Market Update

The Perth Property Market – May 2022

– Why buyers and sellers alike are missing out.

We have just been through some fantastic times if you own a property. Property prices have gone up by 1.1% in April alone and REIWA is expecting a 10% growth across the 2022 calendar year. However, you now have banks like Westpac, who don’t think that we are going to see any growth for the rest of the year. So who is right?

For my take on the Perth property market in 70 seconds view my video update below.

My prediction is that we are going to be steady for the rest of the year.

It might go up a little bit. It might go down a little bit but it will remain reasonably steady. So in other words it’s going to be the same as what we have now, at least for the short term. And the reason for that is that we hardly have any properties for sale. We are probably about 30% under what we usually have for sale with a balanced market. Furthermore, the rental market is really really tight with a vacancy rate of about 1.1 – 1.2%. A balanced market is around the 2.5-3%.

Where are the buyers coming from?

On top of that, investors from interstate are still very keen on our property market because Perth is the most affordable capital city right now. We also have first home buyers who do not want to pay the high rents that they’re paying already and building from new is now really difficult with ongoing price increases and delays.

Then there is the recent interest rate increase. If you’ve followed the RBA change and the media reporting in the past couple of days it’s all probably doom and gloom usually because that gets peoples attention and it therefore sells advertising. However, we will get interest rate rises again this year. There’s no doubt about it. You can just look at what just happening in the US increasing their rates from 3% to 5% in the past 6 months.

So that means in a nutshell that it’s going to stay roughly the same this year.

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