Prestige markets rising in smaller cities like Perth and Adelaide: Hotspotting's Terry Ryder

Prestige markets rising in smaller cities like Perth and Adelaide: Hotspotting's Terry Ryder
Prestige markets rising in smaller cities like Perth and Adelaide: Hotspotting's Terry Ryder

Price growth in the Top end suburbs can often be a signal for an emerging growth cycle in a city market. 

Certainly, the booms in both Sydney and Melbourne started in the most expensive areas and rippled out to the middle-ring and outer-ring areas over time. 

This is because real estate growth comes from events in the local economy. When the underlying economy in a major city starts to thrive, the first people to benefit are the business owners and others with above-average incomes - and that translates into purchases in the prestige suburbs.

So we think it is significant that, while prices remain suppressed in Perth overall, many of the millionaire suburbs have seen good price growth in the past year. This is also a feature in Adelaide: price growth overall has been moderate but prices have been rising strongly in the Top End suburbs.

It’s much less prevalent in the Brisbane market, which is struck in second gear and struggling to accelerate.

One factor evident in our latest analysis of sales activity and prices is that there is growth in the upper end of the Perth market. The latest data shows that several Perth suburbs with median house prices above $1 million have recorded strong growth in their medians in the past 12 months. 

This trend is widespread across the prestige market. Suburbs with strongly rising prices include Nedlands, Applecross, Cottesloe, Dalkeith and Bicton. 

Confidence that the upturn is sustainable comes from revival in the mining sector and the large numbers of jobs being created. As the WA economy improves, businesses thrive and business people become more confident in their real estate purchases.

This suggests that Perth generally can look forward to a return to price growth in the near future. This is supported by recent reports from Knight Frank, SQM Research and the Real Estate Institute of WA.

In Adelaide, while sources such as CoreLogic and SQM Research report annual growth of only 1-2% in Adelaide house prices, these generalised figures disguise individual areas which have done better.

It’s noteworthy that several millionaire suburbs have recorded major growth in their median house prices in past 12 months.

Glenelg South, Kensington Park, St Georges, Erindale, Henley Beach South, Hyde Park, North Adelaide and Hazelwood Park all have median prices above $1 million and have had median price growth above 20% in the past year. Other upper-level suburbs like Glenunga, Norwood, Parkside, Beaumont and Crafers have had growth above 10%. 

Some suburbs have had median price growth above 35% (and one above 40%) but based on small sales samples so we think this may be misleading.

In Brisbane, however, only a handful of popular inner-ring suburbs (e.g. Ashgrove, Paddington and Bulimba) have recorded double-digit growth in median prices in the past year.

Some examples of rising markets in the Top End of some capital cities:-

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Prestige markets rising in smaller cities like Perth and Adelaide: Hotspotting's Terry Ryder

Terry Ryder is the founder of hotspotting.com.au

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Terry Ryder

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Terry Ryder is the founder of hotspotting.com.au.

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