City, country price divide deepens

By Staff Reporter
City, country price divide deepens

The recent property recovery has widened the gap between prices for land in capital cities and the regions, according to RP Data.

In the 2013/2014 financial year, capital city land values grew by six per cent while regional land increased by just 0.6 per cent.

RP Data national research director Tim Lawless said between 1990 and the GFC in 2008, both markets for land grew at a fairly similar pace.

Since 1989/1990, capital city land values have climbed by 420 per cent and regional values grew by 394 per cent.

However, these markets began to diverge after the global economy faltered around 2008.

“After the financial crisis there has been very little change in regional land prices while capital city prices have continued to rise,” Mr Lawless said.

In the same period, median lot sizes in the city have shrunk in comparison to the country – in 1990, median lot sizes in the regions were 36 per cent larger than in the cities, while today the difference is 69 per cent.

Mr Lawless said these trends were likely to continue as vacant land becomes scarcer within city markets and units become more common.

“The combination of smaller land lot sizes and rising prices is likely to continue,” Mr Lawless said.

“Coupled with this, we are also seeing a record-high level of dwelling approvals for units.”


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