Stirling median house prices barrier for first homebuyers

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STIRLING’S median house price is about 12 times the median local income, putting its first-home buyers on par with most Aussies trying to get a foot on to the property ladder but behind other Perth residents.

The figure is similar to the national average of 12 times pre-tax income but higher than the greater Perth average of nine.

Corelogic data for the year to September revealed the median house price in Stirling was $635,000, while Australian Bureau of Statistics data for the 2015-16 financial year showed the median income was $53,876 a year.

In March, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) suggested lenders limit their loans to six times a borrower’s income.

This would mean in Stirling an average maximum loan of $323,256, suggesting a single homebuyer would first need to save an average of $311,744 for their deposit.

Alternatively, with a 20 per cent deposit, they would need to earn at least $84,667 a year to meet the APRA requirements for a home loan.

Home ownership would be more easily achieved by a couple earning two incomes.

Nationally, the median house price was $567,650 and the median income was $47,692, so a typical single home buyer would need a $281,498 deposit or, with a 20 per cent deposit, a buyer would need to earn at least $75,686 a year.

In the year to June, this was about the average full-time salary for an industrial designer ($76,313), child welfare, youth and family services worker ($75,509), insurance broker ($76,518), pharmacy worker ($74,584) or fitter and turner ($74,547), national SEEK job ad data showed.

New ABS data showed Australians were increasingly taking on a second job or starting a business on the side to help supplement their income.

There were 39,500 more jobs in the Australian economy in the September quarter than in the June quarter, and almost half of these (15,900) were filled by people who had at least one other job.

Career expert and Change Meridian founder Michelle Gibbings said the key to establishing a |successful “side hustle” was to be realistic and practical.

“Assess if there is a market and whether you are going to be able to make money from your hobby,” she said.

“Work out how much time you have to devote to setting up your side hustle, and set a schedule, and lock out time in your diary to devote to it.

“Set yourself some clear goals and milestones as to what you want to achieve by when.”