Should you invest in regional Australia?

After the big boom, there’s more than just rubble.

Summary: The mining downturn took its toll on housing demand and prices in regional towns. West Australian mining towns are an extreme example of what can go wrong, and smaller towns prove much more susceptible to price swings in either direction.  

Key take-out: Capital growth might be limited in regional Australia, but yields can be high. Investors should look for sustained economic growth, stick to what’s familiar, and watch for speculative behaviour. 

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