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Residential rental rates in Australian capital cities fell by 0.2% last month, down to $487 per week, but are up 1.1% over the past 12 months. It is the slowest annual rise in capital city rents recorded by the CoreLogic RP Data monthly rental report since date was first gathered in December 1995. The firm’s research analyst Cameron Kusher said that the sluggish pace of rental appreciation continues to be attributed to the ongoing boom in home construction across Australia’s capital cities accompanied by record high participation in the housing market from investors. A breakdown of the figures shows that Sydney and Hobart have recorded the greatest increases in weekly rents and over the past three months rents are lower in all cities except for Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. The report says that Sydney and Melbourne are recording relatively stronger rental growth despite a large surge in new supply and high levels of investment purchasing. Sydney and Hobart also recorded the greatest annual increases in weekly rents while rents in Perth, Darwin and Canberra continue to decline. With home values growing faster than rents, gross rental yields are at a record low level and continue to edge lower, the report adds. Continue reading →
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