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Surge in demand for new homes as construction cost pressures ease

Construction activity is strongest in the multi-residential sector in Victoria

By Shannon Molloy
Mon, Aug 28, 2023 9:40amGrey Clock 2 min

Demand for new homes is surging after a lacklustre year – and one property type is proving particularly popular among would-be buyers.

The latest New Homes Report from research firm PropTrack shows a 16 per cent increase year-on-year in search enquiries for new developments on in July.

Boutique luxury apartments are especially in-demand, data shows. Enquiries for unit projects in inner Melbourne are the highest in the country.

The Victorian capital accounts for 34 per cent of all current residential construction projects in the country, with most underway in the inner-city.

Enquiries are the second highest on the Gold Coast, home to nine per cent of all current apartment developments.

Adelaide’s central and Hills regions have the most enquiries per development, but the number of projects underway in the city are particularly low, meaning more would-be buyers for fewer listings.

Analysis of demand shows premium unit complexes with rooftop swimming pools, wine rooms and gums are popular.

In July, Elysian Residences in Sherwood in Brisbane’s inner-south saw the most enquiries, followed closely by Murcia in Wollongabba in the inner-city.

The Walmer project in Melbourne’s Abbotsford came in third for the most enquiries sent by property seekers on

The New Homes Report also reveals the pace of building cost increases has slowed over the past year, with prices stabilising as supply chain issues improve.

Input prices rose by 0.6 per cent in the June quarter, which is the lowest increase in 18 months, Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows.

The cost of certain essential building materials, like concrete and plumbing products, has risen. However, the extent of those increases has been offset considerably by a slump in steel prices.

It marks good news for the construction sector, which has struggled through a tough period of time.

PropTrack senior data analyst Karen Dellow said the development of new dwellings slowed significantly over the past few years.

“The pandemic caused supply chain issues, increasing the price of essential building materials, which increased building costs, while labour shortages have also been a growing problem,” Ms Dellow said.

Frequent construction site shutdowns during Covid-19 stalled work and slowed down new home completions, she added.

“As a result, the higher cost of new properties led to decreased demand, compared to its peak in September 2021, when the government’s HomeBuilder Grant drove many property seekers to build houses to take advantage of the government subsidy.

“The combination of labour shortages and increasing prices has led to a backlog of work impacting the approval and commencement of future developments.”

However, ABS data shows easing construction costs might be helping to get work out of planning phases and into production.

There was a 14 per cent increase in new commencements in the March quarter, the latest figures reveal, totalling 46,546 dwellings. That has been driven by a whopping 57 per cent increase in apartment and townhouse commencements.


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Tonino Lamborghini recently revealed a new luxury project comprising 241 units in Ras Al Khaimah, developed in partnership with Arista Developments.

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Named the Tonino Lamborghini Residences, this project promises a fresh take on luxury living with its iconic design, cutting-edge amenities, and stunning sea views.

Set on Al Marjan Island, the development is adding 241 high-end units to the area’s real estate offerings, all reflecting the sleek, Italian elegance associated with the Lamborghini name.

These residences are designed to impress, featuring modern architecture that harmonizes with the scenic surroundings and interiors marked by meticulous craftsmanship and top-quality finishes.

Living in this one of the project’s units means access to a range of upscale amenities: a state-of-the-art fitness center, multiple swimming pools, beautifully landscaped gardens, and dedicated areas for children’s play. The complex also offers a business center with a conference room, an outdoor BBQ area, and a chic café, catering to all aspects of high-end living.

Arch. Abdulla Al Abdouli, Chief Executive Officer, Marjan, expressed excitement about the introduction of Tonino Lamborghini Residences to Al Marjan Island, noting the project’s blend of sustainable construction and smart home technologies. This integration, he mentioned, guarantees a luxurious lifestyle equipped with the finest modern amenities, reflecting the exquisite Italian craftsmanship. He is confident that this new venture with Arista Developments will significantly boost the allure of Al Marjan Island as a top lifestyle destination in Ras Al Khaimah for both investors and residents.

Tonino Lamborghini, President of the Tonino Lamborghini brand, said: “We are delighted to be among the pioneers in this remarkable new destination in one of the seven emirates of the UAE. Our heartfelt gratitude and recognition go to H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, for his visionary leadership and foresight, and for embracing innovative strategies to revitalize a region full of potential.”

Mr. Arthur Chu, Chairman of Arista Developments, highlighted the project’s ambition to capture the essence of the Tonino Lamborghini brand in every aspect of its design. He described the development of a prestigious residential tower on Al Marjan Island that will reflect the lifestyle and beauty synonymous with Lamborghini. From the sharp, well-defined lines of the exterior to the elegantly designed interior common areas, every detail is crafted to showcase the brand’s distinctive elegance and sophistication. Chu emphasized that the interior designs, personally crafted by Tonino Lamborghini, aim to fully immerse residents in the Italian brand’s luxurious identity.

The variety in housing options is vast, ranging from one and two-bedroom apartments to duplexes, sea view villas, signature villas, and exclusive penthouses.

The collaboration between Tonino Lamborghini and Arista Developments blends iconic Italian style with expert real estate craftsmanship. This venture marks Lamborghini’s first introduction to Ras Al Khaimah and represents a commitment to setting new standards in luxury and modern living.



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