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COVID Changed Everything

COVID Changed Everything

  • 18 Feb 2022

In a recent article published by ABC News, they highlighted how COVID changed everything with regards to population migration in NSW.


While the number of people in NSW is expected to grow by over 10 million in the next 20 years, now it is expected that over 3.5 million are predicted to be in regional areas.


The pandemic saw the largest migration from Australian  capital cities to regional areas in 20 years.


As an example, based on the 2019 figures, the Cessnock Area in the lower Hunter Valley is expected to grow by 29%, or over 7,000 people. But these population estimates were made pre-pandemic.


With the lifestyle changes experienced during the pandemic like working from home, changing the hours we work, or the days a week we work, there is less need for people to be in the capital cities.


Urban data scientists from the University of Sydney say that the geographic shift has already started. As big companies decide to open regional outposts, it opens the way for people working from home more often, and only going to the office a couple of days a week. This follows on to people moving away from Sydney, which is expensive and unaffordable, to regional areas, especially if they have a good job, good place to live and a good lifestyle.


COVID might have been the catalyst for the move, but it was probably more of a sooner rather than later approach for many. People are spending more time at home since COVID, and so the appeal of new homes, open spaces and lifestyle is helping their decision making.


If they already own homes in Sydney, a lot of families are opting for a "try before you buy" approach, and renting in these regional areas before they commit to purchasing  a home. This is driving up the need for rental properties in these areas - which is great news for investors looking to buy in these sought after locations.

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