Finding the Best Investment in the Geelong Market

Lower stock levels, record low interest rates and strong population growth are creating an ideal environment for property investment in 2017. The latest property data has great news for investors who have their eyes on the Geelong property market, with affordability, low vacancy rates, good capital growth and strong returns across various suburbs in the area.

DEMAND FOR FAMILY-SIZED HOMES

Demand for space in Victoria has boosted the median house price of family-sized homes, with significant price growth recorded over the past year in regional areas like Geelong. New REIV data shows four-bedroom homes in regional Victoria experienced the highest annual growth of any property type, up 3.5 per cent over the year to a median of $445,000.

Three bedroom homes are also popular with buyers, up 1 per cent statewide to a median price of $315,000. East Geelong in particular experienced strong annual price growth for this property type, increasing 25 per cent to a median of $512,000. Investors can expect demand for spacious and affordable housing in suburbs around major hubs like Geelong continue to grow as more families search for an affordable place to live close to amenities.

BEST SUBURBS FOR INVESTMENT IN GEELONG

While investors can expect negative returns in central Geelong and along the coastal areas like Torquay, Barwon Heads, Point Lonsdale and Ocean Grove, property in eastern and northern suburbs as well as rural areas like Winchelsea and Inverleigh are performing well.

Geelong’s inner suburbs perform best for long-term investors due to their lower prices, proximity to the CBD and established infrastructure. Belmont and East Geelong are the biggest growth suburbs in Geelong, but interest in the northern suburbs is growing because of cheaper property. Investors can snap up affordable properties in high growth areas such as Corio and Breakwater which have low median house prices and high rental yields.

The top 10 performing suburbs for return on investment in the Greater Geelong property market over the past 12 months:

  • Breakwater
    annual growth – 3.1 per cent
    median price – $291,000
    median rent – $305 per week
    rental yield – 5.4 per cent
    rental demand – high
    cash flow – $341 per month
  • Wandana Heights
    annual growth – 0.2%
    median price – $585,000
    median rent – $530 per week
    rental yield – 4.7 per cent
    rental demand – average
    cash flow – $328 per month
  • St Albans Park
    annual growth – 0.8 per cent
    median price – $326,000
    median rent – $325 per week
    rental yield – 5.2 per cent
    rental demand – average
    cash flow – $310 per month
  • Marshall
    annual growth – 5.6 per cent
    median price – $398,000
    median rent – $380 per week
    rental yield – 5 per cent
    rental demand – average
    cash flow – $309 per month
  • Winchelsea
    annual growth – 2.6 per cent
    median price – $295,000
    median rent – $300 per week
    rental yield – 5.3 per cent
    rental demand – average
    cash flow – $307 per month
  • Whittington
    annual growth – 1.8 per cent
    median price – $279,000
    median rent – $285 per week
    rental yield – 5.3 per cent
    rental demand – average
    cash flow – $296 per month

 

  • Corio
    annual growth – 1.7 per cent
    median price – $250,000
    median rent – $260 per week
    rental yield – 5.4 per cent
    rental demand – average
    cash flow – $285 per month

 

  • Thompson
    annual growth – 1.8 per cent
    median price – $308,000
    median rent – $200 per week
    rental yield – 5.1 per cent
    rental demand – high
    cash flow – $263 per month
  • Newcomb
    annual growth 2.7 per cent
    median price – $310,000
    median rent – $300 per week
    rental yield – 5 per cent
    rental demand – average
    cash flow – $256 per month
  • North Geelong
    annual growth – 2.8 per cent
    median price – $333,000
    median rent – $316 per week
    rental yield – 4.9 per cent
    rental demand – high
    cash flow – $250 per month

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