facebook-page   intagram-page   twitter-page   google-plus-page   youtube-page

14 July 2015
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

sardelic_03Fransua saw the light and immigrated to Australia in early 2000 and has lived locally since the big move across the Indian Ocean. A passionate cricketer, he spent 12 years at the Perth and South Perth Cricket Clubs – these days a keen and competitive golfer whenever the opportunity arises.

Fransua’s understanding wife, Monique and two kids, Angelique & Jacques keep life in perspective and him focussed on what matters most.

He prides himself on his marketing & negotiating skills and having the ability to communicate with people of all ages and from different walks of life.

With nearly fifteen years’ experience in real estate, corporate and hospitality sales, we are delighted to have been able to recruit Fransua to the Empire team.


14 July 2015
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

HomeIn recent months the property market has sounded very pessimistic about the future. There are fears that property prices remain grossly inflated relative to income, inflation, rents and GDP, to cause a bubble and an impending crash. However, economic forecaster BIS Shrapnel says that the concerns have been exaggerated. In their report Residential Property Prospects 2015 to 2018, they say that the country’s home prices will move downwards starting from 2017. The reasons for the decline will include : an increasing supply of residential properties, lower affordability and tightening interest rates. They add that, in 2015-2016, home prices will increase on the back of lower interest rates and an under-supplied residential real estate market.

Key points from the report


  • Development activity is concentrated in apartments, resulting in a supply imbalance between detached homes and units, and a subsequent difference in price outlook.
  • For rental income to remain healthy and apartment values to stay robust, tenant demand must be strong. However, the country is experiencing a population slowdown.
  • Overseas migration has dropped from 235,700 people between 2012 and 2013, to around 184,000 in 2014. Most of the slowdown has been witnessed in the Northern Territory, Queensland, and Western Australia.
  • While the falling affordability in Melbourne and Sydney may see single-digit price growths, a recent weak price growth in Brisbane may accelerate with interest rate cuts, making homes more affordable.
  • Interest rates will rise in 2016. This will impact residential markets in Melbourne and Sydney, where recent price rises have decreased affordability.

Price growth in different capital cities


Median housing in WA’s largest city fell by 3 percent between 2014 and 2015. The decline is expected to continue into 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, with the possibility of stabilizing in 2017-2018. BIS Shrapnel forecasts that Perth’s median home prices will be 3% lower by mid-2018 in comparison to June 2015 levels, amounting to a decline of 10%



Median home prices are expected to fall by 4% between 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. Investors and owner-occupiers are anticipated to be discouraged by price growth and higher interest rates, especially as demand pressures start easing a bit.



Median home prices are expected to remain flat over the three years to mid 2018.


The report believes Brisbane to be the only capital city that won’t witness a fall in median home prices over the next three years. Prices are expected to increase by 13% over the same period.


14 July 2015
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

mainIn March this year, the Mayor of Fremantle announced plans to redevelop Victoria Quay, kick-start a $220 million project to change the city centre, and introduce a New York High Line-style bridge. The initiatives are described in the FREO 2029 Transformational Moves document that will reinforce Fremantle’s status as ‘WA’s undisputed second city’.

The document looks at the opportunities and challenges in Fremantle, and outlines the actions needed to meet the city’s future needs. The actions are ambitious, but the Mayor feels that they can be achieved through cooperation between the state and private sector governments, as well as the local community. Each of the actions take into account certain aspects of Fremantle, such as its waterfront, city centre, transport links, the Fremantle Oval Precinct and other specific location-based projects.

An overview of the development landscape


City Centre

Will include a $220 million redevelopment of Kings Square, providing offices, libraries and civic chambers to the city, 30,000 sqm of high quality office space, and 16,000 sqm of retail space in the city centre. This public-private partnership is the biggest of its kind since the city’s port.


Network City

A new hybrid light rail system will link Fremantle to surrounding areas. The rail will give development a boost, and promote the better use of land opportunities throughout the length of the transit corridors. A seamless bicycle network is another implementation scheduled for 2029.



A major redevelopment of Victoria Quay will improve connections to the city centre. It is also expected to enhance the ground-level opportunities, with over 30,000 sqm of office space and 9,500 sqm of retail space. This project will also see the heritage sites in the area being reused creatively with the intention to maintain the character of the port city.

Northern Gateway

A new residential development on Queen Victoria Street will be within walkable distance from the CBD, and provide up to 1,850 dwellings. The Queen Victoria Street Bridge will be replaced by a new traffic bridge, while the existing structure will be maintained for cyclists, joggers and pedestrians, with the potential to become a thriving public space with markets, lookout areas and other attractions.


