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First-home buyers on the move across state borders

First-home buyers are increasingly looking beyond their own backyard for their first property, and the state with the itchiest feet may come as a surprise.

Border between Queensland and New South Wales
Rising property prices in Sydney have helped fuel population increases in other states.

Much has been made of the exodus north of Melbourne and Sydney residents but among first-home buyers at least, South Australians are the most likely to be looking interstate for their property purchase.

Recently released data shows the loss of resident population in New South Wales and Victoria in the final quarter of 2021 resulted in a growth of population in all other states and territories, except for the Northern Territory.

Most notable, mo…