Why Melbourne is the Smarter Investment Choice for Savvy Singaporeans?


Why Melbourne is the Smarter Investment Choice for Savvy Singaporeans?

While Singapore's property market has experienced significant growth, navigating challenges like the Additional Buyer's Stamp Duty (ABSD) and rising prices can be a hurdle for investors seeking diversification.

As a realtor, I understand the importance of exploring options that offer both long-term value and security.

However, this doesn't mean neglecting the potential of established markets like Singapore. In fact, I offer a comprehensive portfolio of properties across various regions, ensuring you can make informed decisions based on your specific goals and risk tolerance.

But if you're open to exploring compelling alternatives beyond Singapore, consider Melbourne, Australia. Often overshadowed by Sydney, Melbourne offers a unique combination of affordability, exceptional growth potential, and a vibrant lifestyle.

As a savvy Singaporean investor who values diversification, Melbourne might present an intriguing opportunity for long-term success and a fulfilling future abroad.

Join me in exploring the compelling reasons why this dynamic city could be your next strategic investment and potentially, a life-changing choice.

Remember, diversifying your portfolio can mitigate risk and unlock new possibilities.

Let's explore options together to find the perfect fit for your investment goals.

Over the past year, the vacancy rate in Melbourne's rental market has significantly decreased. 

Melbourne’s vacancy rate fell to 0.9%, 0.1 percentage points off its record low. This is the first monthly decrease since September, driven by rental stock sitting at an all-time low for the month of January, not surprising given the surge in activity during the changeover period. 

It was also supported by a monthly increase in average views per rental listing. Despite the monthly rise, views per rental listing have dropped annually — a consistent trend since mid-2023 — suggesting rental demand is beginning to slow.

Data speaks volumes: Melbourne's rental market is currently experiencing steady growth, fueled by a strong economy and rising demand for housing. 

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reports a 1.8% increase in median Melbourne rents during the December 2023 quarter, compared to the previous quarter. 

While this might sound like a challenge, it presents a lucrative opportunity for investors like you.

I understand your desire to find a stable and rewarding investment opportunity abroad. 

While numerous destinations vie for your attention, Melbourne, Australia, stands out as the ideal choice due to its unique combination of factors that offer significant advantages compared to other popular investment markets. Here's a comparative analysis highlighting Melbourne's strengths.

Market Comparison:

Melbourne, Australia
Sydney, Australia
Brisbane, Australia
Southeast Asia (Major Cities)
Rental Yield
3-5% (houses), 4-6% (apartments)(SQM Research, March 2024)
3-4% (houses), 4-5% (apartments) (Domain, Feb 2024)
4-5% (houses), 5-6% (apartments) (REIQ, March 2024)
Yields vary considerably across different countries and cities but are generally lower than in Melbourne.
Vacancy Rate
1.2% (REIV, December 2023)
1.5% (Domain, Feb 2024)
1.3% (REIQ, March 2024)
Vacancy rates in Southeast Asia tend to be higher than in Melbourne, potentially impacting rental income consistency.
Capital Appreciation
4-6% annually (SQM Research, March 2024)
3-5% annually (Domain, Feb 2024)
5-7% annually (REIQ, March 2024)
While property values in Southeast Asia can be attractive, political and economic stability may pose a higher risk compared to Melbourne.
Economic Stability
Strong and stable economy with diverse industries (Victoria Government)A strong economy, but more susceptible to global market fluctuations.

A growing economy, but smaller and less diversified compared to Melbourne.
Southeast Asian economies can be more volatile, potentially impacting investment returns.

Government Initiatives
$5.3 billion housing plan focusing on increasing supply and improving affordability (Victorian Government)
The NSW Government is working to address the housing crisis, which is attributed to the housing supply shortfall. This has led to a 24% increase in Sydney unit rents and house rents over the year to the end of September 2023
Queensland government focuses on infrastructure development (QLD Government)
Government policies in Southeast Asia can vary significantly, and transparency may be a concern for some investors.
Multicultural environment, world-class education, diverse cultural experiences, and vibrant city life.
Similar lifestyle offerings to Melbourne, but with a different cultural landscape.
Growing and vibrant city, but with a smaller and less diverse offering compared to Melbourne.
Lifestyle offerings in Southeast Asia can vary considerably, but may not match the comprehensive experience Melbourne provides.

Unmatched Investment Potential

Strong and Consistent Rental Returns:

Melbourne boasts a significant rental shortage (vacancy rate of just 1.2%, REIV, December 2023), translating to consistent rental income and potentially higher returns on your investment.

Melbourne boasts higher average rental yields and a lower vacancy rate compared to Sydney, offering investors the potential for consistent rental income.

