The cost of housing in 2022

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The cost of housing in 2022

by Cameron Micallef 17 September 2019 1 minute read

As Australian house prices stabilise, one capital city has been predicted to outstrip all other markets in value growth over the next three years, with a whopping 20 per cent value increase.

QBE’s CEO Phil White
September 17, 2019

New research from insurance giant QBE has predicted that Brisbane’s property market will grow by 20.3 per cent over the next three years, far and beyond any other Australian market. 

Adelaide is expected to have the second largest percentage increase in house values, with a prediction of 12.7 per cent growth. 

QBE’s research has also noted that Australia’s largest two cities are showing signs of recovery, and shared expectations that house prices in Sydney should increase in value by 5.8 per cent over the same period.

Investors looking in Melbourne over the next three years should also expect a jump in price, with QBE predicting property prices to grow by 5.1 per cent by 2022.


All other capital cities should also expect growth, with QBE forecasting growth in Darwin by 7 per cent, Canberra by 6.4 per cent, PerthPerth, TAS Perth, WA by 6 per cent and Hobart to see value increases of 4.1 per cent.

When it comes to unit values, Darwin is expected to have the highest rate of growth over the next three years, with values predicted to increase by around 9.2 per cent.

Canberra is predicted to have the second strongest growth at 6.7 per cent, followed by Perth with 5.3 per cent growth, Adelaide with 4.7 per cent growth and Hobart with 2.8 per cent growth.

Melbourne is predicted to increase by 3.8 per cent after -0.7 per cent growth in 2020, 0.9 per cent growth in 2021 and 3.6 per cent in 2022 for a total growth of 3.8 per cent.

Compared to the other capital cities, Sydney’s apartment outlook is not so positive in the near term, with the harbour city’s unit values predicted to fall by 3 per cent in 2020, before stabilising in 2021 and growing by 2.9 per cent in 2022 for an overall growth of -0.3 per cent.

Commenting on the findings, QBE’s CEO Phil White said Australian property markets are looking a lot brighter for investors.

Especially “in our largest markets of Sydney and Melbourne, we expect property prices to stabilise as owner-occupiers are enticed back,” he offered. 

The CEO indicated he had been encouraged by strong numbers of first home buyers entering the market, with more than 110,000 first-time home buyers being reported as purchasing property last year. 

“Although tighter lending standards, declining property prices and uncertainty related to the economy have deterred some, we still expect a similar number of first home buyers to be getting the keys to their very own property this year,” Mr White concluded.

Economic indicators driving the property predictions

QBE’s report highlighted a number of economic indicators as pushing the market toward a recovery.

The official cash rate is projected to remain low although would increase by 50 basis points by 2022 in a rise to 1.5 per cent.

Employment growth is predicted to fall to 1.7 per cent, with the unemployment rate falling to 4.8 per cent down from 5.1 per cent in 2019.

The consumer price index (CPI) will remain strong growing to 2.5 per cent up 80 basis points from 1.7 per cent in 2019.

Australia’s gross domestic product (GDP) will grow to 2.9 per cent up from 2.1 per cent in 2019.

The cost of housing in 2022
QBE’s CEO Phil White
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Cameron Micallef

Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your... Read more

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