Average home price rises 0.8% to $689k

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Average home price rises 0.8% to $689k

The Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) property price index of the eight capital cities rose over the last quarter, led by Adelaide, which rose 1.6%.

The quarterly rise of 0.8% was hampered only by Melbourne, down 0.3% - the only city to record a fall. 

Melbourne now has an unstratified median house price of $700,000, down from $720,000 last quarter. 

On the year, home prices increased by 4.5% across the capital cities, led by Hobart (up 6%).

The weighted capital cities index now sits at 144.3 - down from the highs of 147.6 seen in December 2017.

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.

Base criteria of: a $400,000 loan amount, variable, fixed, principal and interest (P&I) home loans with an LVR (loan-to-value) ratio of at least 80%. If products listed have an LVR <80%, they will be clearly identified in the product name along with the specific LVR. The product and rate must be clearly published on the Product Provider’s web site. Monthly repayments were calculated based on the selected products’ advertised rates, applied to a $400,000 loan with a 30-year loan term.

ABS head of price statistics Andrew Tomadini attributed the price falls in Melbourne to COVID-19 restrictions. 

"Property prices continued to fall in Melbourne in the September quarter ... Melbourne house prices fell 0.3% and attached dwelling prices fell 0.2%," he said.

"Residential property transactions rose in a number of capital cities in the September quarter 2020. Substantial increases were observed in Sydney and Brisbane." 

Lending data indicates the average home loan written in October was more than $566,000, with the value of new loan commitments up 0.7% in seasonally-adjusted terms.

Since September 2011, mean prices have risen 40.5% from $490,800 to $689,500, yet the ABS' wage price index has risen just 25.1% - though the Reserve Bank cash rate was 4.75% in September 2011.

Across the states, New South Wales has the highest mean price of residential dwellings at $888,900 - the lowest mean price is the Northern Territory at $425,200. 

The number of residential dwellings rose by 44,000 Australia-wide in the quarter, yet the mean residential dwelling price rose $5,400. 

Assuming a borrower had a 20% deposit on the mean price ($137,900), mortgage repayments would be $2,211 per month, using MoneySmart's average mortgage rate of 2.61% p.a. over a 30-year home loan.

This is just below the 30% 'mortgage stress' indicator using the ABS' average full time wage earnings. 


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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 2020. 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.
  • If you click on a product link and you are referred to a Product or Service Provider’s web page, it is highly likely that a commercial relationship exists between that Product or Service Provider and Savings.com.au

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.

*Comparison rate is based on a loan of $150,000 over a term of 25 years. Please note the comparison rate only applies to the examples given. Different loan amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees and costs savings, such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan.

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Harrison joined Savings in 2020. He is an experienced journalist, 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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