Balanced and Steady Market Growth:

Expect average rental yields ranging from 3-5% for houses and 4-6% for apartments. Imagine receiving consistent rental income while your property appreciates in value alongside Melbourne's flourishing economy.The REIV predicts continued rental growth in the coming years, with property values expected to appreciate by 4-6% annually in the next few years. This translates to significant long-term gains for you as an investor.

While Brisbane sees higher projected capital appreciation, Melbourne offers a balanced approach with healthy rental returns and steady property value growth. This mitigates risk and provides long-term security for investors.

Economic Stability:

Melbourne is backed by Australia's strong and stable economy, offering greater security compared to some Southeast Asian markets which can be more susceptible to economic volatility. 

This translates to secure investment opportunities and increased job opportunities for potential tenants, further strengthening the rental market.

Unmatched Investment Potential

The Victorian Government is committed to addressing housing challenges. Their recent $5.3 billion housing plan focuses on increasing supply and improving affordability, creating a stable and prosperous future for both residents and investors.

Unparalleled Lifestyle: Melbourne offers a vibrant and multicultural lifestyle with world-class education, diverse cultural experiences, and a unique blend of urban excitement and natural beauty, adding significant value beyond the investment itself.

Melbourne isn't just about investments; it's about fulfilling your aspirations. Whether you dream of migrating to a vibrant city, providing your children with a world-class education, or seeking a peaceful retirement haven, Melbourne offers something special.

Two Projects to Consider:

1. Aria Melbourne

Immerse Yourself in Art and Culture, and Enduring Value

As a discerning property investor, you understand the importance of strategic location and long-term value. Aria Melbourne offers both, placing you at the heart of Melbourne's prestigious arts precinct.

Embrace a vibrant lifestyle

Immerse yourself in a world-renowned cultural hub, surrounded by iconic institutions like the National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Invest in Exclusivity

Southbank boasts strict development controls, ensuring the coveted low-rise character and limited supply. This scarcity translates to the potential for capital appreciation, as seen with The Melburnian, whose property values have tripled in a decade.

Beyond culture, Aria Melbourne offers:

Proximity to prestigious universities like the University of Melbourne and RMIT, making it an attractive option for student housing or investment with strong rental yields.

Family-friendly amenities: 

Southbank offers parks, gardens, and riverside promenades, ideal for families seeking a well-rounded lifestyle.

2. STH BNK By Beulah

Live, Work, and Play in a Thriving Hub

For those seeking a dynamic and diverse environment, STH BNK By Beulah presents an unparalleled opportunity. 

Nestled in the heart of Southbank, this development seamlessly blends residential, commercial, and entertainment options, offering residents an unparalleled sense of convenience and vibrancy.

Imagine stepping out your door and being greeted by a bustling marketplace featuring fresh produce and international cuisine and enjoying world-class restaurants and captivating entertainment venues right at your doorstep.

Easy access to universities

RMIT and the University of Melbourne are nearby, making STH BNK suitable for student rentals or young professionals seeking convenient housing.

STH BNK By Beulah caters to the global investor seeking:

A vibrant lifestyle: Live in the heart of the action, with everything you need within walking distance.

A sound investment: Benefit from the development's prime location and diverse offerings, ensuring strong rental demand and potential for capital appreciation.

Both Aria Melbourne and STH BNK By Beulah offer excellent opportunities for Singaporean investors seeking a blend of cultural cachet, convenience, and long-term value in Melbourne's thriving property market.

From modern apartments in the bustling city center to spacious houses in family-friendly suburbs, Melbourne boasts a diverse range of properties to suit your preferences. 

I can guide you through the various sought-after locations, ensuring your chosen property aligns perfectly with your lifestyle goals and investment objectives.

Explore real-life success stories of investors who have reaped the benefits of Melbourne's thriving rental market:


Transparency is key. 

While the potential benefits are significant, it's important to acknowledge that property investments are not without risks. Market fluctuations and unexpected maintenance costs are possibilities. However, with careful planning, expert guidance, and the right property selection, these risks can be minimized.

Your Rights as a Tenant or Investor:

Melbourne prioritizes fairness and transparency in the rental market. The Residential Tenancies Act 1997 provides comprehensive rights and protections for both tenants and investors. I can connect you with the appropriate resources to ensure you navigate the process seamlessly.

Melbourne's flourishing rental market offers a compelling opportunity that shouldn't be overlooked. From my experience, everyone’s story is different. It may be for retirement, own stay, an investment, or to fund your kid to university.

As a Singaporean myself I know you and now make this a distinct advantage to benefit from this growth.

Contact me now to explore your tailored investment strategy and begin your Melbourne venture. Coffee or tea on me. 

Bear in mind, hesitating may mean missing out on what could be a transformative opportunity.

Get in touch with me today and let's unlock the boundless potential of Melbourne's vibrant property landscape.