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Adelaide property market data, trends, forecasts

Adelaide property market news

The Adelaide property market has gone from strength to strength since the start of 2020. Property prices exploded by +44.7 per cent from the pandemic low point to the July 2022 peak, making it the biggest growth market of all the capital cities. Values also held much firmer during the nationwide downturn, and prices are now hitting new record levels according to the latest CoreLogic data

Adelaide property prices - April 2024

Property typeMonth change (Apr 24)Quarter change (Apr 24)Annual change (Apr 24)Current median price (Apr 24)
All Adelaide dwellings1.3%3.3%14.0%$747,732

As one of the country's most affordable capital cities, rising interest rates have had less of an impact on the Adelaide housing market as investors in particular seek out better value options. Even so, property prices started notching down slightly mid-way through 2022 before rebounding vigorously in 2023, and the pace hasn't stopped in 2024. 

A clear shortage of listings is one of the driving factors behind Adelaide's persistent strength. Compared to 12 months ago, new listings are down by -1.3 per cent while total stock is down -17.2 per cent for the South Australian capital, suggesting supply is still very tight. By comparison, total sales in the 12 months to April 2024 were up +6.7 per cent per cent year-on-year, so buyer demand is on the up. 

Adelaide is also one of the only capital cities where Days on Market (DOM) has held relatively steady. As of April 2024, DOM is 27 which has gradually fallen from 32 days 12 months ago.

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    Adelaide house prices

    Australia's housing boom of 2021 was very much house-led, so it stands to reason that houses would be hit harder than units in the downturn that's followed. Adelaide houses corrected at a faster pace than units, though both are now delivering strong monthly performance once again. 

    Adelaide house prices - April 2024

    Property typeMonth change (Apr 24)Quarter change (Apr 24)Annual change (Apr 24)Current median price (Apr 24)
    Adelaide houses1.2%3.2%13.9%$800,648

    Adelaide's median house price shot up another +1.2 per cent in April, bringing quarterly movement to +3.2 per cent. Annual growth is well into positive territory, sitting at +13.9 per cent for the year.

    Top 5 Adelaide suburbs for first home buyers - houses

    Adelaide's median house price skyrocketed over the past two years, making affordable housing harder to come by for first home buyers. Here are some of our top picks for Adelaide suburbs where you can buy below the median house price. 

    Top Adelaide suburbs under $700,000 house price

    SuburbMedian house price
    Smithfield Plains$272,000
    Hackham West$383,750
    Andrew's Farm$330,000

    Adelaide unit prices

    Adelaide's unit market held especially firm throughout the national downturn as both investors and first home buyers sought out affordability. Now that prices are seeing more upward pressure, units are delivering strong performance once more. 

    Adelaide unit prices - April 2024

    Property typeMonth change (Apr 24)Quarter change (Apr 24)Annual change (Apr 24)Current median price (Apr 24)
    Adelaide units1.7%4.5%14.5%$514,369

    The median unit price in Adelaide jumped +1.7 per cent in April, bringing quarterly gains up to +4.5 per cent. Over the past 12 months, Adelaide unit values have surged by another +14.5 per cent, bringing the median price to just under $515,000.

    Adelaide property market forecast 2024-25

    After such historic growth over the past two years, economists say a market correction was inevitable. Adelaide was one of the least affected markets and is now seeing considerable growth and new record prices return. Is there more on the horizon?

    NAB's latest Adelaide house price forecast has values gaining a strong +6.4 per cent in 2024 with another +4.6 per cent to come in 2025. 

    Westpac's Adelaide real estate forecast tells a slightly softer story, suggesting prices will increase another +3.0 per cent in 2024. CBA and ANZ expect growth of +1.0 per cent and +8.0 per cent respectively this year.

    Big four banks' Adelaide home price forecasts 2024-25

    BankAdelaide property prices 2024Adelaide property prices 2025

    Whether or not this growth can be achieved still largely depends on the supply and demand dynamic over the rest of the year. Interest rates had extensive impacts on the market and, while there is now a period of stability, the high rate environment is still causing stress for buyers and homeowners alike. 

    Currently, the RBA sits at 4.35 per cent, a long way up from the emergency-level 0.1 per cent rate borrowers were enjoying until May 2022. The banks mostly expect there will be no further hikes, with rate cuts to begin in the later stages of 2024 or early in 2025.

    Big four banks' cash rate forecast 2024-25

    BankPeak rate forecastMonth of peak rateRate cut forecastMonth of trough
    Westpac4.35%November 20233.10%December 2025
    NAB4.35%November 20233.10%November 2025
    CBA4.35%November 20233.10%December 2025 2025
    ANZ4.35%November 20233.60%June 2025

    Adelaide is now seeing units outperform houses significantly, and there are a number of reasons that this trend could continue. 

    For one, the 2021 boom was house-led. Affordability in the house market has reached critical levels on a national level, and Adelaide has started to feel that pain too. With house prices gaining a significant amount more than units, they also had further to correct. 

