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Is City Living Back In High Demand?

A survey from Knight Frank indicates urban interest is returning.

By Terry Christodoulou
Thu, Aug 26, 2021 3:13pmGrey Clock < 1 min

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a documented shrinking interest in living in cities, with many looking to the country as a new, viable way of living.

The global pandemic-induced tree change trend is seemingly losing momentum according to Knight Frank’s Global Buyer Survey.

Here, the survey of 900 clients across a total of 49 markets looked at the impact of COVID-19 on residential buyers’ attitudes to purchasing homes.

Globally, 19% of respondents have moved since the start of the pandemic – a figure that rises to 25% in Australasia.

Respondents cited a need for more outdoor (22%) and indoor (19%) space as the driving factors behind the moves.

Further, 20% of respondents who hadn’t moved were considering moving in 2021 as the pandemic continues to evolve.

Out of those respondents, 38% were looking at city locations – a strong indication that metro regions may be coming back into favour while 33% prefered more suburban locales.

Detached houses, waterfront residences or villas are still in strong demand, making up 46% of respondents. Elsewhere, country estates were also in demand, with 34% looking at that property type.

Surprisingly demand for apartments has shot up by 19% to 31% compared to 2020, with Knight Frank suggesting those changes reflect increased demand for a pied-a-terre in city centres.

 

 



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New research suggests spending 40 percent of household income on loan repayments is the new normal

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Requiring more than 30 percent of household income to service a home loan has long been considered the benchmark for ‘housing stress’. Yet research shows it is becoming the new normal. The 2024 ANZ CoreLogic Housing Affordability Report reveals home loans on only 17 percent of homes are ‘serviceable’ if serviceability is limited to 30 percent of the median national household income.

Based on 40 percent of household income, just 37 percent of properties would be serviceable on a mortgage covering 80 percent of the purchase price. ANZ CoreLogic suggest 40 may be the new 30 when it comes to home loan serviceability. “Looking ahead, there is little prospect for the mortgage serviceability indicator to move back into the 30 percent range any time soon,” says the report.

“This is because the cash rate is not expected to be cut until late 2024, and home values have continued to rise, even amid relatively high interest rate settings.” ANZ CoreLogic estimate that home loan rates would have to fall to about 4.7 percent to bring serviceability under 40 percent.

CoreLogic has broken down the actual household income required to service a home loan on a 6.27 percent interest rate for an 80 percent loan based on current median house and unit values in each capital city. As expected, affordability is worst in the most expensive property market, Sydney.

Sydney

Sydney’s median house price is $1,414,229 and the median unit price is $839,344.

Based on 40 percent serviceability, households need a total income of $211,456 to afford a home loan for a house and $125,499 for a unit. The city’s actual median household income is $120,554.

Melbourne

Melbourne’s median house price is $935,049 and the median apartment price is $612,906.

Based on 40 percent serviceability, households need a total income of $139,809 to afford a home loan for a house and $91,642 for a unit. The city’s actual median household income is $110,324.

Brisbane

Brisbane’s median house price is $909,988 and the median unit price is $587,793.

Based on 40 percent serviceability, households need a total income of $136,062 to afford a home loan for a house and $87,887 for a unit. The city’s actual median household income is $107,243.

Adelaide

Adelaide’s median house price is $785,971 and the median apartment price is $504,799.

Based on 40 percent serviceability, households need a total income of $117,519 to afford a home loan for a house and $75,478 for a unit. The city’s actual median household income is $89,806.

Perth

Perth’s median house price is $735,276 and the median unit price is $495,360.

Based on 40 percent serviceability, households need a total income of $109,939 to afford a home loan for a house and $74,066 for a unit. The city’s actual median household income is $108,057.

Hobart

Hobart’s median house price is $692,951 and the median apartment price is $522,258.

Based on 40 percent serviceability, households need a total income of $103,610 to afford a home loan for a house and $78,088 for a unit. The city’s actual median household income is $89,515.

Darwin

Darwin’s median house price is $573,498 and the median unit price is $367,716.

Based on 40 percent serviceability, households need a total income of $85,750 to afford a home loan for a house and $54,981 for a unit. The city’s actual median household income is $126,193.

Canberra

Canberra’s median house price is $964,136 and the median apartment price is $585,057.

Based on 40 percent serviceability, households need a total income of $144,158 to afford a home loan for a house and $87,478 for a unit. The city’s actual median household income is $137,760.

 

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