Size does matter | Michael Matusik

For property investors especially, it pays to pay attention to detail – size does matter, regardless of what they may tell you.  images

Earlier this year, Brisbane’s cost of living was reported among the world’s highest at 13th, based on a survey by Expatistan – a group that analyses world-wide cost of living data.

In terms of our capitals, Brisbane came in second behind Sydney (11th); Melbourne (18th); Perth (24th); Adelaide (25th) and Canberra (26th).

This may surprise you

Yet if we break out housing – a major component of the variables measured in the survey – Brisbane’s housing price points may surprise many.

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The fact is that the majority of home sales taking place across Brisbane are for a price tag of less than $400,000.

And a similar trend exists across most other Australian capitals as well, including Sydney and Melbourne – also in our regional centres.

While the perception may be otherwise, the reality is that most dwellings sold Australia-wide are for less than $500,000.  A third sell for prices under $350,000.

When it comes to buying property, knowledge of location price points can be helpful for investors in terms of making better property choices and maximising future investment returns.

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That’s because knowing how many sales take place in a particular area and price category, can provide an indication as to how long a property might take to resell; and how much future promotion and resources might be required to achieve that sale.

Price points – along with other key criteria such as value, design, site, supply and demand – are something that investors really should pay more attention to, rather than generic price growth alone.

Another way of looking at price points is to visualise the market as being shaped like a pyramid, where sales volumes are diminishing as prices rise.

The point being that in general…

The more you pay for a property, the fewer buyers there are to resell to in the future.


That’s not to say that the top end housing market has not seen growth across Australia.

Today, one in ten of our homes achieves over $1 million on sale, up from 3 per cent ten years ago.

In Brisbane, these are the latest dwelling price points: And one in fifty homes sells for over $2 million, up from 0.7 per cent a decade ago.

  • Under $400,000 – 38 per cent
  • $400,000 to $600,000 – 39 per cent
  • $600,000 to $800,000 – 13 per cent
  • $800,000 to $1 million – 6 per cent
  • Over $1 million – 4 per cent

Investors, especially those just starting out, would be wise to consider buying property in the larger price brackets.  The old adage of safety in numbers, does apply.

It’s important to remember, too, that price movement is not necessarily uniform across a market.

Some price points move more than others and will change, depending on the position of the market in the property house property money

Currently, in Brisbane’s recovery market, here’s what we are seeing:

  • Properties priced below $350,000 have seen a 12 per cent lift over the past three months.
  • Those priced $500,000 to $1 million have increased more than 30 per cent.
  • And sales over $1 million are up an impressive 43 per cent.

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Michael Matusik


Michael is director of independent property advisory Matusik Property Insights. He is independent, perceptive and to the point; has helped over 550 new residential developments come to fruition and writes his insightful Matusik Missive

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