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Despite high prices many experts believe that Sydney real estate is still a good investment. “Most of us believe Sydney still has a lot of good investment buying,” says Linda Wang, management consultant with agents Laing + Simmons.

“We have a growing population, and often a shortage of accommodation, and those are the two single biggest factors in the property market.”

Capital growth has shifted from fifth gear over the last three years to second gear currently, believes Metropole Property Strategists CEO Michael Yardney. Yet Sydney’s steady population growth continues to drive the market upwards, and especially the investment sector.

“We’re still seeing a lot of demand for homes closer to the CBD, in the eastern suburbs, on the lower north shore and the inner west,” he says.

“That’s from a demographic of people whose wages are growing more than average and who have a higher disposable income, so those are always good areas to invest in.”

Justin Doobov, of mortgage brokers Intelligent Finance, also favours areas close to the CBD, locations always popular among renters of both houses and apartments. “We still have a lot of people buying in Sydney and making strong returns,” he says. “Historically, they’ve been safe returns too. There might be other areas with projected higher returns but they’re not without risk.”

In addition, Sydney has the strongest economic fundamentals of any capital city in Australia, according to Domain Group chief economist Dr Andrew Wilson. The strength of demand and the shortage of supply – even with record levels of new units being built – favours the investor.

Then there’s the vacancy rates of below 2 per cent for houses and just above 2 per cent for apartments, rising rents, and lower projected price growth of 2 per cent this year, and 3-5 per cent in the longer term, which will lead to increasing yields. “There’s also the talk of changing the taxation regime, with negative gearing, as well as super rules, which could further encourage people to put their money now into bricks and mortar before they happen,” Dr Wilson says.

“I think there are good opportunities for investors in Sydney at the moment, particularly at a time when sentiment is lower and there’s not so much energy in the market.”

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Alex and Heesun Kim with their 3 children on the balcony of their apartment. Photo: Steven Siewert Feb 2017

Sydney is a great city in which to invest in property, according to Alex Kim and his wife Heesun​. They now own no fewer than three investment units, and wouldn’t hesitate to buy more.

“I think the market is a little bit cool now, but it still should be fine,” Alex says. “So many people are looking for good homes to rent.

“Sydney is a wonderful city. I love living here, and many other people also want to live here, so I think property will always be a strong investment.”

Alex, now 51, and Heesun, 47, the parents of three children, migrated to Sydney from Seoul 10 years ago in search of a better life. Alex had worked in the construction industry in Korea but decided to change careers and is now a sales executive with a seafood wholesaler at the Sydney Fish Markets, supplying many of the city’s Korean and Japanese restaurants. 

The couple also launched their own sushi bar which has proved very successful. 

“We saved hard and I learned how buying property off-the-plan required just a 10 per cent deposit, which we managed to do on an apartment at Little Bay,” says Alex. 

“Since we moved into that apartment we’ve been able to buy other apartments off-the-plan. 

“We’ve never had any problem with tenants, and we see our property purchases as the best way of putting our money to work for us. We’re very confident about the future.”