The newest suburbs in Australia to crack the million-dollar mark

The newest suburbs in Australia to crack the million-dollar mark

COVID-19 and the economic downturn has done little to dampen the rise of million-dollar suburbs in Australia, new data reveals, though prices have come down more generally in the past three months.

Forty-six suburbs across the country entered the million-dollar club in the 12 months to June 2020, according to REA Group data.

Melbourne led the charge, with 24 suburbs tipping past the million-dollar median house price point, followed by Sydney with 14 and Brisbane with seven.

But median house prices in 10 suburbs fell below the million-dollar mark. Sydney and Melbourne saw four and three suburbs drop off the list respectively. This was followed by two suburbs in Adelaide and one in Brisbane.

It’s worth noting that suburbs with fewer than 30 sales in this period were excluded.

Sydney and Melbourne lead Australia’s premium property market

REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said the top end of the property market has been “one of the most stable property markets during the COVID-19 pandemic”, as high-income sectors have yet to see widespread job losses.

“Over the last 12 months, more suburbs have entered the million-dollar club than suburbs that have fallen out, but there are still some opportunities to get into a premium suburb for six figures,” she said, adding that this is still possible in Brisbane and Adelaide.

Melbourne saw the greatest jump in suburbs with median prices in the seven figures, tallying 119 suburbs in the list, but Ms Conisbee said it was too early to tell how the second lockdown could impact the property market.

She added that Sydney homebuyers could find it harder to purchase a property close to the city with a six-figure budget.

“Highlighting the extreme pricing of Sydney, 15 suburbs joined the million-dollar club, now bringing the total to 209 million-dollar suburbs, and making it difficult to find an inner or middle ring suburb for under a million dollars,” Ms Conisbee said.

Why the property market is remaining stable

While national real estate prices have been edging lower in the past three months, the annual figures are still positive. Property values increased by 7.1 per cent nationally in the 12 months to July 2020, the latest CoreLogic data showed, but they fell 1.6 per cent in the three months to July.

CoreLogic’s head of research Tim Lawless said low housing stock and buyer incentives has helped protect the real estate market during COVID-19.

“Advertised supply levels have remained tight, with the total number of properties for sale falling a further 4.3 per cent in the four weeks to July 27, sitting 15.2 per cent below where they were this time last year,” he said.

“Additionally, increased demand driven by housing specific incentives from both federal and state governments, especially for first home buyers, have become more substantial.”

Ms Conisbee said housing prices have remained “stable”, despite the economic recession. She attributed this to four factors:

  • High levels of stimulus.
  • A stable banking system.
  • Mortgage repayment deferrals.
  • Relative confidence among buyers, particularly before the shutdowns.

Should you refinance your mortgage?

If real estate values have grown in your areas, it’s possible that you may have more equity in your property. With record-low interest rates, it may be a good opportunity to refinance your mortgage and pay a potentially lower interest rate.

External refinancing jumped about 50 per cent in the 12 months to June 2020, indicating many are taking advantage of the low interest rate environment.

If you’re an owner-occupier with substantial equity in your property, chances are lenders may see you as a reliable, low-risk borrower, and they may be more willing to do business with you. If you’d prefer not to move to another bank, your existing lender may also consider your request for a rate reduction.

But refinancing may not be for everyone. For instance, if you have plans to sell your property in the short to medium term, it may not be worth switching to a low fixed rate home loan.

New suburbs in the million-dollar club

Melbourne Sydney Brisbane
Blackburn North - $1.08m Arncliffe - $1.105m Samford Valley - $1.1m
Blackburn South - $1.101m Asquith - $1,019,500 Bardon - $1.01m
Box Hill South - $1,266,666 Belmore - $1,030,500 West End - $1.05m
Brunswick East - $1.001m Berowra Heights - $1.03m Fig Tree Pocket - $1.17m
Burwood East - $1,084,500 Bexley - $1,251,500 Ashgrove - $1.03m
Chadstone - $1.01m Glenwood - $1.04m Clayfield - $1,092,500
Cheltenham - $1,035,500 Jannali - $1.11m Grange - $1,123,500
Coburg - $1,027,500 Menai - $1.04m  
Collingwood - $1.075m Mount Colah - $1,062,500  
Edithvale - $1m Northmead - $1.01m  
Flemington - $1,019,500 Picnic Point - $1.05m  
Kensington - $1,115,500 The Ponds - $1.037m  
Kingsville - $1,017,500 Wamberal - $1.025m  
Maribyrnong - $1,012,500 Winston Hills - $1.022m  
Mentone - $1,040,500 Yarrawarrah - $1,023,500  
Mitcham - $1.02m    
Moorabbin - $1.14m    
Mt Martha - $1,022,500    
Nunawading - $1,035,500    
Preston - $1,010,500    
Rosanna - $1.115m    
Seddon - $1,009,500    
Vermont - $1.02m    
Wantirna South - $1,029,500    

Source: REA Group. Data is for the 12-month median price for houses, based on at least 30 sales in a suburb.

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Shopping for a new home is an exciting experience and getting a pre-approval on the loan may give you the peace of mind that you are looking at properties within your budget. 

At the time of applying for the ANZ Bank home loan pre-approval, you will be required to provide proof of employment and income, along with records of your savings and debts.

An ANZ home loan pre-approval time frame is usually up to three months. However, being pre-approved doesn’t necessarily mean you will get your home loan. Other factors could lead to your home loan application being rejected, even with a prior pre-approval. Some factors include the property evaluation not meeting the bank’s criteria or a change in your financial circumstances.

You can make an application for ANZ home loan pre-approval online or call on 1800100641 Mon-Fri 8.00 am to 8.00 pm (AEST).

Can I apply for an ANZ non-resident home loan? 

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Why should I get an ING home loan pre-approval?

When you apply for an ING home loan pre-approval, you might be required to provide proof of employment and income, savings, as well as details on any on-going debts. The lender could also make a credit enquiry against your name. If you’re pre-approved, you will know how much money ING is willing to lend you. 

Please note, however, that a pre-approval is nothing more than an idea of your ability to borrow funds and is not the final approval. You should receive the home loan approval  only after finalising the property and submitting a formal loan application to the lender, ING. Additionally, a pre-approval does not stay valid indefinitely, since your financial circumstances and the home loan market could change overnight.



Can I get a NAB home loan on casual employment?

While many lenders consider casual employees as high-risk borrowers because of their fluctuating incomes, there are a few specialist lenders, such as NAB, which may provide home loans to individuals employed on a casual basis. A NAB home loan for casual employment is essentially a low doc home loan specifically designed to help casually employed individuals who may be unable to provide standard financial documents. However, since such loans are deemed high risk compared to regular home loans, you could be charged higher rates and receive lower maximum LVRs (Loan to Value Ratio, which is the loan amount you can borrow against the value of the property).

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