• Perth buyers soak up listings despite wet conditions in July

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    Dark and stormy clouds hang over Cottesloe Beach.

    Perth’s wettest July in many years hasn’t dampened buyer appetite, with reiwa.com data revealing listings for sale dropped 2.3 per cent in July and are down 6.4 per cent compared to April 2021.

    REIWA President Damian Collins said it is pleasing that stock is being soaked up quickly, despite the very wet weather Perth has been experiencing.

    “Normally wet weather dampens people’s interest in attending property inspections, but July was still a very strong month for sales. As we transition out of winter into spring, this should put the Perth property market in a good position to continue its strong recovery,” Mr Collins said.

    Listings for sale

    There were 8,374 listings for sale at the end of July on reiwa.com.

    “Much of this decline is being driven by houses, with house listings down 6.2 per cent over the month and 11.9 per cent compared to three months ago,” Mr Collins said.

    The suburbs to record the biggest decreases in listings in July were Banksia Grove (down 44 per cent), Lockridge (down 37 per cent), Darlington (down 33 per cent), Glendalough (down 33 per cent) and Helena Valley (down 33 per cent).

    “It is encouraging to see stock still being absorbed at a healthy pace during winter when we’d generally expect fewer sales to occur,” Mr Collins said.

    Home value index and median sale price

    CoreLogic data shows the Perth home value index lifted 0.3 per cent in July and is up almost 11 per cent over the last 12 months.

    “Even though the rate of growth has slowed down, it is reassuring to see there has still been price growth, which will put Perth in a strong position as we enter the spring selling season,” Mr Collins said.

    reiwa.com data shows the Perth median house sale price in July was $520,500.

    The suburbs to record the biggest increase in median house sale price during July were Spearwood (up 3.3 per cent to $485,000), Kingsley (up 3.1 per cent to $620,000), Leda (up 2.9 per cent to $300,500), Success (up 2.8 per cent to $521,000) and Greenfields (up 2.8 per cent to $297,500).  

    “It’s pleasing to see representation from the more affordable end of the market in the top performing price growth suburbs. The Perth market recovery is widespread and occurring across all price points,” Mr Collins said.

    Median selling days

    reiwa.com data shows the median time to sell a property was 17 days in July.

    “Even though this figure is one day slower than June, houses are still selling 27 days faster than they were a year ago,” Mr Collins said.

    The 10 fastest selling suburbs in July were Kingsley (six days), Willetton (seven days), Heathridge (eight days), Kinross (eight days), Palmyra (eight days), Waikiki (nine days), Greenwood (10 days), Leeming (10 days), Hocking (10 days) and North Perth (10 days).

    Perth rental market

    Perth’s median rent price was stable in July, holding at $425 per week.

    “Although the Perth median rent price has increased over the last year, we are still $25 cheaper than the peak median rent price of $450 per week in 2013 and 2014. It’s reassuring for tenants that the rate of growth has slowed since the end of the rental moratorium,” Mr Collins said.

    Leasing activity

    Leasing activity increased 0.3 per cent in July and is up 7.1 per cent compared to April.

    Victoria Park saw the biggest increase in leased properties, with activity up 71 per cent in July compared to June. Other suburbs to perform well were Maylands (up 63 per cent), Piara Waters (up 50 per cent), Balga (up 50 per cent), Dianella (up 40 per cent) and Southern River (up 38 per cent).

    Listings for rent

    There were 2,734 properties for rent in Perth at the end of July, according to reiwa.com data.

    "Listings for rent have increased 13 per cent since the height of the rental shortage in December 2020. Although there is still a rental shortage, this is an encouraging trend that needs to continue to achieve a balanced market,” Mr Collins said.

    The five suburbs to record the biggest increase in rental listings during July were Bayswater, Mount Hawthorn, Halls Head, Ascot and Bassendean.

    "The increase in listings since January reinforces that investor confidence is slowly starting to return. This is also backed up by Australian Bureau of Statistics data which shows investor loan approvals in Western Australia increased to $498 million in May 2021, which is 10 per cent more than April 2021 and 209 per cent more than May 2020,” Mr Collins said.

    “We still have some way to go before we get back to a balanced market, but the early signs are good. It is vital that the review of the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) does not derail this progress by discouraging investor activity. Now is not the time to be making significant changes to the RTA.”

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