Australian Housing Prices Up 500% Over 25 Years
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Australian Housing Prices Up 500% Over 25 Years

However, yields have fallen to all-time lows.

By Terry Christodoulou
Thu, Apr 1, 2021Grey Clock 2 min

Proving itself as a reliable investment, research from the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) shows the price of Australian housing is up 500% over 25-years.

According to data from REIA, the median price for Australian housing inflated from $160,000 in 1996 to $825,000 in 2020.

Other dwellings, such as units and apartments have seen capital values increase by just over 400% in comparison however these assets produce higher yields.

The data shows that over the past five years, housing grew by 25%, from a median of $683,000 to $825,000 while other dwellings rose by 10% to $600,000.

Mr Kelly said that over the 25-year period, Australian housing yields tightened from 5.1% to 2.9% while other dwellings have recorded a drop in yields but not as dramatic, falling from 5.2.% to 3.7%.

“Houses in Darwin have the highest return averaging 4.2%. In 1996, housing investments in Darwin were yielding 6.4%.

“Melbourne and Sydney have always had the lowest yields both falling from around 4% in 1996 to just 1.8% in 2020.

“The pandemic saw Melbourne and Sydney experience rising vacancies with Melbourne now the highest in Australia at 5% while Sydney is currently at 3.7%,” said Mr Kelly.

Further, Mr Kelly said that there has been a decline in investors in the market in recent times particularly as concerns have emerged with moratoriums on evictions and rising vacancies.

“Despite rising vacancies and the low yields, we are starting to see investors reemerge as they respond to a rising market with further growth expectations and low borrowing costs,” Mr Kelly added.

REIA’s latest report, Real Estate Market Facts found that in the December quarter 2020, the weighted average capital city median price for both houses and other dwellings increased in the Australian residential property market.

“The weighted average capital city median price increased by 6.0% for houses and by 0.9% for other dwellings. The weighted average median house price for the eight capital cities increased to $825,205. Over the quarter, the median house price increased in all capital cities.

“At $1,211,488, Sydney’s median house price continues to be the highest amongst the capital cities, 46.8% higher than the national average. At $490,000 Perth has the lowest median house price across Australian capital cities, 40.6% lower than the national average.”

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New research from Knight Frank’s International Waterfront Index shows waterfront properties are costing more than double their inland counterparts in Sydney while in Melbourne waterside properties attract a 40% premium.

Australia’s coastline attracts some of the highest waterfront premiums in the world with Sydney topping the index — an average premium of 121% — compared to an equivalent home set away from the water.

Auckland ranked second on the list of 17 international locations — a premium of 76%. The list saw Gold Coast (71%), Perth (69%) and the Cap d’Antibes (59%) on the French Riviera round out the top 5.

Australia continued to feature prominently in the research with Brisbane’s waterfront premium coming in at 55%, with Melbourne also in the top 10 at 39%.

According to Knight Frank Australia’s head of residential research, Michelle Ciesielski, there has always been strong appetite for Sydney’s waterfront homes.

Australia’s luxury residential market has advanced, it lacks the depth of prestige markets in more established global cities said Cieselski.

“As a result, our Australian cities can achieve a significantly higher premium on the waterfront compared to a similar property inland without access to, or a view of, water,” she said.

“Also, Australia is known for its balmy outdoor lifestyle, so many buyers in this super-prime space are willing to pay a premium to secure the ideal position along the waterfront.”

The data also suggests that beachfront homes were most desirable, commanding a premium of 63% compared to harbour locations fetching 62% premium and coastal homes with a 40% premium.