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Projections for when the housing market will bottom out

Paul Glossop

Experts have revised their forecasts in light of the federal election. Some are 80 per cent certain they have picked the bottom of the market. 

During a live Smart Property Investment webcast, managing director of BIS Oxford Economics, Robert Mellor, predicted with certainty that the Sydney and Melbourne market is likely to bottom out by the September quarter.

This follows similar projections by chief economist at AMP Capital, Shane Oliver.

There have been several sweeteners for budding buyers in recent weeks. First, the federal government announced plans to allow first home buyers to purchase property with just a 5 per cent deposit.

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APRA has also put it to lenders in Australia that they won’t need to assess loan serviceability based on an interest rate of 7 per cent.

However, for Mr Mellor, buyers are largely just waiting for the market to settle rather than being spurred on by other incentives.

“If prices bottom out in two to four months, investors sitting on the sideline, they will get in. They won’t need the government initiatives. If they see the data in two-three months, see the data is flattening, they will buy,” said Mr Mellor.

A similar sentiment around the property market recovering was echoed by founder and director of Pure Property Investment, Paul Glossop.

However, Mr Glossop stressed that cheaper and easier access to finance will open significant opportunity to budding property investors, particularly if the Reserve Bank cuts rates next weeks and the lenders follow suit.

“People with the same income are going to be able to afford 10 per cent more on property if the RBA passes on two cuts,” said Mr Glossop.

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Projections for when the housing market will bottom out
Paul Glossop
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