Rents to plummet in Sydney and Melbourne in the next two years

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on December 15, 2020
Rents to plummet in Sydney and Melbourne in the next two years

Housing supply is expected to rapidly outpace demand until 2022, putting downward pressure on rents in Sydney and Melbourne.

That's according to a new report from the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC), which found little to no migration, coupled with the COVID-fallout, would seen an abundance of housing. 

The report projected rental affordability would improve in the next two years in densely populated eastern seaboard cities, as there are fewer households forming to soak up the new supply. 

However, it warned of a sharp rebound in demand after 2025 and noted longer term trends of declining affordability, particularly for prospective first-home buyers looking to transition to home ownership, would persist if supply wasn't responsive to this rebound in demand. 

Buying a home or looking to refinance? The table below features home loans with some of the lowest variable interest rates on the market for owner occupiers.

Lender
Advertised rate Comparison rate* Monthly repayment Rate TypeOffsetRedrawOngoing FeeUpfront FeesLVRLump Sum RepaymentAdditional RepaymentsPre-approval

VariableMore details
LIMITED TIME OFFER

Smart Booster Home Loan Discounted Variable - 2yr (LVR < 80%)

  • Fast turnaround times, can meet 30-day settlement
  • For purchase and refinance, min 20% deposit
  • No ongoing or monthly fees, add offset for 0.10%
LIMITED TIME OFFER

Smart Booster Home Loan Discounted Variable - 2yr (LVR < 80%)

  • Fast turnaround times, can meet 30-day settlement
  • For purchase and refinance, min 20% deposit
  • No ongoing or monthly fees, add offset for 0.10%
VariableMore details
ZERO APPLICATION FEESFEE FREE OFFSET

Owner Occupier Accelerates - Celebrate (LVR < 60%) (Principal and Interest)

  • We lower your rate based off how much you’ve paid down your loan
  • Automatic rate match
  • No upfront or ongoing fees
ZERO APPLICATION FEESFEE FREE OFFSET

Owner Occupier Accelerates - Celebrate (LVR < 60%) (Principal and Interest)

  • We lower your rate based off how much you’ve paid down your loan
  • Automatic rate match
  • No upfront or ongoing fees
FixedMore details
USE A MARKET LEADING APP TO HELP YOU PAY OFF YOUR LOAN SOONER

Fixed Home Loan 1 year (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 80%)

  • Make up to $20,000 additional repayments per fixed term
  • Redraw available – lets you access any extra loan repayments you’ve made
  • Choose to rate lock for 90 days (fee applies)
USE A MARKET LEADING APP TO HELP YOU PAY OFF YOUR LOAN SOONER

Fixed Home Loan 1 year (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 80%)

  • Make up to $20,000 additional repayments per fixed term
  • Redraw available – lets you access any extra loan repayments you’ve made
  • Choose to rate lock for 90 days (fee applies)
VariableMore details
REFINANCE IN MINUTES, NOT WEEKS

Variable Owner Occupied, Principal and Interest (Refinance Only)(LVR <75%)

  • No application or ongoing fees.
  • 100% free offset sub account.
  • Fast online application, approval in minutes not weeks.
  • Mobile app, Visa debit card, Apple and Google Pay
  • Refinance loans and variable rates only.
REFINANCE IN MINUTES, NOT WEEKS

Variable Owner Occupied, Principal and Interest (Refinance Only)(LVR <75%)

  • No application or ongoing fees.
  • 100% free offset sub account.
  • Fast online application, approval in minutes not weeks.
  • Mobile app, Visa debit card, Apple and Google Pay
  • Refinance loans and variable rates only.

Rates correct as of January 26, 2022. View disclaimer.

NHFIC analysis found households in the third income quintiles living in the greater Sydney region can now only afford 10% of properties, compared with 25% in 1998. 

However, first-home buyers have been taking advantage of the recent drop in house prices, record low interest rates and government stimulus, accounting for more than 40% of total new housing loans, 10% higher than the long-term average. 

NHFIC CEO Nathan Dal Bon said the housing market had performed far better through the pandemic than many people had forecast. 

“While there have been many challenges during 2020, there has also been a great degree of resilience in the property sector to date," Mr Dal said.

"Due to historically low interest rates and government stimulus, construction activity and housing prices have held up better than many anticipated.

“COVID-19 has changed the way we live and work with implications for housing demand, supply and affordability across all of Australia’s housing markets." 

The pandemic is expected to trigger a fall in demand for housing of 286,000 dwellings over the next five years, with new supply expected to outstrip demand by 127,000 dwellings in 2021, and 68,000 dwellings in 2022. 

Cumulative new supply is expected to outstrip demand by around 93,000 dwellings by 2025, but should international borders open sooner than expected and migration resumes, this excess supply may be negligible. 

The Federal Government's HomeBuilder scheme and a range of other factors have led the recovery from the pandemic in the construction industry, mostly driven by detached housing. 

Total net additions is expected to 181,000 in 2021 from 170,000 in 2020, on the back of monetary and fiscal support seen this year. 

Net additions is likely to fall in the medium to long term before recovering to 148,000 in 2025. 

Weakness in net apartment additions will potentially extend to 2025, when 27,000 new dwellings are expected, similar to levels seen prior to the apartment boom. 

Despite record levels of construction over the years prior to COVID-19, supply outpaced demand by only 4,500 dwellings on average, for the years 2017-19.

The report said COVID-19 gave the industry a chance to review how migration could affect housing affordability. 

"A lower period of housing demand due to the global pandemic presents an opportunity to revisit housing policy frameworks – particularly planning frameworks – to ensure that policies can accommodate future population growth without adverse consequences for affordability," it said. 


Photo by Benn McGuinness on Unsplash

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The entire market was not considered in selecting the above products. Rather, a cut-down portion of the market has been considered. Some providers' products may not be available in all states. To be considered, the product and rate must be clearly published on the product provider's web site. Savings.com.au, yourmortgage.com.au, yourinvestmentpropertymag.com.au, and Performance Drive are part of the Savings Media group. In the interests of full disclosure, the Savings Media Group are associated with the Firstmac Group. To read about how Savings Media Group manages potential conflicts of interest, along with how we get paid, please visit the web site links at the bottom of this page.

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Alex joined Savings.com.au as a finance journalist in 2019. He enjoys covering in-depth economical releases and breaking down how they might affect the everyday punter. He is passionate about providing Australians with the information and tools needed to make them financially stable for their futures.

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