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A property under $500k in Australia? – It’s still possible!

15 Jun, 2022

A property under $500k in Australia? – It’s still possible!

The median property price across Australia currently stands at $752,507, according to CoreLogic’s Home Value Index Released 1 June 2022

Sydney’s median price is $1,120,836, Melbourne’s is $806,196, and Canberra – currently the country’s second-most expensive city to buy a home – increased by 23.5 per cent annually to a median price of $940,026.

Source: CoreLogic

Even though the national housing markets lost more steam in May as a combination of higher interest rates and rising inventory levels, housing affordability remains to be the biggest problem for most home buyers.

“Housing has been getting more unaffordable, households have become increasingly sensitive to higher interest rates as debt levels increased, savings have reduced and lending conditions have tightened,” CoreLogic’s Research Director Tim Lawless said

However, there is still a chance to find the perfect property at the perfect price. Despite the high median house price, there are a few suburbs in highly populated cities across Australia, such as Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, which currently offer property under the half-a million mark.

Finding an affordable property will require lots of research. But don’t worry because we’ve already done the hard part for you!

Sydney

Not far from the CBD, there are still some “hidden gems” on offer. Sydney has some amazing properties for sale that don’t compromise on accessibility or amenities.

Granville NSW 

Granville is a safe, family-oriented neighbourhood located about 5 minutes from Parramatta and 35 min from the CBD.

It is one of the most undervalued suburbs in Greater Sydney and is central to everything. Walk or cycle to work or university – Parramatta Business Precinct, the University of Western Sydney and Sydney Olympic Park are all within a 10-minute radius.

Supermarkets, cafes, specialty stores and parks are located all around, and the neighbourhood is one of the fastest developing suburbs in the Western Sydney Region. 

Brand new and high-quality apartments in Granville are still very much affordable to purchase.

Schofields NSW 

Schofields, located 40 minutes North West of Sydney’s CBD, is a suburb that is booming with the local economy and the expanding commercial and employment centres of Norwest Business Park, Macquarie Park, North Ryde and Sydney Olympic Park.

Thanks to the abundance of new road and rail networks, residents at Schofields will take pleasure in travelling in whichever direction they desire. Whether it be west on a Blue Mountains adventure, north to Hawkesbury waterside activities, south to a crisp Southern Highlands getaway, or bound for a city commute, this central location allows easy access to all.

Plus, with nearby cafés, restaurants, shopping and golf courses, everything for your new lifestyle is here.

Merrylands NSW 

Merrylands holds a prime position in one of Sydney’s fastest-growing regions. Direct access to a range of transport options seamlessly connects you with Sydney CBD, numerous employment hubs, as well as the new Western Sydney International Airport due in 2026. The full-service airport will create thousands of jobs and opportunities which in turn will grow the local economy, providing a safe and smart investment environment.

Additionally, the Cumberland City region and surrounds is scheduled to receive over $4 billion dollars’ worth of government infrastructure investment over the next decade. This will bring even greater growth to already well-connected suburbs like Merrylands.

Fairfield NSW 

(Image: Evo Fairfield [prices start $375,00])

Fairfield is one of the fastest developing suburbs in Western Sydney and is a good option for investors and home-buyers alike. It is also home to a wide range of properties that are affordable and luxurious, that offer access to a colourful local culinary scene and proximity to leisure and business precincts.

Ease, convenience and vitality are key in Fairfield, where everything you need to make life enjoyable lies within walking distance, from transport, shopping, dining and entertainment to recreation and education. In just 15 minutes, you will be in Parramatta CBD or the major commercial centre of Liverpool.

With affordable prices & a transforming town centre, Fairfield presents a highly desirable place to live or invest. 

Canberra

Canberra’s got a great set of options available so there is guaranteed to be something at the right price! 

In comparison to Sydney and Melbourne, Canberra’s unit market performs consistently well, despite significantly lower median house prices. The ACT is an excellent place to invest because of its low median prices and rapid growth.

Gungahlin ACT 

Gungahlin is one of the biggest districts in the ACT and North Canberra’s most desired suburbs. Quickly gained the reputation as one of North Canberra’s most desired suburbs, Gungahlin is home to a diverse array of eateries, clubs and cafes.

