Going, Going, Gone: What?s driving Australia?s property frenzy


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Going, Going, Gone: What?s driving Australia?s property frenzy

?I just don't believe how much prices have jumped.  These prices are far exceeding what I think is a fair and reasonable market price.?  Buyer?s agent, Sydney

Across Australia, property prices are going through the roof, pushing the total value of residential real estate to a staggering nine trillion dollars.

?It is definitely the hottest market I?ve ever seen with the low supply, the lower interest rates and the cost of borrowing, money being so cheap.? Real estate agent, Brisbane

When the pandemic hit in 2020, there were fears the property market would collapse.  Instead, house prices have risen at the fastest pace in at least three decades.

?We thought it would stop for a pandemic, but it hasn?t.  I think it's gone against all the experts and predictors out there; it just keeps going.?  Auctioneer, Melbourne

City prices are eye watering, and the phenomenon is spreading.  As people seize the chance to work from home, a stampede of buyers has sparked a property buying frenzy in regional Australia as well.

?Properties in Tasmania are literally selling within around about 48 hours.  I'd say that for every property that we sell, we could probably sell it 10 times over.?  Real estate agent

On paper, it?s made many homeowners across Australia millionaires.  In reality, it?s seen buyers mortgaged to the hilt, while others are priced out altogether.

?The great Australian dream has been about home ownership.  It's now become a lot of people's nightmare.?  Housing policy expert

On Monday, Four Corners tracks the property price boom that?s fuelling risky and irrational behaviour and investigates what is driving it.

?People are buying property sight unseen from another state. People are waiving their rights to finance?they're not doing building inspections?there's a lot of people taking a lot of risk.?  Buyer?s agent, Tasmania

For many people, the housing market has become unaffordable and it?s creating a generational divide.  Home ownership among those under the age of 45 has plunged to levels not seen since the 1950s.

?For my generation it means a lot less home ownership. I feel it's very unfair.?  Sydney home hunter

There?s a sense of despair and disillusionment from many who have worked and saved, only to see their dream slip out of sight.

?I did everything right. I did everything that every politician has ever told us to do... The situation's left me feeling completely defeated.?  Nurse, Tasmania

As the divide between the haves and have nots grows, housing experts warn there will be consequences.

?Housing has become, rather than a place of security where you raise a family, something that you seek to create wealth from and speculate on. So, that is a really big shift over the last 40 years.  And it's one that I don't think will serve the future well.?  Housing expert

Watch the video here: https://www.abc.net.au/4corners/four-corners--what%E2%80%99s-driving-australia%E2%80%99s-real-estate-frenzy/13612062
ozcopper said:
I'd say fear of missing out.

For sure that's a big factor.

But balancing that, I would have thought there'd be less money being loaned due to under / un employment, business closures, less business confidence ... . Obviously not.
I personally think a bit of realty investment contagion from China will be helping to dampen demand.
One of my Chinese students told me that only 4 units were settled last month in Shenzhen China. They normally do about 2000 units
Confidence in property in China has divefall.
I would like to buy a bugout property, but the prices for real estate in the middle of nowhere are very high!
ozcopper said:
I would like to buy a bugout property, but the prices for real estate in the middle of nowhere are very high!

I've noticed that too. People are understandably fleeing cities.
I dunno, but I hope it holds out a little long, I have inheritance coming and that's kind of based off the price of a property.