Property leasing data released by for the month of October illustrates the shift in Australian median rental property prices (metro and regional) and rental affordability (the median room price metric).

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Key points

  • Sydney’s house prices show no sign of falling; prices increased 3.33% to a median of $620/week – still the highest prices in the country by far.
  •’s October property data indicates the national median remained stable month-on-month; median prices unchanged for apartments, houses and price-per-room (rental affordability).
  • After a downturn in apartment prices in September for Sydney, median rents remained stable in October for the New South Wales capital.
  • The price of Perth apartments (now $320/week) rose most significantly of all state capitals – up 3.23% in October.

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Metro areaApartments% changeHouses% changePrice per room% change
National median$4400%$4200%$1750%

Shift in days on market

In data for October, the most significant market slow down was in Tasmania’s capital. Hobart saw a 13.7% increase month-on-month, bringing the days on market for houses to 14.1 days on average. Apartments in Hobart, however, moved slightly faster in October – a 3.5% change to 11.5 days. Houses in Sydney recorded the second most substantial change in days on market in October, dropping 11.4% from September (now 22.1 days). Houses in Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin and Perth also recorded a decrease month-on-month – days on market down across the board.

Metro areaApartments% changeHouses% change

Apartment prices

House hunters would have found the most affordable rental stock in Adelaide in October. Prices in the South Australian capital dropped 1.69% month-on-month to just $290/week. Hobart was a close second at $312/week (down 0.79%).

Perth’s rental market is showing early signs of recovery with apartment prices in the WA capital up 3.23% for the month to $320/week, now just the third most affordable in the country.

House prices

While Sydney apartment prices showed signs of stability in October, house prices were on the up. Rising 3.33%, the median rent for houses in the New South Wales capital was recorded at $620/week. Sydney continues to outrank all other Australian capitals in median house prices – only Canberra and Darwin come close at $500/week respectively.

Conditions around the country, however, were largely stable. Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Darwin and Canberra were unchanged month-on-month. Melbourne was the only capital to record a decrease in October – down 2.44% to $400/week.

Rental affordability

Notwithstanding a rise in apartment prices, Perth held its lead as the capital with the cheapest room prices in September; with prices lower than all other capitals. The city’s price-per-room rose 1.22% to $121/week. Perth continues to present great opportunities for renters looking to snap up properties at a good price. Consistent with the September report, Adelaide followed close behind, with room prices steady at $130/week.

Across the country, six out of eight capitals recorded room prices less than the national median price-per-room ($175/week). The country’s priciest rooms were, somewhat unsurprisingly, found in Sydney at $275/week across all dwelling types.

Broken down, it would cost a renter $325/week for a room in a Sydney apartment, against a house price-per-room of $200/week.

Prices across the regions

The Northern Territory was the one Australian capital to record a drop in regional median rent prices month-on-month. NT rents fell 1.08% to $455/week. Comparatively, prices rose in three state capitals; Victoria up 1.78% to $285/week, Western Australia up 1.56% to $325/week and South Australia up 1.96% to $260/week. In October, NT continued to hold the lead title for most expensive regional rentals. Despite its price decrease dropping rents by 1.08%, prices remained high at $455/week. New South Wales trailed behind at $380/week, unchanged month-on-month.

StateSEPTOCT% change
National median$350$3500%

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