• Why is apartment living so popular


    Housing market expert, Dr. Andrew Wilson explains why apartment living is a popular choice in Australia


    We certainly are seeing the lowest interest rates since the 1960s as a positive driver for affordability.  And that's why we're seeing Melbourne at the moment with an improved economy starting to rise again.

    We have seen a surge towards apartment living.  Amenity, affordability,lifestyle.  Some buyers aren't looking so much for that big backyard.  We are starting to see the development of that cosmopolitan inner city lifestyle that revolves around higher density living.  So apartments are the thing of the future.

    The Sydney housing market continues to boom.  It looks like that's going to be an unprecedented growth this year and it really is starting to look like an international market.  Which is good news if you own a home in Sydney but not so good news if you're a first home buyer.  That's likely to continue for quite some time.  

    Well look.  Market energy depends on low interest rates.  We've seen growth in some of those markets where economies have been strong.  Confidence is very strong in the Sydney market.  It's rising in the Melbourne market but other markets it reflects local conditions. Canberra is looking a lot better, Adelaide looking better, but Brisbane, Perth and Darwin are just so-so at the moment.

    Interest rates likely to be flat for the foreseeable future which will start to flatten prices growth.

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    About the author

    • Andrew Wilson

      Dr. Andrew Wilson, Senior Economist for Fairfax-owned Australian Property Monitors and Domain.com.au is our numbers man on The Great Australian Dream. As a leading commentator on the Australian property market, specialising in housing market analysis, Andrew has a strong following with weekly columns in the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age.

      Throughout the series, Andrew will help home buyers understand what the numbers really mean and reveal the forces driving the Australian property market whilst breaking down the jargon along the way. Dr Andrew Wilson has previously held senior property and construction research positions within industry, academia and government as well as holding a PhD and Masters in Research in Housing Market Economics.

      Andrew Wilson

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