Announcing New HtAG® Team Member

We have seen a couple of very good years at HtAG. The organization has experienced substantial growth — we have gone from 200 subscribers in 2018 to an excess of 1,700 this year. There are many new features in the pipeline and we are also looking at expanding internationally, bringing data science to property investors in New Zealand and Asia.

On that note, we are ecstatic to announce that Vedran Maric has been appointed to the role of Head of Finance and will be joining the HtAG board of directors. Mr. Maric has spent the last 11 years with Citibank Australia undertaking a variety of senior roles.

What is the impact of COVID-19 on the Australian real estate market?

In recent weeks several leading real estate bodies published detailed assessments of the COVID-19 impact on the Australian property market. The consensus is that, although the sales activity has significantly decreased, it is too early to conclude whether the property prices have been impacted. Based on current data, median prices remain steady despite the restrictions imposed on the real estate industry and the general recessional trends in the economy.

In this article, we will take a close look at the latest sales data in major Australian capital cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra. We will establish the market trends before the spread of the pandemic early in the year and compare them to values reported in March, April and early May. These 3 months signify the introduction and subsequent easing of COVID-19 restrictions throughout the country. Therefore analysis of property market data during this period, will provide us with a valuable insight into the impact of the pandemic on the Australian real estate market…

Buying properties “below market value”?

This notion has always been the gold nugget of property investing. What it essentially means is that one realizes profit or capital gain upon purchasing the property because the value for which it was acquired was less than what the property is ‘actually’ worth.

However, the term is a little obscure because the real or ‘true’ market value of a property is realized upon the sale of that property; essentially we do not know how much a property is worth and what its ‘market value’ is before it is sold.

This means that buying ‘below market value’ is more a matter of opinion than it is a matter of fact—that fact that a property sold for less than it is worth cannot be objectively determined as one has no avenue of knowing and subsequently having a widespread consensus on the plausibility of the two figures (i.e. the actual worth of a property and the selling price).

In response to the above, at HtAG, we offer a little bit of a different take on the buying below market value notion. Firstly, by focusing on real time data used in highlighting investment quality of suburbs, one deals with what has been one of the major issues with the property advisory sector, namely the gaps in the subjective opinion of advisers and the advice given on the back of conflicting interests…

HtAG Feature Plan for 2020 and Beyond

Our mission is to provide pertinent and accurate property investment data easily accessible to everyone irrespective of their property investment experience, professional background, and/or financial backing.

For this reason, we strive to think of innovative ways to present and arrange property data so that it provides more insight to our clients and assists them in making informed investment decisions. We endeavour to highlight a ‘new fond’ meaningfulness in different property data sets that were previously considered as either irrelevant or insignificant (or not significant enough).

To this end, our business modus vivendi is to arrange, organise and present data in different ways not only to highlight the potential of suburbs and LGAs but, more importantly, to provide a more attuned ‘lens’ for perceiving and understanding current and future market dynamics…

Best Tools for Estimating your Home’s Value

The ability to appropriately estimate the value of your home can help you with determining if your investment has appreciated in value. You can use that information to inform your decision on whether to sell now or wait. If you plan to keep the property as a rental, its estimated value can also assist in calculating how much to rent it for.

The HtAG® Service Promise

The need for HtAG arose in response to the complexity of the property investment space as well as barriers to entry for obtaining accurate and valuable information about the property market’s movements. Australian property market is comprised of a plethora of submarkets, each with its own patterns and trajectories sometimes moving to different ‘beats’ and in different directions. Organising information to compare the investment potential of these numerous submarkets is more often than not a lengthy and costly process requiring a team of professionals.