Migrants placing locals out of property market

Interesting article I have read which states that migrants from overseas are pricing the locals out of the property market. According to my personal research and contacts in regards to this topic, it seems not to be such a crazy thought and it could be happening regularly. I have personally come across cases where rich migrants have outbid others on properties in the $1.3m plus price range. However in the median city property price ranges ($400k- $550k) it probably happens in fewer cases.

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When talking to first home buyers I have found all of them very price conscious and no one wants to pay $1 more than they have to and just about everyone is on a very tight budget.

I will be writing a very insightful article on where the overseas migrants are likely to buy their property in Australia. It will be a very interesting read for property investors or people researching about starting to invest in property.

Anyway more on that later, read the full article below:

Australian families are being priced out of the property market by record numbers of highly paid skilled workers arriving from overseas, according to news.com.au.

Research by The Sunday Telegraph has revealed for the first time how skilled immigrants – predominantly from Britain, India and China – are forcing house prices to some of the highest levels in the world when compared with average incomes.

Almost 115,000 permanent skilled visas were issued last year, compared with just over 40,000 in 1998-99 – an increase of 187%. .

During the same period, the median house price rose 168% – from $156,600 to $420,600.

Although the number of migrants is relatively low compared with total property transactions – which have averaged 500,000 a year over the past 10 years – experts say property-price inflation is driven not by what the average buyer can afford to pay, but by the highest bidder.

And because skilled migrants command above-average salaries, they pay above-average prices.

As a result, a relatively small number of highly paid buyers can have a disproportionate effect on house prices.

“There’s no question the number of skilled migrants is a key factor in driving up prices,” John Edwards, of property monitor Residex, said.

“You need only two highly paid buyers at an auction to take the price of a property well above what any other party could afford to pay.”

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