Katrina Parrington

Mortgage & Finance Broker, Elders Home Loans – Northern Territory – P. 8932 8900

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  • Katrina Parrington

    I am a long term Centralian resident with more than 18 years experience in the financial services industry. Initially, in Real Estate in Adelaide before pursuing a career with Elders Insurance Alice Springs and lending roles with major banking institutions where I gained extensive experience in Home Loans and Commercial Lending here in the Alice and in Darwin.

    I have a unique set of skills that ensures I understand your lending needs and can provide you with professional advice and personal service.

    Tel: 08 8953 8800
    email: katrina.parrington@eldershomeloans.com.au

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Landlords enjoy higher rental demand

Posted by Katrina Parrington on January 19, 2012

Demand for rental properties has pushed rents higher once again, new data has revealed.

According to the latest statistics from Australian Property Monitors, house and unit rentals have resumed upward growth after flat results over the previous two quarters.

National median weekly asking rents for houses rose by 1.1 per cent in the December quarter, with rents for units rising by 1.4 per cent.

Most capital cities recorded house rental rises over the quarter with Canberra up by 6.4 per cent, Brisbane up 2.7 per cent, Perth up 2.6, Adelaide up 1.5 per cent and Sydney up 1.0 per cent.

Melbourne, Darwin and Hobart however recorded flat results with no increases in median asking weekly house rentals over the December quarter.

Speaking about the results, Australian Property Monitors senior economist Andrew Wilson said the Sydney, Perth and Canberra rental markets have been characterised by chronically low vacancy rates and, with ongoing low levels of new construction, this situation is expected to continue with upward pressure on rentals.

“The Brisbane rental market also remains highly competitive for tenants reflecting ongoing consequences of the devastating floods of early 2011 and the slow progress of reconstruction,” he said.

“Melbourne continues to be Australia’s most tenant-friendly rental market with a wider choice of properties courtesy of nation-leading dwelling construction and no growth in rentals for both units and houses over the December quarter.

“By contrast house rentals in Canberra rose by 6.4 per cent over the year with Perth up by 5.3 per cent, Sydney up 4.2 per cent and Brisbane up by 2.7 per cent.”

But while rental demand was high in Sydney, Canberra, Perth and Brisbane last quarter, Mr Wilson said he expected demand and price growth to peak in 2012.

“Peaking housing affordability as the price cycle bottoms out, combined with a strengthening economy will facilitate increased buyer activity in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra and Darwin through 2012 that will take some pressure off the rental markets in these capitals,” he said.

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