Perth Investment Guide CSIPROP2019

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Perth Historically, the housing market in Perth has been highly cyclical and reliant on the commodities market. However, it appears that the drag from Western Australia’s mining investment boom may be dissolving and the economy is improving. The housing market remains soft, yet is seeing a revival. But, it may be a while before Perth experiences the highs of its heydays in 2003 - 2013. In spite of this, Perth has shown one of the best growth patterns in house prices over the last 25 years. With signs of recovery and the market starting to bottom out, this could be an interesting time for investors to reenter the market.


Western Australia Key Economic Indicators

Western Australia (Perth)

3.1% 2.8%

State Final Demand Growth Year-ended to 4Q17

Retail Turnover Growth

1.6% 2.7%

Year-on-year to Mar 2018

Population Growth Year ended to 3Q17

Employment Growth Year-on-year to Apr 2018

1.2% 0.1% 0.9% 2.0%

There is still some way to go, but Western Australia is showing a slow recovery. Source: JLL

Western Australia House prices in Perth have taken a plunge over the last four years, reflecting the stagnation in the employment market. The decline seems to be slowing, signalling that the market is in recovery and, possibly, bottoming out. Some studies predict that recovery in Perth will be a long, slow grind, but that strong growth is expected in 2020-21.

Research Report: Perth


#DidYouKnow Perth was one of the hottest markets in Australia prior to the mining downturn, with house values substantially outperforming the broader market between 2003 and 2013.


Recovery in Demand

Stellar Performance

While house prices are still down in general, demand is climbing. Perth saw the highest increase in demand over 12 months from July 2017, after Hobart and Canberra. Statistics show that prices in the city’s northwest had been on an upward trend.

A study by CoreLogic of the top 100 suburbs for price growth over the past 25 years (1993 - 2018) based on change in median prices, showed a surprising discovery. Perth came in third for growth at a rate of 6.7% per annum, after Melbourne and Sydney.

Demand in Perth increased 6.4% y-o-y as at July 2018. While the northwest has seen prices consistently rising, the highest price rise was recorded in the northeast. In 1Q 2018, 410 new apartment sales was recorded, an increase from the previous two quarters. This was reportedly the highest number of surveyed sales recorded in two years.

That Melbourne and Sydney suburbs dominated the top two spots comes as no surprise. Suburbs for Perth, on the other hand, are unexpected, given the lower house price trends since 2014. Yet, this sheds clear light on the prominence of the Perth market — it was one of the hottest housing markets in the country between 2003 and 2013, prior to the mining downturn, substantially outperforming the broader market

Australia’s Housing Values over 25 Years House Values Median Value 2018 National Adelaide Brisbane Canberra Darwin Greater Hobart Melbourne Perth Sydney

$571,441 $462,049 $535,292 $678,765 $496,498 $452,935 $824,955 $487,992 $1,026,638

Unit Values

Annual Average annual percentage dollar value change, 25 yrs change, 25 yrs 6.8% 5.9% 5.9% 6.0% 6.3% 6.5% 8.1% 6.7% 7.6%

$18,397 $14,027 $16,290 $20,848 $17,937 $14,393 $28,325 $15,679 $34,426

Median Annual Average annual Value percentage dollar value 2018 change, 25 yrs change, 25 yrs $515,610 $328,274 $384,970 $435,072 $334,436 $353,292 $574,003 $400,717 $753,304

5.9% 5.2% 4.5% 4.7% 4.1% 5.5% 6.6% 6.0% 6.3 %

CoreLogic’s study on Australia’s housing trends over 25 years reveals Perth’s house values to be one of the best performers in the country. Source: Aussie, CoreLogic.


$15,671 $9,462 $10,255 $11,929 $9,424 $10,402 $18,331 $12,255 $23,594

Looking Forward The Perth property market is in recovery — albeit a slow one — and it appears that the worst could be over. Rental vacancy should improve on the back of moderated supply and a healthier economy. The state government’s commitment to diversify the Western Australian economy and the federal government’s commitment of A$2.6bn for transport infrastructure investment should help boost growth and jobs creation in the future. This should alleviate some concerns about the weak labour market. While it may be a buyers’ market (especially owner occupiers), the slow market offers opportunities to investors to receive higher gains from low purchase prices due to the lack of buying competition. BIS Oxford Economics has tipped Perth to have the second-fastest price growth of 10% by 2021 alongside Canberra. Nonetheless, history tells us that Perth is reliant on the commodities cycle. Perhaps the key to keeping informed on its house prices is through watching the price of iron ore and global economic recovery.

Quick Facts: Perth . 6.7% annual house price growth over 25 years (1993 - 2018) . 2nd fastest house price growth by 2021 . Strengthening job growth . Property demand increase of 6.4%





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