Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Real estate agents have reaped the benefits of a booming residential property market over the past five years. Despite turbulent economic conditions, housing prices have grown strongly, supported by government incentives at the beginning of the period and then fuelled by decreasing interest rates. In contrast, the commercial property market has been flat due to volatile business confidence and subdued economic conditions. Overall, industry revenue is forecast to increase at an annualised 3.4% over the five years through 2015-16, to reach $14.0 billion. In 2015-16, industry revenue is projected to grow by 3.6%, due to forecast residential property price growth, which will improve agent earnings per property sold.
Competition within the industry remains fierce... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter
The Real Estate Services industry has a low level of capital intensity. For every dollar spent on capital, the average real estate operator spends an estimated $10.24 is spent on labour. The industry is labour-intensive and relies on human capital for provision of its services. Commissions also play a big role in incentivising employee performance, which further reduces capital intensity. Computer software systems do make administrative tasks easier, but their overall cost is insignificant compared to total wages. Capital intensity is expected to decrease over the five years through 2015-16, but only marginally... purchase to read more