Sydney and Melbourne drive 1.6% national house price increase for March quarter

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Sydney and Melbourne drive 1.6% national house price increase for March quarter

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Residential property prices rose by 1.6% in the March quarter, driven by gains in the Sydney and Melbourne markets.

House prices lifted by 1.6% in the March quarter 2020 (January-March), coming in below expectations of a 2.5% rise. 

All capital cities recorded a rise in residential property prices with Australia's two largest cities, Sydney (+1.9%) and Melbourne (+2.1%), continuing to lead the rises, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

House prices rose 2.6% in Sydney and 2.3% in Melbourne, while attached dwelling prices (apartments and townhouses) rose 1.5% in Melbourne and 0.8% in Sydney.

ABS Chief Economist Bruce Hockman said estimates were in line with expectations.

"The majority of restrictions relating to COVID-19 came into effect in late March and therefore did not have a noticeable impact on property prices in the March quarter 2020," he said.

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.

Provider
Ad rate
p.a.
Comp rate*
p.a.
Monthly
repayments
 
Budget Home Loan OO P&I
2.68% 2.74% $1,618 Go to site
2.89% 2.89% $1,663 More details
2.39% 2.40% $1,558 More details

Base criteria of: a $400,000 loan amount, variable, 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. Introductory rate products were not considered for selection. Monthly repayments were calculated based on the selected products’ advertised rates, applied to a $400,000 loan with a 30-year loan term. Rates correct as at 08 July 2020. View disclaimer.

Through the year to the March quarter 2020, residential property prices rose 7.4%, with rises in all capital cities except Perth and Darwin.

The results were lower than what had been expected. NAB had predicted house prices would rise 2.5% and be up +8.1% on a year ago.

AMP Capital chief economist Dr Shane Oliver had forecast house prices for the March quarter would show a rise of 2-3%, but noted the data was a bit dated. 


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 2019) 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 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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Emma joined Savings.com.au as a Finance Journalist in 2019. She is a journalist with more than five years experience across print, broadcast and digital media, with previous stints at Style Magazines, 4ZZZ radio, and as editor of The Real Estate Conversation. She's most passionate about improving the financial literacy of young women and millennials by writing about complex financial topics in a way that's easy for the average Joe (or Jill) to understand. When she's not writing about finance she's watching Greys Anatomy (again).

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