Average Aussie home price falls to $651,100

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on March 19, 2019
Average Aussie home price falls to $651,100

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The average residential dwelling price in Australia fell $15,700 in the December 2018 quarter, largely driven by price falls in Sydney and Melbourne.

New data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today shows the national mean dwelling price fell from $666,800 in the September 2018 quarter to $651,100 in the December 2018 quarter.

The supply of residential dwellings over the period rose by 42,600 to reach over 10,256,700.

Through the year, the average price fell $38,600, from $689,700 in December 2017.

Chief Economist for the ABS Bruce Hockman said Australia’s two largest cities continue to lead the fall, but issued a reminder of how far they’d risen.

“These falls follow a period of solid growth, where prices in Sydney rose 68 per cent and Melbourne rose 54 per cent, over the five years to December quarter 2017,” Mr Hockman said.

Quarterly price falls were felt in six out of the eight capital cities.

Only Adelaide and Hobart experienced rises.

Capital city Sept Qtr 18 to Dec Qtr 18 % change
Sydney -3.7%
Melbourne -2.4%
Brisbane -1.1%
Adelaide 0.1%
Perth -1.0%
Hobart 0.7%
Darwin -0.6%
Canberra -0.2%
Weighted average -2.4%

Source: ABS

Sydney’s quarterly slide of 3.7% marked the Harbour City’s sixth negative quarter in a row, while Melbourne’s 2.4% slide was its fourth.

“While property prices are falling in most capital cities, a tightening in credit supply and reduced demand from investors and owner occupiers have had a more pronounced effect on the larger property markets of Sydney and Melbourne,” Mr Hockman said.

But Brisbane’s 1.1% price fall was notable, given its property market had for so long been a relative pillar of stability. This fall was the River City’s biggest slide since September 2011.

Year-on-year, only three capital cities (Adelaide, Hobart and Canberra) have had a rise in property prices.

Capital city Dec Qtr 17 to Dec Qtr 18 % change
Sydney -7.8%
Melbourne -6.4%
Brisbane -0.3%
Adelaide 1.5%
Perth -2.5%
Hobart 9.6%
Darwin -3.5%
Canberra 1.8%
Weighted average -5.1%

Source: ABS

The average residential dwelling price remains highest in New South Wales at $831,800 while Tasmania has the lowest at $411,700.

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Dominic Beattie is the Editor of Savings.com.au. He has been publishing articles on finance, business and economics since 2015, having previously worked at financial research firm and comparison site Canstar before helping to launch Savings.com.au in November 2018. Dominic's commentary has featured in various news outlets, including: Channel 7 News, News.com.au, Yahoo Finance Australia, Domain, Realestate.com.au, Daily Mail and Radio 2NURFM.


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