MCG in the Media

Q4 2023

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IPA National Congress: Day three highlights

Hallie Donkin - Public Accountant - December 1, 2023

Mortlock noted a shift in the source of inflation in construction, though a different change

“We saw material prices just basically go through the roof in certain sectors, structural timber and things like that. At the moment, that's regulated. We're having some cost pressures in and around diesel [...] but materials have really softened. It's the labour that's the biggest price increase,” Mortlock noted.

Remote investing doubles in 2023

Mina Martin - Broker News - November 17, 2023

Mike Mortlock, managing director of MCG Quantity Surveyors, revealed that the average distance between landlords’ homes and their property investments has now soared to a whopping 1,502 km in the year to date, based on the company’s analysis of its client data.

“This is a substantial uptick on last year’s result and shows that buyers are incredibly mobile when it comes to securing a desirable property investment,” Mortlock said.

This year's outcome nearly doubles the 2022 analysis, which reported an average distance of 857 km. The trend has been consistent, with the distance being 559 km at the end of 2021 and 294 km before the pandemic in January 2020.

Can clean energy amp up property value?

Orana Durney-Benson - Real Estate Business, Smart Property Investment - November 9, 2023

It isn’t only home owners who are affected by this wave of sustainability support, property managers and landlords are also primed to benefit.

As MCG Quantity Surveyors managing director Mike Mortlock previously told REB: “Energy-saving measures result in more tenant appeal – so, higher rents – lower running costs, depreciation benefits and a cleaner planet.”

'More growth going forward': Why now is the right time to invest regionally

Sue Williams - Domain, AllHomes - October 27, 2023

And, it seems, more and more of us are recognising a good bet when we see it. The average distance between where investors live and where they spend their money is now 875 kilometres, according to MCG Quantity Surveyors, compared to 559 kilometres the year before, and 294 kilometres pre-COVID.

“Our research tells us that one in five people would now like to move to regional Australia,” said Liz Ritchie, the chief executive of the Regional Australia Institute. “A big attraction is the job growth, which is three times what it is in metro Australia.

Perth renting: Dire warning as vacancy rate drops further

Sarah Brookes - Brisbane Times - October 12, 2023

According to property surveyors MCG, in the first quarter of 2022 just over 9 per cent of investor activity was in WA. A year later, that rose to 32 per cent.

MCG managing director Mike Mortlock said WA was considered a far more “investor-friendly” state than either Queensland or Victoria.

“Queensland and Victoria have been implementing rigorous tenancy legislation. In addition, talk around limiting or freezing rents has put investors on edge – particularly in Victoria,” he said.

Calls for a 'land tax discount' as vacancy rates drop

Kate Aubrey - Mortgage Business - October 11, 2023

Economist Anne Flaherty from PropTrack explained that the expenses associated with maintaining investment properties have surged in recent years, prompting more investors to divest their assets.

The comments coincided with recent data from MCG Quantity Surveyors, which observed there had been a spike in investors exiting the eastern parts of Australia, while Western Australia had experienced a surge in new investments.

Another challenge for tenants is that, more landlords have sold their properties than those buying, further reducing the supply of available homes for sale.

Property investment boom in WA gains momentum

Build Australia - October 10, 2023

MCG Quantity Surveyors analysed client data to identify how investor activity has shifted in 2023 and the results show a resounding move west.

MCG Managing Director Mike Mortlock said: “It’s been really substantial and doesn’t look like slowing anytime soon. We compared client investor activity across the first quarters of 2022 and 2023, and this revealed a seismic shift away from east coast property investment.”

According to MCG’s numbers, in Quarter 1 2022 just over 9 per cent of investor activity was in Western Australia. In Quarter 1 2023, that proportion rose to 32 per cent.

Brokers observe a boom in WA property investment

Kate Aubrey - The Adviser - October 10, 2023

According to MCG Quantity Surveyors, investor activity in Western Australia has risen to 32 per cent in the first quarter of 2023, up from 9 per cent in the same period in 2022.

This data indicated that Western Australia has attracted investor interest from other regions, with NSW and Queensland witnessing the most significant declines, dropping by 9.91 per cent and 6.26 per cent, respectively, compared to the previous year’s quarter.

Additionally, investor activity has decreased in Victoria by 4.14 per cent, followed by Tasmania (-3.79 per cent) and South Australia (-1.18 per cent).

Investors flee the eastern states for Western Australia

Rowan Crosby - Elite Agent - October 9, 2023

MCG Managing Director, Mike Mortlock said property investors were honing in on WA.

“It’s been really substantial and doesn’t look like slowing anytime soon,” Mr Mortlock said.

“From what we can determine, Western Australia’s significant jump has come at the expense of New South Wales and Queensland.

“The proportion of activity in NSW fell by almost 10 per cent between the first quarters of each year.

“It’s worth noting, however, that every state and territory except the ACT has lost a proportion of their investor activity to Western Australia.”

East Coast property raiders rushing to WA as it becomes leading State for property investment

Raquel de Brito - The West Australian - October 8, 2023

MCG Quantity Surveyors managing director Mike Mortlock told The Sunday Times it was the first time WA had recorded double digit share of the investor pool.

Mr Mortlock said the results aligned closely with outcomes from the recently released Property Investment Professionals of Australia 2023 Investor Sentiment Survey, which showed 25 per cent of respondents picked Perth as their preference for investment – the number one choice among all the capital cities.

“A combination of our data and the PIPA results resoundingly demonstrates Western Australia’s dominance in attracting property investors,” he said.