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Sunday, July 05, 2015

How public transport & property are linked

How public transport & property are linked Emma Sorensen by Emma Sorensen 19 Jun 2015  Buying, Investing, Infrastructure Share  Share on Facebook 82  Tweet this post 4  Pin this post 0  Share this post  Share this post 0  Email this post Good public transport can improve the livability of an area, and indirectly increase property prices by increasing the demand there is to live there. It’s essential infrastructure in any metropolitan area. We took a look at the effect public transport can have on property. The benefits of public transport There’s no denying that big cities, towns – and all the places in between – need some level of public transport. Sustainable development depends upon it. Improving infrastructure of any kind typically has a beneficial effect on property prices – both commercial and residential. And public transport is no different. “ Sustainable development depends upon public transport. Having good public transport services available increases connectivity, accessibility, livability, commuting times, and even house prices. It also gives us an alternative to the car. And that can only be a good thing for everyone – and the planet. Railway crossing, Clayton Road Real estate values for properties near good transport links typically show stronger growth than comparable properties without. And, the more varied transport options you have at your door the more capital gain you can likely expect, as traffic worsens in capital cities, petrol prices rise, and people want more convenience in their lives. Suburbs with multiple public transport systems such as a bus networks, trains, ferries, light rail, or trams, really stand to benefit. By their nature, these kinds of areas tend to be closer in to the centre of cities and towns, and have higher density housing. A long way home: The impact of a lengthy commute Boom or bust Public transport can be a big motivator for investors and property speculators as well as owner-occupiers. Train commute Investors often speculate on a rise in property prices around the announcement of plans for a new public transport system, by buying into an area mooted to benefit from it. If you get it right, buying based on potential gain due to public transport can be a great tactic. “ Public transport can be a big motivator for investors, property spectators and owner-occupiers. But it can also be a risky strategy. Big public transport infrastructure projects often tend to hit funding – or political – difficulties and have a long and winding journey. Plans started by one government can be discarded by another or put on hold for years. And it can be a very long time before a project is completed (if it’s completed at all) and things can change quite substantially along the way after community consultations and environmental impact studies or other hurdles. So making investment decisions in this way can be a true gamble and there are no guarantees you will reap any immediate benefits. As Sydney, Melbourne and Perth gain more light rail in the coming years, and Adelaide gains a guided busway, the true impact on property prices in the areas affected by these public transport networks will become evident. Commuter gems: Hot homes 45 minutes from the city How close is too close? Castle Hill - new Sydney train advertisement Like many developments or changes to our cities and towns, public transport is subject to the NIMBY or ‘not in my backyard’ effect. Home owners might welcome a new train line, but not if it runs along their back fence and keeps them up all night. So while a new train station within a 5-10 minute walk that reduces commuting times is likely to have a long-term positive effect on the value of property, it won’t have the same effect if it’s so close to your property that it impacts upon daily life. In fact the opposite is sometimes true – public transport right on your doorstep can reduce the property price if it alters quality of life in the property. And the flipside is also true, so in bigger sprawling suburbs the public transport amenities need to be close enough to your property to have an effect on price – too far away and you won’t see any impact. Most people’s worst nightmare is that the land their property is on could be subject to compulsory acquisition for a big public transport project, but this rarely happens, and structures are in place for “fair” compensation.

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