The Governments’ incentives to drive activity and growth in the property sector have been highly effective in achieving the desired outcomes. As a result, developers are calving through land stock to keep up with demand and builders are facing the pressure of delivering across the entire supply chain. So, is it time to look for a more sustainable and enduring model?
Boutique land developer, Monument, is facing the challenge of keeping up with demand more than most. The company specialises in high demand and limited supply land-sites located close to city in established areas– the likes of which will generally attract more attention to the buyer market.
Following consecutive government announcements to introduce a series of home building grants, the company was quick to experience a huge spike in interest and sales.
However, while the stimulus packages have been warmly welcomed by the sector, Mr John Wroth, Director of Monument parent company, M/Group, says it is time for the Government and industry to take stock and focus on a plan that supports the sustainable growth of the property sector.
“There has been an enormous response to the grants and incentives, and many land developers are running low of stock to meet the new demand. On the face of it, this is not a bad problem to have, although the pressure is now on to increase land production and deliver on home builds without impacting the cost to the buyer,“ he said.
“As developers fast-track new land stages, the question needs to be asked, what happens when the incentives slow down.”
Monument has recorded over 40 sales across its three boutique estates in the last month and has seen an increasing reliance on banks to speed up processing timeframes to meet the deadline driven requirements of grants. There are also fears that a pending lack of supply will create an imbalance in the market as the industry aggressively works to keep up with demand.
Mr Wroth believes the company’s predicament in achieving high sales volumes is not isolated and there could be risks associated with incentives being removed swiftly and without consideration of the impacts.
“The State and Federal Governments should be commended for acting quickly and decisively to stimulate the property sector. It is now critical for government and industry alike to consider the consequences of what happens next and what the impact will be on a sector that is so important to maintaining a buoyant economy,” he continued.
“There is an abundance of opportunities that could help to maintain the steady growth of the sector, including the slow pulling back of incentives, or even a capped program that is reoffered annually. The idea would be to continue the great work of government and maintain the growth of the sector in a measured and continuing way.
“This issue sits way beyond achieving good sales targets. It is something that will impact everybody.”
For more information visit www.landbymonument.com.au.
It’s a Race to Get the Best Sites at the Right Price
4 July 2020
The Governments’ incentives have created a flurry of buyer interest with Perth’s best homesites …
The Governments’ incentives have created a flurry of buyer interest with Perth’s best homesites being snapped up at pre-Covid-19 prices. However, as demand increases and stock dries up, buyers need to be aware of inevitable price increases that are likely to create an impact across the entire home building supply chain.
Since a consecutive string of government announcements introduced home building incentives to stimulate the economy, Perth developers have been working tirelessly to meet new demand from people wanting to take advantage of the incredible savings.
Of course, the best and most well-located homesites are attracting most of the attention.
Boutique land developer, Monument, is experiencing this more than most. The company specialises in boutique, high demand and limited supply land-sites located close to city in established areas.
In the past month, Monument has sold over 40 homesites across its three estates, and its sales consultants are taking new enquiries on a daily basis.
Mr John Wroth, Director of Monument parent company, M/Group, says while this seems like a good problem to have, buyers need to act fast in order to secure their home and land package before the industry responds to the increased demand.
“The response to the government incentives has been enormous, but the reality is that many developers had been running according to a measured release plan of land stock prior to the announcements, so the best available lots are now simply walking out the door,” he said.
“The process of new approvals is arduous and timely and in the case of boutique developments such as ours, there is only a limited amount of land we have available. While we have no intention of increasing our land prices, other companies will find it hard to avoid the pressure for builders to meet demand through their supply chain is likely to impact building costs.”
“It is imperative that buyers recognise the extraordinary buying conditions and ensure they are finance-ready to act fast in securing the best possible land package for their new home.”
Here are some tips to help you secure the best lots on the market.
- Bigger is often seen as better!
Larger lots continue to prove the most sought after and, as such, are often in short supply. While it may be easier to secure larger lots in the outer suburbs, value is always going to be on location so do your homework and buy wisely.
- Be on the front foot with frontages
Home frontages of 15m or more are rare and popular. They often have a wait list of multiple offers in place, so it is prudent to get in fast and secure one as early as possible.
- Be finance ready
Make sure you have your finance pre-approved and speak to your mortgage broker or bank before making the commitment to buy a lot. Being prepare not only gives you the buying power to secure the lot you want quickly, it also means you won’t miss out.
- Secure your building contract now
It is unlikely that Perth will experience better building conditions any time soon, particularly with incentives that could save up to almost $70k on a house and land package. It is therefore important to recognise that the cost of building a home is currently based on pre-Covid-19 prices and builders are only able to commit to these prices if you sign quickly.
- Location is everything
Don’t be bedazzled by low prices in large outer-suburb estates. Your money will work harder and your home will be valued higher in the long-term if your land is surrounded by established infrastructure. You’ll also have the benefit of not having wait years for it to arrive.
