Expats: How they cope with rental prices, says expert

Agents recently revealed how expats, being forced to return home amid COVID-19 pandemic, cope with rental prices.

The idea supports “Expats new to Australia will not only need to find a suitable property for their needs but they will also need to choose the right area or suburb to live in. For this reason, most expats prefer renting property in Australia before they buy; a choice that works best for trying on different areas and suburbs for size,” expert believes.

Gwen Levesque
Senior Property Manager

Gwen Levesque, co-principal of property management specialist Raine & Horne Gawler said, “Our market has been impacted over the last few months, with the numbers of tenant enquiries down, yet the overall rental days on market and vacancy rates have held their line.”

With being on the line, Raine & Horne revealed rental yields in Gawler Adelaide are increasing as Aussies return home due to travel restrictions.

Ms. Levesque added: “Also, our rental prices haven’t softened either as tenants from outside our region continue to recognise that Gawler and surrounding areas such as Craigmore, Andrews Farm, Riverton, Blakeview and Balaklava offer excellent bang for buck.” She also noted that the Gawler rental market was benefiting in part from the return of Australian expatriate workers to suburbs closer to the Adelaide CBD.

“Expats are returning to Adelaide because they have recognised South Australia’s excellent health record,” she said. “As a result, there are slimmer pickings for tenants to rent closer to the CBD, so they have broadened their searches to Gawler, where they are finding quality, affordable properties.”

“Over the last few years, there has been an explosion in new developments in our region that have attracted first home buyers but also plenty of investors,” she said. The property expert postulates that the area is likely to continue to see good yields for investors after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Added to that, she connotes, “These developments have contributed to an increase in the pool of affordable and new three-, four-bedroom rental properties priced between $350 and $400 a week.”

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