Extracts from Terry Ryder January 5, 2015, Hotspotting

Brisbane has averaged 11% a year in house price growth since 1970, which means Brisbane prices have doubled every 6 years or so over the past 35 years.

The growth has not been even, with the Seventies being particularly strong for Brisbane real estate. The Eighties were also healthy, but in the Nineties value growth was sluggish in all cities.

Melbourne has also averaged better than 10% a year price growth since 1970, with its prices doubling every seven years on average. But the bulk of Melbourne’s high growth came before 1990 and the city has been a mediocre performer since.

The Nineties were the worst years for residential real estate since 1970. Even with the latest price boom, no capital city has averaged better than 8% annual growth since 1990.

When you consider that Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney have all averaged 9%-11% a year since 1970, it shows how much the Nineties have dragged down overall property performance. It took the market quite some time to recover from the high interest rates of the late Eighties and the economic recession of the early Nineties.

The poor performance of the Nineties means that no capital city has averaged 10% annual price growth since 1980. The best performer in that time period is Brisbane which averaged 9.7%, marginally ahead of Perth. Melbourne and Canberra also did better than 9% a year:

Whichever set of numbers you look at, Sydney has been poor relative to other cities. Its growth performance since 1970 is inferior to both Brisbane and Melbourne;

Since 1980 it has been out-performed by Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Canberra – and matched by Adelaide;

Since 1990 Sydney’s average growth rate is the lowest of the capital cities, except Melbourne; and

Since 2000 Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Hobart and Perth have all done better than Sydney.

The performance of Melbourne has also fallen away. After being a market leader in the Seventies and Eighties, Melbourne has lagged behind. Its average growth in house values since 1990 is the lowest of the capital cities.

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