Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Market Flat, according to RP Data

Dwelling values across all of Australia’s capital city housing markets, except Melbourne, rose over November with values now just -0.1 per cent lower over the past 12 months.

Across the 8 capital cities, the month of November saw the RP Data-Rismark Home Value index rise 0.4 per cent during the first two weeks only to relinquish these gains in the last two weeks and finish flat for the month.

As usual, there existed notable dispersions in the returns observed across the individual capital cities.  According to RP Data Senior Research Analyst Cameron Kusher, the November market conditions highlight that the road to a market recovery will not be without pauses and those cities which performed very strongly in 2009 and 2010, like Melbourne, may show continued weakness. “Capital city home values remain -5.6 per cent lower than their historic highs of 15 November 2010, but, up 2% from their low of late May 2012."

Home values in Brisbane and Perth remain below where they were five years ago whereas the other mainland cities have all increased over this period. This has meant that relative to the other capital cities, Brisbane and Perth have experienced affordability improvements and subsequently we may see them become more popular from both an owner occupation and investment perspective.

Brisbane apartment prices (to 30 November 2012):
November 2012 - up 2.3%
Quarter - up 1.2%
Year to Date - down 0.7%
Year on Year - down 0.8%
Median price based on settled sales of Brisbane apartments over the quarter - $360,000.

With interest rates falling again this month, the improvement seen in November may continue through the summer months.  BOQ has passed on a 0.2% rate cut, effective 21 December 2012.

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