Australia’s Housing Market In 2025
QBE’s 2022-25 Australian Housing Outlook predicts significant fluctuations in Australia’s property market over the next three years, with both positive and negative trends.
The report suggests that rising interest rates will trigger a correction phase, resulting in a decline in quarterly growth, with Sydney expected to experience the most significant downturn, while Perth may benefit from a thriving resource sector. Additionally, the rental market will be under pressure due to the return of overseas migration, but prices are expected to rebound after mid-2023.
As investors, it is crucial to have foresight knowledge of future market trends. This article will provide a breakdown of the Australian property market’s future forecasts based on QBE’s report.
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Key QBE forecasts for the Australian Property Market for the next three years
Here are some of key events that may occur in the Australian market over the next three years, according to QBE’s 2022-25 Australian Housing Outlook:
- The sharp increase in the national median dwelling price since the onset of the pandemic has come to an end. Quarterly growth turned negative in June 2022 and the Australian housing market has now entered a phase of correction.
- Rapidly rising interest rates to limit inflation are seen as the primary driver of falling prices.
- Overseas migration return will increase rents in CBD, attracting investors looking for rental yield growth.
- Prices are expected to recover beyond mid-2023 as interest rate rises are expected to stabilize.
- The housing market slowdown will be widespread but vary across states and territories. Sydney is expected to experience the largest decline due to the combination of strong recent rises in interest rates, high household indebtedness, and elevated construction cost growth.
- A strong resource sector and population growth will boost Perth’s housing market.
- Unit prices are forecast to decline less than houses, given less exposure to affordability issues with the price growth in detached houses over the last two years outstripping units.
- The rise of working from home boosted demand for larger dwellings, however, this is beginning to slow as workers move to hybrid working arrangements.
Download the QBE’s 2022-25 Housing Market Outlook report here for a complete analysis.
QBE predicts future trends in capital cities
QBE’s report predicts the Australian property market with mixed forecasts across its major capital cities. Sydney and Melbourne are expected to see a decline in their median house prices, while Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide are set to continue their growth.
Syndey property market forecast: Debt burdened, rising interest rates and tighter lending threats
Sydney House Market:
- Sydney’s recent house price boom has ended. Prices had fallen in April 2022, declining 18% from the peak. The median house price in Sydney was $1,531,000 in June 2022, and affordability constraints are expected to mount.
- Sydney’s high level of household indebtedness makes it susceptible to rising interest rates and tighter lending conditions.
- Soft growth is expected to return in late 2023, supported by stamp duty reform, and the median house price is expected to reach $1,405,000 in the June 2025 quarter.
- Houses have outperformed units, but the relative price between them is likely to attract buyers back to apartments in the next three years.
Sydney Unit Market:
- Unit rents are expected to increase by 15% in 2022/23, and investor demand will be supported by strong rental growth.
- Unit rents are now nearing the 2018 high, with growth expected to swing back to units from June 2022, resulting in a forecasted 15% increase in 2022/23.
- Sydney’s median unit price is expected to soften in the short-term before rebounding to $850,000 by June 2025.
Regional New South Wales Centres:
- Regional New South Wales is experiencing a shift in population growth due to the pandemic, with preferences towards space, working from home, and affordability advantages.
- This shift is expected to only partially unwind, resulting in a more even distribution of population growth out to 2024/25.
- Housing demand in locations such as Newcastle and Wollongong is expected to benefit from this trend.
Melbourne property market forecast: Oversupply, falling prices, slumping unit market
Melbourne House Market:
- In the June quarter 2022, house prices fell by 2.2% with the median price at $1,060,000.
- Diminished housing demand has led to an oversupply of dwelling stock in 2021/22, easing pressure on the residential sector.
- New housing demand is expected to be negatively affected over the next three years due to rising interest rates, high household indebtedness, elevated construction cost growth, and increasing oversupply.
