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3 tips for embarking on a tree or sea change

  • June 22 2020
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3 tips for embarking on a tree or sea change

By Grace Ormsby
June 22 2020

There’s been a steady surge in regional property markets since COVID-19 as Australians consider an escape to the city grind, but such a move doesn’t come without its pitfalls, according to a property expert.

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3 tips for embarking on a tree or sea change

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There’s been a steady surge in regional property markets since COVID-19 as Australians consider an escape to the city grind, but such a move doesn’t come without its pitfalls, according to a property expert.

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The Real Estate Buyers Agents Association (REBAA) has observed young families, relocating workers and retirees looking to optimise their superannuation savings are just some of the home buyers who are capitalising on the COVID-19 situation and choosing to opt for a regional move.

“For those who seek a sea change or tree change lifestyle, the appeal of some of our nation’s regions is enough to tempt many to opt out of city life and pursue a welcome change,” REBAA president Cate Bakos said.

In addition, “for investors who have witnessed some particularly strong regional city capital growth rates, the added bonus of (typically) stronger rental yields has presented an attractive option for those who favour a more balanced portfolio”, she stated.

But, Ms Bakos is warning would-be buyers of the importance of test-driving their decision – especially if they are unfamiliar with their target region.

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Here are her top tips for anyone consider a regional move:

  1. Don’t buy blind

One way change-seekers can go about this is by renting an Airbnb for a week or two.

Ms Bakos urged buyers to “be mindful that if you do have to commute to a major city for work, whether it be one day per week or five days per week, that you can tolerate the commute journey and all that goes with the extended travel time”.

  1. Keep your options open

In case the move doesn’t work, “make sure you buy something with resale ability just in case”, she said.

“Don’t buy a property that’s on a main road, or is too odd or quirky: Buy something that’s popular with the locals.”

  1. Ensure you can accommodate guests

“Assuming that friends and family will visit regularly is a common mistake”, according to the association president.

“One of the main reasons cited by these buyers why regional moves don’t work out is often because they miss family and friends too much,” she conceded.

It’s why Ms Bakos would caution aspirational home buyers who are targeting regional locations to be sure to buy a property that is able to accommodate visitors.

“Make sure you buy a property with an extra room or two so that guests can stay for the weekend or longer,” she advised.


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Grace is a journalist on Momentum Media's nestegg. She enjoys being able to provide easy to digest information and practical tips for Australians with regard to their wealth, as well as having a platform on which to engage leading experts and commentators and leverage their insight.

About the author

Grace is a journalist on Momentum Media's nestegg. She enjoys being able to provide easy to digest information and practical tips for Australians with regard to their wealth, as well as having a platform on which to engage leading experts and commentators and leverage their insight.

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