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Commercial property seen as better bet

NZN 9/06/2017 Sophie Boot

Housing investors would be better off putting their money in commercial property stocks, which provide higher yield than the slowing residential market, a broker says.

Investing in residential property is "a terrible waste of money", with yields far less attractive than the share market, according to Hamilton Hindin Green investment adviser Jeremy Sullivan.

"Fundamentally things are looking pretty stretched, and to be honest residential property has had a great run over the last decade," Mr Sullivan said.

"Prices in Christchurch have been largely flat for the last three years, sales volumes are falling and the engine room Auckland is running out of puff.

''The recent loan-to-value ratio restrictions put on by the Reserve Bank have seen landlords either being told to de-leverage or that they cannot continue to build their property portfolio."

In Christchurch, where median rent is $388 per week and pre-tax yield is 4.52 per cent, a taxpayer in the 33 per cent bracket would see net yield just above 3 per cent, Mr Sullivan said.

That doesn't include an average 1.35 per cent each year for rates, insurance and maintenance, or the cost of a property manager.

In contrast, listed commercial property investors such as Goodman Property Trust and Argosy Property return yields between 6-and-8 per cent each year.

Mr Sullivan said with net migration easing and building consents having overtaken population growth, "even someone with rudimentary knowledge of economics can guess what is going to happen next" to residential property.

Investing in listed commercial property provides more liquidity and diversity, and the stocks are modestly leveraged meaning investors take less risk, he said.

Data from state-owned valuer Quotable Value earlier this month showed property values increased 9.7 per cent in May, the slowest pace in two years, or 7.4 per cent when adjusted for inflation.

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