WHAT WE DO

We understand Australia’s Residential Greenfield Market.

Research4 undertake detailed and unique research focusing on better understanding the Australian residential Greenfield market. Research4 data and analytics underpin a range of third party research programs; private sector land supply programs, state government planning programs, industry state of the market reports and various Developer in-house research and analytics programs. Research4 produce an array of market performance reports, data packs and undertake bespoke consulting pertaining to the Australian Greenfield market. Contact Research4 to see how we can respond to your specific needs.

RESEARCH4 LIVE SNAPSHOT

| UPDATED MARCH 2017 |

985
Number Of Land Estates Under Survey
792
Number Of Developers Selling Land
16235
New Lots Released This Month
284,000
Median National Land Price
252,000
Median Lot Price Melbourne
423,000
Median Lot Price Sydney
256,000
Median Lot Price South East Queensland
225,000
Median Lot Price Perth
Strong
Melbourne New Land Market Status
Strong
Sydney New Land Market Status
Strong
South East Queensland New Land Market Status
Weak
Perth New Land Market Status

MAJOR UPDATES

The latest information on all of the residential Greenfield markets that we cover.

Selected market updates are constantly being added to the Research4 website. Additionally, connect to Colin Keane via LinkedIn for further market updates.

Sydney

July 22, 2017 in Sydney

Sydney, Its time to move on!

Sydney New Land Market Download the Research4 market insight for the Sydney new land market…. Read More

Melbourne

July 27, 2017 in Downloads, Melbourne

MELBOURNE NEW LAND SALES

The performance of the Melbourne new land market for the June 2017 quarter remained strong…. Read More

Perth

July 22, 2017 in Downloads, Perth

Perth New Land Market Lifts by 20%

PERTH NEW LAND MARKET Latest research from Research4 shows that the volume of new land… Read More

South East Queensland

June 8, 2017 in Downloads, Melbourne, Perth, South East Queensland, Sydney

The New Land Market – Demand Scorecard

The New Land Market -Demand Scorecard A demand scorecard for the new land market. Research4… Read More

ACT

May 4, 2017 in ACT

ACT New Land Market Snapshot – March 2017

“Limited supply and a focus on medium density product” The profile and direction of the… Read More

Adelaide

May 4, 2017 in Adelaide

Adelaide New Land Market Snapshot – March 2017

Where Infill and Greenfield Compete Adelaide struggles in the face of slow population change. The… Read More

R4 TOP 10 Estates

May 4, 2017 in Far North Queensland

R4 Top 10 Trading Estates for March 2017 Quarter

Elara by Stockland Oran Park Town by Greenfield Atherstone by Lendlease Woodlea by Mirvac Springfield… Read More

Geelong

May 4, 2017 in Geelong

Geelong New Land Market Snapshot – March 2017

Latest market update coming soon Read More

Press Release

May 4, 2017 in Press Releases

R4 UDIA RESEARCH BREAKFAST HANDOUT PUBLIC

This morning Colin Keane presented the key findings from the latest R4 National Land Report…. Read More

Downloads

August 4, 2017 in Downloads

National Land Market Update Q2 2017

National Greenfield Market Update The National New Land Market is defined as being Melbourne, Adelaide,… Read More

SOME COFFEE TABLE THOUGHTS

NATIONAL LOT SIZING

 

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Talking about the median lot size is often a challenge. This is due to the fact that lot sizes pretty much go down or stay the same. With the exception of the ACT market, all other markets have a reducing lot size. The Melbourne median lot size was frozen from 2010 through to mid 2015. The 2010 property boom in Melbourne saw land sizes fall from the 525m2 level to the 445m2. For five years it flat lined. The Melbourne median lot size is on the move again, being aroused from its slumber by the booming market. This leads me into the idea that there is a strong relationship between the strength of a market and the rate by which lot sizes reduce. The Perth land market saw its lot size reduce at a great rate of knots throughout its long bull run. At the end of the run, the lot sizes halted at 375m2. If a market run hots for to long then it runs the risk of driving its lot sizes down and beyond the range of what customers really want

AFFORDABILITY UPDATE

 

