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Melbourne Land Sales Increase by 17 Per Cent

Improvements in buyer sentiment and increased borrowing power are stimulating the recovery of Melbourne’s land market with total lot sales increasing by 17 per cent to 3,185 for the December quarter.

According to Melbourne residential advisory agency RPM, the improvement across Melbourne land markets comes amid record low-interest rates coupled with government assistance schemes. This carries on the upswing in land sales recorded in RPM’s Q3 Residential Market Review.

The latest data from RPM reveals that Melbourne and Geelong’s new housing markets saw an eighth straight month of sales growth through to November, while December, a typically slower month, in fact, outperformed the monthly average.

“Rising values in the established market and moderating prices in the land market has reduced the land-price-to-house-price ratio, meaning buyers are seeing more value in a block of land or a house and land package rather than an existing house,” RPM head of communities Luke Kelly said.

“Buyers are seeing value in the land market given they can negotiate a well-priced larger lot, with developers keen to move returned titled stock and unsold lots.”

In Melbourne’s northern growth corridor, gross land sales climbed 16 per cent in the December quarter. Additionally, the western and southeast growth corridors recorded 14 per cent and 17 per cent increases respectively.

Also interestingly, the share of investors spiked by 37 per cent for December quarter 2019, substantially higher than the same time in 2018.