Property prices have continued their general upward trajectory, with the national median now up 21.6% over the last 12 months. However, the rate of growth has definitely stalled, with a third consecutive monthly increase of 1.5%. While this is significantly down on the peak seen earlier in the year, it still remains comfortably above the long-term average.
Over the last month, we have seen further fractioning of price trends by state. Brisbane has continued to enjoy strong results, building on recent growth to become MVP for the month (up 2.54%). However, it is a very different story in the West, with Perth dipping into negative territory (down 0.11%).
Regional markets have performed slightly better than the capitals, up 1.9% for the month. This has been largely led by a strong regional NSW market, which was up 2.1% for the period. Again, things are less positive in the West, with regional WA also in negative territory (down 0.1%).
Despite the generally strong performance, most market commentators are tipping this growth phase to come to an end relatively soon. Pointing to affordability issues, increasing listing numbers, and tightening lending requirements, many experts believe a downtown is inevitable. However, most concede that it could still be a year or more before we see this eventuate.
In good news for investors, the national median rent rate also continues to increase – up 0.7% for the month. While this is slightly higher than last month, it is still down on the peaks we saw earlier in the year. As such, it is clear growth in rents has also steadied.
Much like sale prices, we also see significant variation in fortunes between states. NSW and Queensland have seen strong rental market performance, both in the capitals and in regional areas. By contrast, previously strong markets, like Darwin and Perth have seen a significant cooling, the latter only increasing 0.6% over the last 3 months.
Looking at rental yields, the story is less positive, with the national median dropping to a record low of 3.3%. This is driven by the disparity in sale price and rent rate growth, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne. This trend is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, so expect the national median rental yield to fall even lower.
Expectations of what lies ahead
While most forecasts look good for the short term, the long-term view tends to be less positive. There are a few reasons for this, with several factors likely to affect the market over the next few years. This includes:
Suburb Spotlight: Keperra (QLD)
Part of the Metropolitan Brisbane area, Keperra sits about 12km North-West of the city centre. It is well serviced by public transport, with the local Keperra and Grovely train stations connecting the area to the city. Residents also enjoy easy access to a 27-hole Championship golf course, multiple shopping centres, two schools, and a hospital.
What sets Keperra apart from many other Brisbane suburbs is the large housing development planned for the local quarry site. While mining activities are still winding down, building works have begun, progressively transforming the site into a planned community. This will provide an additional 550 homes and a wide range of community amenities, including ample green space.
This development will add depth to the local housing stock and should build on the growing interest in the area. The median price currently sits at almost $620,000 and is up almost 15% over the last two years. However, despite this growth, Keperra remains more affordable than most surrounding suburbs and comes in under the Metropolitan Brisbane median.
And, with a median weekly rent of around $475, investors in the area should expect a healthy yield of around 4%. This is largely due to the significant rental population (over 30%) and a vacancy rate that is hovering around 1%. As such, Keperra offers astute investors plenty of potential for solid returns and reasonable capital growth.
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