Sydney inner-city apartment market glut predicted to push prices down

By Michael Janda

In results released last week, property developer Mirvac said it planned to focus heavily on increasing apartment developments in the Sydney market, expecting that segment to remain strong for the next five years.

“Over the next couple of years we expect pre-sales will be pretty strong so it should be able to sustain the number Mirvac are talking about, but if they were assuming that demand would stay at current levels over the next say five years we suspect that won’t be the case.

The report says the peak annual output of 4,500 units in 2016-17 is comparable to the last boom in 1999-2000, but the average of 3,800 new inner-city apartments per year over three years will be a record.

BIS Shrapnel’s senior manager of residential property Angie Zigomanis, who wrote the report, says developers have been playing catch-up after a decade of undersupply in Sydney, but they look like soon getting ahead of themselves.

“The population growth in Sydney still stays pretty strong, rental demand will still be fairly strong, but it’s just that the level of apartment construction now is moving up to a level that’s probably approaching a level that’s too high and that’s unsustainable in the long-term,” he told ABC News Online.

Read more here: ABC


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