    Units are also expected to appeal further to incoming investors in the face of Adelaide's exceptionally tight rental market which has seen asking rents rise well over +10 per cent annually. 

    What are industry experts saying about the Adelaide property market?

    Nicola Powell - Chief of Economics and Research at Domain

    "Traditionally, what we see coming out of Adelaide is more modest paces of growth. They tend to avoid downturns, and it continues to be a good achiever over time. 

    This changed during the pandemic because we saw a substantial upswing. Adelaide was one of the top performers in terms of growth during the pandemic. It really has been that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow."

    Anna Porter - Principal at Suburbanite

    "Adelaide is shaping as the market to look out for into 2024, despite the City of Churches being largely overlooked by many buyers agents and property investment firms.

    With an extensive infrastructure pipeline, job creation, relative affordability and the return of international travellers and migration, Adelaide likely still has growth to unfold.

    There is sustainability around the market and although other locations are retracting and softening in the existing environment, Adelaide is still seeing the buoyancy that has made it an attractive market for clever investors.

    On the ground, the market is still very much ripe for investors and astute investors are taking advantage of this opportunity while others are nervous and sitting on the sidelines, waiting for something to change."

    Adelaide house price graphs and charts

    The latest Adelaide property price graph from CoreLogic's monthly chart pack clearly shows the rapid acceleration and sustained highs of the Adelaide property market before a relatively shallow dip. Now prices are well and truly on the rise again.

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    Annual growth is firmly back into the green with prices reaching new all-time highs. Source: CoreLogic, April 2024

    The massive upward surge from early 2021 follows a lengthy period of stagnation for Adelaide, becoming one of the most explosive times of growth in Australian history. It would take a similarly historic crash to wipe out even the majority of the gains built up in Adelaide over the recent boom. As 2023 showed, any chance of a crash of that magnitude is now gone. 

    Looking at the wider context of the housing market over time, we can see in this 30-year house price growth chart that Adelaide's recent gains have shot prices up at a historic rate.

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    The recent Adelaide boom has been a once-in-a-generation event. Source: CoreLogic, Domain

    The declines over recent months pale in comparison to the surge in growth seen across Adelaide since the pandemic began.

    Adelaide property info for sellers

    According to Domain's figures, the Adelaide auction clearance rate has surged ahead in 2023, although it's worth noting that auctions are relatively rare in Adelaide. Days on Market (DOM) is holding strong and often sits below the national average, suggesting the Adelaide market is still performing well for sellers.

    Adelaide auction clearance rate73%13th July, 2024

    Adelaide DOM27 days3 months to April 2024

    Adelaide new listings-1.3%3 months to April 2024

    Adelaide sales volumes+6.7%3 months to April 2024

    Property investing in Adelaide

    The Adelaide property market is looking promising for investors as rental vacancies are around record lows, asking rents continue to increase at pace, and capital gains look comparatively strong.

    Adelaide house rents+9.1%12 months to April 2024

    Adelaide unit rents+9.3%12 months to April 2024

    Adelaide rental yields3.8%April 2024

    Adelaide vacancy rate0.6%April 2024

    Top 5 suburbs for Adelaide investors

    BuyersBuyers' latest Investor Special Report detailed some of the top suburbs where Adelaide property investors could find strong potential. 

    The report noted that "There is a compelling case for investors to seriously consider a suburban house in Adelaide, particularly for those mindful of their entry price and seeking an attractive rental yield as property prices remain very reasonable."

    Top suburbs for investors to buy in Adelaide with budgets from $450,000

    SuburbPostcodeMedian house price ($)12-month price growth (%)
    Christies Beach5165$460,00018%
    Hallett Cove5158$600,00015%

    "There are stories in the media about studio units renting for $400 a week. If rents are going to spike, that's generally going to bring investors into that market as an inflation hedge as much as anything else."

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    Adelaide property FAQs

    • Will the Adelaide property market crash?

      Considering there is significant uncertainty about inflation and interest rates, Adelaide property market forecasts are wide-ranging. Get the full picture and more well-rounded understanding of what's to come in our article, will the Australian property market crash?

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    • Should I sell my Adelaide house now or wait?

      Selling your property is a huge decision that deserves all your careful consideration weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of either scenario. 

      Even if the market feels uncertain, it’s important to remember that it’s all relative and the market doesn’t stop. There will always be properties being listed and buyers out there wanting to purchase a home. 

      For a clearer picture of what the market is looking like and whether it's a good time to be listing your Adelaide property, check out our article: should I sell my house now or wait?

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    • Where are the top growth suburbs in Adelaide?

      According to CoreLogic data, there were at least 10 Adelaide suburbs that saw median property prices grow by more than +30 per cent in 2022. Among the top movers were units in Seacliff Park (+41.4%), Paradise (+35.7%) and North Plympton (+35.2%) as well as houses in Davoren Park (+34.7%), Elizabeth Grove (+33.3%) and Elizabeth South (33.0%).

      Find out all of the top growth suburbs in Adelaide for 2022

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