Third Of Australian Homes Cheaper To Buy Than Rent
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Third Of Australian Homes Cheaper To Buy Than Rent

Low interest rates and ascendant regional rent prices have seen mortgages look attractive.

By Kanebridge News
Thu, Jul 15, 2021Grey Clock < 1 min

Outside Australia’s two most populous major capital cities – Sydney and Melbourne – the incentive to buy a home has never been higher with homes across the rest of the country generally cheaper to buy than rent.

Only 4.9% of homes in Sydney and 7.3% of homes in Melbourne were cheaper to buy than rent, according to a new report by Corelogic.

Elsewhere, between 43% to 96% of other Australian addresses are cheaper to service a mortgage when compared to renting, including Brisbane.

The report showed buying cost less than renting at 36.2% of properties across the country, up from 33.9% last year.

Further, the demand for new homes increased by 15.3% driven by owner-occupiers while rent went up where domestic migration was strong.

Proportion of homes cheaper to buy than rent

Capital Percentage cheaper to buy Regional homes Percentage cheaper to buy
Darwin 86.5% NT 96.4%
Perth 59.6% WA 79.4%
Brisbane 55.3% Qld 73.1%
Hobart 50.2% Tas 71.4%
Adelaide 47.4% SA 47.4%
ACT 43.6
Melbourne 7.3% Vic 43.6%
Sydney 4.9% NSW 48.2%
Combined 26.2% Combined 60.1%

^Source: Corelogic Property Pulse

“The combination of lower rent growth and very strong dwelling value growth has meant that even fewer properties across Sydney are cheaper to pay down a mortgage than rent, at just 4.9 per cent,” said Corelogic head of research Eliza Owen.

“This is down from 7.1 per cent when the analysis was done with the same assumptions in February 2020.”

Owen added results were also indicative of lower interest costs on mortgage debt since the onset of Covid-19.

“However, reduced interest costs have not led to cheaper mortgage serviceability relative to rents in every instance,” Owen said.


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When people talk about making a seachange, chances are this is the kind of property on the NSW South Coast that they have in mind.

Open for inspection for the first time this Saturday, 24 Point Street Bulli offers rare absolute beachfront, with never-to-be-built-out north facing views of the ocean. Located on the tip of Sandon Point, this two-storey property is a surfer’s dream with one of Australia’s most iconic surf breaks just beyond the back wall.

On the lower floor at street level, there are three bedrooms and two bathrooms, including a family bathroom and an ensuite in the master suite. A fourth bedroom is on the upper floor, along with the main living area, and is serviced by its own bathroom. 

While this would make a spectacular holiday home, it is well equipped for day-to-day living, with a spacious gourmet kitchen and butler’s pantry set into the articulated open plan living area on the first floor. A separate media room to the street side of the property on this level provides additional living space. 

Every aspect of this property has been considered to take in the light and views, with high ceilings internally and spacious, north facing decks on both levels to take in views of rolling waves. If the pull of the ocean is irresistible, it’s just a 100m walk to feel the sand between your toes.

The house is complemented by a Mediterranean, coastal-style garden, while the garage has room for a workshop and two car spaces.

An easy walk to Bulli village, the property is a 20 minute drive from the major hub of Wollongong and just over an hour to Sydney.


Open: Saturday August 6 2pm-3pm Auction: Saturday September 3 Price guide: N/A but expected to exceed $5.3m paid in March for 1 Alroy Street 

Contact: McGrath Thirroul – Vanessa Denison-Pender, 0488 443 174