RENT.COM.AU QUARTERLY SNAPSHOT | Q1 2019

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Property leasing data released by Rent.com.au for the January to March quarter (Q1 2019) illustrates the shift in Australian median rental property prices (both metro and regional), rental affordability (the median room price metric) and the price of walkability in each state and territory capital.

Q1 Highlights:

  • Hobart was the best performing housing market over the last quarter, with median rents up 4.6% to $450/w
  • Apartment prices remained relatively stable in the latest report, with no change recorded nationally and price rises only recorded in Sydney and Melbourne, up 1.9% and 2.4% respectively.
  • Perth and Adelaide remain the only two capitals with median house rents under $400/week.

How the states and territories compared in Q1 2019

CANBERRA

  • Apartments: $450
  • % change: -2.10%
  • Houses: $550
  • % change: 1.80%

SYDNEY

  • Apartments: $530
  • % change: 1.90%
  • Houses: $600
  • % change: 0%

MELBOURNE

  • Apartments: $420
  • % change: 2.40%
  • Houses: $430
  • % change: 0%

BRISBANE

  • Apartments: $400
  • % change: 0%
  • Houses: $430
  • % change: 0%

HOBART

  • Apartments: $365
  • % change: -4.50%
  • Houses: $450
  • % change: 4.60%

DARWIN

  • Apartments: $340
  • % change: -2.80%
  • Houses: $480
  • % change: 2.10%

PERTH

  • Apartments: $320
  • % change: 0%
  • Houses: $370
  • % change: 1.30%

ADELAIDE

  • Apartments: $300
  • % change: 0%
  • Houses: $380
  • % change: 0%

National Median

  • Apartments: $450
  • % change: 0%
  • Houses: $450
  • % change: 2.20%

Q1 2019 – Median rent (apartments v houses) and price per room: How the states and territories compared in Q1 2019
SOURCE: RENT.COM.AU © 2019

Price Trends

Median rents.

Apartment and house rents have remained relatively stable quarter-on-quarter, according to a new report from Australia’s no. 1 website dedicated to rental property, Rent.com.au. But renting a house in half of the country’s state and territory capitals has become slightly more expensive, up 2.2% in the January to March period (Q1) from Q4 2018.

“We’ve just come through one of the busiest periods of the year (January/February), so areas around the country that are smaller and/or have limited property supply generally are going to be especially tight right now,” Rent.com.au CEO Greg Bader said.

RENT’s latest report showed no real change in apartment pricing quarter-on-quarter, with median rents stable in Q1 2019 nationally. Houses, however, experienced some upward movement, jumping 2.2% by the end of the quarter across the country. Median rents climbed in four of the eight capital cities in Q1, including Hobart (up 4.6% to $450/week), Darwin (up 2.1% to $480/week), Canberra (up 1.8% to $550/week) and Perth (jumping 1.3% to $370/week).

Price per room.

Considering RENT’s price per room metric, Hobart experienced the most movement in room prices in the first quarter of 2019. The TAS capital saw an 8.4% rise in the price per room for apartments, now $225/week. In fact, all but one state (Brisbane) recorded an increase in apartment price per room, bringing the national median to $275/week, up 5.8% from Q4 2018. Houses also experienced growth, but to a lesser extent, climbing $147/week (up 2.5%) in Q1.

Nationally, the cost of renting a room was highest – unsurprisingly perhaps – in Sydney at $325/week in an apartment. In Q1, the cheapest room prices could be found in Perth, a median $116/week.

Apartment, House and National Price per Room

SYDNEY

  • Apartments: $325
  • % change from QoQ: 8.30%
  • Houses: $200
  • % change QoQ: 1.50%
  • Price per room (national): $273
  • % change QoQ: 2.50%

MELBOURNE

  • Apartments: $260
  • % change from QoQ: 4%
  • Houses: $140
  • % change QoQ: 1.80%
  • Price per room (national): $183
  • % change QoQ: 4.70%

BRISBANE

  • Apartments: $225
  • % change from QoQ: 0%
  • Houses: $137
  • % change QoQ: 1.50%
  • Price per room (national): $166
  • % change QoQ: 4.10%

PERTH

  • Apartments: $196
  • % change from QoQ: 3.50%
  • Houses: $116
  • % change QoQ: 0%
  • Price per room (national): $126
  • % change QoQ: 1.30%

