November 6th, 2023
October property market update (2023)
National residential rental vacancy rates continue to fall, with October experiencing a 1.0% vacancy, tightening the rental crisis across most capital cities and regional areas. Over the past 30 days, national rental values increased by a combined 1.6%, while combined capital city and national sales asking prices remained steady.
National residential rental vacancy rates continue to fall, with October experiencing a 1.0% vacancy, following a similar trend to September, the tightening was experienced across both capital city and regional areas.
Available rental dwellings were reduced by 2,353 dwellings, resulting in 30,307 total vacancies. Significant pressure was experienced in Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, with vacancy rates of 0.9%, 0.4% and 0.4% respectively.
Louis Christopher, Managing Director of SQM Research said, “After a minor reprieve earlier this year, we are back to the record low in rental vacancies of 1.0%. Vacancies have been tightening again across the nation. They are tightening in our regions as well as our cities.”
Over the past 30 days to 4 December 2023, national weekly asking prices rose by 0.9% for houses and 2.7% for units. The capital city average weekly rent increased by 0.8% for houses and 0.5% for units.
Compared to last year, the national asking prices increased by 8.1% for houses and 11% for units. The capital city average asking price increased by 14.2% for houses and 14.4% for units.
On 4 December 2023, the national median weekly asking rent was $671 per week for a house and $524 per week for a unit. The median capital city asking rent for a house was $804 per week for a house and $595 per week for a unit.
Louis Christopher, Managing Director of SQM Research said, “The prospect of an easing in rents over the next six months is very unlikely to occur. And most likely, market rental increases will continue to rise between 10 to 15%. Such rises will continue to work against the RBA’s objective of bringing back inflation to 2% to 3%.
Given 2024 is very likely to see a fall in dwelling completion to about 153,000 dwellings, the only real prospect of having some relief in the rental market next year is a cap on migration rates. I have no doubt the runaway population growth Australia has had since the start of 2022 is directly contributing to our rental crisis and towards other price rises in the greater economy.”
National total property listings increased by 1.6% in November, with large increases seen in Canberra and Hobart, while Sydney remained surprisingly steady across a typically busy selling month. Darwin eas the only capital city to experience a decrease in total listings.
Over the past 30 days to 5 December 2023, national combined dwelling asking prices have remained steady, with a slight increase of 0.6% for houses to $884,667 and 0.7% for units to $523,043. Capital city average asking prices have increased 1.2% for houses to $1,321,456 and a marginal 0.8% increase for units to $656,320.
Compared to this time last year, national asking prices have increased 7.2% for houses and 3.7% for units, while capital city averages increased 9.9% for houses and 5.4% for units.
Louis Christopher, Managing Director of SQM Research said, “The spring selling season has been overall, robust for listings. However, I was a little surprised we did not record a surge in November listing counts, which came in at very similar levels to the month of October.
Going forward, we expect the market to enter its year-end hiatus from about the 18th of December. We anticipate a quiet summer holiday period for listings, notwithstanding the normal surges in property activity in our coastal holiday locations.”
November saw the RBA increase the cash rate target by +25 basis points to 4.35%.
Michele Bullock, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision commented, “Inflation in Australia has passed its peak but is still too high and is proving more persistent than expected a few months ago. The latest reading on CPI inflation indicates that while goods price inflation has eased further, the prices of many services are continuing to rise briskly. While the central forecast is for CPI inflation to continue to decline, progress looks to be slower than earlier expected. CPI inflation is now expected to be around 3½ per cent by the end of 2024 and at the top of the target range of 2 to 3 per cent by the end of 2025.”
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