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Brisbane property market update March 2024

Melinda Jennison | Buyers Agent Brisbane | Brisbane Property Market Update February 2024

Brisbane Median House Prices surpass $900,000 for the first time in History!

Brisbane’s property price growth throughout March has re-accelerated across both the house and unit markets. Buyer activity has been strong, and competition for quality houses, units and townhouses has been fierce in recent months.

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Brisbane has experienced thirteen straight months of positive dwelling price growth and the rate of price acceleration continues to outperform the national average.  The housing market in Brisbane is also outperforming the national average, but the unit market is the standout, with unit values in Brisbane performing 3-4 times better than the national average.

Last month the data confirmed that whilst the month-on-month growth in Brisbane property was still positive, the rate of the price escalation was easing.  However, March data has demonstrated a further uplift in the rate of growth over the last month.

There has been some reprieve for buyers over the last 4 weeks with new listings coming to the market within the last 28 days increasing 9.5% throughout March, according to SQM Research, compared to the month prior.  This has provided buyers with a little more choice in terms of what to buy.  New listings in Brisbane throughout March 2024 were 12.7% higher, compared to March 2023, again providing some relief for the pent-up demand that has been building across many market segments in Brisbane.

Looking at total listing volumes in Brisbane, there is still a shortage of properties available, with a reduction of 11.1% year on year.  Keeping with the seasonal trend that occurs most years, the total volume of listings throughout March in Brisbane was higher than in February, with 11.1% more properties in total for buyers to consider.

CoreLogic auction data showed that the average auction clearance rate across Brisbane throughout March was 64.7%.  According to Apollo Auctions, Brisbane saw an average of 3.7 registered bidders per auction in March, compared to 4 registered bidders per auction throughout February.  Additionally, the number of registered bidders who actively participated in each auction throughout March jumped to 60.8%, up from 56.03% in February.  This confirms that buyer activity in the market remains strong with a heavy imbalance between supply and demand, in favour of sellers.  Whilst these conditions exist, buyer competition will remain elevated, and prices will continue to escalate.

Brisbane Dwelling Values

Dwelling values increased 1.1% in Brisbane throughout March, up from 0.9% in February.  The quarterly change escalated slightly to 3.0%, up from 2.9% in the three months to February.

The median value for a dwelling in Greater Brisbane is now $817,564 which is a new record high for Brisbane.  This is also $11,971 more than last month, and as surpassed the $800,000 mark.  It is currently $805,593 which is $8,775 more than last month and $30,347 more than 3 months ago.

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Source: Corelogic

The median value of a dwelling in Brisbane continues to escalate above the median value for Melbourne and is approaching Canberra’s median dwelling value.  This is despite the fact that median values for both houses and units throughout Brisbane remain lower than those in Melbourne.  Compared to Canberra, Brisbane’s median house values are still much lower, however for the first time, median unit values in Brisbane have surged above those in Canberra. The compositional bias of dwelling types within each city skews the dwellings data, so it’s important to understand the data by property type when assessing which city is more affordable.

The segmentation of dwelling value growth in Brisbane shows that the top end of the market has slowed down more than the middle and bottom end of the market in the three months up to the end of February 2024, compared to months prior.

Properties that make up the lowest 25% of dwelling values have grown 3.8% over the 3 months to 28th February, down from 4.0% over the 3 months to the end of January.  The middle 50% of property values are now tracking at a quarterly change of 3.2%, down from 3.4% the month prior.  And the top 25% of property values have grown 2.3% over the last quarter, compared to 2.8% one month prior.  This data confirms that the price deceleration is happening at a faster rate amongst the more expensive properties throughout Brisbane.

As the unit market continues to outperform the housing market in terms of monthly and quarterly price growth, the contribution that units would be making to the lowest 25% of dwelling value growth throughout the city cannot be underestimated.

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Source: Corelogic

PropTrack dwellings data also confirms that Brisbane experienced positive growth throughout March 2024, with price growth performance within Brisbane exceeding the national and capital city average for the last month and the past year as a whole.

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Source: Proptrack

 

House Prices in Brisbane

The median house price in Brisbane increased 1.0% in March, up slightly from 0.9% in February.  , Over the last 3 months house prices have grown 2.8%, which is the same quarterly growth rate as last month.  This indicates that the growth trajectory has been fairly consistent in Brisbane’s housing market for the last 4 months.

The median house price in Brisbane has, for the first time in history, surpassed the $900,000 mark with CoreLogic confirming it as $909,988 at the end of March.  This value is $10,514 more than last month and $33,997 more than three months ago.  Brisbane remains the fourth most expensive capital city market based on house values behind Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

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Source: CoreLogic

Proptrack data also confirmed house prices in Brisbane showed positive growth throughout March.

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Source: Proptrack

Unit prices in Brisbane

Median unit values in Brisbane jumped again in March, increasing 1.5% throughout the month.  Quarterly growth for units in Brisbane continues to accelerate with a 4.1% increase over the last 3 months, compared to 3.6% quarterly growth last month and 3.2% the month prior.

The median value of a unit in Greater Brisbane is now $587,793 which is $11,434 more than last month and $26,777 more than three months ago.  The unit segment of the market in Brisbane is now outperforming the house market in Brisbane based on the CoreLogic data for the last month, quarter and 12 month period.

With Brisbane’s median unit values having moved ahead of Canberra’s this month, Brisbane is now the third most expensive capital city markets for buying a unit in Australia, raking behind Sydney and Melbourne in median unit values.

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Source: CoreLogic

Proptrack data also confirms the same trend for unit growth in Brisbane and also shows that Brisbane’s unit growth performance is better than the national and capital city average on both a monthly and annual basis.

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Source: PropTrack

The Rental Market In Brisbane

Rental market conditions in Brisbane tightened further last month with vacancy rates contracting from 1.% in January, to 0.9% in February, according to SQM Research.

House rents have increased 7.6% in Brisbane over the last 12 months.  This annual rate of growth has been slowly increasing again since January this year, indicating that tenants are experiencing difficulty securing a property due to a supply shortage, which is continuing to cause rents to rise.

Unit rents are up 11.2% over the 12 months up until the end of March.  The rate of growth in unit rents has eased slightly over the last 3 months, although growth in unit rents is still well ahead of growth in house rents throughout Brisbane.

Gross yields in Brisbane are currently 3.6% for houses and 5.0% for units.

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Source: CoreLogic Summary

During March, it was encouraging to see more properties being listed for sale throughout Brisbane.  With the rate at which a lot of properties are selling, many buyers are still facing a fast-paced market with high competition.  Multiple offer sales have become the norm for high-quality properties.  It’s not uncommon for agents to receive in excess of 10 offers on a single property, and this is especially true for well-positioned affordable units and townhouse stock.

There has been a large slowdown across the city in construction, which means the demand for housing has been more concentrated on existing properties, rather than newly constructed homes or higher-density dwellings.  This is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future as many developers face tighter margins in an environment of higher site acquisition costs, escalating construction costs and higher interest rates.

The migration surge to Brisbane has put pressure on all segments of the market as those who have relocated also need somewhere to call home.  This has increased the demand for property in both the rental and sales markets.

There won’t be much change in the months ahead.  It is expected that supply constraints will remain in place and demand pressure will continue.

Of course, there will always be markets within markets, and Brisbane as a city doesn’t move as a whole, so understanding at a local level what properties are more desirable than others, and why some properties sell quickly, whilst others may not, is always important.  Brisbane is likely to continue to experience positive price growth in the months ahead, but it is expected that variations in performance based on different regions and different property types will continue

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