Brisbane median house price cracks a million dollars as Queensland roars on
Queensland’s resilient property market appears to be defying the downturn experienced in southern states, with house prices still climbing 3.2 per cent and Brisbane houses breaking a milestone median.
Queensland’s resilient property market appears to be defying the downturn experienced in southern states, with median house prices still climbing 3.2 per cent and median unit prices rising 2.2 per cent in the first quarter of 2022.
Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) CEO Antonia Mercorella said Queensland’s property market performed positively yet again in the March 2022 quarter, and the stage was still set for continued growth.
“Over the past two years, the story of Queensland’s property market has been an extraordinarily positive one from a seller’s perspective, and the latest quarterly data tells us the Sunshine State market is still a rising star,” Ms Mercorella said.
“The first quarter of 2022 has been fraught with disruptions such as COVID-19 outbreaks, the flooding disaster, the string of long weekends including the standstill of Easter, the Federal election, and signs pointing to an interest rate rise, with some banks adjusting early in anticipation.
“Despite all of these disruptive events which may have caused some buyers to hit pause on their search, the market has continued to deliver healthy growth, and I’m sure the median prices reached this quarter will take some of us by surprise.
“For instance, Brisbane’s median house price has cracked a million dollars this quarter, and while this may be sombre news for some, this still represents relative affordability compared to southern states, and arguably our capital city has been long overdue for its time in the sun after years of steady, but modest, growth.
“What's pleasing about the latest results is that, again, it's not just our capital city performing - our regional centre property markets and communities also continue to benefit from a growth uplift.
“Of course, it can be easy to be disillusioned and discouraged as a buyer watching these prices reach new heights, but it’s important to remember these are median sales figures over a relatively short period of time and there are always more affordable options in areas with a million-dollar median - so it’s worth doing your research before assuming an area or suburb is out of reach.”
Ms Mercorella said ‘crystal ball’ predictions of where Queensland’s property market is headed are always prevalent but haven’t always come to fruition.
“Our state still has all the fundamental ingredients for continued growth – a booming population, very low supply, strong and cashed-up buyer demand, relative affordability and low interest rates,” she said.
“So even as we face more interest rate rises, we expect this will take time to noticeably impact buyers’ pockets and sales prices, and in the meantime, the clear supply shortage will continue to tip the scales in favour of sellers, as buyers compete to secure a property.
“We expect there will also be buyers who have been waiting in the wings, who may decide that now is the right time to swoop while they can still secure low fixed rates. Certainly, with how incredibly tight the rental market is, transitioning to ownership would be increasingly appealling to renters.
“We recognise that at some stage the rate of growth we see in Queensland will start to level and stabilise, simply because it would be difficult to sustain this level of accelerated growth – but for now, there’s still plenty of wind in the sails of Queensland’s property market.”
House sales market
In the March 2022 quarter, the Brisbane Local Government Area (LGA) median house price has cracked a million dollars based on almost 3,000 sales, growing 5.3 per cent over the quarter to a new high of $1,090,000. When looking at the median over a 12-month period it dips to six figures at $950,000, which still represents an impressive 25.8 per cent increase compared to the year prior.
After Brisbane, the LGAs that had the highest volume of house sales over the quarter were the ever-popular Gold Coast (2,084), Moreton Bay (1,696), Logan (1,340), Sunshine Coast (1,216), and Ipswich (1,200) – areas offering lifestyle, affordability and proximity to the capital city and airports.
Brisbane suburbs joining the ‘million-dollar median house club’ based on sales in this quarter alone include Parkinson, Sunnybank, Mount Gravatt East, and Upper Mount Gravatt on the south side, and Upper Kedron, McDowall, Stafford, and Stafford Heights on the north side.
Greater Brisbane also experienced an uptick in median house value over the quarter, increasing by 2.8 per cent to $760,000, which is consistent with the bigger picture of $685,250 for the 12-month median sale price (a 20.2 per cent rise over 12 months).
