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Cheap homes rising in value faster than prestige homes

Buyers are prioritising affordability amid high interest rates

By Bronwyn Allen
Fri, Mar 15, 2024 9:46amGrey Clock 2 min

Cheaper homes in the lower price quartile of market are growing in value at a faster pace than homes in the upper quartile, according to new CoreLogic figures.

Research director Tim Lawless said the upper quartile typically leads housing market cycles into their upswings and downturns. This occurred in 2023 when higher priced homes outperformed for the first seven months of the year as the market rebounded from its 2022 slump, which was caused by rising interest rates from May.

Then price growth among expensive homes slowed down, and cheaper properties began appreciating at a faster pace through the second half of the year, and now into 2024. Mr Lawless said the lower quartile in every capital city property market recorded superior growth to the upper quartile over the past three months.

At a national level, lower priced homes grew by 2.4 percent, middle priced homes appreciated 1.7 percent and upper quartile properties rose 0.6 percent. The market’s lower quartile is defined as homes within the bottom 25 percent of values, the middle quartile represents 50 percent of the market with mediumrange prices, and the upper quartile is the most expensive 25 percent of homes.

“This trend is most evident in Sydney, Melbourne and, to a lesser extent Brisbane, where upper quartile values clearly led the 2023 upswing through the first half of the year,” Mr Lawless saidThe trend hasn’t been evident in Perth or Adelaide where lower quartile home values have consistently recorded a faster pace of capital gains through 2023 and the first two months of 2024,” he said.

Perth continues to record the highest capital growth overall among the capital cities. Home values in the Western Australian capital rose 5.2 percent over the three months to February and are up 18.3 percent over the past year. Perth offers exceptional value to owner occupiers and investors compared to the big East Coast capitals. Its median house price is $718,560 compared to $1,395,804 in Sydney, $942,779 in Melbourne and $899,474 in Brisbane.

Mr Lawless added that Perth had the fastest pace of price growth among lower quartile homes of all the capital cities over the past three months. There was a 2.2 percent difference between the growth rate of lower priced homes and upper priced homes. A noticeable spike in East Coast investors purchasing in Western Australia over the past year may be contributing to this superior pace of growth, given most investors target lower priced properties for affordability and stronger rental yields.

Other data just released by CoreLogic reveals the total value of Australian residential real estate increased to an estimated $10.4 trillion at the end of February. This is a new record high, up from $10.3 trillion in January. By comparison, Australian superannuation is worth $3.7 trillion and the ASX share market is worth $3.1 trillion.



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Sparkling wine flows as Australian winemaker takes out top international award

The Tasmanian-based winemaker was among a number of Australian producers to be honoured at the event in London this week

By Robyn Willis
Thu, Jul 11, 2024 2 min

An Australian winemaker has taken out the top prize for sparkling wine at the International Wine Challenge, the first time a local winemaker has done so. It marks just the second time in the competition’s 40-year history that the award has gone to a winemaker outside France’s Champagne region.

Tasmanian-based House of Arras’ chief winemaker, Ed Carr, was presented with the award for Sparkling Winemaker of the Year at a special ceremony in London earlier this week.

“I’m incredibly honoured to be named this year’s Sparkling Winemaker of the Year. It’s a challenge to describe the feeling, but I’m proud to be recognised amongst my peers for such a significant international award,” Mr Carr said.

The IWC is considered one of the world’s most rigorous and impartial wine competitions. This year, France topped the medal tally with 72 gold, 394 silver and 455 bronze medals – extending their haul by 84 more wins than last year.  

The 40-year-old competition is considered one of the most influential events in the winemaking calendar.

Australian winemakers took out second place, with 54 gold, 250 silver and 154 bronze medals. Australia also won 19 trophies, 10 of which went to South Australia.

House of Arras also received the Australian Sparkling Trophy for its 2014 House of Arras Blanc de Blancs, as well as two gold and six silver medals.

Tasmania’s cool climate and soil make it ideal for producing world-class sparkling wine says Ed Carr (pictured).

Mr Carr said Tasmania’s cool climate and terroir were equal to the world’s best sparkling wine regions. The wins follow a strong showing this year at Australia’s National Wine Show and the Decanter World Wine Awards, where House of Arras also collected awards.

“2024 has been an outstanding year on the awards front, and I’m honoured to add this recent recognition from the International Wine Challenge to the mantle,” he said. 

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