Interest Rates, Land Values to Increase Until 2009

Speaking about the residential market, analysts from property research house Charter Keck Cramer warned that land prices in estates in Melbourne’s suburbs were likely to increase over the next two years, as demand for vacant blocks started outstripping supply. They also warned that high taxes and government charges, which can equate to about a third of the total price a developer pays for land, was eating into developer profit margins – also adding to the case for higher prices.

In regard to the market for established homes, Charter Keck Cramer pointed to a discrepancy in the performance of the inner and middle suburbs, which are quite strong compared to the outer suburbs, which are "flat".

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Marc Pallisco

A freelance property analyst and journalist, Marc is a co-founder of realestatesource.com.au.

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