Monday, April 2, 2012

RP Data March 2012 Report

From an RP Data press release:
    Australia's housing market is showing signs of stabilising after home values rose 0.2 per cent in March. Not only has the market remained unchanged for the quarter ending 31 March 2012, it is also level with the 31 November 2011 home values across the combined capital cities. The flat result over the quarter is the strongest result since March 2011 when values increased by 0.7 per cent.
    According to the managing director of Rismark International, Ben Skilbeck, “While the housing market remains soft, the zero per cent change over the first quarter of 2012 demonstrates that it is consolidating its position following the decline seen in calendar year 2011. This month it was the resource rich states which delivered the strongest gains with Perth, Darwin and Brisbane up 1.4 per cent, 1.1 per cent and 0.8 per cent respectively”.
    Other market metrics are also showing some improvement. “The number of properties available for sale is continuing to moderate from the historic highs which peaked late last year and auction clearance rates have been holding above 50 per cent for most of 2012,” Mr Lawless said.
    See:  RP Data Press Release .  See also Property Observer
    Brisbane apartment prices are up 0.7% for the month, but down 2.3% year on year.

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