Average median rent remains at $404 a week: Rent.com.au

Average median rent remains at $404 a week: Rent.com.au
Average median rent remains at $404 a week: Rent.com.au

The average median rent across the country remained marginally stable at $404 for Q3 with only a 0.3 percent increase from Quarter 2 (Q2), according to Rent.com.au.

Only one of the top Australian capitals saw an increase in median rent; Adelaide recorded a 3 percent increase in its median rent from $330 in Q2 to $340 in Q3.

Conversely, Sydney recorded a decrease; the New South Wales capital saw rents drop 1.9 percent from Q2 to Q3, with median rents now sitting at $520.

Sydney still is the most expensive Australian city with affordability per room sitting at $248/pw whilst Perth is the most affordable capital city for renters at a median of $130/pw

By looking at dwelling type, Sydney continued to be skewed towards apartments comprising 58.6 percent, while Perth’s property makeup was 73.8 percent houses.

Looking at Rent.com.au’s Q3 search data, which is indicative of suburb desirability, Melbourne CBD was the highest searched suburb, followed by Adelaide, Perth and Sydney CBD. This indicates Australia’s inner CBD areas are hot across all major capitals.

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Average median rent remains at 4 a week: Rent.com.au

On a regional level, both Queensland and Western Australia saw an increase in their median rent across the quarter to $340 and $350, accordingly. Median rents remained healthy across the rest of the country, with no change in prices for NSW ($350), SA ($250) and Victoria ($270).

Renters could find the cheapest rentals in SA’s regional areas in Q3, with a median rent of $250 per week.

NEW SOUTH WALES

median rent:

o Sydney, which was the most expensive city for renters in September 2016 with a median weekly rent of $542, also recorded a decrease in the median rent, quarter to quarter.

o Sydney is still the most expensive city for renters, with asking median rents at $520 in Q3, despite the $10 decrease quarter-to-quarter.

o Properties in New South Wales (NSW) regional areas showed the median rent remained consistent between Q2 and Q3 at $350 per week.

Affordability:

o The median price per room in Sydney in Q3 was $248.

o The top 5 most affordable suburbs were: Carramar ($300), Appin ($315), Blackett ($320), Emerton ($320) and Cabramatta ($330), while the top 5 most expensive suburbs in NSW in Q3 were: Seaforth ($1,200), South Coogee ($1,200), Castlecrag ($1,195), Barangaroo ($1,025) and Caringbah South ($1,025).

QUEENSLAND

median rent:

o Queensland’s regional areas saw the second highest increase in median rents, a $10 increase from $330 in Q2 to $340 in Q3.

o QLD’s capital, Brisbane, recorded an average median rent of $400 in Q3, consistent with the median rent in Q2. o Brisbane metro’s median rent was just $6.25 less than the national average.

Affordability:

o The median price per room in Brisbane in Q3 was $150.

o The top 5 most affordable suburbs were: Russell Island ($245), Macleay Island ($285), Woodridge ($290), Logan Central ($300) and Caboolture South ($300), while the top 5 most expensive suburbs in QLD in Q3 were: Newport ($650), Chapel Hill ($650), Reedy Creek ($590), Burleigh Waters ($585) and Brisbane CBD ($580).

VICTORIA

median rent:

o Properties in Victoria (VIC) regional areas showed the median rent remained consistent between Q2 and Q3 at $270 per week.

o Melbourne metro rentals saw no change in median rent from Q3 to Q2, sitting at $380.

o Melbourne’s property market makeup in Q3 was 43.4 per cent apartments and 56.5 per cent houses.

Affordability:

o The median price per room in Melbourne in Q3 was $163.

o The top five most affordable suburbs were: Corio ($235), Norlane ($245), Ballan ($265), St Leonards ($270) and Frankston North ($280), while the top 5 most expensive suburbs in VIC in Q3 were: Albert Park ($700), Black Rock ($650), Clifton Hill ($630), Brighton East ($608) and North Melbourne ($590).

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

median rent:

o Western Australia’s (WA) regional areas saw a small increase of 1.45 per cent between the quarters, increasing from $345 to $350.

o Perth’s property market makeup in Q3 was 73.8 per cent houses, the highest number across the country. o Perth metro rentals saw no change in median rent from Q3 to Q2, sitting at $380.

Affordability:

o The median price per room in Perth in Q3 was $130.

o The top five cheapest suburbs were: Safety Bay ($280), Wembley ($280), Girrawheen ($283), Armadale ($288) and Osborne Park ($290), while the top 5 most expensive suburbs in WA in Q3 were: Mount Claremont ($880), City Beach ($875), Gwelup ($650), North Fremantle ($645) and Stirling ($638).

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

median rent:

o Adelaide median rents rose 3.03 per cent from $330 in Q2 to $340 in Q3. Apartments and houses were the cheapest to rent in SA for the Q3 period. The median rent for apartments was $190 per week, while houses would set a renter back $255 per week.

o Properties in South Australia (SA) regional areas showed the median rent remained consistent between Q2 and Q3 at $250 per week.

o Adelaide showed it had the lowest percentage makeup of apartments in Q3 – only 25 per cent, with the remaining 75 per cent houses. Adelaide also recorded the highest percentage of house listings across the country.

o Renters could find the cheapest regional rentals in SA during Q3, with a median rent of $250 per week.

Affordability:

o The median price per room in Sydney in Q3 was $125.

o The top five most affordable suburbs were: Elizabeth Vale ($206), Elizabeth Grove ($225), Elizabeth South ($240), Devon Park ($243) and Elizabeth North ($255), while the top 5 most expensive suburbs in SA in Q3 were: Burnside ($583), West Lakes ($463), Eastwood ($450), Adelaide CBD ($450) and Kent Town ($450).

NORTHERN TERRITORY

median rent:

o Darwin apartments and houses experienced an overall 6.8 per cent rise in median rent to $470 in Q3 from $440 in Q2 o The Northern Territory (NT) saw the largest increase in rent overall in regional areas, rising 7.1 per cent in Q3 to $450 per week, from $420 (Q2).

o The most expensive apartments in regional Australia could be found in the NT for $440 per week.

Affordability:

o The median price per room in Darwin in Q3 was $175.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

median rent:

o Median rents in Canberra dropped 4.4 per cent from $450 in Q2 to $430 in Q3.

o Properties in Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) regional areas showed the median rent remained consistent between Q2 and Q3 at $450.

o The ACT was in line with the NT as the two most expensive states to find rentals in Q3 at a median rent of $450 per week.

Affordability:

o The median price per room in Canberra in Q3 was $183.

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