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The role of the new land market is largely to provide housing opportunities. What is affordable? Well the banks seem to be the ones which determine what is affordable. If a banks lending criteria permits a household with limited income to borrow half a million, then I suppose it is affordable. Affordability = Banks willingness to lend. The reason I say this, is that when I was updating an affordability model which was undertaken some years ago, I found that despite income growth being  a non issue, people could borrow more. I thought the only real variable in the equation was the asset value. The assets value were going up, so the banks were willing to lend more. As at the close of the March 2017 survey the national lot pricing segmentation was; Less than $200, 21 percent $201-$220, 000, 8 percent $221-$250,000, 14% $251,000+, 57%  

LARGE PROJECTS DRIVING AFFORDABILITY

 

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The performance of the SEQ new land market as been outstanding. The market has now entered its 4th year of strong sales. An interesting observation, is the role larger estates have played when it has come to pricing and sale volumes. The Group 1 land estates (bigger than 2,500 lots) have on average sold product at 20% below the the wider land market or other sized land estates price point. This discount has propelled the Group 1 projects when it comes to market share. Understanding that new projects have entered the market, Group 1 projects across SEQ are currently accounting for 23% of total activity. Over the long run their share has averaged 15%. It is suggested that the recent strong performance of the SEQ land market is closely linked to the affordability capability of the bigger projects.

PROJECT IN FOCUS

 

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YARRABILBA SEQ

Yarrabilba has put the Logan market on the residential land map. This is a major Group 1 master planned community with grand ambitions. It is a 30 year project and is set to do what Springfield Lakes did for Ipswich. With the Ipswich market the biggest land market for SEQ, it is no wonder that Developers are now considering the Logan market with some detail. In 2008, total land sales were equal to 35 lots per month, with the introduction of Yarrabilba in 2014, land sales jumped to 140 per month and since 2014 have been holding around 120 per month. Yarrabilba has set it self up as the center of the local universe, hence commanding a market share of 25-35%. It has cemented its place in the market via kick starting the project with exceptionally low priced product. It has now moved prices from a starting point of sub $80,000 back in 2014 to $212,000 as at 2017. The project is now coming under increase competition, from a growing number of land estates situated around the local area. This competition is focusing on price and size. The main thing Yarrabilba has going for it is the fact that it is defining the urban center. The project that defines the urban center for a market will have the power to set the price points.  

MORE ABOUT US AND WHAT WE DO

Colin Keane

Colin Keane

Director of Research4

Colin Keane is the Director of Research4. Colin has been involved with developing residential property research since 1999. He has undertaken major engagements for both Private and Public sector clients. Colin’s focus has been to better understand the performance of the nation’s major residential Greenfield markets. Contact Colin at colin.keane@researchfour.com mobile | 0418 342 988

Research4’s Proprietary Data (IP)

Research4 specialises in better understanding the performance and profile of the nation’s residential Greenfield markets.

In order to better understand this segment of the property market, Research4 undertake bespoke and regular surveys of all residential land projects located within nominated growth corridors around Australia.

Research4’s core business is the development of proprietary Greenfield market data.

Research4 only uses data which is sourced from its own market research programs. There is no third party data employed.

Data and market insight from these surveys is then used to underpin various private and public Greenfield research platforms.

Research4 data and market insight is used to help inform policy, industry and customers when it comes to planning, delivering and or buying new land product.

Research4 data and insight is used by the UDIA for the production of their national State of the Land report. Research4 data and insight is used by State government planning departments in order to assist with understanding the performance and direction of local major Greenfield markets.

Research4 data and insight is used by individual land developers and businesses, with a connection with the Australian residential land market. Accessing Research4 data and insight begins with making contact with Research4. 

Research4’s Core Database

The development of a nationwide research program that collects on regular basis, market evidence pertaining to the activity of over 1,000 land estates, is the cornerstone of Research4. Research4’s core database contains the individual details of over 500,000 building lots offered to the market by developers. The R4 Core Database is growing by 50,000 lots per year. Each building lot is tagged, profiled and monitored through to final sale or allocation. The data is derived from undertaking ongoing fieldwork, land estate tracking programs and complete land use surveys. It involves multiple resources and a wide range of research techniques.

In addition to the details of individual building lots, each land estate is profiled based on a set Research4 criterion. The way a land estate is developed, key components that are used and the timing and quality of the development are all tracked. The R4 Core Database includes data which monitors the response rate of sale offices and their teams. R4 Core Database contains data and information that allows users of Research4’s data to investigate and better understand the new land market in a new and exciting way.

