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Why Migration is going to Shift Demand toward Brisbane

Real estate prices in Australia have been on an uptrend since the start of the new millennium. One of the significant factors driving property prices has been population. In fact, since the Sydney Olympics in 2000 Australia’s population has increased by 25%.Australia’s population growth rate has been driven primarily by migration. More immigrants have arrived on Australia’s shores after the year 2000 than between the years 1950 and 1980 – the so-called “Golden Age of Immigration”. A progressive economy since the end of the Second World War has established conditions that are ideal for migrants to find new opportunities in Australia.New South Wales and Victoria have received double the long-run average contribution to population growth from net migration. These states’ above average net overseas migration inflows are given a boost by positive net interstate migration.On the other hand, the population growth rates of Queensland and Western Australia appeared to have troughed in 2014 after several years of faster-than-average growth.However historical data suggests that interstate population flows to New South Wales and Victoria have begun to ease as the price differentials of houses in Sydney and Melbourne have reached stretched levels when compared to properties in Brisbane.When price differentials between housing in NSW, Victoria reach more than double the value of properties in Queensland reversions in migration occur. The median housing prices of properties in Sydney and Melbourne are currently 2.2 times and 1.5 times the median housing price of properties in Brisbane respectively.Property prices in Queensland have been subject to the effects of a declining population and the rising number of dwellings. Queensland has a situation whereby the number...