Five reasons SEQ property will continue to outperform other regions: Mosaic Property

South East Queensland boasts a powerful combination of having a thriving world-class capital city, an enviable lifestyle, stunning beaches, record infrastructure investment, strong employment growth, and a high level of housing affordability

Five reasons SEQ property will continue to outperform other regions: Mosaic Property
Five reasons SEQ property will continue to outperform other regions: Mosaic Property

EXPERT OBSERVER

The SEQ story is a very strong one.

The region should remain resilient to higher interest rates because of its relative affordability, high population growth, constrained supply, accelerating interstate and overseas migration, rising rents and low vacancy rates, and the Olympic program.

1. A Booming Population

With a population of around 3.8 million, the SEQ region is set to grow by another 1.65 million by 2041.

Brisbane, Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast account for 70% of net interstate migration to Queensland which is currently at a 15 year high and far exceeds every other state in Australia.

Five reasons SEQ property will continue to outperform other regions: Mosaic Property
East coast capital city net interstate migration. Source: ABS

2. Significant Infrastructure Investment

The total infrastructure pipeline for Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast is currently $75+ billion – the greatest concentrated infrastructure boom SEQ has experienced.

The recently finalised SEQ “City Deal” is the largest in the nation and is estimated to be worth $58 billion to the local economy. Furthermore, confirmation that Brisbane will host the 2032 Olympics will sure up and boost this pipeline substantially.

3. Strong Base Fundamentals

Economic and employment growth, relative affordability, low vacancy rates, superior rental yields and declining supply validate the SEQ investment story.

Five reasons SEQ property will continue to outperform other regions: Mosaic Property
South east Queensland economic growth. Source: ID Community

Five reasons SEQ property will continue to outperform other regions: Mosaic Property
 

South east Queensland employment growth. Source: ID Community

In Brisbane, it will take 6.2 times the average wage to pay off a dwelling. Comparatively in Melbourne and Sydney, it will take 8.3 and 9.5 times the average wage respectively (source: ANZ)

Five reasons SEQ property will continue to outperform other regions: Mosaic Property
Average dwelling price to income ratio. Source: ANZ

4. An Impeding Product Under-Supply

Rental vacancy rates are one of the best lead indicators of the underlying demand/supply balance in residential property markets. Vacancy rates across SEQ have been progressively declining since 2016, and now sit at all-time lows.

They have remained consistently below those in Melbourne and Sydney for a number of years. At 0.6%, the current vacancy rate across SEQ represents an extremely tight and undersupplied rental market.

As a consequence of such consistently and comparatively low levels of vacancy, yearly rental growth across SEQ has been considerably stronger than that which has been experienced in Melbourne and Sydney.

Furthermore, this growth has ensured sustained SEQ rental yields of 5%, significantly higher than those being achieved in Sydney and Melbourne which both sit at near-record lows of 3.7%.

Based on historical demand and likely anticipated supply, SEQ will experience a shortfall of more than 16,500 new apartments over the next four years.

Five reasons SEQ property will continue to outperform other regions: Mosaic Property
 

SEQ potential apartment settlements. Source: CoreLogic, JLL, Place Advisory, PriceFinder.

5. Strongest Performing Market this Cycle

The last true SEQ growth cycle occurred between 2001 and 2004. During this period, the region outperformed the southern capitals just as it had during previous peak growth phases.

History shows that in the context of market cycles a period of SEQ outperformance is well overdue and that the current growth cycle likely has much further to run (see diagram below).

Five reasons SEQ property will continue to outperform other regions: Mosaic Property
SEQ yearly increase in average house price. Source: Pricefinder

Michael Zaghini is the Head of Research at Mosaic Property Group

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