Land prices continue to rise, pushing up the overall cost of housing. Over the past year capital city land prices have increased by 6.0% and regional land prices have increased by 0.6%.
Over the 2013/14 financial year, the median selling price of land has increased by 6.0% across the combined capital cities and by 0.6% across regional markets. The median land price was recorded at $247,000 across the combined capitals and $156,000 across the regional markets.
The first chart details the ongoing rise in the cost of vacant residential land between the 1989/90 and the 2013/14 financial years. Over the period, growth in capital city and regional vacant land prices has been quite similar, with capital city prices rising by 394% and regional prices by a slightly higher 420%. More recently you can see that after the financial crisis there has been very little change in regional land prices while capital city prices have continued t
Switching focus to median land sizes, the cost of land in regional markets is much lower than capital cities and the typical lot size is much larger. As at June 2014, the median vacant land size within the capital cities was 475sqm compared to 801sqm across the combined regional markets. If we look back to June 1990, the median lot size was for capital city vacant land was 744sqm compared to 1,012sqm for the combined regional markets.
Not only is the cost of vacant land much lower in regional areas than in capital cities, you get more land for your money. In June 1990, the median lot size in regional markets was 36% larger than across the capital cities. By June 2014, regional lot sizes were 69% larger than those in capital cities.
With land prices increasing and lot sizes falling there has been a significant rise in the rate per square metre cost of land. In June 1990, capital city vacant land typically cost $65/sqm and regional vacant land typically cost $21/sqm. As at June 2014, the typical cost of vacant land cost was $530/sqm across the combined capital cities and $180/sqm across the regional markets. This result indicates that over the period from 1990 to 2014, the cost of land on a square metre basis has increased by 710% in capital cities and 742% across regional markets.