The average capital city home just got $11,700 cheaper

author-avatar By on September 15, 2020
The average capital city home just got $11,700 cheaper

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When Melbourne and Sydney cough, the nation catches a cold, as data released today reveals property prices declined 1.8% in the June quarter.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Sydney's property prices declined 2.2% over the quarter, while Melbourne's declined 2.3%.

This makes the mean price of residential dwellings $678,500, down from $690,200 in the March quarter.

ABS' Head of Prices Statistics Andrew Tomadini put the declines down to COVID-19.

"The number of residential property transactions fell substantially in the eight capital cities during the June quarter 2020, due to the effects of COVID-19 on the property market", said Mr Tomadini.

"All capital cities apart from Canberra recorded falls in property prices in the June quarter 2020."

Brisbane's declined -0.9%; Adelaide -0.8%; Perth -0.7%; Hobart -0.4%; Darwin -1.4%; Canberra +0.8%.

However, nationwide, residential property prices are still up 6.2% on the year to the June quarter 2020, with rises in all capital cities except Perth and Darwin.

Buying a home or looking to refinance? The table below features home loans with some of the lowest variable interest rates on the market for owner occupiers.

With an average residential dwelling value of $498,500, Western Australia's mean dipped below the $500,000 mark for the first time since ABS began tallying this data in December 2011.

In the Northern Territory, average values were at $410,100, the lowest price recorded in the series' nine-year history.


Disclaimers

The entire market was not considered in selecting the above products. Rather, a cut-down portion of the market has been considered which includes retail products from at least the big four banks, the top 10 customer-owned institutions and Australia’s larger non-banks:

  • The big four banks are: ANZ, CBA, NAB and Westpac
  • The top 10 customer-owned Institutions are the ten largest mutual banks, credit unions and building societies in Australia, ranked by assets under management in November 2019. They are (in descending order): Credit Union Australia, Newcastle Permanent, Heritage Bank, Peoples’ Choice Credit Union, Teachers Mutual Bank, Greater Bank, IMB Bank, Beyond Bank, Bank Australia and P&N Bank.
  • The larger non-bank lenders are those who (in 2020) has more than $9 billion in Australian funded loans and advances. These groups are: Resimac, Pepper, Liberty and Firstmac.

Some providers' products may not be available in all states. To be considered, the product and rate must be clearly published on the product provider's web site.

In the interests of full disclosure, Savings.com.au, Performance Drive and Loans.com.au are part of the Firstmac Group. To read about how Savings.com.au manages potential conflicts of interest, along with how we get paid, please click through onto the web site links.

*The Comparison rate is based on a $150,000 loan over 25 years. Warning: this comparison rate is true only for this example and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.

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Harrison joined Savings in 2020. He is a journalist with more than four years of experience, with previous stints at News Corp and financial comparison site Canstar. With a keen interest in personal finance, Harrison is passionate about helping consumers make more informed financial decisions.

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