BRISBANE is leading the nation in all four property performance indicators for the first time in more than a decade — defying the downturn gripping the other mainland capital cities.
New figures show Brisbane is the only capital city to record an increase in home values over the past week, month, year-to-date and 12 months.
The last time the Queensland capital did that was back in 2007 before the Global Financial Crisis.
While home values in the other mainland capital cities headed south, houses and units in Brisbane gained a third of a per cent in value in the past 28 days, according to property researcher CoreLogic.
Compared to the same time last year, Brisbane home values are 1.2 per cent higher.
The only other capital city to record growth in the past month was Adelaide, where home values inched just 0.1 per cent higher.
The housing downturn is gathering pace in Sydney where values have fallen half a per cent in the past 28 days and are down 5.6 per cent compared to the same time last year.
The Melbourne market is also coming off the boil with home values declining nearly 1 per cent in the past month and 1.1 per cent over the past year.
CoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher said Brisbane was continuing to record “moderate growth” while the other mainland capitals were slowing.
“The rate of growth in Brisbane is generally slower than it was a year ago, but when you look at migration to Queensland picking up and what’s happening in Sydney and Melbourne, it’s no real surprise that Brisbane is holding up better,” Mr Kusher said.
He said it was likely Brisbane could experience an acceleration in home value growth thanks to increasing migration, an improving local economy and its relative affordability.
But not to the extent seen in Hobart, Sydney and Melbourne in the past.
“I think you’ll see pretty steady growth in the next year or two,” he said.
Unit values in the Brisbane riverside suburb of Tennyson have jumped a whopping 45 per cent in the past year, while Hamilton houses have been the best performers — up nearly 27 per cent in 12 months.
“Generally speaking, it’s the inner city and parts of Logan that doing well in terms of growth,” Mr Kusher said.
“The higher value stock in the inner city is probably attractive to Sydney and Melbourne buyers, and then the growth in Logan City is probably linked to strong first home buyer demand and affordable housing stock.”
Hobart — which is currently the strongest performing market — was not included in the CoreLogic figures, but Mr Kusher said even it was showing signs of growth slowing.
Brisbane’s consistent house price growth has resulted in more suburbs entering the million dollar club for the first time.
In the 12 months to July, five new suburbs broke through the $1 million median house price barrier — Ashgrove, Auchenflower, Balmoral, Fig Tree Pocket and West End.
When it comes to sales volumes, Brisbane City recorded the most unit sales in the 12 months to May 2018, while Caboolture saw the most house sales.
New Farm recorded the highest percentage of sales over $1 million, closely followed by Teneriffe.
Brisbane couple Paul James, 29, and Maddie Cant, 30, have just bought their first home in Rochedale, which has been experiencing strong growth in home values.
Mr James said they had been looking for a while and considered themselves lucky to get a three-bedroom house for $530,000 in the suburb.
“It’s a nice area — a growing area, and it’s affordable,” he said.
Selling agent Skye Dutson of Place – Sunnybank said prices in the Rochedale area had tapered off slightly, but values were still growing and open homes were still attracting strong numbers.
“Rochedale and Rochedale South are only 20 minutes from the city and you’re still paying affordable prices,” Mrs Dutson said.
“If you wanted to be as close to the city in Sydney and Melbourne, you’re paying millions of dollars.
“I think buyers are taking their time a bit more and just being a little bit more patient.”
In the inner-city suburb of Grange, Helder and Saori Peguicha have just listed their house at 37 Howard Street and are confident it will attract strong interest and a good price based on the capital growth it has achieved.
“With the amount of infrastructure projects on the horizon, I think Brisbane will attract a lot of people for work, so I think there is potential for more growth still,” Mr Peguicha said.
Craig Lea of McGrath Estate Agents – Wilston, who is marketing the property, said he wasn’t surprised Brisbane home values were defying the downturn plaguing other states.
“There’s all this doom and gloom discussion on the basis of Sydney and Melbourne’s protracting market, but that was to be expected,” Mr Lea said.
“Brisbane’s always been a slow boil.
“We’re seeing a lot of migration from the southern states, particularly from expats.”