House prices nationwide have increased by 16.1% over the past 12 months, making it the most robust property markewe’veve seen since 2004. While the latest data from CoreLogic paints a positive picture of the current state of the marketit’s’smarketit’s also clear that momentum is slowing down. Over July, increased in all shapes and territories, and once again, the same capital cities performed strongly.
Canberra was the best-performed property market last month, increasing in value by 2.6% and adding to a 20.5% increase in the past 12 months. Hobart and Darwin increased in value by 1.7% in July and grew in importance by 21.9% and 23.4%, respectively, over the past year, making them the two most robust markets in the country.
Sydney jumped by 2.0% and has seen 18.2% annual growth; however, CoreLogic has noted that the market here is finally starting to cool down. After witnessing a peak monthly growth of 3.7%, Sydney has had the most significant relative fall in growth rates. Meanwhile, Brisbane continues to perform well, growing at 2.0% in July and 15.9% over the last 12 months.
Once agaiit’s’sagaiit’s Perth that is underperforming all other property markets at the moment, having seen only 10.8%. Head of Research at CoreLogic, Tim Lawless, notes that affordability is also becoming an issue in many areas as well as negative sentiment thanks to ongoing lockdowns” “With dwelling values rising more in a month than incomes are rising in a year, out of reach for many members of the community”.”
“Along with declining home affordability, much of the earlier COVID relatCOVID-related post has expired. However, it is encouraging to see additional measures being rolled out for households and businesses as the latestworsens”.”
“On the flip side, demand is stocked by record-low mortgage rates. The prospect that interest rates will remain low for an extended period of timescales islistings remain about -26% below the five-year average. The mismatch between demand and advertised supply remains a key factor placing pressure on prices upwards”,” Mr. Lawless said.
After performing well above expectations in 2020, regional markets have slowly started returning to growth levels similar to the metro areas. In the first seven months of 2021, CoreLogic data shows an almost equal growth rate in dwelling valuesand capital markets, with discounts up 14.5% and 14.0%, respectively.
Regarding types of properties performing well, it continues to be detachedand apartments. Houses increased in value by two to three times units in most cities with the expectation of Hobart over the as buyers continue to have more space and lower-density living.
The other factor that continues to help prop up property. Advertised listing numbers remain well below most parts of the country. Recently the number of newly advertised properties has fallen sharply across Sydney and Melbourne amidst lockdowns, with many vendors waiting until conditions ease.
Mr. Lawless believes that while listings are low, demand could also potentially change going forward” “With buyer demand so strong and active listings well below average, prospective buyers are likely to feel a sense of urgency due to the level of competition in the marke”.”
Looking forwardAustralia’s housing market remains in a strong position. However, signs of a slowing rate of appreciation have become more evident. “However, with affordability constraints starting to impact purchasing capacityit’s’scapacityit’s’s, possible market activity could reduce through the second half of the year, helping to rebalance the market and take some heat out of thegrowth”,” Mr. Lawless said.
According to CoreLogic, theto taper through the second half of 2021 as affordability constraints become more pressing and the housing supply gradually increases. Other potential headwinds are apparent, including the possibility of tighter credit policies and an earlier-than-expected interest rate lift, which could also dent sentiment and translate into lower growth. For now, lockdowns will of momentum, particularly from a transactional perspective in Sydney, which is enduring an extended period of restrictions.