- Don’t settle for second best
Monument offers a range of homesites across three well-located environments at various stages of development.
Atop in Beeliar is currently selling elevated, ocean view and park side lots in Stage 2 and 3 from $304,000, with Stage 4 scheduled for release and ready for titles by November. This stage will offer ocean view lots from $298,000.
The Wedge in Wellard North incorporates a community park, playground and walk trails, and is surrounded by the natural bushland of Bulrush Nature Reserve. It has sold out of Stage 1, and will have titles in place for Stage 2 in October. Lots are available from 375sq.m to 537sq.m with prices starting from $174,000.
Finally, the company’s inaugural land estate, Hamelin Park in Secret Harbour. It is just three-minutes from the beach and only has six lots left, which are priced from $194,000.
All Monument land estates are designed to impress and are located in well-established suburbs with shops, good schools, public transport and employment at your doorstep.
For more information visit www.landbymonument.com.au
Government Grants a Welcome Injection for Land Buyers
20 June 2020
Government incentives to buy land and build new homes has sent demand for land skyrocketing, …
Government incentives to buy land and build new homes has sent demand for land skyrocketing, according to Perth land developers.
“We are only weeks in from the state and federal governments’ stimulus announcement and the response has been significant,” Monument parent company M/Group Director John Wroth said. “So much so, that we expect to sell our current stock across all projects within a month.
“This is absolutely monumental. People are quickly responding to the prospect of up to almost $70,000 in incentives. Those who previously could only budget for outer-fringe areas might now be able to afford the more desirable land close to the city such as Beeliar, Piara Waters and Treeby.”
“However, this is a finite window of opportunity and I would strongly encourage anyone looking to get a foothold in the more sought-after areas to act quickly before prices adjust to demand.”
Cuttone Property Group Managing Director Phil Cuttone has also witnessed a significant growth in interest.
“We are seeing a significant spike in sales with most developers having to now consider constructing more lots to bring on new stock as quickly as possible before the December 31 grants deadline,” he said.
“The next three to four months should see titled stock being depleted across all urban areas around Perth, especially in affordable first homebuyer areas.”
“Lifestyle areas such as North Dandalup and West Pinjarra are also benefiting from land uptake where a significant increase of sales is evident.”
While this current period may be welcomed by developers, the future of the land market is dependent on a number of factors, from employment and migration growth to affordability, according to Mr Cuttone.
“Once we can look beyond the COVID-19 implications, the outlook may be positive in Western Australia compared to the eastern states, where the land prices have been at artificial highs compared to Perth which has experienced the opposite,” he said.
“I have an optimistic view of the recovery in the Perth land market for the future, anticipating that land prices will be steady for the next few years after the end of the grants, given that there is an oversupply of affordable land coming onto the market in the future.”
Mr Wroth said while land stock was being quickly bought up, buyers were spoilt for choice.
“Land buyers are certainly not starved for choice with four corridors of development and some very attractive infill land sites on the table,” he said.
“The market shake-up could have some impact on zoning, with some high-density zoned sites possibly changing to direct land subdivision.”
“However, this will all be dependent on the state and federal governments’ ability to maintain demand and stimulate the economy through the job creation, migration and improved relations with our South East Asian neighbours.”
“It is important to recognise that the property market is strong aligned to a good economy.”
The land market has been performing well recently, according to REIWA data witnessing 5049 sales for the year to March 2020, with a median price of $248,000 and 5.1 per cent change in prices for the year.
Piara Waters and Baldivis we two hotspots for land sales, witnessing 201 and 192 sales, respectively.
While the average days on the market for the land was 60, some areas like Bedford and Kinglsey witness an average of 299 and 329 days on the market, respectively.
Most areas of Perth have seen price increases, with Perth south eat witnessing a 7.1 per cent increase for the year, while the inner suburbs or Perth suffered and 10.1 per cent decrease.
Excerpt from The West Australian Property Report, 20 June 2020
Not All Land Estates Are The Same
20 June 2020
How to make your Government incentives work harder for you It’s an exciting time for land …
How to make your Government incentives work harder for you
It’s an exciting time for land buyers! Government incentives have made it the most affordable time to build your own home in over a decade, and land options are plentiful across all four corridors of Perth’s metropolitan areas.
But before you dive into making the dream of building your own home a reality, it’s important to consider the long term value prospects of this extremely rare opportunity.
According to Mr John Wroth, Director of Monument parent company M/Group, your choice of estate today could have a massive impact on how much the home delivers in the future.
“These are unprecedented times for those looking to build their own home. The Government incentives could effectively save up to $70k on a house and land package, and we are already experiencing the thrust of buyers wanting to take advantage of the opportunities,” he said.
“However, not all land estates are the same and there are clear indicators that you can look for in an estate now that will give you a higher return when you’re ready to sell in the future.”
Here’s how you can increase the value of your Government incentives.
Stay close to the action
Homes in the inner suburbs of the city will invariably attract higher values than those on the fringes.
