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Australian rents soar to record highs as housing crisis bites

The humble share house is back on the table as renters wrestle with rising rental costs

By KANEBRIDGE NEWS
Mon, Jan 22, 2024 1:52pmGrey Clock 2 min

National median rents for Australians have reached record highs, CoreLogic data shows.

The median rent rose to $601 per week in December, or $31,252 a year, and increase of more than $160 since August 2020. 

Average rent growths were 9.1 percent over the past three calendar years compared with 2 percent in the 2010s. Sydney recorded the highest median rent at $745 per week, while Hobart was the lowest at $535. Hobart recorded a -3.5 percent drop in median rents. Along with Canberra, which fell -1.9 percent, they were the only markets to experience a decline.

Author of the Rental Market Update and head of research Australia at CoreLogic, Eliza Owen, said factors such as an upswing in migration numbers since 2022 and the overall decline in the average size of households were contributing factors to the rise in prices.

It noted that the reduction in available social housing had placed further pressure on the private rental market, especially at the lower end.

Source: CoreLogic

While the figures are alarming to renters, the report noted that the rate of growth has slowed compared with recent years. Last year, rent values rose 8.3 percent, down from 9.6 percent in the year to September 2022. The contrast is even greater in regional areas where rents increased by 4.3 percent last year compared with 13.4 percent in the year to August 2021.

“The easing in rent growth is good news with regard to inflation, but there was a slight pick-up in annual growth once again in the final quarter of 2023,” Ms Owen said in the report. “This ‘re-acceleration’ in rents was most consistent across the capital city house markets, but was also evident in regional rent markets.”

However, she said cost of living pressures were causing some renters to re-think household arrangements. 

“As noted in previous quarters, part of the explanation for an uptick in house rent growth may be in part due to households re-grouping into share houses,” Ms Owen said. “Additionally, the premium of house rents over units has narrowed in the past two years, from $63 per week at the median level to $38. 

“This ‘catch up’ in unit rents could be making them less appealing, diverting tenants back to houses.” 

 



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It’s a slam dunk as a covetable $2m KDR site complete with basketball court hits the market in the Hills District

The ball is in the buyer’s court with this knockdown/rebuild opportunity

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Glenhaven in Sydney’s Hills District is one of those areas that locals tend to keep to themselves. Leafy with large blocks on offer, the suburb takes its name from its valley location, with the northern end originally known as the Glen and the southern end called the Haven. 

En route from Parramatta to the Hunter, Glenhaven has become an ideal place for growing families in search of a little more space, or even room to house several generations under one roof.

The challenge is finding properties that tick all the right boxes.

As demand for trades and supply chain issues continue to ease, now could be the right time for a knockdown/rebuild project for would-be buyers looking to create their dream home.

Fairmont Homes specialises in knockdown/rebuild projects in Sydney. General manager at Fairmont Homes, Daniel Logue, said there are key features to look for when choosing a knockdown/rebuild site.

“The key items we look for are the site falling to the street, not to the rear, to help with stormwater drainage as well as access to the site,” he said. “Neighbouring property front setbacks are also important. In some older areas, the older houses are set closer to the street, meaning your new home will have to be set to suit.

“Value for money and the return on the end sale price of the home is another issue.”

If possible, he said designing a home that meets the criteria of the Complying Development legislation will speed up approvals considerably.

While suitable knockdown/rebuild sites can be hard to find in Glenhaven, there are still hidden opportunities if you know where to look.

One block at 158 Gilbert Road, Glenhaven is ideally suited for rejuvenation. With almost 850sqm to play with, it slopes down to the street and sits between neighbouring properties that have already been stylishly updated.

 

 

An existing basketball court at the rear could provide the perfect teen backdrop to a family home, or it could make way for a larger house with landscaped gardens and pool. Alternatively, it could be the perfect position for a cabana or granny flat to serve as in-law accommodation or a source of secondary income.

With recent sales of completed homes in nearby streets reaching well above $5 million, it’s a great opportunity to make a slam dunk of a buy into one of Sydney’s best kept secrets.

Address: 158 Gilbert Road, Glenhaven
Price guide: $1.8 million
Inspection: By appointment only

 

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