House Prices Fall in Australia’s Largest Cities


Australian home prices have continued to drift with declines reported across a majority of mainland state capitals.

Research from property data firm Corelogic has indicated that median home price have declined by 0.1 per cent in average weighted terms, leaving the decline over the past for weeks at 0.4 per cent.

Since peaking in September 2017, prices have fallen by 0.1 per cent in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane over the week while Adelaide managed register an increase of 0.2 per cent.

Adelaide's prices have now risen 0.7 per cent over the year with Brisbane also seeing a 0.3 per cent increase.

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Capital city home value changes

Capital CityWeekly ChangeMonthly ChangeYear to date change12 month change

Comparatively, values in the other state capitals have all fallen by 2.2 per cent or more in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne.

Combined, the median price in the mainland state capitals has fallen 2.7 per cent so far this year in average weighted terms.

In Sydney, Perth and Melbourne median values have fallen by 5.6 per cent, 2.2 per cent and 1.6 per cent respectively over the past year, leaving the national decline at 3.1 per cent.

The trends across Australia's regional housing markets – which have previously been more resilient to falls – have recently turned negative.

Melbourne has lead the downturn across capital cities in its monthly change, outpacing Sydney.

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Capital city properties listed for sale

Capital cityNo of new listings12 month change (%)No of total listings12 month change (%)

There are currently 22.3 per cent more homes up for sale in Sydney compared to a year ago, and 12.2 per cent in Melbourne, contributing to a 7.6 per cent national increase over the same period.

Listings have also increased in Brisbane, offsetting declines in all other capital cities.

While total listings have risen sharply in Sydney and Melbourne, new listings have actually fallen by 7.2 per cent in Sydney, and 6.5 per cent in Melbourne, compared to 12 months ago.

Nationally, 110,104 properties were put up for sale over the past year with 23,631 new listings put up for sale within the last six months.

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