- Melbourne’s median house price is predicted to plummet in 2023, but will recover by June 2025 resulting in an expected median price of $995,000. This may give an opportunity for Canberra to surpass Melbourne as the second most expensive city in Australia.
Melbourne Unit Market:
- Approximately 60% of units in Greater Melbourne are rented and are the build form targeted more by investors.
- Unit rents are expected to fully recover from pandemic losses by December 2022, and recent interest rate rises may have a further impact on prices over 2022/23.
- The reopening of international borders is restoring rental demand, particularly in Inner Melbourne where rental vacancy rates are tightening. Driven by the return of international students and overseas migration, population growth is set to bounce back to 1.5% by 2022/23
- Aided by the State Government’s ‘Big Housing Build’ and build-to-rent investment, investor demand is forecast to return to growth in early 2024, with a rise in attached dwelling construction.
- The median unit price in Melbourne is set to return to around $647,000 by June 2025 after reaching a trough in late 2023.
Regional Victoria Centres:
Work-from-home trends have shifted intrastate migration patterns towards regional locations such as Geelong, Bendigo, and Ballarat, which are expected to bring in population growth on par with capital cities.
Brisbane property market forecast: Strong migration and support from recovering tourism
Brisbane house market:
- The Brisbane housing market was the strongest performer in 2021, with a 32% increase in the median house price over the year, compared to 22% nationally.
- Due to an influx of interstate migrants from southern states over the past two years, pressure on the dwelling stock has risen, leading to a strong dwelling stock deficiency.
- The strong population growth, affordability, and dwelling stock balance will help Brisbane to outperform most other cities in the short run.However, Brisbane’s affordability advantage to Sydney and Melbourne has shrunk in the last 12 months. It is expected to stabilize over the coming three years to 2023/25.
- The median house price in Brisbane lifted 25% to $864,000 in June 2022.
- Affordability and prices are expected to be crimped due to tightgened credit conditions and lower borrowing capacities.
- The median house price is forecasted to sit at approximately $819,000 in June 2025.
Brisbane unit market:
- Brisbane unit prices rose by 13% in 2021/22 compared to the national average of 3%
- Median unit price in Brisbane was $505,000 in June 2022
- High demand from investors due to strong rent rises
- Rental vacancy rate in Brisbane was at 0.97%, the lowest since March 1988. This is due to changes to household formations and migrating young families.
- Proposed land tax changes have been shelved, removing a potential downside risk to the outlook for unit prices.
- The 2032 Olympics and associated infrastructure is expected to boost developer and buyer optimism, leading to strong construction growth in the high-density sector
- Median unit price is forecast to be $507,000 in June 2025 after reaching a mild trough in late 2023.
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Perth property market forecast: Strong rebound and student migration increase
Perth house market:
- The median Perth house price is estimated to have grown 10% in 2021/22 to $665,000 in June 2022.
- The reopening of domestic and international borders, greater housing affordability, a strong mining sector, a strong jobs market and limited availability of stock bolstered Perth’s property market recovery.
- With a house price rise of 4% in 2024/25, the median house price is expected to reach $679,000 in June 2025.
Perth unit market:
- The rental demand and growth in the unit market is being driven by the temporary population in the mining sector.
- Perth is expected to see an increase in student migration.
- Having risen 3% to $436,000 in 2021/22, the Perth unit market is expected to avoid national downwards trend in dwelling prices for the next year or so.
- The completion of new Metro net links and social infrastructure in the Perth CBD is expected to bring strong trend growth for infill development.
- The median unit price is forecast to reach $459,000 in June 2025.
Adelaide property market forecast: Market price growing; Might suffer in the coming years
Adelaide house market:
- Over the last two years, uncharacteristic migration inflows, low supply, and relative affordability thrusted Adelaide’s house market price growth.
- In June 2022, Adelaide’s median house price grew 42% higher than in June 2020, from $700,000 jumping to $718,000.
