For the first time, the combined value of Australian residential properties exceeded $10 trillion in March this year, doubling in value over the past seven years ($5.1 trillion in 2014). These promising values indicate that the market is steadily growing over time, a positive sign for homeowners. While those Australians who are yet to enter the property market may feel wary of the increasing prices, the historically low interest rates right now provide an opportunity for first-time buyers to secure a low interest loan before rates continue to rise.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the average price of residential dwellings in Australia was $920,100, an increase of $44,000 since the September quarter of 2021. The growing value of Australia’s 10.8 million dwellings is due to record low interest rates and strong demand. According to CoreLogic, dwelling values are 11.2% higher over the past 12 months, as every capital city has experienced a peak rate of growth. With both gross rent yield and rental value remaining high across the country, it is a profitable time for investors who are currently in the market or looking to enter.
While there is uncertainty in the market regarding the increasing interest rates, it is not the first time Australia has experienced challenges in the market, having always managed to bounce back from downturns. The average interest rate from 1990 until 2022 has been 3.87 percent, which indicates that the current rate, at 1.35% (July 2022) is significantly lower than previous rates over the years. To control inflation, the cash rate is likely to continue rising over the near future; but according to the RBA, the inflation rate is expected to drop back to the target range between 2 and 3 percent next year.
The negative media attention surrounding the RBA’s monthly decisions may ignite uncertainty in Australians. With record low interest rates and rising house values, it is still a suitable time to enter the market and work towards your property investment goals.