Brisbane property market update – April 2022

By Melinda Jennison 07 May 2022 | 1 minute read

The Brisbane property market has again recorded strong price growth throughout the month of April 2022, according to the CoreLogic Hedonic Home Value Index, with dwelling price growth of 1.7 per cent. This is at the same time as the markets in Sydney and Melbourne are on the way down. 

The growth across Brisbane was still slightly stronger in the housing sector (+1.7 per cent) compared to the unit sector (+1.4 per cent), but the gap in month-on-month growth between these two product types appears to be decreasing.

This most recent data, being settled sales data, represents the property transactions where contracts were entered into throughout March. At that time, Brisbane had just experienced another city-wide flood event, and there was a lot of uncertainty in the market. Therefore, this result is reassuring.

The top end of the market has lost more momentum in terms of price growth, compared to the middle segment and the bottom end of the market throughout Brisbane. This is a trend that is not set in place, given we have observed this pattern for the last three consecutive months. The data below from CoreLogic also confirms that all three segments of the market have passed their peak rate of growth over a three-month period.

Source: CoreLogic

Brisbane has now experienced month-on-month price growth since August 2020. The peak rate of growth, on a monthly basis, in the housing sector was achieved in November 2021, when the depth of buyers across the city was peaking. The median value for a house in Brisbane is currently at a record high being $880,332, which is $23,601 HIGHER than it was just one month ago.   

In the unit market, the median value reached a new high again this month. The median unit price in Brisbane is now $487 967, which is $8,405 HIGHER than last month.

Despite the floods in late February, there has been no pullback in property prices throughout the city. After the 2011 floods, the trend was very different. At that time, the macroeconomic conditions were also very different, and it confirms that property values are driven by a variety of interrelated factors that underpin supply and demand.

With the announcement of interest rates on the rise, it will be interesting to see if the demand for Brisbane properties dampens in the future. Over the last 12 months, every suburb in Brisbane has experienced positive house price growth. In the unit sector, prices have dropped by less than -1 per cent in some places, but the majority of suburbs have experienced positive price growth in the unit sector as well. The historically low interest rate environment, together with many other local factors contributing to low supply and high demand, has caused all locations across the city to boom. 

The commentary around rising interest rates will cause some fear to penetrate the market. When we put some perspective on what the effect will be, the reality is that not everyone who currently holds a mortgage will be impacted in the same way. The same is true for property buyers.

It is important to remember that unemployment is at the lowest level since the 1970s – currently sitting at 3.95 per cent nationwide. Queensland has added close to 100,000 new jobs over the last 12 months, according to the ABS data released in March, so our state has recovered extremely well in this time. It is not unreasonable to assume, with unemployment rates so low, that we will start to see some upward pressure on wages growth. This will also partially offset interest rate rises in the future.

Investor finance commitments have increased in Queensland to 35 per cent of all lending, and nationally, this figure sits at 33.3 per cent. This shows a commitment from individuals and institutions to invest into property in a market where rents are on the rise. 

With vacancy rates at historical lows in Brisbane, we expect the rents to further increase in the coming months – another sign that any impact from rising interest rates may be cushioned by other things at play in the current market.

Vacancy rates across the city are now at 0.7 per cent – the lowest level on record since 2005. The table below highlights where vacancy rates across Brisbane sit at the end of March 2022.

Region

Vacancy Rate March 2022

(change from February 2022)

Beenleigh Corridor

 

0.4 per cent (-)

Brisbane CBD

 

1.7 per cent (-0.9 per cent)

East Brisbane

 

0.7 per cent (-0.4 per cent)

Inner Brisbane

 

1.1 per cent (-0.5 per cent)

Ipswich

 

0.5 per cent (-0.2 per cent)

Northern Brisbane

 

0.4 per cent (-0.2 per cent)

South-East Brisbane

 

0.5 per cent (-0.1 per cent)

Southern Brisbane

 

0.7 per cent (-0.3 per cent)

West Brisbane

 

0.7 per cent (-0.1 per cent)

In the last 12 months, Brisbane house rents have increased 12.2 per cent, and Brisbane unit rents have increased 7.2 per cent. The annual change in Brisbane house rents has been recorded as the strongest rental market growth, compared to every other capital city throughout the country.