R4 Core Database – Applications and Metrics

R4 Core allows customers to better understand the following;

  • Volume of activity across a product type, project, market, Developer and region. The number of lots sold or allocated by lot size, lot frontage, price point, Developer, land estate type and location.
  • The distribution of new land product. Sizing by gross land area per building block. The performance and distribution of lots of a particular frontage and depth.
  • The distribution of price points across a product range. Percentage of new land sold within set price ranges.
  • The level of stock and changes to stock levels by product type, land estate, Developer and market.
  • The age of stock; how long has it been advertised for and price movement surrounding the age of stock.
  • The number of new lots that are being returned to the Land Estate each month. Cancellation rates provide clear insight as to the level of confidence in the market place.
  • Production levels. The volume of new land being released each quarter by land estates. The suitability of new releases i.e. by price, type and volume.
  • Industry capacity levels. How many lots can a market produce? Is the market under production pressure or does it have excess capacity? Production metrics provide insight as to the future direction of market pricing and affordability.
  • Lot sizing and trends. Changes to the median lot size.
  • Dollar per SQM rates.
  • Settlement time lines associated with land sales. How long do customers have to wait before they can commence building on their new land?
  • Supply remaining in active land estates. Critical information that is used to understand the supply side for a market, Developer and or land estate. When to enter the market, when to adjust pricing and how best to advertise.
  • Project type performance metrics. The performance of different types of land estates. Land estates come in all different sizes and type. R4 Core Database provides the user with opportunity to create performance benchmarks for different types and to segment the industry based on maturity, scale and inclusions.
  • Project competition and performance data. A key output from the R4 Core Database is market insight pertaining to the level of competition between projects and markets. This insight can be effectively used to better position planned and or active projects. Project marketing and advertising strategies perform better when powered by Research4.
  • Developer portfolio analysis. Aggregating performance data that relates to a Developer allows the user to understand strengths and weaknesses associated with any land portfolio.

Who Uses Research4’s Core Database?

The new land market represents close to 50% of a markets new housing supply.The role Greenfield plays in responding to housing demand is only strengthening. The nature and profile of the Greenfield Development industry is changing rapidly, product types are changing, pricing is always on the move and the marketing and promotion of land estates is and remains very competitive.

Some of the industries that employ Research4 Core Data;

  • New land development industry
  • Civil contracting
  • Building industry
  • Finance and Banking sector
  • Government planning
  • Building Materials and Supplies
  • Local Government Sector
  • Retail Sector
  • Education Sector
  • Infrastructure planning

The Residential Greenfield Markets We Cover

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Melbourne
Sydney
ACT
Adelaide
Perth
Far North Queensland
South East Queensland
Illawarra
Geelong
Hunter
Gladstone
Rockhampton
Townsville

Research4’s Core Database is based on long running surveys covering the State’s major residential Greenfield markets. There are a number of smaller markets also included within the research programs.

  • Sydney and supporting regions
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Adelaide
  • ACT
  • South East Queensland
  • Far North Queensland
  • Geelong
  • Illawarra
  • Hunter
  • Gladstone
  • Rockhampton
  • Townsville

HOW CAN RESEARCH4 HELP YOUR BUSINESS?

Research4 takes pride in helping businesses better understand the residential Greenfield market.

 

Our objective is to use our proprietary data and market insights to help expand your commercial narrative.

 

Customers of Research4 access our data and insights in a number of ways.

  1. Through the National Land Survey Program, customers can access market performance reports. There are a number of different reports, catering for different budgets. Contact Research4 for report examples and pricing.
  2. Customers can decide to purchase standard or customised R4 Core Database Cubes. These are often used to power internal business models and or reports. They come in the form of Excel spread sheets, either as raw data or processed data.
  3. Online portals which provide customers with timely and accessible market data [delivering January 2017].
  4. Customers looking for a tailored report responding to set criteria can commission Research4.
  5. Executive and Team presentations. Customers wanting Research4 to update sales and marketing teams or to provide leadership groups with the latest market trends and insights.
Contact Research4 via email or phone and we can provide you with a range of possible solutions. 

CONTACT US

Research4

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