For those looking to make their dollar go a little further, the quarterly median house price remained under half a million dollars in Ipswich ($500,000), as well as in regional centres such as Rockhampton ($330,000), Townsville ($390,000), Bundaberg ($400,000), Gladstone ($405,000), Mackay ($425,000), and Toowoomba ($480,000).
By far, the strongest quarterly performer for houses was Noosa LGA, with a whopping 15.4 per cent quarterly rise to an eye-watering median of $1.5 million based on almost 200 sales. Logan was next with a 7.7 per cent quarterly increase to $598,000, followed by Toowoomba (up 6.7 per cent to $480,000), Gladstone (up 6.6 per cent to $405,000), and Ipswich (up 6.4 per cent to $500,000) to round out the top five major LGAs with the biggest jumps over the quarter.
Conversely, the median house price in Mackay LGA took a step back by 2.3 per cent over the quarter, but importantly, still achieved growth of 7.7 per cent when looking at its performance over a 12-month period. Similarly, Rockhampton (up 1.7 per cent) and Cairns (up 2.0 per cent) both had minimal growth over the quarter, but sat strongly in double-digit growth territory over 12 months at 10.3 per cent and 12.6 per cent respectively.
The median number of days houses remained on market in Queensland has dropped by just over a week (8 days) in the last 12 months, now sitting at just 16 days from the first advertised date through to contract date.
In Greater Brisbane, houses were snapped up in 13 days on average, seeing contracts signed in less than two weeks. Prospective buyers need to be quick to pounce in Moreton Bay (10 days), Ipswich (11 days) and Redland (12 days), which were the top three fastest selling house markets.
Mackay, Rockhampton and Gladstone were the markets that took the longest to sell, with houses there selling in an average of 28, 30, and 33 days respectively, which is still relatively quick for regional markets, while allowing buyers a bit more time to offer and negotiate.
Unit sales market
Turning our focus to the unit market, Brisbane LGA’s median unit price reached $490,000, growing 2.1 per cent over the March 2022 quarter (based on 2,694 sales), which is aligned with the bigger picture of 8.3 per cent growth over 12 months to an annual median sale price of $470,000.
Greater Brisbane’s median unit price wasn’t far behind growing 2.2 per cent to $460,000 in the quarter (based on 3,800 sales), and growing 8.1 per cent to $440,000 in 12 months.
After Brisbane, the LGAs with the most units sold this quarter, were the Gold Coast (1,983), Sunshine Coast (547), Moreton Bay (493) and Cairns (425).
The most expensive unit medians were reached in the coastal tourism meccas of Noosa ($977,000), Sunshine Coast ($646,000), and Gold Coast ($575,000), whereas more affordable units are still to be found in regional centres with quarterly median unit prices comfortably under $300,000 in Mackay, Bundaberg, Cairns, Townsville, and Gladstone - with Ipswich ($300,000) and Logan ($305,000) just over.
The top five growth performers for units for the quarter were Gladstone (leaping 18.4 per cent to a median price of $290,000), Fraser Coast (up a whopping 16.2 per cent to $395,000), Logan (double-digit growth of 10.9 per cent to $305,000), Sunshine Coast (up 7.2 per cent to $646,000), and Moreton Bay (up 6.05 per cent to $403,000).
This quarter did see some median unit prices recede, in the case of Bundaberg, a considerable drop of 13.1 per cent, while Noosa regressed 5.1 per cent, Rockhampton reduced by 3.3 per cent, and Toowoomba experienced a small dip of 3.0 per cent.
However, remembering these figures reflect a relatively small number of unit sales during the quarter, it’s best to take into account the broader 12-month trend before drawing any conclusions. For instance, Bundaberg is up 17.8 per cent compared to one year prior, similarly Noosa’s up 22.9 per cent, and Rockhampton’s up a stunning 34.7 per cent – all demonstrating outstanding annual unit growth performance.
Unit days on market were down to 22 days across Queensland in the last 12 months (dropping 10 days from 32 days), and particularly in the Sunshine Coast (16 days), Gold Coast and Redland (both 19 days) markets, buyers needed to get their skates on to sign on the line.