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Western Australia has retained the title of most affordable
place in the country for renting and is the most affordable state in the
country for housing, according to a new report by the Real Estate
Institute of Australia (REIA).
REIA’s Housing Affordability Report determines affordability
based on what proportion of the median weekly family income is required to
service loan repayments and pay rent in the respective state or territory.
It found the proportion of family income required to service
home loan repayments in WA was 26.2 per cent – making WA now the second most
affordable place in the country, overtaking the Australian Capital Territory
with only the Northern Territory more affordable.
REIWA President Damian Collins said it was pleasing that
despite strong market conditions prevailing across the state, WA was still very
affordable for most people.
“We have some of the most affordable housing in the country
and the highest proportion of first home buyers in our owner-occupier market of
any place in the country at 39.3 per cent, which is very encouraging.
“While in other parts of the country the dream of home
ownership is out of reach for many people, particularly in places like New
South Wales where close to half of the state’s median weekly family income is
required to service loan repayments, that is simply not the case in WA,” Mr
In the rental market, the Housing Affordability Report found
that the proportion of family income required to make rent repayments in WA was
19.7 per cent, the most affordable in the country – edging out Victoria which
jointly held the title with WA in the September 2021 quarter.
“Despite the rental shortage, WA tenants continue to enjoy
the most affordable rental environment in the country. This report highlights
that rent prices are not the issue in WA, it’s supply,” Mr Collins said.
“It is pleasing that despite strong competition for rentals,
rent prices in WA are not growing at unsustainable levels.”
For more information, read REIA's official media release.
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