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Most affordable places to buy in 2011


Housing affordability has been a hot topic of discussion in 2011.  Even though median price growth is slowing nationally, purchasing a home is still difficult for many and with the prospect of further interest rate rises the great Australian dream may seem impossible for many.  Or is it?

According to the real estate institutes across Australia and, there are still many affordable places to buy; you just need to know where to look.  We interviewed a range of experts from the real estate institutes to compile a list of some of the most affordable places to buy.



According to Petra Sprekos, General Manager of, the most affordable suburbs to buy are to the north of Adelaide.  Mrs. Sprekos advised “Based on the average median house price for Q4 2010 Elizabeth Downs, Elizabeth North, Elizabeth Park and Davoren Park, represent the most affordable places to buy with medians at or below $230,000.”

So why are these suburbs the most affordable places to buy?  Mrs. Sprekos advised “These suburbs are typically known to be populated by those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.  However we are seeing more families and even investors buying in these because prices remain affordable these suburbs have strong growth potential for the years ahead.”



According to Pamela Bennett, chairman of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ), the majority of Brisbane’s most affordable areas are clustered within 18 to 20 kilometres south west of the city. Ms Bennett states “Based on median house price data from Q4 2010; Inala, Acacia Ridge, Darra, and Durack are still very affordable places to buy with median house prices all below $375,000.

“As these suburbs are still relatively close to the city it does beg the question of why this cluster of suburbs is still reasonably affordable.” Ms Bennett explains “These areas provide older weatherboard and post-war homes as well as a number of housing commission properties ripe for renovation.  Many of these areas have undergone significant urban renewal over the past few years which augur well for their growth and development into the future.”



According to Quentin Kilian, CEO of the Real Institute of Northern Territory (REINT), the most affordable suburbs are those in the outer south eastern parts of Darwin – around the Palmerston area.  Mr Kilian said “Median house price data from Q4 2010 shows Moulden & Gray are some of the most affordable places to buy with the median house price well below $450,000.  Driver also is still affordable with a median price of $461,250.  Eastern suburbs including Kamara and Malak are also still affordable with the median house price still below the $500,000 mark.”

Mr Kilian elaborated on the affordability of these suburbs by saying “These particular suburbs are still well below the average median house price for the greater Darwin area (of $559,000) and as they are all still within 25 kilometres of the CBD, they provide good access to amenities at a more affordable price.”



According to Martin Harris, CEO of the Real Estate Institute of Tasmania (REIT), some of the most affordable places to buy are areas which were traditionally known as public housing areas. Mr. Harris states “Median house prices for Q4 2010 indicate that Bridgewater, Rokeby and Ravenswood are some of the most affordable places to buy a house with median house prices all below $204,000.”

Mr. Harris went on to say “These areas tend to be lower socio-economic suburbs however they are mostly located in areas which are close to major centres and services thus have good potential growth for the future.”



According to Enzo Raimondo, CEO of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV), many of the most affordable places to buy a house in 2011 are located in the outer west of Melbourne.  Mr. Raimondo said “Based on the REIV’s median price data for 2010 Melton South, Melton, Wyndham Vale, Kurunjang and Frankston are still very affordable places to buy a house with the median house price for all of these suburbs below $300,000.”

So why is this the case? Mr. Raimondo stated “As has always been the case, Melbourne buyers will pay more to live close to the city thus for those finding it difficult to get onto the property ladder buying on the city’s outskirts can be a good alternative places to consider.”



According to Alan Bourke, President of the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA), the more affordable places to buy are those which; do not lie in within 10kms of the CBD or are not situated on the coast or close to the river.  Mr. Bourke said “Based on Q4 2010 median house price data Medina, Brookdale, Parmelia, Armadale, Camillo, Leda, Coolongup, Maddington, Orelia and Gosnells are still very affordable suburbs with the median house prices all below $320,000.”

But what can these suburbs offer those looking to buy in an affordable area? Mr Bourke advised “Local infrastructure in some outer suburbs is reasonable and access to the modern train line has proven to be a more convenient and efficient method of transportation in comparison to a car. Urban revitalization in recent years has also seen more of these once tired and overlooked areas come back to life creating friendly neighbourhoods for home buyers to consider.”



According to Tim McKibbin, CEO of the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales (REINSW), some of the most affordable areas are located in and around Blacktown.  Mr. McKibbin advised “On the basis of REINSW median house price data for Q4 2010, Lethbridge Park, Tregear, Whalan, Blackett, North St Marys, Hebersham and Macquarie Fields as are all still affordable suburbs with the median house price for all of these areas below $285,000.”

Mr. McKibbin commented that “Sydney buyers will pay more to live close to the city, particularly within 10 kilometres of the CBD therefore suburbs on the outskirts on the city – particularly those surrounding the Blacktown area are proving to be affordable suburbs.”

Category: ACT, Investment, Market Intelligence & Commentary, National, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia

8 Responses to Most affordable places to buy in 2011

  1. Thomas Diver says:

    what are the up and comming areas in bendigo victoria,or the best areas to buy a home,as we are planning to relocate there next year.we dont mind renovating.

    thanks tom.

  2. Rae says:

    Goulburn, NSW and nearby areas currently has affordable prices, it is two hours from Sydney, and one hour from Canberra where prices for homes in those two cities are very high. In Goulburn there are rural properties with homes on 25, 50 or 100 acres from $350,000 to 500,000 and some 100 acre lots without homes for around 220,000.

    Do you think the rural prices are going to go up in the next view years due to the recent changes of no longer being able to sell off concessional blocks on farms? They no longer approve 25 acre lots and are talking about the smallest becoming 200 acres. Will this push the prices right up?

  3. Rosemary says:

    Are the houses out Elizabeth way in Adelaide detached or ex Housing Trust ofr 2 joined together ??? and what is the average age of the ones at the median price ????

  4. Paul says:

    i would like to know if you think toowoomba in qld is a good place to start property development? please email back your thoughts & any other suggestions you may have for qld cheers

    • Hi Paul,

      Thanks for the question. As you can probably understand it is difficult for us to provide advice on every area both within the article and also to requests made from the general public. In the coming months we hope to publish suburb data on the QLD market to aid in your ability to make more informed decisions. However in the meantime we would suggest you visit the REIQ website to find out more trends about the market – and continue to read our blog.

      Hope this helps!

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