• Rental listings reach eight-year low in September

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    Rental Listings Reach Eight-Year Low In September | REIWA

    Rental listings in Perth continued to drop in September, falling eight per cent to 2,926 over the month - the lowest it’s been since 2012, according to reiwa.com data.  

    Rental listings

    REIWA President Damian Collins said what started as a reasonable rental shortage has quickly changed to a severe rental shortage and we are now on the brink of a rental crisis. 

    “With Perth’s vacancy rate sitting at 1.3 per cent, it is no surprise that we are seeing listings for rent continue to lower. In addition, a number of our regional members are reporting vacancy rates close to zero, so the impact is being felt across the entire state,” Mr Collins said. 

    Days to lease

    “Leasing days was also notably faster in September, taking a median of 19 days to lease a property in Greater Perth – making it the quickest time to lease since June 2013.” 

    Median rent

    The median rent has remained stable at $360 per week, however one out of three suburbs in Greater Perth experienced increases to their median rent in September with Quinns Rock, North Perth, Dianella and Como the top performers. 

    The data also revealed four out of the top 10 suburbs experienced the highest increase in rental demand and had a median rent price at or above of $400 a week - Cottesloe, Innaloo, Piara Waters and Nedlands. 

    WA needs investors

    “With population growth returning closer to long-term average levels in Western Australia, the State Government needs to encourage investment in property to accommodate returning expats and existing tenants,” Mr Collins said. 

    “There is the possibility we will run out of properties next year unless something is done to entice investors back and encourage first-home buying in established areas.” 

    Perth residential sales market  

    CoreLogic’s latest home value index shows dwelling values in Perth increased 0.2 per cent in September. 

    Median sale price

    “Darlington saw the biggest increase to its median in September with a 4.9 per cent increase which was followed by Armadale (up 4.7 per cent), Swan View (up 4.5 per cent), Rockingham (up 3.9 per cent), and Padbury (up three per cent),” Mr Collins said.   

    “One in four suburbs experienced sales activity growth with Seville Grove recording the biggest increase, followed by Dianella, Shoalwater, Wembley Downs and Leeming.” 

    Listings for sale

    Listings for sale were down 20 per cent when compared to the same time last year, however it was the fastest month for selling since May 2014, taking a median of 28 days compared to 55 days in September 2019.    

    “While it’s clear the WA property sector is in recovery mode with the worst behind us, we will have to deal with low levels of supply in the rental and sales market for some period of time.” Mr Collins said. 

    Changes needed to the industry

    “In the upcoming WA Budget, we are urging the State Government to introduce at least a $7,000 grant on established homes for first home buyers, which will help take pressure off the rental market. 

    “With prices on the rise, net migration at the highest level since March 2014 and record low interest rates, there has not been a better time in many years for investors and home buyers to get into the market.”