Perth vacancies highest in years, rentals on market 56% up on 2013

Perth vacancies highest in years, rentals on market 56% up on 2013
Perth vacancies highest in years, rentals on market 56% up on 2013

It appears that investors may still be struggling in Perth, with Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) figures showing a slowdown in sales and a lift in the rental vacancy rate.

REIWA president, David Airey, said that the median house price has increased from $546,000 in the December quarter to $550,000 in March, however this $4,000 lift is unlikely to do much to improve the concerns of investors in the state.

“There was little change in overall sales turnover for the quarter, down by only 2%, however, it’s noteworthy that the March quarter was down by about 6% on the same period last year,” Airey said.

Noting it had been a ‘choppy’ quarter for sales, he said there had been a steady decline in recent weeks as more properties were put on the market for sale.

The biggest slide was seen in the City of Vincent, south east segments of the City of Stirling and Gosnells and Melville areas.

Across Perth, and areas such as Fremantle, Rockingham and northern Joondalup, sales have, in fact, been lifting. Despite this, listings rise and are now at their highest level since December 2012.

This may mean a good time to get in for prospective home buyers, with more choice, however it does make selling prospects somewhat lacklustre.

Similarly, landlords won’t be too impressed with the most recent vacancy rate statistics – with the highest vacancy rate seen in the past four years. It has now lifted to 4.1% for the rate for the three months to February. The last time it was higher was the winter of 2010’s 4.3%.

“It’s now a tenants’ market with much more stock available and median rent coming down a little. It has dropped $15 per week in the last nine months and I anticipate a further fall in the median weekly rent to show up in the data over the next few weeks,” Airey said, pointing to around 5,000 rental properties on the market.

This is an incredible 56% up on the same time last year.

“The March quarter normally experiences a tightening in the vacancy rate, but not so this year,” Airey said.

The biggest jump in rental listings was in Joondalup and Wanneroo, up 26% on December.

He said the absence of first home buyers is being felt with the increase in selling stock on market, with 10,067 homes on the market – a rise of 861 properties from a month ago and 1,600 from a year ago.

“For several quarters the number of listings hovered around 8,500 properties but now seem to be trending back to a more usual 12,000,” he said.

“The biggest jump in listings was experienced through parts of the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo which saw 28% more stock up for sale”.

Do you have a vacant property in Perth? Tell us what you are experiencing: jduke@propertyobserver.com.au

Jennifer Duke

Jennifer Duke

Jennifer Duke was a property writer at Property Observer

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