The pace of growth in Brisbane housing values remains at the high end of the spectrum across the capital cities.

Brisbane Housing Market Update | May 2024

However, the trend has been slowing since the rate hike in November last year. The monthly rise of 0.9% was the lowest in twelve months.

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Brisbane house prices graph April 2024

The gradual slowdown in value growth has been driven by Brisbane houses, while the growth trend in Brisbane units has remained firm at 1.6% in April.

Similar to other capitals, housing dollars are now rising at the fastest pace across the lower quartile of the market, where values are up 5% in the past three months compared with a 2% rise in upper quartile values.

Brisbane housing market update April 2024

Brisbane house prices – what happened in 2023

After booming through 2020 and 2021 with prices rising by as much as 45.3%, Brisbane housing values fell -8.9% from their peak in May 2022 through to the recent trough in January 2023.

But the downturn didn’t last long.

Within 9 months the property prices in Brisbane had recovered to their peak, and now have gained even more ground, as the SQM Research graph below shows.

Brisbane’s property prices are now up 13.1% since January 2023.

Digging deeper into the stats some properties have far outperformed others and freestanding Brisbane houses within 5-7 km of the CBD or in good school catchment zones have grown in value strongly.

It’s really a tale of two cities – while some properties overperform, others underperform.

The worst-performing segments of the market are apartments (particularly high-rise towers and new off-the-plan apartment sales) and properties in blue-collar areas and new housing estates where young families are likely to have overextended themselves financially and many people will be out of work for a while.

It’s likely that some of the high-rise apartment towers in and around Brisbane’s CBD, which were already suffering from the adverse publicity of structural problems prior to COVID-19, will now become the slums of the future as they are shunned by homeowners and investors.

Like after every downturn, moving forward there will be a flight to quality properties and an increased emphasis on liveability.

That explains why we’re seeing robust demand for A-grade homes and investment-grade properties, particularly in lifestyle locations, with many holding their values well.

Brisbane house prices – the longer-term data

CoreLogic’s data shows how Brisbane house prices have rapidly risen and fallen over the longer term, and the extreme dwelling value changes over the past few years in particular.

The Brisbane property market upswing in 2021 was one of the strongest property price growth periods in Australia’s history.

And it was followed by an equally historic drop in prices in the 12 months that followed.

Even today the city sets records for its dwelling values, having recovered to pandemic highs.

Looking further back, over the past 30 years, Brisbane dwelling values have increased by a whopping 340% (5.1% per annum), with the highest rate of growth recorded through the middle decade (2002-2012) when housing values were up 74%.

In comparison, dwelling values increased by 49% between 1992 and 2002, and by 71% over the most recent decade.

House values have increased by more than double the number of unit values across Brisbane, making for the largest 30-year growth differential between houses and units across the capital cities.

Houses recorded a 30-year growth rate of 390%, equating to a dollar value increase of approximately $703,700.

Over the same period, unit values were up 170%, or approximately $317,670.

The highest 30-year growth rate across Brisbane’s SA3 sub-regions was a 613% gain in house values across the Inner East, taking the median value approximately $1,344,120 higher.

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Brisbane’s housing market – the forecast for 2024

Digging deeper into the stats for some Brisbane properties – bearing in mind there are multiple markets within markets –  have far outperformed others.

But it seems that freestanding Brisbane houses within 5-7 km of the CBD or in good school catchment zones have grown in value particularly strongly.

It really is a tale of two cities – while some properties over-perform, others underperform.

But the expert consensus is that strong population growth and tight supply will continue to push property prices upwards as we move through this next stage of the property cycle.

And that is even in the face of the Reserve Bank continually hiking interest rates in order to get on top of Australia’s soaring inflation levels.

But Brisbane’s property market recovered quickly and has continued on its upwards trajectory.

Here are some of the most recent expert forecasts to take note of:

  • ANZ forecasts a 9-10% property price rise in Brisbane in 2024.
  • CBA forecasts a 6% property price rise in Brisbane in 2024.
  • NAB forecasts a 6.5% property price rise in Brisbane in 2024.
  • Westpac forecasts an 8% property price rise in Brisbane in 2024.
  •  PropTrack forecasts a 3-6% property price rise in Brisbane in 2024.

You can read our Sydney housing market update here and the Melbourne housing market update here.

About Brett Warren
Brett Warren is Director of Metropole Properties Brisbane and uses his two decades of property investment experience to advise clients how to grow, protect and pass on their build their wealth through property.
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