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Property Value-To-Income Ratio Hits Peak

Data from ANZ and CoreLogic shows a record high in the June quarter.

By Terry Christodoulou
Mon, Nov 29, 2021 2:39pmGrey Clock 2 min

The national dwelling value-to-income ratio reached a record high in the June quarter according to a new housing affordability report from ANZ and CoreLogic.

Based on median income data from ANU against property statistics from the research specialist, the report found the national dwelling value-to-income ratio reached a record high of 7.7 in the June quarter above the decade average of 6.3 and up from 6.4 in the September 2020 quarter.

Houses saw a sharper ratio when compared to units, leading to the widest gap on record. For houses, the ratio had risen from 6.7 to 8.1 while units experienced a mor moderate increase from 6.2 to 6.8.

Focusing on capital cities, the dwelling value-to-income ratio was recorded at 8 — the highest reading on record. The combined capital city ratio had trended consistently higher since the September quarter last year.

Across the combined capital cities, the median dwelling value, as at June, was %727,427, a 52.1% premium on the equivalent median value across regional Australia.

Sydney had the highest value-to-income ratio, at 10.1, followed by Melbourne and regional NSW, both at 8.5.

Dwelling values across regional Australia rose by 18.1% between March 2020 to June 2021 — against a lift of 11.2% in combined capital city values.

In regional Australia, the median dwelling value-to-income ratio was 6.8. The ratio for houses went from a record low of 5.7 in September 2020 quarter to a record high of 5.7 in June 2021.

There are further property rises expected against household income in the coming months, as Australian house values rose a further 6.8% in the four months to October.

Between March 2020 and June 2021, CoreLogic data indicted the national median housing values have risen by 12.6%.

In the meantime, ANU income modelling suggested the median household income has fallen relatively flat, with an increase of 0.2%.

Based on households saving 15 per cent of their gross annual income, it would now take the typical household a record high of 10.2 years to save a 20 per cent deposit for an Australian dwelling, as at the end of June.

For houses, that means saving a 20% deposit would require a time frame of 10.8 years vs a nine-year period for units. Elsewhere, across capital cities, the average time frame to save a deposit has lifted to 10.7 years — 11.7 years for houses and 9 years for the median value unit.


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You’ll never guess where they found a little extra room when renovating this west coast house

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There was a time, not too long ago, when the most important must-have for would-be renovators was space. It was all about space to be together and space to be apart.

But as house prices increase across the country, the conversation has started to shift from size for the sake of it towards more flexible, well-designed spaces better suited to contemporary living.

For the owners of this 1920s weatherboard workers’ cottage in Fremantle, the emphasis was less on having an abundance of room and more about creating cohesive environments that could still maintain their own distinct moods. Key to achieving this was manipulating the floorplan in such a way that it could draw in light, giving the impression at least of a larger footprint. 

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Positioned on a site that fell three metres from street level, the humble four-room residence had been added to over the years. First order of business for local architect Philip Stejskal was to strip the house back to its original state.

“In this case, they were not quality additions,” Stejskal says. “Sometimes it is important to make sure later additions are not lean-tos.”

The decision to demolish was not taken lightly. 

“Sometimes they can be as historically significant as the original building and need to be considered — I wouldn’t want people to demolish our addition in 50 years’ time.”

Northern light hits the site diagonally, so the design solution was to open up the side of the house via a spacious courtyard to maximise opportunities to draw natural light in. However, this had a knock-on effect.

A central courtyard captures northern light. Image: Bo Wong

“We had to make space in the middle of the site to get light in,” Stejskal says. “That was one of the first moves, but that created another issue because we would be looking onto the back of the neighbouring building at less appealing things, like their aircon unit.”

To draw attention away from the undesirable view, Stejskal designed a modern-day ‘folly’.

“It’s a chimney and lookout and it was created to give us something nice to look at in the living space and in the kitchen,” Stejskal says. 

“With a growing family, the idea was to create a space where people could find a bit of solitude. It does have views to the wider locality but you can also see the port and you can connect to the street as well.”

A garden tap has also been installed to allow for a herb garden at the top of the steps.

“That’s the plan anyway,”  he says. 

A modern day ‘folly’ provides an unexpected breakout space with room for a rooftop herb garden. Image: Bo Wong

Conjuring up space has been at the core of this project, from the basement-style garaging to the use of the central courtyard to create a pavilion-like addition.

The original cottage now consists of two bedrooms, with a central hallway leading onto a spacious reception and living area. Here, the large kitchen and dining spaces wrap around the courtyard, offering easy access to outdoor spaces via large sliding doors.

Moments of solitude and privacy have been secreted throughout the floorplan, with clever placement of built-in window seats and the crow’s nest lookout on the roof, ideal for morning coffee and sunset drinks.

The house has three bedrooms, including a spacious master suite with walk-in robe and ensuite overlooking the back garden. Adjustable blades on the bedroom windows allow for the control of light, as well as privacy. Although the house was designed pre COVID, it offers the sensibility so many sought through that time — sanctuary, comfort and retreat.

Adjustable blades allow the owners to control light on the upper floor. Image: Bo Wong

“When the clients came to us, they wanted a house that was flexible enough to cater for the unknown and changes in the family into the future,” Stejskal says. “We gave the owners a series of spaces and a certain variety or moods, regardless of the occasion. We wanted it to be a space that would support that.”

Mood has also been manipulated through the choice of materials. Stejskal has used common materials such as timber and brick, but in unexpected ways to create spaces that are at once sumptuous but also in keeping with the origins of the existing building.

Externally, the brickwork has been finished in beaded pointing, a style of bricklaying that has a softening effect on the varied colours of bricks. For the flooring, crazy paving in the courtyard contrasts with the controlled lines of tiles laid in a stack bond pattern. Close attention has also been paid to the use of veneer on select joinery in the house, championing the beauty of Australian timbers with a lustrous finish. 

“The joinery is finished in spotted gum veneer that has been rotary cut,” says Stejskal. “It is peeled off the log like you peel an apple to give you this different grain.”

Rotary cut timber reveals the beauty of the natural grain in the kitchen joinery. Image: Bo Wong

Even the laundry has been carefully considered.

“The laundry is like a zen space with bare stone,” he says. “We wanted these different moods and the landscape of rooms. We wanted to create a rich tapestry in this house.”

The owners now each experience the house differently, highlighting separate aspects of the building as their favourite parts. It’s quite an achievement when the site is not enormous. Maybe it’s not size that matters so much after all.


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