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Australian Real Estate Market: A Tale of Two Extremes

The Australian real estate landscape presents a stark contrast between surging buyer demand in certain suburbs and the burgeoning luxury property sector, as highlighted in recent articles by Daniel Butkovich and Ev Foley. This dual phenomenon underscores a dynamic market where both affordability and luxury are driving forces.

Butkovich, in his analysis of PropTrack data, reveals a significant uptick in buyer interest in several suburbs despite challenging market conditions marked by high interest rates and rising property prices. This surge, gauged through key inquiries per listing on, is a robust indicator of buyer seriousness, as noted by PropTrack’s senior economist, Paul Ryan. “Tracking enquiries can show the level of demand from buyers at the later stages of their property purchasing journey, who are more likely to enquire about properties for sale,” Ryan explains.

The heightened demand is attributed to various factors, including rapid population growth, a slowdown in new home construction, and a tight rental market. This scenario has pressed some towards homeownership despite escalating housing costs. Ryan elaborates, “Housing costs are going up, but for some, it makes sense to jump into homeownership.”

Suburbs on the fringes of major cities like Sydney and Brisbane have seen the highest demand, driven by a quest for space, privacy, and affordability. Real estate agents like Adrienn Stenner and Joseph Lordi highlight the allure of these suburbs. “I get a lot of beachside people and young families moving to acreages,” says Stenner, emphasizing the long-term occupancy of such properties.

On the other end of the spectrum, Foley’s article delves into Australia’s luxury property market and its promising prospects for 2024. Knight Frank’s Prime Global Cities Index Q3 2023 positions Sydney, Perth, and Brisbane among the top cities worldwide for prime property price growth. Erin van Tuil, Head of Residential at Knight Frank, notes the resilience of the Australian market amid global uncertainty. “A smaller prime residential market tends to insulate Australia from global uncertainty,” she remarks.

Sydney’s ultra-wealthy suburbs have seen exponential price increases, with some properties achieving staggering gains over a relatively short period. Richard Simeon of Simeon Partners shares, “I sold a property in Mosman recently for $9.2 million that was purchased for $4.95 million seven years ago – an 85 per cent gain over seven years.”

Similarly, the Gold Coast’s luxury property segment is experiencing robust growth, as observed by Andrew Bell, CEO of Ray White Surfers Paradise. He comments on the influx of high-net-worth individuals to the area: “The highest price paid for an apartment, which was just announced last week, was in Burleigh Heads for $24 million.”

Perth’s elite riverside suburbs are also set for growth, with Eric Hartanto of Hartanto Properties highlighting the diverse range of buyers and international interest. “That interest is particularly strong from the UK, New Zealand, the United States, Singapore, and Indonesia,” he says.

In summary, the Australian real estate market is navigating a complex path, with surging demand in more affordable suburbs contrasting with the growth of the luxury property segment. This divergence is a testament to the market’s resilience and adaptability in the face of economic pressures and evolving buyer preferences.


“The sought-after Australian suburbs where buyer demand has gone through the roof” by Daniel Butkovich. 

“Australia’s most expensive suburbs, and luxury property’s 2024 prospects” by Ev Foley. 

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