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Sales double in Perth suburbs as first-home buyer activity ramps up

New sales data reveals 10 Perth suburbs have more than doubled their sales volumes in the past year.

The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) confirmed the March quarter saw strong sales growth across Perth. There was a 31 per cent increase when compared to the March 2020 quarter, but 10 suburbs stood out with more than 100 per cent sales activity growth during that time.

“Warnbro led the way, with 167 per cent more sales in the first quarter of 2021 than the same time last year,” REIWA President Damian Collins said.

“Second was Seville Grove (161 per cent), followed by East Victoria Park (152 per cent), Carramar (144 per cent) and Westminster (129 per cent).”.

Mandurah, Dawesville, Wannanup, Beeliar and Maddington also recorded more than 100 per cent sales activity growth.

The data shows a total of 138 suburbs in Perth recorded increased sales volumes in the March 2021 quarter.

First-home buyers

Mr Collins said it was interesting to see that the majority of these suburbs that saw substantial sales growth have a median sale price around or below the Perth median of $510,000. This suggests many first-home buyers are opting to buy instead of rent due to the relatively affordable prices and record low interest rates.

“In conjunction with the increased sales activity, Western Australia (WA) also had the biggest annual increase in first-home buyers in the country,” he said.

The latest Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) Housing and Affordability Report also showed that first-home buyer activity in WA increased 105 per cent over the past year.

“Even though the property market has started to heat up, it’s comforting to know the dream of home ownership is still very much achievable in WA,” Mr Collins said.

Median sale price growth

It is positive to see the uptick in sales translate through to increased median sale prices in all of the top 10 suburbs.

“Out of the top 10 suburbs on this list, Wannanup recorded the biggest increase to its median house sale price when comparing the March 2021 and March 2020 quarters, increasing 21.2 per cent to $515,000. This was followed by Mandurah (up 15.5 per cent to $280,000), Seville Grove (up 13 per cent to $339,000), East Victoria Park (up 10.7 per cent to $650,000) and Carramar (up 10.6 per cent to $520,000).

“Despite the recent price increases, REIA’s latest Real Estate Market Facts for the March 2021 quarter revealed Perth had the lowest median house price in the country, which is driving first home buyer activity in these suburbs.

“As the market continues its recovery, we should see buyer confidence continue to gain momentum. If you are thinking of purchasing your first home, you can be assured there is still excellent affordability in the WA market.”

SuburbMedian price March 2021 qtrChange in median vs March 2021 qtrMarch 2021 qtr salesChange in sales vs March 2021 qtr
1. Warnbro$331,0008.5%64167%
2. Seville Grove$339,00013%60161%
3. East Victoria Park$650,00010.7%58152%
4. Carramar$520,00010.6%39144%
5. Westminster$350,0005.9%55129%
6. Mandurah$280,00015.5%49123%
7. Dawesville$420,0007%62121%
8. Wannanup$515,00021.2%43115%
9. Beeliar$515,0005.1%45114%
10. Maddington$315,00012.5%51104%
Source: REIWA

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