Investors finding affordable suburbs in South West WA



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Faced with challenging rental markets in Perth, Western Australian property investors may find more opportunities in the state’s South West region, according to the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA).

Despite leasing activity in Perth spiking by almost a third between April and May 2017, the high quantity of rental stock available in the city is reportedly giving tenants more choice in potential properties, resulting in lower average rents, and thus lower yields for investors.

According to the REIWA, while Perth is not lacking in investment opportunities, additional opportunities are available in Western Australia’s South West region, thanks to affordable median house prices and potential for strong future growth.  

South West WA’s 10 most affordable suburbs

Suburb Median house price (Year to April 2017)
Collie $205,000
Withers $237,500
Manjimup $248,750
Carey Park $267,500
Harvey $270,000
Usher $300,000
Eaton $323,500
Donnybrook $325,500
Glen Iris $330,000
Bridgetown $335,000

Source: REIWA

REIWA councillor, Joe White, described these 10 most affordable suburbs in South West WA as “hidden gems”, and said that he expected them to grow in popularity over the coming years, owing both to their geographic locations and the development of regional infrastructure.

“Planned investment in the South West is strong with sizeable infrastructure developments currently either underway or in the works.”

“Specifically, the Busselton Airport Terminal Expansion will prove to be integral in supporting the region’s tourism industry, while also helping to drive further growth in the region.”

The REIWA’s findings follow a recent report from Housing Industry Australia (HIA) that forecasts increasing levels of new housing construction activity in the state over the remainder of the decade.

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