Fremantle Oval Precinct

As part of this project, seniors, students and key workers will be provided high quality, affordable housing.

The effects of certain locational factors such as proximity to schools, highways and public transport on property values are well-documented. Commercial developments in a city also have a positive impact on property prices. The new developments in Fremantle can be expected to positively influence the value of the city’s residential properties.


06 July 2015
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

Freo-marketThe Western coast of Australia has a number of gems like the city of Perth. One of the best suburbs in Perth is the city of Fremantle, also called Freo. Fremantle is not your average suburb and the city’s residents swear by the perks of living here. Let us take a look at some of them.

Pristine sand beaches just minutes away

Fremantle is a harbor town. This means wherever you are in Fremantle, you are never more than a few minutes away from the beach. The most famous beach here is the South Beach, a beautiful stretch of white sand which is bordered by turquoise blue ocean water. If you don’t want to walk, you can rent a bicycle in the city. Other good beaches here are Bather’s beach, Leighton, River beach and Port beach.

Wonderful weather

Australia generally has good weather, but Western Australia has the best of it. If you are planning a visit to the beach or an outdoor picnic in Fremantle, you don’t have to double check with the weather bureau!

Great outdoor experiences

Freo’s main street is called Cappucino Street and you can guess why. Every second shop on this street is a coffee shop. Freo also has a great outdoor breakfast culture and almost everyone goes out for breakfast, once a week at least. The city also has a large number of bars, restaurants, breweries, nightclubs and book stores which means there is a real Bohemian vibe here.

Traveling is easy in Fremantle

Fremantle is connected by train to Perth and other places on the coast. The trains are very frequent and you can reach Perth in as little as 20 minutes. There’s even a train a 2 am and another one at 4 am, if you fancy a trip into town at night for a party but still want to get back.

Weekend markets for great shopping

Another big draw in Fremantle is the weekend market (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). The weekend markets stock a wide variety of goods ranging from fruit, vegetables, souvenirs and clothing. The prices are very low at these markets, especially for the fruits and vegetables (as low as $1 on some tables).

The area outside the market building has been designated for street performances. On weekends, you can catch magicians, musicians and a variety of other acts here.

Fremantle also has a homegrown foot ball team- the Fremantle Dockers. So if you are a football fan, you are now assured of some football action. If you shift to Fremantle, you can be sure that you won’t be bored!

If you are looking to buy a house in Fremantle, please contact us today!



06 July 2015
by Anthony Van Der Wielen


To attract retirees, a city must have nice weather, great entertainment, facilities for senior citizens and a sense of community. Not every city can meet these requirements well, but Fremantle does.

Catering to retirees presents a tremendous opportunity. Many developers are in talks with the city management to build high rise retirement villages in Fremantle. In the past, there was a lack of greenfield sites and this prevented such facilities from coming up in Fremantle, but not anymore.

The Fremantle city council has adopted amendments to the city’s Local Planning Scheme that will increase commercial, retail and residential density in the city’s CBD. Height restrictions have been amended and this is expected to benefit 12 non-heritage sites in the CBD. The impending completion of the Fremantle hospital rejig also helps.


Fremantle’s aged population up by 3% since 2011

Did you know that the number of elders in Fremantle has increased by over 3% from 2001-2011. Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt says that city council wants to ensure that people who have grown up in Fremantle, can stay here, even in old age.

As such, a number of facilities have sprung up to cater to these retirees. Special accommodations, home support, services, arts and crafts, choirs, clubs for seniors and physical activities, yoga and tai chi, dancing classes have come up. Now, seniors don’t have to worry about getting bored or having nothing to do because there are so many activities not to keep them engaged.

City trying to create conditions that will attract young people too

This does not mean that the city does not want to attract younger people. Fremantle already has a University. So for sure, there are a number of young people in the city at any time. The city also has several other facilities that appeal to youngsters like pristine beaches, sports and outdoor facilities, a number of restaurants, pubs, breweries and nightclubs. The city also has its very own foot ball team, the Fremantle Dockers who are part of the Australian Football League. What more could a young family want?

Plans are also afoot to develop accommodation which will specifically cater to families. The council agrees that the city does not have much spare land but it can certainly make space for a few thousand people more.

If you are looking for accommodation or still better, you want to buy a house in Fremantle, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be glad to help.



      facebook-page-footer   intagram-page-footer   twitter-page-footer   google-plus-page   youtube-page
Login | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | © 2015 Empire Property Solutions