Property Investment NSW Update 2021

Here we explore the property market and key areas to understand the investment benefits that are available in getting you prepared to start investing in NSW.

Updated May 2021

Investing in the New South Wales property market can have many benefits, depending on what your goals are. As NSW is a large state with many different regions and lifestyles, it is likely that an area is right for your investment journey.

New South Wales Housing Market

Having Sydney as its capital city, it's no surprise that NSW has the most expensive housing market in Australia. Although the market saw a decline through 2020, Sydney’s housing prices ended the year with a median house price of $1 million in December 2020.1 Despite a decrease in Sydney’s house and unit prices throughout 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, these resilient markets have ended the year with a 1% increase for houses and no change for units compared to December 2019. 

Source: Median price (unstratified) and number of transfers (capital city and rest of state)

While Sydney’s housing market saw some downwards trends before it’s recovery in late 2020, Regional NSW performed strongly throughout the year with 10.2% and 6.9% increase in houses and units, respectively.2 These booms in the regional market can be attributed to coronavirus’ impact on the capital cities causing a trend towards regional migration for remote working and having a more affordable and spacious lifestyle. 

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New South Wales Economy and Infrastructure

Making up approximately a third of Australia’s economic output, NSW is the largest state economy in the country. Similar to other states in the country - and all over the world - NSW experienced significant economic challenges in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

While usually experiencing high levels of growth year on year, the 2019-20FY saw the first time in recorded history that the state experienced a decreasing Gross State Product (GSP) of 0.7%.3 In addition to a decrease in GSP, NSW experienced a 10-year peak in it’s unemployment rate of 7.2% in July 2020.4 

Source: https://www.treasury.nsw.gov.au/nsw-economy/nsw-economic-dashboard

Despite the impacts of coronavirus on the economy in the first half of 2020, towards the end of 2020 and early 2021, NSW has begun to show promising signs of recovery. Deloitte, in their economic outlook report5, have forecasted the State will achieve economic growth of 4.4% in 2021. Another promising figure that has emerged since COVID restrictions have continued to ease can be seen in the above graph as the unemployment rate has continued to decline since its peak in July 2020. As of January 2021, this downward trend has continued as the state recorded an unemployment rate of 6%.6

A major component of NSW’s economic recovery plan as a response to the effects of COVID-19, is the commitment of $100 billion over 4 years towards their infrastructure pipeline. This allocation in their budget is expected to drive employment growth by creating 88,000 jobs and contribute to the state’s overall economic growth.7 As a direct response to the pandemic, the Government has approved 49 projects to fast-track it’s economic recovery across the state. 

Key infrastructure projects include:

  • Sydney’s Tech Central

    $48.2 million in funding to facilitate 250,000 square metres of office space from Central Station to Camperdown for tech start-ups, scale-ups and innovation ecosystem partners.

  • Five regional Special Activation precincts

    $1 billion investment in Parkes, Wagga Wagga, Moree, Williamstown and the Snowy Mountains, to attract new investment and create thousands of new jobs in regional NSW.

  • Princes Highway upgrades

    $1.4 billion invested over 4 years for projects underway on the Princes Highway including the new Nowra Bridge, the Batemans Bay Bridge, Albion Park Rail Bypass and the Berry to Bomaderry Upgrade.

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Best Cities in New South Wales to Invest:

Sydney, the capital city of New South Wales, is known as the most expensive property market in Australia. Despite being such an expensive market to invest in, Sydney’s property market presents itself as an appealing location for property investors due to its strong growth rates. From December 2003-2020 the median house price in Sydney has grown by 48% from $520,000 to $1 million while units have seen just as significant with 47.35% growth in the same period.8 This historical performance in Sydney’s market makes it a great destination for long term investment.

Read our guide for more information on investing in Sydney here

 

The Central Coast is a region of NSW, located in between two of the state's prominent cities - Sydney and Newcastle. Known for its many beaches, quiet national parks and small coastal towns, the Central Coast has become a popular destination for investors and home buyers in NSW. As 2020 saw the increase in working from home culture, many Sydneysiders have looked at migrating to the Central Coast, creating a boost in property prices across multiple suburbs in the region and a strong rental market. The demand for the Central Coast can be evident in the vacancy rate dramatically dropping in 2020 from 2.7% in December 2019 to 0.7% in March 2021.9 

The growing demand for the lifestyle the Central Coast offers, makes now a great time to invest in it’s property market as it is experiencing high numbers of growth and strong demand.

Located 80km south of Sydney, Wollongong is a coastal city in the Illawarra region of NSW, known for its many beaches and as the gateway to the state’s south coast. Similar to the Central Coast, Wollongong has seen an increase in demand throughout 2020 due to the lifestyle and affordable housing it offers, while still being within close proximity to Sydney. With similar drops in its vacancy rate from 2.6% in December 2019 to 0.9% in March 2021.10 Wollongong’s rental market is becoming stronger, making now a great time to invest. 

New South Wales Investment Property Taxes

When buying an investment property in New South Wales there are some tax considerations that you will need to consider. In New South Wales, you will need to pay transfer (stamp) duty, within 3 months of signing a contract for sale or transfer, on any property that you purchase. You can use our handy calculator to understand more about stamp duty and how much you may need to pay here.

When owning an investment property in New South Wales, you may also need to pay land tax on the property. Land tax is payable if the total value of all your taxable land is above the land tax threshold. The threshold is updated every year and applies to land holdings you own on 31 December each year. You can find the full list of land tax thresholds on the State Revenue’s website here to understand what land tax may be applicable to you.

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