Friday, March 6, 2015

Rental Yields Decreasing as Prices Increase

From RP Data CoreLogic:

"CoreLogic RP Data February Home Value Index results released today showed that Australia’s combined capital cities have seen dwelling values rise by a further 0.3 per cent in February taking home values 8.3 per cent higher over the past twelve months.
According to CoreLogic RP Data head of research Tim Lawless, dwelling values continued their upwards trajectory over the month of February by recording a 0.3 per cent gain over the month. This now takes combined capital city dwelling values 2.5 per cent higher over the rolling quarter and 8.3 per cent higher over the twelve months to the end of February.
Over the past twelve months the CoreLogic RP Data Index shows dwelling values across the eight capital city aggregate index are up 8.3 per cent. Sydney is once again the clear standout with dwelling values 13.7 per cent higher while Melbourne values are 7.4 per cent higher. Australia’s third largest city, Brisbane, recorded the third highest rate of annual capital gain with dwelling values up 5.9 per cent. In contrast, dwelling values have increased by less than four per cent in every other capital city over the year.
Evidence of compressed rental yields is continuing across each of the capital city markets. A year ago the gross rental yield for a capital city dwelling was averaging 4.3 per cent; by the end of February the typical gross yield has been eroded down to just 3.7 per cent - due largely to the consistent high rate of dwelling value growth relative to rental growth."

Brisbane apartment prices (to 28 February 2015):
February 2015 - up 0.5%
Quarter - down 2.3%
Year to Date - up 0.3%
Year on Year - up 0.5%
Median price based on settled sales of Brisbane apartments over the quarter - $385,000

So, Brisbane apartment prices over the past year have barely increased, and increased much less than detached houses in Brisbane.  Brisbane is still under performing compared with Sydney and Melbourne.  And if you purchased at the peak of the market in about 2008, you would still be well underwater.

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