- Adelaide’s housing market growth is expected run for the next three years. However, it will ultimately suffer due to lower borrowing capacities which are expected to continue to drag on prices. Net interstate migration demand boost is also expected to vanish.
- Median house price in Adelaide is expected to diminish 6% over the next three years, to $676,000 by June 2025.
Adelaide unit market:
- Adelaide’s unit price grew with 11% recorded over 2021/22, and its median unit price reaching $462,000 in June 2022.
- In 2021/22, rent also increased by 9% for units. It is further expected to rise by 17% by June 2025.
- The median unit price is forecasted to be $468,000 in June 2025.
Hobart property market: Expected to be 3rd most unaffordable market in Australia
Hobart house market:
- Hobart is expected to become the third most unaffordable market in Australia, with median house price rising to 19%.
- A sharp rise in property listings hindered growth, with prices expected to have peaked at $811,000 in the June quarter of 2022.
- Due to persistent undersupply of dwellings, property prices won’t fall to the same magnitude as Sydney and Melbourne’s throughout the next 18 months.
- The median house price is predicted to decline by 8% in 2022/23, with modest growth lifting the median to $776,000 in June 2025.
Hobart unit market:
- Hobart’s median unit price rose 11% to $651,000 in June 2022 due to strong gains in rental prices, which reflect the tight rental vacancy conditions.
- Unit prices are expected to rollercoast down to $610,000 in late 2023 and back up to $636,000 in June 2025.
Canberra property market forecast: Became the 3rd most expensive capital city in Australia
Canberra house market:
- Canberra became the 3rd most expensive capital city in Australia, with median house price surpassing $1M in March 2022. Despite that, its average household income remains one of the lowest than elsewhere in Australia. However, rising interest rates will increase borrowing costs.
- The median house price increased by 14% to $1,019,000 in June 2022.
- In the next 18 months, a 9% fall in the median house price is expected with median house price predicted to rise to $996,000 by June 2025.
Canberra unit market:
- Unit prices saw consistent growth of 6% over the year, with supporting factors like high incomes, tight dwelling stock, and falling listings. Unit median price reached $606,000 in June 2022.
- Due to affordability factors, Median unit price is expected to rise to around $627,000 by June 2025.
Darwin property market forecast: Expected growth in rental yields
Darwin house market:
- Darwin Median house price grew 5% in 2021/22, reaching $627,000 in June 2022. It remains the most affordable capital city.
- House prices are predicted to fall in the coming year; better than elsewhere in the country.
- The median house price is forecasted to grow to $647,000 in June 2025.
Darwin unit market:
- Investors are expected to be drawn to the high gross unit rental yields of around 6%.
- Darwin’s unit prices are expected to outgrow house price growth by mid-2025 with the median unit price increase of $412,000 expected in June 2025.
- The NT Infrastructure Strategy 2022 to 2030 will increase construction works and conversely, greater job opportunities.
So what does QBE’s 2022-25 forecast mean for expats?
Expats planning to invest in Australia are getting a forecast map to help devise their investment strategy based on QBE’s 2022-25 property market report.
By understanding the future trends and fluctuations in the housing market, expats can make informed investment decisions and potentially benefit from the predicted growth in certain cities, such as Perth, Brisbane, and Adelaide.
Additionally, the report highlights the importance of sustainable and energy-efficient homes, which could be an attractive option for expats who are environmentally conscious and interested in purchasing properties that add value over time.
Expats who are looking to capitalize on rental income may also benefit from the predicted increase in rental prices in certain areas, such as CBDs, due to the return of overseas migration.
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From an investor angle, the property market in 2025 may present both opportunities and risks. While strong demand and rising prices could offer attractive returns for those who are able to enter the market, investors will need to carefully evaluate their strategies and be prepared to navigate changing market conditions.
Additionally, with a growing emphasis on sustainability and resilience, investors who focus on green properties and energy-efficient buildings may be well-positioned to take advantage of shifting consumer preferences and potentially benefit from higher property valuations in the long term.
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