The charts paint a pretty picture for property
  • 17 December 2015

The charts paint a pretty picture for property

There is so much media melodrama about housing bubbles, busts and booms that it’s hard for the average investor to know what’s really going on. Are house prices really unaffordable? Will there be a decline in prices?

Perhaps the best way is to ignore the sensational words and concentrate on some good old “facts and figures” charts that clearly indicate where our property market is going.

House Prices and Affordability

To begin with, let’s look at house prices and affordability.  Look at the chart below, numbered from the top down 1, 2, 3, 4 (where 1 is the green, 2 is blue, 3 the deeper purple and 4 the orange.

House Price Affordability

The green line on the chart shows house prices compared to disposable income. Despite all the hysteria in the media about booming property prices and busting property prices, you can see that we are, in fact, in a steady pattern that we have been in since 2002.

You will notice there was a steep jump from 2000 to 2002 caused by Government greed.  For the first time, 10% GST was added.  Now they are talking about increasing the GST to 15%.  What effect do you think that is going to have on property prices over the next two years?

The next line (Blue), says that house prices again across the country have been pretty steady since 2010 and certainty nothing to justify the hysteria that caused APRA's ill-fated attack on property supply.  So with builders not proceeding because of the lack of off plan buyers that banks are insisting on, what is going to happen to the volume of new building? If it falls, which I think it will, as is happening right now, then what is going to happen to prices?

The third line (Purple) is the house prices as a percentage of gross domestic product or Australia's wealth.  Again here it has been stable since 2003 and again putting the lie to the media hysteria of a property boom and impending bust.  If you draw a vertical line from 2010 you will see a distinct jump in prices.  This shows that when the RBA increase the cost of money it feeds into inflation and here are the inflated property prices.  You will recall that your Club petitioned all the RBA offices around Australia in 2009 warning not to increase rates.  We continued this advice to the RBA as they steadily, and foolishly as it turns out, ratcheted rates up to 4.75%.

The good thing about this is that the RBA have now learned their lesson and to quote the Governor "we are in for a decade of low rates".  Thank you Mr Stevens, this is something the world knew 15 years ago - and the Club advised you and your predecessor.

Finally the fourth line (orange) is real disposable income which rose steadily until 2007 and has stayed at this peak ever since.  Traditionally, though some readers might dispute this, disposable income goes up under the Liberals and is subdued under Labor.  Older readers will recall that Bob Hawk bought in the accord to contain wages growth.

Cheaper properties – cheated profits

House prices analysis

You can interpret some valuable lessons from these charts.  For example, the question when you are starting out in property is “should I buy dearer or cheaper property?” 

Capital City vs Regional Housing Prices Capital City vs Regional Housing Prices

There are gurus out there who recommend cheaper properties and lead by their own poor examples.  Let's take Sydney; it started out at about A. $550,000 and we'll compare it to the regionals which started out B. $300,000 cheaper at $250,000.  In the same period of time how have they grown in comparison?

Sydney has grown $350,000 and the regionals have grown $100,000.  So investor A. in Sydney has spent the same amount of time but has pocketed so much more.  Investor B. in the regionals has waited the same length of time but has squandered that time by not maximising his or her potential.

I don't favour regionals.

Related Posts

Onsite Managers/Caretakers – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Onsite Managers/Caretakers – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

If you are a property investor who owns a unit, you may well have bought into a development whose Body Corporate engages an Onsite Manager or Caretaker (hereinafter referred to as an OSM). Now some OSM’s are good, and some are bad, and some are outright ugly! If your complex has a good one, breathe a sigh of relief...

🌟 Property Market Update with Clifford Bennett | June 2024 Edition 🌟

🌟 Property Market Update with Clifford Bennett | June 2024 Edition 🌟

Welcome to our latest property market update! In this video, renowned economist Clifford Bennett shares his expert insights on the current trends, challenges, and opportunities in the property market. Whether you're a homeowner, investor, or simply interested in real estate, this update is packed with valuable...

Western Australia leads nation in property investment growth, offering hope for renters

Western Australia leads nation in property investment growth, offering hope for renters

Western Australia has recorded the highest growth rate in property investment of any Australian state over the past year, with investor lending reaching a record $1.15 billion in April 2024, according to the latest ABS figures. Kevin Young, President of Property Club, said that property investment activity in WA has...

Become a Member Today!

Our mission is to help the average Australian learn the property market dynamics and discover the amazing opportunities that exist in real estate.