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Housing Affordability To Worsen Despite Price Fall

While the barrier to entry lessen with house prices set to fall, interest rates rising make serviceability a larger issue.

By Terry Christodoulou
Thu, May 12, 2022 4:55pmGrey Clock 2 min

Those out there hoping that downward pressure on housing prices would make the market more affordable are set for a shock with houses unlikely to become more affordable even if values were to drop by 20% according to the ANZ/Corelogic Housing Affordability report.

According to the report, higher mortgages would negate any benefit gained from lower prices while ANZ expects the cash rate to rise to 2.25% by May next year – which would trigger a decline in house prices and lower the deposit hurdle.

But housing affordability is still set to deteriorate as mortgage repayments rise and borrowing capacity lessens according to ANZ senior economist Felicity Emmett.

“A lot of people think falling prices will make houses more affordable, but that’s actually not the case,” she said.

“New borrowers will still need to pay higher mortgage repayments even if prices fall by 20 per cent because of the increase in interest rates.

“We found that you would need a very significant fall, something like 25 per cent to offset the impact of rate rises over the next year or so, but we don’t expect that to happen.”

ANZ is predicting house prices to drop by 6% nationally next year, Sydney is predicted for a drop of 7%, Melbourne by 6%, Brisbane 3% and Adelaide 5%.

Perth and Hobart are also expected to fall by 6% each and Darwin and Canberra by 8% each.

Housing affordability has worsened since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic with the ratio of house prices to household income reaching a record high 9.3 nationwide.

In Sydney that ratio is now 13.3 times higher than household income whereas in Melbourne the value is 10.6, Brisbane 9.0, Adelaide 8.6, Perth 6.1, Hobart 9.8, Darwin 4.5 and Canberra 8.2.

For the average Sydneysider, it now takes 17.7 years to save the 20% deposit to buy a house in Sydney — a rise of two years and 11 months in a 12 month period.

Despite serviceability concerns, falling house prices could also shorten the time it takes to get a foot in the housing market according to Eliza Own, CoreLogic’s head of research.

“Presumably the pressure will be less on the deposit hurdle and more on the amount of income required to service a mortgage, but that is assuming we see consistent price falls off the back of higher interest rates,” she said.

However, the portion of income needed to service a new mortgage to buy a house has jumped to a record 64.4% in Sydney, up from 54% the year prior. Melbourne has lifted to 51.7% from 47.1% last year and rose to 45.25% nationally.



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Home values across Australia rose by a median 8 percent in FY24, delivering the equivalent of $59,000 in new capital growth to the two-thirds of the population that owns a home, according to CoreLogic data. Investors received total returns of 12.2 percent over the year, including capital gains and gross rental income.

Very tight supply and demand in most capital cities except Melbourne and Hobart was a significant driver of the capital growth, with the smaller and more affordable capital cities of Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide experiencing the most price appreciation over the year. A lack of properties for sale trumped the usual dampening effect of higher interest rates.

As usual, some areas outperformed their city’s median growth benchmark. Here are the top SA3 areas for capital growth in each capital city of Australia in FY24. SA3 areas are large suburbs, or districts incorporating clusters of suburbs, with more than 20,000 residents.

 

Sydney

Home values across Sydney rose by a median 6.3 percent in FY24. The No. 1 area for growth was Mount Druitt. Its median value rose by 13.96 percent to $859,939. Mount Druitt is located 33km west of the CBD. It incorporates the suburbs of Mount Druitt, Ropes Crossing, Whalan and Minchinbury. The Mount Druitt community is very multicultural with almost one in two residents born overseas. It is home to many young families, with the median age of residents being 33 compared to the NSW median of 39.

 

Melbourne

Home values across Melbourne rose by a median 1.3 percent in FY24. The top area for capital growth was Moreland-North with 4.71 percent growth. This took the district’s median home value to $746,488. Moreland-North includes the suburbs of Hadfield, Pascoe Vale and Glenroy. It’s a multicultural community with a particularly large contingent of residents with Italian ancestry. One or both parents of 66 percent of residents were born overseas, according to the 2021 Census.

 

Brisbane

Home values across Brisbane rose by a median 15.8 percent in FY24. The No. 1 area for growth was Springwood-Kingston in Logan City. Its median value swelled by 25.55 percent to $710,569. Springwood-Kingston is approximately 22km south of Brisbane CBD. It incorporates the suburbs of Springwood, Kingston, Rochedale South and Slacks Creek. It is a multicultural community with one or both parents of 55 percent of the residents born overseas, according to the 2021 Census. More than 15 percent of residents have Irish or Scottish ancestry.

 

Adelaide

Home values across Adelaide rose by a median 15.4 percent in FY24. The best area for capital growth was Playford in Playford City. Its median value soared by 19.94 percent to $530,991. Playford is approximately 40km north of Adelaide. It incorporates the suburbs of Elizabeth Downs, Elizabeth Grove, Angle Vale and Virginia. It is home to many young people under the age of 40. The median age of residents is 33 compared to the state median of 41.

 

Perth 

Home values across Perth rose by a median 23.6 percent in FY24. The No. 1 area for growth was Kwinana in Kwinana City. Its median value skyrocketed by 33.19 percent to $618,925. Kwinana is approximately 37km south of Perth CBD. It includes the suburbs of Leda, Medina, Casuarina and Mandogalup. Henderson Naval Base is located here and there is a significant community of servicemen and ex-servicemen living in the area. It is home to many young families, with the median age of residents being 33 compared to the state median of 38.

 

Canberra

Home values across the nation’s capital rose by a median 2.2 percent in FY24. The best area for capital growth was Weston Creek. Its median value rose by 5.24 percent to $937,740. Weston Creek is approximately 13km south-west of the CBD. It includes the suburbs of Weston Creek, Holder, Duffy, Fisher and Chapman. Approximately 43 percent of residents have a bachelor’s degree, which is on par with the ACT median but much higher than the national median of 26 percent. Household incomes are about 35 percent higher than the national median. Almost one in five residents work in government administration jobs.

 

Hobart

Home values across Hobart fell 0.1 percent in FY24. The top performing area for capital gains was Sorell-Dodges Ferry with 2.78 percent growth. This took the area’s median home value to $615,973. Sorell-Dodges Ferry is approximately 25km north-west of Hobart. It incorporates the suburbs of Richmond, Sorell, Dodges Ferry, Carlton and Primrose Sands. The area has a large community of baby boomers and retirees, with the median age of residents being 43 compared to the Australian median of 38.

 

Darwin

Home values across Darwin rose by a median 2.4 percent in FY24. The No. 1 area for growth was Litchfield. Its median value moved 3.21 higher to $672,003. Litchfield is about 37km south-east of Darwin and includes the suburbs of Humpty Doo, Acacia Hills and Southport.  It has a high proportion of middle-aged residents, with the median age being 39 compared to the territory median of 33. About 12 percent of residents are Indigenous Australians. The biggest industries are government administration and defence. Median household incomes are about 35 percent higher than the national median.

 

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