Don't count on a wage increase putting that Sydney home within reach. Home prices in Australia's biggest city have surged more than five-times faster than wages in each of the past two years, adding to fears of a housing bubble. Wages in New South Wales state, where 60 per cent of the population resides in Sydney, climbed 2.5 per cent respectively for homes in the nation's most populous city and financial hub, according to government and CoreLogic data compiled by Bloomberg.
Sydney house and apartment prices have soared 40 per cent from their May 2012 trough to a record, forcing regulators to call on banks to strengthen lending standards and warn of the potential for values to drop. That comes as wage growth slows to the lowest on record, rental yield approach an all-time low in Sydney and Moody's Investors Service said housing affordability in the city has deteriorated.
Source: NAB R-EIT - Wednesday 29th April 2015