers
First home buyers will be able to use voluntary contributions to their superannuation to save for a house deposit. Withdrawals will be taxed at a lower rate, but the amount you can contribute is capped at $15,000 a year and $30,000 all up. Both members of a couple can take advantage of the scheme.

In Victoria, the state government will abolish stamp duty for first time buyers of homes valued up to $600,000, make cuts to stamp duty on homes valued up to $750,000, and also double the First Home Owner Grant to $20,000 in regional Victoria.

With the first home super saver scheme, we may see increased demand for property below $600,000. This will push up the prices of houses and townhouses in outer suburbs such as Cranbourne. Inner city suburbs will be less affected, as average prices are typically above $600,000. Developers will also have to compete more agressively for development sites that allow sub-$600,000 townhouses to be built and sold in these outer suburbs.

Downsizers
A person aged 65 or over will be permitted to make a non-concessional contribution to superannuation of up to $300,000 from the proceeds of selling a principal residence owned for the past ten or more years from 1 July 2018.

This is good news for real estate agencies operating in areas popular among downsizers, such as the inner city, as there is more incentive for elderly property owners to sell their home. Developers can also benefit from creating stock in these areas. Read the full post


Price Per Internal Square Metre of Terraces and Townhouses

In February, we released Melbourne’s first price per square metre index for houses and townhouses based on internal floor area. We’ve summarised our key findings in an infographic for you to share and download easily.

Here’s what we found:

Terraces: $13,155/sqm of internal space

Most affordable suburb: Flemington $10,262/sqm
Most expensive suburb: Middle Park $17,357/sqm

Most affordable room: Living room $6,869/sqm
Most expensive room: Bedroom $14,717/sqm

Townhouses: $8,387/sqm of internal space

Most affordable suburb: West Melbourne $7,128/sqm
Most expensive suburb: South Yarra $12,008/sqm

Most affordable room: Kitchen $4,692/sqm
Most expensive room: Bathroom $19,424/sqm

Click here to download the PDF version of this infographic.


Apartments Price Per Square Metre Update Q1 2017

Inner Melbourne average Q1 2017: $8,882/m2
Inner Melbourne average Q1 2016: $8,622/m2
Percent annual growth: 3.02%

On average, apartments increased in price by $260 per square metre, or 3% over the past year.

One bedroom apartments have remained about the same in nominal terms (which means they have fallen in value in real terms) and are now the cheapest apartments at $8,650 per square metre. All other apartments increased in price, with 4 bedroom apartments now averaging $11,450 per square metre. Not many of these properties get sold each quarter, so prices tend to fluctuate a bit. Similarly, three bedroom apartments increased in average price by about $1,000 to $9,400 per square metre in the first three months of 2017. Two bedroom apartments are also up slightly ($8,900/m2), while studios were more expensive than 1 and 2 bedroom apartments over the past three months ($9,200/m2). Read the full post