Located only 15 kilometres from the Canberra CBD, Gungahlin is close to nature, the city and the Airport.  Home to stage 1 of Canberra’s new light rail network on Hibberson St, Gungahlin residents can easily get into and around Canberra. 

With close access to the CBD and a new light rail network, Gungahlin is obviously the place to be. 

Woden ACT 

With over $2 billion of planned infrastructure investment, Woden Valley, a vibrant suburb in the heart of Canberra, is in the midst of a ground-breaking transformation! Located just 10 minutes drive from the city centre, Woden is a new vibrant urban precinct and a golden opportunity to invest.

From exquisite dining & nightlife to exploring the hiking & running trails at Isaacs Ridge Nature Reserve, Woden has something for everyone. Residences are also surrounded by a wide range of stores, supermarkets, restaurants, health and wellness providers, small businesses, and more.

Woden is one of the most desired suburbs in Canberra to keep an eye out for. 

Melbourne

Like Sydney, Melbourne has affordable housing options. However, the city is considered to be more inexpensive than Sydney and has an excellent transportation system to get around wherever you need to be!

Carlton VIC

In Carlton, everything is at your doorstep! This iconic structure is in an ideal location. The city’s top universities, state libraries, marketplaces, and stores are all within a reasonable distance.

Moreover, Tram stops are situated in convenient locations to help you tour the city’s sights.

Parkville VIC

Parkville is an inner-city suburb of Melbourne, located only 3 km north of Melbourne’s CBD.

Residents enjoy a peaceful suburban lifestyle while staying close to the electric nightlife, culture, and entertainment options of the big city. It is also home to some of the largest hospitals in Melbourne, including The Royal Melbourne and Royal Children’s hospitals. 

All of this, plus the convenience of being close to the Melbourne University, the historic Melbourne Zoo, and the famed Royal Park Golf Course, Parkville is ideal for inner-city living.

North Melbourne

North Melbourne, a colourful & vibrant community 2km from the Melbourne CBD,  is renowned for its beautiful mix of old and modern architecture which provides the most surreal harmony between old and new. It is home to commercial, industrial, retail, and culinary surprises at every corner.

It is also home to the Royal Park precinct – Melbourne’s largest inner-city park and The Arts House, a thriving art space for all to appreciate!

North Melbourne offers great access to the best that Melbourne has to offer and is one of the hottest residential areas out there.

Living in some of the world’s most liveable cities does come with a hefty price tag. However, we hope that by reading this article, you don’t have to compromise on your needs and wants in order to secure a property that is comparatively inexpensive and will deliver everything you need and more!

To learn more about properties that are BOTH affordable and high quality, Contact us below and download our FREE ebook to help get you started in your next real estate endeavour.

AUSTRALIA PRIVACY STATEMENT

Last updated: August 2020

INTRODUCTION

St Trinity Property Group and its affiliated entities, representatives, agents and related companies (collectively referred to as ST TRINITY PROPERTY GROUP) respect the privacy and security of your Personal Information, as defined below, and comply with the requirements of the Australian Privacy Principles under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).

This Privacy Policy explains in general terms how St Trinity Property Group handles your Personal Information. However, it does not apply to St Trinity Property Group’s employee records to the extent they are handled by any of our companies that is or was the employer of that employee in relation to the employee’s current or former employment. Such employee records are generally exempt from the Act and will be dealt with as permitted by law.

You may be able to deal with us without identifying yourself (i.e. anonymously or by using a pseudonym) in certain circumstances. If you wish to do so, please contact us to find out if this is practicable in your circumstances. However, if you do not provide us with the Personal Information we have requested, we may not be able to complete or fulfil the purpose for which we collect the information, including providing our services. By visiting our websites, using any of our services or otherwise providing us with your Personal Information (or authorising it to be provided to us by someone else), you agree to your Personal Information being collected and handled as set out in this Privacy Policy.

WHAT PERSONAL INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT AND HOLD?

Under the Act Personal Information is defined as information or an opinion about an identified individual, or an individual that is reasonably identifiable, in whatever form and regardless of whether it is true or not (Personal Information). The Act also defines a subset of Personal Information as sensitive information (for example health records, racial or ethnic origin, religious beliefs, criminal records).

