Saturday, May 30, 2009

RP Data - Rismark Index

"The falls in Brisbane property values witnessed during 2008 appear to be a thing of the past. On an annual basis dwelling values in Brisbane are still down by -3 per cent during the year with house values falling -2.9 per cent and unit values declining by -3.4 per cent. Over the first four months of 2009 Brisbane has begun to once again show positive growth. During the first four months of the year house values climbed 1.9 per cent whilst unit values fell by -0.2 per cent despite the fact Brisbane is home to mainland Australia's most affordable unit market. Rental returns for houses have softened slightly and currently sit at 4.6 per cent whilst unit rental yields continue to improve and are now recorded at 5.4 per cent."

Home values continue to recover, recording a healthy 2.8% increase over the first four months of 2009

The RP Data/Rismark Australian Home Value Index out today confirmed that housing values around Australia rose by a healthy 2.8 per cent over the first four months to April 09—virtually wiping out the price falls seen in 2008 according to RP Data National Research Director Tim Lawless.*

Unlike the Australian Bureau of Statistics House Price Index, which excludes terraces, semi-detached homes, and apartments, the RP Data/Rismark International hedonic methodology, which is reported by the Reserve Bank of Australia, includes all dwellings. In addition, RP Data benefits from the largest sample of early property sales and property attributes (such as number of bedrooms, bathrooms and land area) of any index provider in Australia.

Over the first four months to April 09, every mainland capital city apart from Perth recorded an increase in home values with the most significant gains in Darwin (+5.3 per cent), Melbourne (+4.4 per cent), and Sydney (+3.9 per cent).

According to Rismark International Managing Director Christopher Joye, “Our analysis demonstrates that home values are rising in around 80 per cent of all suburbs with only the top 20 per cent of suburbs ranked by price suffering material falls.”

The return to capital growth comes as weekly rental rates start to level. Mr Lawless said, “Rental rates across Australia have powered ahead over the last three years, providing the best gross rental yields investors have seen for a long time. We are now seeing growth rates for weekly rents start to level due to decreasing rental affordability which is causing many renters to consider buying a home instead of renting. Gross rental yields are likely to peak over the coming months suggesting that now is probably the best time for investors to roll up their sleeves and become active,” he said. In terms of housing stock, units are continuing to outperform houses where over the first four months of 2009 values increased by 3.3 per cent while house values increased by 2.7 per cent. In closing Mr Lawless said “The stronger performance of the unit market is due to a number of factors. Comparing median house and unit values nationally, the price gap between is just over $90,000, so the value proposition of a unit is very compelling. Additionally, units are generally located closer to the city and along transport spines which is very appealing to many Gen Y and Gen X buyers,” he said.

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