Property Market Outlook 2020

2020 is shaping up as a great year for residential property. Here’s what the experts say we can expect over the next 12 months and beyond.

Record low interest rates, income tax cuts and an easing of lender restrictions are all having a positive impact on home buyer confidence.

After a remarkable turnaround in the second half of 2019, the property market looks set to reach new highs in 2020.

The latest Australian Housing Outlook 2019-20221 from QBE suggests 2020 will see values rise across many of our state capital cities, supported by strong population growth and a tighter supply of new homes.



Sydney’s property market staged a strong recovery in 2019, and 2020 is likely to bring more of the same, with CoreLogic2 predicting that by April, home values in Sydney will be back to their 2017 peak.

The Melbourne market is on track to return to peak values by January 2020 according to CoreLogic, and house values are expected to rise 5.1% by 2022, with the Inner West expected to top the leaderboard for some of the city’s biggest gains in 2020.

The strongest forecast is for Brisbane, where a combination of population growth and rapidly falling supply could deliver house price growth totalling 20.3% by 2022.

Perth’s market downturn arose from a weakening in the resource sector, which saw population growth slow just when new home construction was peaking, leading to an oversupply in the market. Today however, migration to Perth is increasing, and the outlook for the state economy is more positive. QBE believes Perth house values will turn the corner in 2020 and climb 6.0% by 2022.

Adelaide remains one of our most affordable cities though big gains could be in store over the next few years. Already, CoreLogic mentioned that the North and South of Adelaide reached record highs for housing values in 2019, and an improving job market is expected to boost interstate migration. That means greater demand for homes, and QBE is forecasting a 12.7% rise in Adelaide house prices to 2022.

Hobart has seen property prices leap ahead in recent years though QBE expects this to moderate to around 4.1% between now and 2022 as affordability narrows relative to local incomes.

In Darwin, an undersupply of new homes and a more affordable housing market is likely to support a slow but steady return to rising values. Price rises of 6.4% are forecast by 2022, though 2020 may be the year that values stabilise before starting to climb.

Canberra didn’t really experience cooler market conditions in the way Sydney and Melbourne did, and according to QBE, 2020 will bring more of the same, with total gains of 6.7% by 2022.


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The New Year brings exciting opportunities for first home buyers. The Government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS) launches on 1 January 2020, giving eligible first home buyers the ability to buy a place of their own with just a 5% deposit – and no lenders mortgage insurance. That’s a saving of thousands of dollars.

The catch is that the Scheme is limited to 10,000 first home buyers each year. It’s bound to be popular, so if you’re in the market for a first home, speak to your broker now to know what you can do to be among the lucky 10,000 in 2020.


While it’s hard to say exactly how the cash rate and home loan interest rates will move, one thing is certain: the start of 2020 is seeing some of the lowest home loan rates ever offered in Australia.

It’s now possible to have a home loan with a ‘2’ in front of it. What a great way to start the year – it gives home buyers more options, and it’s an opportunity for current homeowners to pocket big savings on their home loan.

Talk to your TLR broker to see how you can make the most of record low home loan interest rates and a rising property market to make your 2020 super prosperous.