Perth is notorious as a city of urban sprawl. It seems the 1950’s great Australian dream of a of a big house with a large front and back yard has stuck around here much longer than in other places, and as such the suburbs have continued to spread and spread and spread.
Thankfully things are finally beginning to change. With a shift in demographics and people’s lifestyle priorities, more and more people are willing to sacrifice the two car garage & white picket fence dream of yesteryear for a smaller block closer to the ocean, river or the city’s thriving restaurant, bar and entertainment scene. Perth has a more high density future ahead of it, which means that if you’re smart there’s lots of money to be made in subdividing larger blocks and selling them for a profit.
It seems so easy in theory. You buy a big block of land, split it into two or three smaller ones, sell them and then laugh all the way to the bank. What could be easier?! Well it turns out that there’s actually a lot more to it than that, and unfortunately it depends largely on working successfully within the confines local council regulations and approvals.
Now we know that the mere mention of the words “local council” is enough to turn lots of you off the idea altogether but trust us when we say that when done correctly, subdivision can be a fantastic way of making great returns from a property investment. As long as you keep the following things in mind when looking for the ideal block that is.
Local councils have guidelines on the minimum land size required to subdivide, so make sure you research this first. You don’t want to purchase a property and then fall over at the very first hurdle.
Flat is Best
As a general rule, flat or gently sloping land is cheaper and easier to subdivide than a sloping block. The size of each individual block required by council regulations can also often be larger for sloping blocks to ensure the property has enough useable land. Sloping blocks can also often involve digging and building retaining walls, which can be a costly exercise that will eat into your profits.
Corner the Market
Corner blocks are great for subdivision as you can easily divide them into two lots that both have street frontage and access - something that will help boost their resale value.
This change to more high density living is an exciting phase in Perth’s growth as a city and represents lots of exciting, profitable property investment opportunities out there for those with enough vision to spot them.
If you’re thinking of taking advantage of the move to smaller blocks and are looking at subdividing and building then get in touch with us today! We have the skills and experience necessary to make sure that you get the best possible return on your investment.