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Affordable Housing Boom in Australian Suburbs: A Closer Look at Sub-$750K Markets

In the ever-changing landscape of the Australian real estate market, a recent analysis by PropTrack has highlighted a surge in property values across affordable suburbs in the nation’s capitals. Despite soaring prices, several regions still offer homes under the $750,000 mark, attracting a mix of first-time buyers and investors.

Daniel Butkovich reports on the significant growth in median property values in budget-friendly suburbs, with some areas witnessing increases of over 30% in the past year. “Lower value homes are recording stronger growth than more expensive homes across the combined capital cities,” notes PropTrack economist Eleanor Creagh. This trend is a stark contrast to the previous year when higher-end markets led the recovery.

The data points to substantial price jumps in areas like Perth, Adelaide, and Brisbane, where affordable housing has grown increasingly scarce due to tight market conditions and strong buyer demand. “The smaller capital city markets… are likely to maintain their outperformance,” Creagh adds, highlighting the competitive nature of these markets despite a general slowdown in growth.

In Sydney, the affordable housing market remains robust, particularly in the outer west and Blacktown areas, where homes have seen price uplifts of 10-12%. According to real estate agent Peter Diamantidis of Ray White, the Blacktown region’s affordability and upgraded infrastructure have drawn significant buyer interest. “There’s not really many places under $750,000 you can buy in Sydney, so people are pushed out here,” Diamantidis explains.

Melbourne and Brisbane also show promising growth, especially in suburbs priced well under the $750,000 threshold. Brisbane, in particular, has seen dramatic increases, with some suburbs experiencing up to 39% growth over the past year. Teza Fruzande of McGrath observes, “At the moment units are on fire and I feel like the enquiry level on houses has dropped a little because everyone’s gone towards units.”

Perth stands out with strong performance in its property market, attributed to its affordability and a resurgence in the mining industry. In suburbs like Girrawheen and Mirrabooka, house values have soared, making it an attractive market for investors and first-home buyers alike. “There’s a huge demand from eastern state buyers purchasing in this pocket,” states Alex Dabag of Harcourts, underscoring the high interest in family-oriented suburbs close to the city and beach.

As the Australian property market navigates through fluctuating interest rates and economic uncertainties, these affordable suburbs offer a glimmer of hope for those seeking to enter the housing market without breaking the bank. With government investments and infrastructure upgrades on the rise, the future of these burgeoning markets looks promising, providing ample opportunities for potential homeowners and investors alike.


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