June Rental Snapshot | What’s happening in my area?

We know that property price growth has slowed down, but what’s happened to rents?

According to Rent.com.au’s latest report, the rental markets are very fragmented. Rental Demand

For example

  • Sydney’s median house rent has now been stable at $600 a week for six months running, after the last drop of 3.2% from $620 a week.
  • Melbourne’s apartment rentals were up for the first time since February, rising 2.5% to $410 a week.
  • Houses are on the market for the least amount of time in Hobart, just 15.2 days.

So let’s take a State by State look at the residential rental markets..


Median rents

New figures from Rent.com.au show that Sydney’s median rent across all property types is stable — the sixth straight month unchanged.  

The NSW capital’s median rents are high (still no real surprise) but cooling demand could be behind the stabilising costs.

Apartment and house median rents were flat in June, unchanged from May at $550 and $600 a week accordingly.

Rent.com.au Chief Executive Officer, Greg Bader said while Sydneysiders are still paying the highest weekly rents in the country, the pace of house rent rises has eased to maintain prices over past six months, while places like Perth are starting to see a surge in the price of apartments and houses.

“From an investors perspective, slowing rental growth means they will need to find new ways to differentiate their properties from others,” he said.

“The boom phase of the market is fading, and it’s likely down to firsthome buyer incentives and a deluge of new apartments on the market.”




Sydney market

A6Sydney’s rental market remained stable in June.

Median weekly apartment and house rents were consistent month-on-month.

However, the NSW capital saw a 3.2% decrease in house prices year-on-year, now $600 a week.

Apartment prices, however, have remained stable at $550 a week.

Melbourne market

A7Melbourne’s median apartment price rose 3.8% between June ’17 and ’18, now $410 a week.

Melbourne house prices were also on the rise; up 5% to $420 a week.

Apartments in the metro area moved faster year-on-year, recording an 8% improvement to take 19.3 days on average to lease.

A8Brisbane market

Brisbane’s median apartment price jumped 2.5% yearon-year to reach $400 a week in June 2018.

Median house price, however, were stable at $420 a week.

Brisbane also recorded its third annual rise in apartment price per room in June – the only state apart from Melbourne to do so.

A9Perth market

Perth’s apartment and house growth jumped annually with a 5.6% increase for apartments to $325 a week, and a 1.4% jump for houses (now $355 a week).

The WA capital remains the most affordable city for sharehousers with prices falling nationally to $120 a week.

Adelaide market

A10Over in Adelaide, median weekly house rents picked up 4.2% year-on-year in May to $370 a week.

Similarly, apartment median rents jumped annually by 1.7% to $295 a week.

Adelaide apartments and houses recorded the lowest price per room year-on-year of all states and territories, matched only by Perth (houses).

Hobart market

A11Some significant changes are evident comparing the 12- month change in Hobart.

Median apartment rents were up 10% to $3309 a week, while houses picked up by 14.8% to $425 a week, indicative of the ongoing affordability issues in the TAS capital.

Hobart also recorded the highest jump in price per room (houses) in June – up 18% from June 2017.

A12Darwin market

Darwin apartments moved slowest of all states/territories (42.4 days on market) in May 2018, with Perth close behind (39.1 days).

The NT capital saw a 2% increase in house prices year-on-year, now $490 a week.

Apartment prices, however, fell 8.9% to $355 in June 2018.

A13Canberra market

In Canberra, median apartment rents were up 10% to $440 a week year-on-year, while houses picked up by 6% to $530 a week.

Nationally, Canberra was one of just two capital cities to record a fall in price per room annually, down 1% from June 2017, now $183 a week.


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Leanne is National Director of Property Management at Metropole and a Property Professional in every sense of the word. With 20 years' experience in real estate, Leanne brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to maximise returns and minimise stress for their clients. Visit: Metropole Property Management

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