FOMO driven buyer frenzy sends Perth property market prices skyrocketing

Perth’s property market faces unprecedented demand, tight supply, and record prices. FOMO leading to rapid, aggressive offers and quick sales. Despite government initiatives, Perth’s housing and rental crises will persist.

Perth’s residential property market has been plagued with a convergence of factors that have escalated demand, drained supply, and sent property prices spiralling to record levels, according to Resolve Property Solutions director and local buyer’s agent, Peter Gavalas.

An unprecedented crisis

With The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) clocking the available listings at a little over 5000 by the end of October, Gavalas said the property market conditions have worsened to unprecedented levels.

Perth’s total property listings

“The market’s never been this tight. Houses are being snapped up at record speed, and with median time on the market at an all-time low of eight days in October, buyers are feeling the urgency,” he said.

Gavalas believed that the buying frenzy was driven by a fear of missing out, causing buyers to make quicker and more aggressive offers.

“It’s a frenzy out there. Buyers know that if you’re not quick or competitive enough, chances are you’ll miss out and end up paying more for a similar property later.”

Peter Gavalas, Resolve Property Solutions Director

According to CoreLogic data, Perth’s median property price hit a record $631,195 in October. The increase is among the highest nationwide, having grown by 10.8% compared to last year’s price.

Affordability and population growth have sent investors flocking to Perth

While Perth remains one of the more affordable capitals for purchasing a home, Gavalas said that the city’s lower prices and booming population were fuelling its heightened demand.

Indeed, Western Australia (WA) witnessed the sharpest population growth nationally over the year ending 31 March 2023, with its population rising by

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