Three Australian property stocks to watch


Despite all of the hurdles the property market has faced in the last couple of years, including inflation, higher interest rates and tightening of bank lending, it's surprising that CoreLogic's recent data shows consistent growth in residential property during the last 14 months.

The industrial property market is doing very well. According to the Australian Financial Review, it is now worth $300 billion and is forecast to reach $400 billion in the next ten years. It's no wonder the real estate sector index has risen more than 40% since November.

The good news is that interest rates are likely to fall later this year, and with insufficient property to house the population property prices are expected to surge during the next few years.


Given this, I want to highlight three property stocks I believe have the potential to provide fantastic growth in the future.

Lendlease Group (ASX: LLC)

One of the best real estate companies right now is Lendlease, whose share price has fallen 70% since August 2018. The share price is currently around $7, which is its historical fair value level, so the signs are good.

The company has plans to deleverage in the second half of FY24, which might be the catalyst for the price to rise. There is a potential upside of more than 150%, although I think it's still too early to pull the trigger, but I would be watching this one like a hawk.

Dexus (ASX: DXS)

Dexus is another household name. It has strong fundamentals and maintains a solid capital position, which means good things if property prices rise.

The price of Dexus is currently trading around 50% of its all-time high, which would be attractive to the value investor. If the stock can continue to hold above $7, it will likely begin a new growth phase.


If you've bought or sold a house recently, it's likely you paid your Pexa fee. The company facilitates property transactions, and while it's a fairly new company that was listed in July 2021, it provides huge potential given its current share price is near an all-time low.

As with most stocks that are newly listed, it's quite normal for the price to decline after listing; however, given the share price has experienced the longest consecutive rise in recent history, now is a good time to take a serious look at this stock for potential buying opportunities.

What are the best and worst-performing sectors this week?

The best-performing sectors include Utilities and Energy up more than 1%, followed by Materials up more than 0.5%. The worst-performing sectors include Real Estate and Information Technology, down 3%, followed by Consumer Discretionary down more than 2%.

The best-performing stocks in the ASX top 100 include Alumina, up more than 8%, followed by Evolution mining, up more than 6% and South 32 which is up more than 5%. The worst-performing stocks include Orora Limited, down more than 16%, followed by Block Inc, down 8% and Xero, down more than 6%.

What's next for the Australian stock market?

Last week, I mentioned we should expect volatility in April and boy, what a start we have had so far. On Wednesday, the market fell more than 1.5%, with sellers wiping away all last week's gains in one day.

It's very common that some of the most significant one-day falls occur during times when markets are rising strongly. However, I have no reason to ring the alarm bells as the All Ordinaries index is still trending upward uniformly from last October's low.

Another reason I am bullish on our market in April is that historically, this month provides the best returns of any month in the year, with the average return being 2.63%. Given this, I anticipate the market will move up for the rest of this month before peaking in late April and turning down in May.

That said, I don't control the market, and there is a chance it may head south a little earlier, which means you need to be careful when buying stocks, especially in the second half of the month.

If the market begins falling earlier, I would encourage you to watch the 7,800 and 7,500 levels for potential support.

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Dale Gillham is chief investment analyst at Wealth Within Limited (AFSL 226347). He also serves as the head trainer at the Wealth Within Institute (RTO 21917). He has more than three decades of experience in the investment industry, and is the author of How to Beat the Managed Funds by 20%, Dale's qualifications include an Advanced Diploma and a Diploma of Share Trading and Investment. He co-hosts the Talking Wealth Podcast, and his work has appeared in The Australian Financial Review, New York Business Journal, Wall Street Select and more.