The prospect of a change of federal government and the possible removal of negative gearing is driving investor activity in Sydney’s west.
“The possible demise of negative gearing has spooked some investors to turnout at Fairfield open homes, while we’ve seen a surge in online enquiries too,” said Chris Hart, Principal, Raine & Horne Fairfield.
The ALP wants to reduce the capital gains tax (CGT) concessions on the sale of investment properties and limit negative gearing to people who invest in new rental properties. The proposed new rules won’t apply to investors who own existing rentals – however as Angus Raine, Executive Chairman, Raine & Horne, warned, current property investors, and owner-occupiers for that matter, will be affected if the changes become law.
Mr Raine added, “Federal Labor's proposed changes to taxation arrangements for investment properties will prove cataclysmic for Australia’s $7 trillion real estate market and the broader Australian economy.
Consequently, Mr Hart said, “The savvy investors in Fairfield have recognised the window on the existing tax benefits could be closing, and they want to get in now.
At the same time, the threats to negative gearing combined with Fairfield’s real estate affordability, decent rentals yield and the massive investment in Western Sydney’s infrastructure in combination are creating the perfect storm for investors.
“Western Sydney real estate is a relatively affordable alternative, which thanks to massive infrastructure improvements such as the second Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek has an excellent upside for capital growth,” said Mr Hart.
The Fairfield real estate office recently sold a two-bedroom top floor apartment at 15/9-11 Lackey Street Fairfield for a very affordable $345,000.
“The buyers were looking further out in Penrith as they didn’t think they could afford to buy in Fairfield. They were quietly surprised when they paid $345,000 for the apartment,” commented Mr Hart.
“As an investment property, an apartment in an older-style apartment block like this can command a rent of $320 a week. This represents a 4.8% gross return which is appealing to yield-hungry investors.”
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