Want to know what’s happening in the rental markets around Australia?
Well, like always, the results vary considerably from state to state according to property leasing data released by Rent.com.au for the January to March quarter (Q1 2019).
Read on to see the shift in Australian median rental property prices (both metro and regional), rental affordability (the median room price metric) and the price of walkability in each state and territory capital.
- Apartment rents remained relatively stable in the latest report, with no change recorded nationally and price rises only recorded in Sydney and Melbourne, up 1.9% and 2.4% respectively.
- Perth and Adelaide remain the only two capitals with median house rents under $400/week.
How the states and territories compared in Q1 2019
|Metro area||Apartments||% change||Houses||% change|
Apartment and house rents have remained relatively stable quarter-on-quarter, according to a new report from Australia’s no. 1 website dedicated to rental property, Rent.com.au.
But renting a house in half of the country’s state and territory capitals has become slightly more expensive, up 2.2% in the January to March period (Q1) from Q4 2018.
“We’ve just come through one of the busiest periods of the year (January/February), so areas around the country that are smaller and/or have limited property supply generally are going to be especially tight right now,” Rent.com.au CEO Greg Bader said.
RENT’s latest report showed no real change in apartment pricing quarter-on-quarter, with median rents stable in Q1 2019 nationally.
Houses, however, experienced some upward movement, jumping 2.2% by the end of the quarter across the country.
Median rents climbed in four of the eight capital cities in Q1, including Hobart (up 4.6% to $450/week), Darwin (up 2.1% to $480/week), Canberra (up 1.8% to $550/week) and Perth (jumping 1.3% to $370/week).
Price per room
Considering RENT’s price per room metric, Hobart experienced the most movement in room prices in the first quarter of 2019.
The TAS capital saw an 8.4% rise in the price per room for apartments, now $225/week.
In fact, all but one state (Brisbane) recorded an increase in apartment price per room, bringing the national median to $275/week, up 5.8% from Q4 2018.
Houses also experienced growth, but to a lesser extent, climbing $147/week (up 2.5%) in Q1.
Nationally, the cost of renting a room was highest – unsurprisingly perhaps – in Sydney at $325/week in an apartment.
In Q1, the cheapest room prices could be found in Perth, a median $116/week.
Apartment, House and National Price per Room
|Metro area||Apartments||% change from QoQ||Houses||% change QoQ||Price per room (national)||% change QoQ|
Q1 2019 – Median rent (apartments v houses) and price per room: How the states and territories compared in Q1 2019 SOURCE: RENT.COM.AU © 2019
Australia’s regional median rents were unmoved quarter-on-quarter.
The national median remained at $370/week where it has been since Q4 2018 after only an incremental rise from $360/week.
In total, three states recorded an increase in rents in Q1.
In Victoria, regional median rents climbed 3.3% to $310/week and further ahead in South Australia, up 3.8% to $270/week.
Tasmania also saw a lift, up 1.7% to $300/week. Northern Territory, however, was down 2.2% QoQ to $440/week.
|State/Territory||Q4 2018||Q1 2019||% change|
% change between Q4 2018 and Q1 2019 SOURCE: RENT.COM.AU © 2019
Days on market
The most noticeable shift in days on market quarter-on-quarter was in Hobart apartments, which took 30% longer on average to lease, with this property type on market 16 days from 12.4 days in Q4 2018.
Conversely, apartments in Brisbane were off market 11% faster this quarter – just 21 days on average, down from 23 days in Q4.
Darwin apartments were on market longest of all capital cities (and property types), with owners facing around 39 days to lease in Q4.
|Metro area||APARTMENTS days on market||% change from Q4 2018||% change from Q1 2018||HOUSES days on market||% change from Q4 2018||% change from Q1 2018|
|SYDNEY||27 days||7% slower||6.4% faster||29 days||15% slower||1.8% slower|
|MELBOURNE||21 days||1% faster||6.5% faster||26 days||17% slower||4.3% faster|
|BRISBANE||21 days||11% faster||1.4% slower||22 days||0%||1.9% faster|
|PERTH||32 days||8% faster||7.3% faster||29 days||3% faster||3.6% slower|
|ADELAIDE||24 days||10% slower||19.9% faster||21 days||No change||0.4% faster|
|HOBART||16 days||30% slower||5.2% faster||15 days||8% slower||12.2% faster|
|DARWIN||39 days||7% faster||0.1% faster||32 days||3% faster||10% faster|
|CANBERRA||17 days||12% slower||6.3% slower||19 days||21% slower||6.6% slower|
% change in no. days on market (Apartments v Houses) SOURCE: RENT.COM.AU © 2019
Walk Score® – The price of walkability
Rent.com.au compared its Walk Score® data to its median rent price to identify price trends in areas with varying levels of walkability in Q1 2019.
Renters seeking bargain accommodation would have found the most affordable Walker’s Paradise apartments in Tasmania, according to the Q4 data.
Walker’s Paradise apartments cost an average of $380/week to rent in TAS.
Next most walkable (and affordable) was Western Australia at $390/week.
APARTMENTS: Median Rent meets Walkability in Q1 2019
The most affordable median rent for a Walker’s Paradise house in Q4 was $450/week in South Australia.
Western Australia and Tasmania followed close behind ($470/week), followed by Queensland ($475/week).
Houses in New South Wales remained priciest, topping the list at $795/week for a Walker’s Paradise home.
HOUSES: Median Rent meets Walkability in Q1 2019.
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