The revolution in Australian housing reflects a shift towards higher density dwellings. Building approvals for high density dwellings now accounts for half of residential approvals, well above the historical norm of around one-third. Evidente believes that Australia's housing revolution is here to stay. Australia's urban population density is still amongst the lowest in the world, consumer tastes continue to evolve towards more affordable, apartment living, and there are simply physical limits to the urban sprawl in Australia's major cities. I identify two stocks that are leveraged to the prospect of strong growth in transport infrastructure designed to ease traffic congestion associated with higher density living, particularly in inner city areas. Around this new normal however, booms and busts are inevitable, particularly a growing risk of over-supply of apartments emerging in inner city Brisbane and Melbourne. Bank exposures here are limited such that apartment prices would need to drop by more than 25% for banks to experience material losses. (VIEW LINK)
Great analysis Sam, a balanced view.