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It Pays To Keep An Open Mind: Investing In Regional Australia

It is so common for us to hear about capital growth rates and rental yields for properties in Australia’s major capital cities. But, how do the regional properties compare and what advantages do they have in store? The rise of regional Australia is the number one story in Australia’s property market because of the high number of thriving properties. Australia’s population is growing and major capital cities such as Sydney and Melbourne are bursting at the seams. Recent figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that the population is set to double by 2075. And this growth won’t just be restricted to our capital cities, but it will make its way down into some of the regional areas, in return providing more opportunities for investment and capital growth.

It pays to look for opportunities beyond the city lights. Savvy investors are looking to invest in regional areas where some of the fastest growing suburbs for property investment are. According to Australia’s top independent research analyst, Hotspotting (Terry Ryder), regional property is booming across Australia due to a various number of factors and. Some of them include:

  • Lifestyle factors play a huge role in attracting people to live and invest in regional areas around Australia – where they are able to enjoy a slower pace of life, larger backyards. And the best part? It all comes with a cheaper price tag. 
  • The urban market and its unaffordability have also driven buyers and investors to regional areas as they offer better value for money and growth opportunities over the medium term. 
  • Major infrastructures are a game changer for regional areas. Anything that’s new, upgraded, good transport, has developments that boost lifestyle and the local economy all points to signs of an area of growth. 
  • As property prices continue to rise and lifestyle costs in heavily populated cities, investors are looking for a ‘sure thing’. Regional markets are ideal for wealth-creation as property values are stable and long-term high returns are likely to be achievable due to multiple industries, the growing population and infrastructure. 
  • Investing in a regional area is a great option for those wanting to get their foot into the property industry faster. There are also opportunities to build your property portfolio in affordable and strategic ways.

If you’re looking for the best regional investment areas and opportunities, away from the hustle and bustle of the big city life, then let’s observe some places to watch in 2019 and beyond.

Property investment analysts, Hotspotting, have highlighted Queanbeyan-Palerang and Hunter Region, the Hunter Region, Newcastle, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga as the top locations where the state’s leading recent growth has occurred. Queanbeyan-Palerang in particular, the property sales activity has increased in recent years, leading it to become one of the stand out’s in the NSW region. The Hunter Region was also one of the nation’s leading growth markets in 2018 and is continuing to do so in 2019. Good rental yields are another attraction in NSW regional areas, with suburbs having median yields around 4-5% four houses and 5-6% for units.

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Hunter RegionImage: Camplify

Queensland is without a doubt the number one destination for interstate migrants – thanks to its subtropical climate and laidback lifestyle. Hotspotting highlights Moreton Bay Region, Mackay and Townsville as the best regional hotspots in QLD. They are attracting interstate migrants, first-home buyers and investors due to reasons such as:

  • High levels of infrastructure projects, property developments and housing affordability
  • Employment opportunities
  • Construction, logistics and tourism

For more information, contact our Agency Principal, John Rankin on 0418 591 202

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Moreton Bay RegionImage: Tourism Australia

Hotspotting highlights Port Adelaide Enfield and City of Marion for the following reasons:

  • Major economic changes are occurring in Port Adelaide and several smaller projects, which in return are turning it into a thriving residential, commercial and tourist destination.
  • Major rail and road link projects
  • Affordable properties

For more information, contact our Agency Principal, John Rankin on 0418 591 202

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Marion BayImage:

Hotspotting highlights Joondalup Precinct and Melville as the best regional hotspots in WA because of the strong level of infrastructure spending, transport and access to the Perth CBD.

Melbourne is undoubtedly the centre hub of Victoria’s property market. Although it is more affordable than Sydney, investors and buyers are looking to regional Victorian areas for better value and more attractive growth opportunities. Many of Victoria’s regional towns are now accessible to Melbourne and the CBD, thanks to better transport links and they offer a more relaxed lifestyle. Hotspotting highlights Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Benalla as the regional areas to look out for.

One of Australia’s strongest regional cities, Ballarat has experienced a strong price growth over the last twelve months and will continue to do so. It thrives through a diverse economy, low unemployment, a growing population and proximity to Melbourne – making it a popular commuter city. The suburb’s in Ballarat have median house prices ranging from $280,000 to $495,000 – emphasising the city’s appeal to living an affordable and relaxed lifestyle, compared to Melbourne’s busier one.

According to Hotspotting, Bendigo is now on top of the list of regional market with the strongest growth in buyer demand, replacing Ballarat. This is all due to is a steady local economy, its close proximity to Melbourne and great transport links. It has a steady long-term price growth (5-6% per year) in its housing market, however, it still remains affordable.

bendigoImage: BendigoTourism

Although Geelong has been overtaken by Ballarat and Bendigo, the property market remains robust due to housing affordability compared to Melbourne. According to Hotspotting, rapid population growth has been a driving factor due to infrastructure and commercial projects.

Analyst Terry Ryder also recommends Benalla as a high growth investment opportunity. The population in Benalla is set to rapidly move from 14,000 to 16,000 over the next three to four years through employment opportunities and improving youth retention. There will also be population growth through new and growing commercial operations. The emerging new industries will create approximately 1,000 new jobs, which in turn will attract more residents.

For more information, contact our Agency Principal, John Rankin on 0418 591 202

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Manya Mehra

Manya graduated with an Honours degree in 2018 in Creative and Professional Writing. Alongside that, she is passionate about interior design, house renovation and art.


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