Australia_s property industry faces a downturn not seen in 30 years, and that means property developers should be taking measures now to protect themselves, warns a new report from Ernst and Young (EY) Australia. "Australia_s economic fundamentals are strong after 28 years of uninterrupted growth. The nation_s GDP growth currently sits at 3.4%, inflation at 2.1% and unemployment below 5.5%. Investment in infrastructure and dwellings remains high, supported by a large pipeline of work," EY says. "However, there are clear signs the residential market is slowing. "CoreLogic_s mid-September update finds house prices have fallen by 5.9% in Sydney and by 2.5% in Melbourne.
With home price falls in those cities now beginning to be mirrored in smaller housing markets, EY says the outlook for developers is uncertain, particularly at a time when lending standards have been strengthened compared to periods in the past. "Unlike previous downturns, interest rates look set to remain low. While we don_t envisage a crash, it has become much harder for homebuyers and developers to secure finance," said Richard Bowman, Real Estate Partner at EY Australia. "Such a scenario may deter existing and future investors from continuing to invest in these types of projects. Capital starvation will lead to distress and likely destruction of value on those projects," the report says.
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Whilst New South Wales and Victoria have been performing strongly in the last few years, Western Australia and Queensland were on the receiving end of a significant economic downturn and the property sector has not been immune. However, with both economies showing signs of life the property market has started to pick up and investors have been taking note. Similarly, Brisbane is experiencing a resurgence in the economy that is translating into positive movement in the property sector. Investors recognise that Brisbane_s outlook has turned more favourable than in recent times and that it represents good value for money compared to Sydney and Melbourne. This positive momentum isn_t limited to the office market as both the retail and industrial sectors in these cities are expected to see stronger investor demand as they rebound from sluggish years.
Figure 12 shows the expected five-year total returns across sectors for the major markets. Ostensibly returns presented may seem low, but we expect that in five years_ time yields will have softened. Figure 12 attempts to demonstrate that markets such as Sydney and Melbourne are approaching the very top of their respective cycles and any asset purchased now is not expected to perform as strongly as in recent years. Whilst news for the Sydney economy remains broadly positive, being a global gateway city it tends to be more adversely affected by global economic slowdowns. Moreover, rent growth tends to revert to long-term trends over time, and given that Sydney_s office rents have grown at an extraordinary rate over recent years, we expect some pullback when the demand/supply imbalance improves. Timing and location of any acquisition is crucial but so too is asset selection.
Adelaide industrial, for example, is expected to be one of the standout performers over the next five years as significant investment is poured into the defence sector and this trickles down into the local industrial economy. In recent times bricks and mortar retail has been under pressure due to reasons such as online retailing, increasing cost pressures and a decline in retail spending. However, this also represents significant opportunities for investors to acquire relatively inexpensive assets and reposition them. Neighbourhood shopping centres have been in hot demand and this is reflected in their pricing, and there have been limited buying opportunities. A potential headwind for property acquisitions in 2019 is the availability and cost of debt.
The _Big Four_ banks in Australia have been under increasing pressure to tighten up their lending practices across all property sectors, not just residential. As such they have been going down a deleveraging path and reducing their balance sheet exposure to property and also increasing the cost of borrowing for commercial real estate. Chart 13 illustrates the average best lending rate available and the average yield for commercial property in Sydney. The chart shows that property yields have been compressing for a number of years and so too has the cost of debt, but now that banks are increasing lending rates the spreads are converging, squeezing investor margins. Opportunistic _alternative_ lending sources are typically costlier than banks; however, in general there is little (if any) difference in margins from institutional lenders and banks. We expect in 2019 that banks_ share of lending within commercial property sectors will gradually decline but this won_t increase lending rates in addition to any further increases imposed by banks.
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