Sydney Housing Affordability Nearing 10-Year Low
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Sydney Housing Affordability Nearing 10-Year Low

Despite a rise in listings, affordability is worsening.

By Terry Christodoulou
Tue, Oct 26, 2021Grey Clock 2 min

Sydney’s housing affordability worries are set to deepen to its worst level in a decade amid surging prices according to modelling by Moody’s Investors Service.

The ratings agency predicts that Sydney will reach its worst affordability in 10 years if prices rise by a further 4.6% or, alternatively, should mortgage lending rates increase by as little as 42 basis points.

Using data from CoreLogic, this level could occur soon as Sydney’s dwelling prices have already surged 1.7% in the past four weeks.

To arrive at a calculation of affordability, Moody’s analysts show housing affordability as the proportion of the average household income borrowers need to meet repayments on new mortgages based on the median housing sales prices, 80 per cent loan-to-value ratio over a 25-year principal and interest repayment period. Then, a lending rate equal to the average discounted variable interest rate for owner-occupiers published by the RBA is applied.

Currently, in Sydney, new borrowers need 35.4% of household income to pay their mortgages – significantly higher than the 28.3% needed for Melbourne and 20.6% for Brisbane.

Moody’s modelling shows that should mortgage lending rates rise by 25 basis points, Sydney’s average homebuyers would need more than 36% of their household incomes to afford mortgage repayments – Melbourne would need roughly 29%.

Across the country, Moody’s report expected affordability to reach its worst level in a decade should housing prices rise by 15% or if the mortgage rate leapt to its average for the past 10 years of 4.79%.

If housing prices increase by 15%, the share of income to meet mortgage repayments will pass the 28.9% peak of the past 10 years for Australia on average.

The average Australian household with two income earners needed 25.1% of monthly income to meet monthly mortgage repayments in September – up from 24.6^ in February and just below the 10-year average of 25.8%.

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In the coastal township of Salamander Bay — nearby to Port Stephens — comes a unique home crafted to take full advantage of unbroken ocean vistas across three levels.

With one-of-a-kind flair, the stunning 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 3-car garage home of 52 Randall Drive Salamander Bay is nestled on a private 577sqm plot, optimised through intelligent design to take advantage of the Port Stephens landscape and lifestyle.

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The open plan living, kitchen and dining areas incorporate a fireplace and near floor-to-ceiling glass that opens to create a seamless indoor-to-outdoor dining and entertaining space on the home’s top floor.

The heart of this area is the kitchen, centred around a marble-topped island, state-of-the-art European appliances and an attached bar area, with built-in refrigeration, accompanied by a butler’s pantry.

Also here comes a grand outdoor spa, central to the balcony, while another outdoor entertaining area with a pizza oven is found on the middle floor.

Downstairs once again comes a second living space replete with the perfect wine cellar — cooled by the natural rock foundation of the home — offering an array of entertaining options

Of the home’s accommodation comes a private and luxurious master retreat with expansive ocean views, a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite, here, speckled with grey terrazzo tiling and timber joinery vanities.  A further four bedrooms are found throughout the home along with two family bathrooms rounding out the offering.

Less than a five-minute walk from nearby amenities of shops, restaurants, cafes and beaches the home offers the best of the Port Stephens area.

The listing is with PRD Port Stephens’ Dane Queenan (+61 412 351 819) and Erin Sharp (+61 499 912 311) and is heading to auction; prd.com.au