A house for rent at Caboolture. Picture: Paul Guy

RENTS are defying the national housing downturn, with Brisbane showing one of the biggest rises as it continues to buck the trend.

The latest quarterly rent report from property researcher CoreLogic reveals rents increased 1 per cent around the country in the first three months of the year.

Rents in the Queensland capital rose 0.8 per cent during the period to reach a median of $436 a week, which is the same as the national average.

Rents are rising in Brisbane. Image: AAP/Glenn Hunt

And they have jumped 1.4 per cent in the past 12 months.

The report noted the past year had marked a change in direction for the Brisbane rental market, following several years of declines.

Rental yields are also strong in Brisbane at 4.55 per cent, which is higher than the national average of 4.1 per cent.

Quarterly rents increased in all capital cities, except Darwin.

The latest quarterly auction report from CoreLogic reveals rents are on the rise. Image: AAP/Glenn Hunt

With a median rent of $582 a week, Sydney remains Australia’s most expensive city for tenants.

CoreLogic senior analyst Cameron Kusher said the first quarter of the year had recorded the highest increase in weekly rents since the corresponding first quarter a year ago.

“Our regional housing markets are performing marginally better than the capital cities, many of which have been experiencing weaker rental market conditions in recent years due to excess housing supply,” Mr Kusher said.

A two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit in this complex at 19/15 Durham St, Coorparoo, is for rent for $450 a week.

Universal Buyers Agents director Darren Piper said factors such as affordability, interstate migration and the return of investors indicated the Brisbane property market would see stronger rental yields and capital growth this year.

Mr Piper said properties in the city’s inner and middle rings offered the most exciting capital growth opportunities for investors in the long-term.

He highlighted the suburbs of Keperra and Chermside West for investors looking for entry-level properties, and Cannon Hill, Holland Park and Kedron for those seeking a middle-ring investment.

This three-bedroom house at 10 Kipling St, Moorooka, is for rent for $440 a week.


All dwellings Houses Units

Median rent $436 $453 $399

Monthly change 0.1% 0.2% 0%

Quarterly change 0.8% 0.9% 0.8%

Year-to-date change 0.8% 0.9% 0.8%

Year-on-year change 1.4% 1.5% 1.2%

Current yield 4.5% 4.3% 5.4%

Yield 12 mths ago 4.4% 4.2% 5.2%

(Source: CoreLogic)