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5 Reasons Why Perth is Back in the Real Estate Game

This month, we had the pleasure of hearing from Nerida Conisbee, Chief Economist at REA Group and one of Australia’s leading property experts.  With millions of searches per day and large teams of data scientists, REA Group know property.

Here are some of the top industry insights that were shared on the day, including 5 reasons why Perth is well and truly back in the real estate game.

Across Australia, the fundamental driving factors behind property purchases are:

  • Great Lifestyle
  • Available jobs
  • Affordable housing

There is still a strong preference for a large family homes, but buyers are continuing to make trade-offs.

The most important lifestyle factors for buyers:

  • Great retail
  • Good schools
  • Public transport

Beaches are also an important feature in most states.

So why should Perth people be hopeful right now?

  1. Jobs opportunity is growing. Perth’s population increased by 21,000 people in 2017, thanks to overseas migration and natural growth. More importantly, jobs are growing, with more than 24,000 jobs created in Perth over the past 2 years.
  2. Premium suburbs are picking up. Although prices are down 2.3% across the Perth metro area, North Fremantle, Nedlands and Dalkeith are experiencing over 15% price growth.
  3. Buyer demand is accelerating all over Perth.
  4. First home buyers are more active. We are currently seeing the highest number of first home buyers across Australia since 2010, driven by revamped grants, as well as fewer investors. Perth has experienced a modest increase.
  5. Rental demand is ramping up. There is a strong link between rental demand and job growth, and Perth is now experiencing the strongest growth in rental demand in Australia.

Perth’s most popular suburbs for buyers are as follows:


  1. Shenton Park
  2. Floreat
  3. Subiaco
  4. Nedlands
  5. East Fremantle


  1. Nedlands 
  2. Doubleview
  3. Shenton Park
  4. Joondanna
  5. Mount Hawthorn

Perth’s most popular suburbs for renters:


  1. Leederville
  2. North Perth
  3. Shenton Park
  4. City Beach
  5. Floreat


  1. Baldivis
  2. North Perth
  3. Leederville
  4. Fremantle
  5. Victoria Park

Although offshore interest in Perth property has declined as new taxes hit, there are plenty of encouraging industry trends emerging for Perth residents.

We are excited to see what the rest of 2018 will bring for the Perth property market!


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