Governments around the world are coming in fast and furious with economic supportive measures to combat the coronavirus situation. In its latest move, Australia’s central bank moved decisively to cut interest rates to record low levels while signalling to the market it is prepared to do more. Immediately, major banks passed on the rate cuts to homebuyers, giving tailwinds to an already robust home market rebound.
Beyond the volatility that is most evident in the stock market, we expect the economic impact of the virus to be transient. History is clear on this point. As real estate investors with relatively longer investment horizons, staying vigilant to attractive opportunities thrown up during this period while remaining aligned with fundamentals shaped by mega-trends is perhaps one of the best winning investment formulas to adopt.
What caught our eyes this week
The West Australian – RBA has cut the cash rate to a new record low of 0.5 per cent as it moves to buttress the economy against a worse-than-expected hit from the coronavirus. The RBA board remains prepared to ease monetary policy further.
ABC News – Home price rises across every capital city except Darwin drove national dwelling prices 1.1 per cent higher last month, with give capital cities now recording record-high property values.
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JLL – Industrial transaction volumes in the United States exceeded US$100 billion in 2019 for the first time in sector history, according to JLL Research, with investment boosted by a number of mega deals.
Forbes – The Consumer Electronic Show of 2020 (CES) was another amazing display featuring over 170,000 guests crammed into Las Vegas to explore what’s next in the decade ahead. When it comes to smart homes, there was almost no category unturned.
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