ADELAIDE

  • Apartments: $160
  • % change from QoQ: 1.60%
  • Houses: $130
  • % change QoQ: 2.60%
  • Price per room (national): $138
  • % change QoQ: 3.70%

HOBART

  • Apartments: $225
  • % change from QoQ: 8.40%
  • Houses: $165
  • % change QoQ: 5.30%
  • Price per room (national): $177
  • % change QoQ: 8.60%

DARWIN

  • Apartments: $170
  • % change from QoQ: 3%
  • Houses: $143
  • % change QoQ: -0.90%
  • Price per room (national): $150
  • % change QoQ: 0%

CANBERRA

  • Apartments: $335
  • % change from QoQ: 4.70%
  • Houses: $176
  • % change QoQ: 1.90%
  • Price per room (national): $215
  • % change QoQ: 3.20%

National Median

  • Apartments: $275
  • % change from QoQ: 5.80%
  • Houses: $147
  • % change QoQ: 2.50%
  • Price per room (national): $193
  • % change QoQ: 3.50%

% change between Q4 2018 and Q1 2019
SOURCE: RENT.COM.AU © 2019

Regional rents.

Australia’s regional median rents were unmoved quarter-on-quarter. The national median remained at $370/week where it has been since Q4 2018 after only an incremental rise from $360/week.

In total, three states recorded an increase in rents in Q1. In Victoria, regional median rents climbed 3.3% to $310/week and further ahead in South Australia, up 3.8% to $270/week. Tasmania also saw a lift, up 1.7% to $300/week. Northern Territory,however, was down 2.2% QoQ to $440/week.

NSW

  • Q4 2018: $400
  • Q1 2019: $400
  • % change: 0%

VIC

  • Q4 2018: $300
  • Q1 2019: $310
  • % change: 3.30%

QLD

  • Q4 2018: $370
  • Q1 2019: $370
  • % change: 0%

WA

  • Q4 2018: $340
  • Q1 2019: $340
  • % change: 0%

SA

  • Q4 2018: $260
  • Q1 2019: $270
  • % change: 3.80%

TAS

  • Q4 2018: $295
  • Q1 2019: $300
  • % change: 1.70%

NT

  • Q4 2018: $450
  • Q1 2019: $440
  • % change: -2.20%

ACT

  • Q4 2018: unavail
  • Q1 2019: unavail
  • % change: n/a

National Median

  • Q4 2018: $370
  • Q1 2019: $370
  • % change: 0%

% change between Q4 2018 and Q1 2019
SOURCE: RENT.COM.AU © 2019

Days on market.

The most noticeable shift in days on market quarter-on-quarter was in Hobart apartments, which took 30% longer on average to lease, with this property type on market 16 days from 12.4 days in Q4 2018.

Conversely, apartments in Brisbane were off market 11% faster this quarter – just 21 days on average, down from 23 days in Q4. Darwin apartments were on market longest of all capital cities (and property types), with owners facing around 39 days to lease in Q4.

SYDNEY

  • APARTMENTS days on market: 27 days
  • % change from Q4 2018: 7% slower
  • % change from Q1 2018: 6.4% faster
  • HOUSES days on market: 29 days
  • % change from Q4 2018: 15% slower
  • % change from Q1 2018: 1.8% slower

MELBOURNE

  • APARTMENTS days on market: 21 days
  • % change from Q4 2018: 1% faster
  • % change from Q1 2018: 6.5% faster
  • HOUSES days on market: 26 days
  • % change from Q4 2018: 17% slower
  • % change from Q1 2018: 4.3% faster

BRISBANE

  • APARTMENTS days on market: 21 days
  • % change from Q4 2018: 11% faster
  • % change from Q1 2018: 1.4% slower
  • HOUSES days on market: 22 days
  • % change from Q4 2018: 0%
  • % change from Q1 2018: 1.9% faster

PERTH

  • APARTMENTS days on market: 32 days
  • % change from Q4 2018: 8% faster
  • % change from Q1 2018: 7.3% slower
  • HOUSES days on market: 29 days
  • % change from Q4 2018: 3% faster
  • % change from Q1 2018: 3.6% slower

