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Author: REIWA President Damian Collins
With price declines experienced in major
capital cities on the East Coast, it’s pleasing to see that once again Perth has
seen growth, with CoreLogic’s latest home value index for dwelling values showing
Perth increased 0.2 per cent in September.
down by individual Perth suburbs, Darlington saw the biggest increase to its
median in September with a 4.9 per cent increase to $637,500. Following this
was Armadale with a 4.7 per cent increase to $225,000 and Swan View which was
up 4.5 per cent to $355,000.
Rounding out the top five suburbs to see an increase in median sale
price is Rockingham with a 3.9 per cent increase to $370,000 and Padbury which
was up three per cent to $517,750.
Of the top 10 suburbs to see an increase in median, six of them are
below Perth’s median sale price of $475,000 and none of them were over the one
million mark, which demonstrates first home buyers and trade up buyers have
been more active in the market during September.
While it is
clear that the West Australian property market is in recovery mode with the
worst behind us, we will now have to
deal with low levels of supply for some period of time with listings for sale
in September decreasing 20 per cent compared to last year to sit at 10,656.
may have also heard that WA is also in the midst of a rental shortage with the
number of properties available to rent dropping below 3,000 in September,
compared to 6,169 in September 2019.
are many reasons why levels have dropped so low for both the rental and sales
market. Firstly, WA is almost back to normal population growth rates, sitting
at 1.5 per cent for the year to March 2020, a big improvement from the 0.6 per
cent per annum only a few years ago.
housing market is struggling to keep up from a demand and supply point of view and
with net migration into WA at the best levels since 2014 before the pandemic,
there will be additional pressure on housing demand once borders eventually
building bonus scheme does help boost housing supply, however those who have
chosen to build will be sitting in rentals over the next 18 months until their
homes are built, which does not help us in the short-term.
With prices on the rise and record low
interest rates, there has not been a better time in many years for investors
and home buyers to enter the market.
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