Here’s why Sydney property prices are booming

Have you wondered why Sydney has been the strongest performing property market over the last few years?

In fact Corelogic reports Sydney’s dwelling prices rose 18.4% over the last 12 months alone.

Sydney property prices

Well…the reason for this remarkable growth is not really low interest rates like many are suggesting, otherwise our other capital cities (who also share the same low interest rates) would also be booming.

The answer behind Sydney’s property boom is…

Jobs growth and economic growth

NSW has created more jobs in the past six months than the rest of Australia combined.

According to the ABS, NSW has added 85,600 jobs since January.

All the other states and territories have managed a combined 68,000.

State Unemployment

Sydney’s economy has been rising steadily since its change of government in 2011, boosted by high levels of spending on infrastructure; and this in turn this is boosting business and consumer confidence.

Of course jobs creation and rising confidence also leads to population growth, which further fuels the property market.

Where are the jobs being created?

ANZ research suggests employment growth in NSW has been led by four industry sectors:

  1. Health,
  2. Education,
  3. Hospitality and
  4. Professional services.

What’s ahead?

Sure Sydney’s property market has been booming, but it was initially playing catch up after a dormant few years in property (between 2003- 2008).

Now at this more mature stage of the property cycle it is likely that property price growth will slow down over the coming year, however a strong and growing economy, jobs creation, strong population growth, extensive spending on infrastructure and the return of both business and consumer confidence are a recipe for continuing growth in Sydney’s real estate markets, which is likely to be the strongest performing capital city market again next year.


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George Raptis


George is a Director of Metropole Property Strategists in Sydney. He shares his 27 years of experience in the property industry as a licensed estate agent and active property investor to help create wealth for his clients.

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