The real estate sector in Australia has been abuzz with activity, with a deluge of statistics, figures and forecasts inundating the market.
Let’s delve into some of the recent developments and glean insights into the prevailing market conditions.
Reserve Bank update
The Reserve Bank of Australia held its meeting last week – the first chaired by new governor Michele Bullock – and economists and markets were right in widely tipping that it would keep interest rates on hold.
For those thinking that the end of higher interest rates is near — at the start of the year, most economists were betting there would be rate hikes in early 2024 — the expectation now is that rates will, as the US Federal Reserve indicated following its September meeting, stay “higher for longer”.
While all four big bank banks predicted the hold, National Australia Bank predicts another hike next month following the quarterly inflation figures.
Rents in Brisbane rose by 1.8 per cent in the last quarter and increased by 12.3 per cent in the last year, taking the median rent $599 per week.
The rest of Queensland saw an increase of 1.4 per cent in the last quarter and is paying a median rent of $574 per week. Rental vacancies continue to remain near record lows in Brisbane and across Queensland.
Economist and CoreLogic report author Kaytlin Ezzy said Brisbane was one of the few cities to see rental growth ease.
“The record lows across Brisbane, at the one per cent, came in October last year,” Ms Ezzy said.
“And then it’s eased a little bit but still incredibly tight at 1.1 per cent.”
The most sought-after housing configuration in Redlands currently comprises four bedrooms and two bathrooms, with a substantial surge in buyer interest observed within the price range of $700,000 to $850,000.
This trend underscores the strong demand for spacious and accommodating residences in the region.
Prospective homeowners are drawn to these well-appointed properties, which offer the ideal combination of space and convenience, making them highly desirable options in Redlands’ competitive real estate market. Homes priced right, are moving quickly.