NT Excerpt from the 2020 August Market report

23 Sep 2020

Will Johnson, Northern Territory local expert at Herron Todd White, said roughly 53% of homes in Alice Springs are rental homes owned by investors, surpassing the Australia-wide figure of 30.9%.

"Many of these properties are tightly held given the good rental returns and lack of incentive to sell, taking into consideration the recent history of minimal or negative capital gains," he said.

The high share of investment property in Alice Springs could reflect its transient population, who prefer the flexibility of renting. The typical investor profile in Alice Springs is a single or couple who either currently live in the town or have, at some stage, lived in Central Australia.

However, Johnson said the lack of capital gains and the "sheer isolation" of the place could be significant factors why others are reluctant to invest in Alice Springs. While a 6% return is not unusual in Alice Springs, Johnson said the town is not an attractive location for would-be investors who have no connection with the area.

Over the June quarter, sales of detached homes in Alice Springs declined by 11%. Still, it recorded a 3.2% median price growth to $471,500. In terms of unit sales, activity in the market went up by 11.1%. The median value of apartments in Alice Springs rose by 3.2% to $337,500.

Area

Property Type

State

Median Price

Quarterly Growth

12 month Growth

Weekly Median Advertised Rent

Gross Rental Yield

Metro

Houses

NT

$480,000

-0.8%

-5.1%

$450

5.0%

Metro

Units

NT

$268,500

-3.3%

-9.4%

$350

6.3%

Country

Houses

NT

$395,000

-0.4%

-2.7%

$480

6.1%

Country

Units

NT

$323,500

0.3%

-4.4%

$364

6.3%

Source: CoreLogic, August 2020

Top Suburbs : campsie , greenwood , mortdale , kariong , wallsend

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