The types of Personal Information we collect and hold will depend on the circumstances of collection and on the type of service we are providing. For example, when we are engaged to sell a property, we may collect and hold Personal Information from both the seller and potential buyers such as name, address, email address, telephone numbers, employment details and details about their business.

We may also collect and hold certain sensitive information that is reasonably necessary for the provision of our services, including health and criminal records. If you provide us with any sensitive information, you consent to us collecting that information and handling it in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

HOW WE COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION

We may collect Personal Information about you directly when you deal with us over the telephone, send us correspondence (whether by letter, fax or email), have contact with us in person, visit our websites or complete hard copy or online forms.

There are also circumstances where we may collect Personal Information about you from someone else. For example, from:
• Market research companies contracted by us to obtain information so that we may improve and market our services;
• Your employer;
• Other agents and valuers who may be involved in the services we provide;
• Property developers who contract us to market properties;
• Publicly available information and databases;
• Any of the companies within the St Trinity Property Group (both local and overseas);
• and Anyone you have authorised to deal with us on your behalf.

We also automatically collect certain information when you visit our websites or our subscribers receive promotional emails from us via cookies and other tracking technology (such as web beacons), some of which may be capable of personally identifying you. Such information includes the type of browser and operating system you are using, your IP address and how you use our websites.
Depending on the type of service you or our customers have requested, we may also seek to collect information about someone else from you (for example, contact details of your solicitor, emergency contact person or tenant). However, you must not provide us with Personal Information about another person unless you have clear consent from that person to do so, told them that their Personal Information will be handled in accordance with this Privacy Policy and directed them to where they can find it.
Regardless of how it is collected, we handle Personal Information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

WHY WE COLLECT, HOLD AND USE PERSONAL INFORMATION

We generally collect, hold and use your Personal Information for the purposes for which it is provided to us (which will usually be obvious at the time of collection), related purposes or as permitted or required by law. Such purposes may include:
• Acting as agent for vendors or purchasers in relation to the sale of a property;
• Acting as agent for owners or tenants in relation to the leasing and or valuation of a property;
• Project management services;
• Structured advisory services;
• Town planning services;
• Capital allowances services and other consulting services in relation to the property market;
• Administration of our business, such as collection of overdue commissions or outstanding fees;
• Responding to client enquiries and communicating with you from time to time to maintain contact and keep you updated on the services you have requested;
• Forecasting future needs of our services and general quality assurance and training purposes;
• Engaging in legal proceedings and/or enforcing judgments and/or orders;
• Complying with the applicable legal or regulatory requirements and/or orders of competent authorities;
• Providing you with promotional and marketing information, including market research reports, newsletters, event invitations and/or property market information relating to our products and services which we think may be of interest to you; and Any other purpose identified at the time of collecting your Personal Information.

We generally use information automatically collected by cookies and other tracking technology to identify you as a valid user, ensure that no one else can sign on simultaneously with your account from another computer and help us serve you better based on your registration preferences. We may also use cookies to help us facilitate any promotions or surveys that we provide. Third parties whose products or services are accessible on our websites may also use cookies, and we advise you to check their privacy policies for information about their cookies and other privacy practices.

DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

We may disclose your Personal Information to third parties as may be necessary for any of the purposes stated in the above section. Such third parties generally include:
Our third party providers, contractors, consultants, agents and/or representatives (such as law firms, banks, financial institutions, insurers, IT providers, mortgage referral services providers and/or wealth management services providers) who provide services to us or on our behalf, including to:
• Conduct valuations;
• Assist with obtaining payment from creditors;
• Operate data centres;
• Conduct market research;
• Provide advice;
• Potential buyers, tenants, conjunctional real estate agents and brokers for the purpose for which the information was collected or for related purposes (for example to complete a transaction on your behalf or provide you with a service that you requested); Anyone you have authorised to deal with us on your behalf;
• Any of the companies within the St Trinity Property Group and their related companies; Government authorities, regulatory bodies, law enforcement agencies, courts, tribunals and/or parties to the legal proceedings where you have consented to this or we are required or authorised to do so by law;
• Debt collection agencies; and/or Any other third parties identified at the time of collection of your Personal Information.

DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION OVERSEAS

Some of the third parties listed above to whom we may disclose your Personal Information are located overseas. For example:
Our information technology and business process service providers that are located in countries including (but not limited to) the Indonesia, India and Philippines; and Our overseas clients that are located in the same countries as the companies within the St Trinity Property Group.
Our contracts with these parties generally include an obligation for them to comply with Australian privacy law and this Privacy Policy.
However you acknowledge that, by agreeing to the disclosure of your Personal Information to these entities outside of Australia, we will no longer be required to take reasonable steps to ensure the overseas recipient’s compliance with the Australian privacy law in relation to your Personal Information and we will not be liable to you for any breach of the Australian privacy law by these overseas recipients. On this basis, you consent to such disclosure.

ACCESS, UPDATE AND CORRECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

We take reasonable steps to ensure that the Personal Information we hold about you is accurate, complete and up-to-date. However, we also rely on you to advise us of any changes to your Personal Information. If you are able to access your Personal Information by logging on to an account you have with us, it is your responsibility to ensure your information is accurate, complete, relevant and up-to-date.
On request we will provide you with access to the Personal Information we hold about you, including for the purpose of correcting or updating that information, unless otherwise required or permitted by law.
There is no charge for making the request or giving the access to your Personal Information. We will deal with your request within a reasonable period after the request is made.
If we refuse to provide you with access we will provide you with a written notice that, at a minimum, outlines reasons for the refusal and the complaints mechanisms available to you.
If you wish to access the Personal Information we hold about you or to update or correct it, you can either do so by logging on to your account (if you have one) or contact us using the contact details provided below. We will require you to verify your identity and specify what information you require.

SECURITY OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

We take reasonable steps to protect any Personal Information that we hold from misuse, interference and loss and from unauthorised access, alteration and disclosure. For example, we implement IT security procedures including password protection, firewalls and site monitoring and we store your Personal Information on a secure server.we store your Personal Information on a secure server.
However, data protection measures are never completely secure and, despite the measures we have put in place, we cannot guarantee the security of your Personal Information. You must take care to protect your Personal Information (for example, by protecting any usernames and passwords). You should notify us as soon as possible if you become aware of any security breaches.

DIRECT MARKETING

When you register as a member on our websites, you will be given a choice as to whether you want to receive e-mail messages from us, including newsletters, announcements and e-mail communications about our latest news, products or services. To the extent the relevant local law requires us to seek your consent, we will only send such messages to you if you opt-in. If you do not wish to receive direct marketing calls or materials, you may use the unsubscribe facility in the marketing communication or contact our Chief Privacy Officer using the channels prescribed below. Further, as a registered member with us, you can modify your choice at any time by accessing your registered account with us. We will stop using your Personal Information for direct marketing if you so request.

PRIVACY ON OUR WEBSITES

Our websites may contain links to the websites of other entities. If you click on such links, you will be transferred to the websites of these entities. We have no control over, and are not responsible for, the privacy practices of these entities. You should read the privacy policy of these entities to find out how they handle your Personal Information when you visit their websites.

WHAT IF YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT?

If you wish to make a complaint about a breach of this Privacy Policy or the Australian Privacy Principles of the Act you can contact us using the contact details below. You will need to provide us with sufficient details regarding your complaint together with any supporting evidence. Our Chief Privacy Officer will investigate the issue and determine the steps that we will undertake to resolve your complaint. We will contact you if we require any additional information from you and will notify you in writing of the outcome of the investigation. If you are not satisfied with our determination, you can contact us to discuss your concerns or contact the Australian Privacy Commissioner via www.oaic.gov.au.

PRIVACY & SITE CHANGES

St Trinity Property Group may update this Privacy Policy from time to time so please review it periodically for changes. If the changes are significant or substantive, they will either be advised to you in writing or posted on our websites at www.sttrinity.com.au. Your continued use of our websites or services, requesting our assistance or the provision of further Personal Information to us (directly or via an authorised person) after this Privacy Policy has been revised, indicates your acceptance of the revised Privacy Policy.

OUR CONTACT DETAILS

If you have a query relating to this Privacy Policy or wish to make a complaint, please contact us using the following contact details:
• St Trinity Property Group
• Chief Privacy Officer

• PO Box 1235
• Menai NSW 2234
[email protected]

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about the Privacy Act in Australia and protecting your privacy, visit the (external link) website below:
oaic.gov.au