Equally, as the population grows and subdivisions expand, the inner suburbs will become more sought-after due to the limited supply of land availability.
People will always want to live closer to the action, and the closer you are, the higher the price you will achieve.
Look for good amenity
Being close to shopping centres, schools, transport and community infrastructure, such as parks and walking trails, will always add value to a home.
Today, some developers are investing a great deal into high-quality amenity and facilities that not only attract a thriving community but also gives residents a broader lifestyle experience that extends beyond their four walls.
Find something special
If an estate stands out for you now, chances are the future buyer of your home will feel the same.
Take notice of carefully considered features within an environment that help to create an important point of difference. This could be the deciding factor between your home and another when someone is considering a purchase.
Also make sure the estate isn’t too large. An over-supply of similar stock will increase the competition when your home hits the market.
Fastrack your investment potential
It’s easy to be swept away by the potential of an estate, but how long will it take to get the promised amenity.
Most estates progress in line with the number of lots sold, which means earmarked shopping centres and schools may be pushed out longer than you anticipate depending on market factors.
Ideally, find a location with established infrastructure. This will not only give you immediate access to the benefits the amenity provides, but also the assurance that your home ‘package’ is ready for sale when you choose to hand it over.
Not all estates are the same. Monument is a boutique land developer that offers infill land sites within established areas. It prides itself on delivering a well-considered development design that introduces something unique and special into the marketplace – enhancing future resale or rental prospects.
“Monument tries to tick all the boxes in terms of maintaining and improving property values for its owners. We design our estates around the environment’s natural topography, materials, rocks, trees and other plant life and we are always looking for ways to weave creativity and interest throughout our developments,” Mr Wroth continued.
“Our estates continue to attract a great deal of attention and it’s an added bonus to us that we can future-proof our buyers’ investment.”
Monument’s current land portfolio includes The Wedge in Wellard North, Atop in Beeliar and Hamelin Park in the coastal community of Secret Harbour with other opportunities coming on board in the near future.
For more information visit www.landbymonument.com.au.
The Wedge Wellard | Land by Monument | Progress Update | April 2020
7 April 2020
Construction on Stage 2 is underway and houses in Stage 1 are already being built ready for new …
Construction on Stage 2 is underway and houses in Stage 1 are already being built ready for new residents to move in.
Find out more about The Wedge visit www.thewedgewellard.com.au/
Atop Beeliar | Stage 2 Construction Update | April 2020
7 April 2020
Construction works are finalised on Stage 2 at Atop Beeliar with progress occurring on Stage 3 …
Construction works are finalised on Stage 2 at Atop Beeliar with progress occurring on Stage 3 ready for release.
For more information visit www.atopbeeliar.com.au
Titles Arrive for Large Lot Wellard Estate
25 November 2019
Titles have been issued for the first tranche of oversized homesites located at the new-concept …
Titles have been issued for the first tranche of oversized homesites located at the new-concept boutique estate, The Wedge. The event signals the completion of Stage 1, which already has some 30% of available land sold.
The Wedge is located on one of the last development sites within the sought-after Wellard North community. Homesites have been designed in response to a recognised family preference for larger land, with lot sizes ranging between 350sq.m and 475sq.m
Developer Mr John Wroth, Director of Monument parent company M/Group, said he is looking forward to heightened activity within the estate now that the land is ‘build-ready’. He said, being A-Class titled land with no bushfire conditions, owners will have the flexibility to select from a broad range of home styles and designs.
“There is no question that we successfully acquired a very special piece of land to work with at The Wedge. True to its name, the site is ‘wedged’ within one of the most sought after areas in the region. It is surrounded by the stunning Bulrush Nature Reserve, which is protected land that will continue to provide a natural shelter and lush green backdrop,” he said.
“Once in the estate, however, we are beginning to see a glimpse of the character and lifestyle features planned for the site. This includes large lot sizes based on market feedback, children’s playground and pump-track, walkways and ample public space. Together with the proximity to impressive community amenity, there is little wonder that the initial land release attracted so much momentum.”
The Wedge is located between the freeway and the ocean and is close to public transport, medical facilities, schools, shopping and just 30 minutes to Perth CBD.
It is being developed to a company philosophy that seeks to introduce a sense of distinction and character to an environment through considered design and special features. Such an approach is in keeping with the broader M/Group values and has already been highly successful at sister developments in Secret Harbour and Beeliar.
“As soon as you approach the entry statement at The Wedge, it is quite obvious that this is not a typical land estate,” Mr Wroth continued.
“We look beyond the standard ‘cookie-cutter’ environment to create a new style of estate that really sets it apart from the rest. This approach has now been successful across three consecutive estates and we are thrilled the market is responding positively.”
The Wedge is located on Bertram Road, Wellard North and Stage 1 homesites start from $174,000.
For more information visit www.thewedgewellard.com.au or contact Damyn Strang 0434 070 654.