ADELAIDE

  • APARTMENTS days on market: 24 days
  • % change from Q4 2018: 10% slower
  • % change from Q1 2018: 19.9% faster
  • HOUSES days on market: 21 days
  • % change from Q4 2018: No change
  • % change from Q1 2018: 0.4% faster

HOBART

  • APARTMENTS days on market: 16 days
  • % change from Q4 2018: 30% slower
  • % change from Q1 2018: 7% faster
  • HOUSES days on market: 15 days
  • % change from Q4 2018: 8% slower
  • % change from Q1 2018: 12.2% faster

DARWIN

  • APARTMENTS days on market: 39 days
  • % change from Q4 2018: 7% faster
  • % change from Q1 2018: 0.1% faster
  • HOUSES days on market: 32 days
  • % change from Q4 2018: 3% faster
  • % change from Q1 2018: 10% faster

CANBERRA

  • APARTMENTS days on market: 17 days
  • % change from Q4 2018: 12% slower
  • % change from Q1 2018: 6.3% faster
  • HOUSES days on market: 19 days
  • % change from Q4 2018: 21% slower
  • % change from Q1 2018: 6.6% slower

% change in no. days on market (Apartments v Houses)
SOURCE: RENT.COM.AU © 2019

Walk Score ® – The price of walkability

Median Rent

Rent.com.au compared its Walk Score® data to its median rent price to identify price trends in areas with varying levels of walkability in Q1 2019. Renters seeking bargain accommodation would have found the most affordable Walker’s Paradise apartments in Tasmania, according to the Q4 data. Walker’s Paradise apartments cost an average of $380/week to rent in TAS. Next most walkable (and affordable) was Western Australia at $390/week.

NSW

  • Car Dependent: $340
  • Somewhat Walkable: $440
  • Very Walkable: $490
  • Walker’s Paradise: $570

VIC

  • Car Dependent: $310
  • Somewhat Walkable: $340
  • Very Walkable: $380
  • Walker’s Paradise: $470

QLD

  • Car Dependent: $295
  • Somewhat Walkable: $330
  • Very Walkable: $375
  • Walker’s Paradise: $430

WA

  • Car Dependent: $290
  • Somewhat Walkable: $290
  • Very Walkable: $320
  • Walker’s Paradise: $390

SA

  • Car Dependent: $255
  • Somewhat Walkable: $275
  • Very Walkable: $295
  • Walker’s Paradise: $410

TAS

  • Car Dependent: $260
  • Somewhat Walkable: $250
  • Very Walkable: $320
  • Walker’s Paradise: $380

NT

  • Car Dependent: $360
  • Somewhat Walkable: $370
  • Very Walkable: $440
  • Walker’s Paradise: $430

ACT

  • Car Dependent: $390
  • Somewhat Walkable: $417
  • Very Walkable: $480
  • Walker’s Paradise: $480

The most affordable median rent for a Walker’s Paradise house in Q4 was $450/week in South AustraliaWestern Australia and Tasmania followed close behind ($470/week), followed by Queensland ($475/week). Houses in New South Wales remained priciest, topping the list at $795/week for a Walker’s Paradise home.

NSW

  • Car Dependent: $450
  • Somewhat Walkable: $460
  • Very Walkable: $550
  • Walker’s Paradise: $795

VIC

  • Car Dependent: $380
  • Somewhat Walkable: $400
  • Very Walkable: $450
  • Walker’s Paradise: $620

QLD

  • Car Dependent: $385
  • Somewhat Walkable: $400
  • Very Walkable: $420
  • Walker’s Paradise: $475

WA

  • Car Dependent: $350
  • Somewhat Walkable: $360
  • Very Walkable: $390
  • Walker’s Paradise: $470

SA

  • Car Dependent: $320
  • Somewhat Walkable: $360
  • Very Walkable: $395
  • Walker’s Paradise: $450

TAS

  • Car Dependent: $320
  • Somewhat Walkable: $320
  • Very Walkable: $395
  • Walker’s Paradise: $470

NT

  • Car Dependent: $490
  • Somewhat Walkable: $470
  • Very Walkable: $400
  • Walker’s Paradise: $510

ACT

  • Car Dependent: $515
  • Somewhat Walkable: $520
  • Very Walkable: $510
  • Walker’s Paradise: $550