Dwelling price pressures remain strong: Shane Garrett

Dwelling price pressures remain strong: Shane Garrett
Dwelling price pressures remain strong: Shane Garrett

GUEST OBSERVER

Dwelling prices increased across Australia’s eight capital cities by 10.2 percent over the year to March 2017. 

Data released today by the ABS indicate that the pace of dwelling price growth generally remained strong during the first quarter of 2017.

During the first quarter of this year, Sydney and Melbourne continued to record the strongest pace of dwelling price increase. However, the variation in dwelling price growth across the country is significant and house price developments in other markets are much weaker.

This situation underlines the dangers of applying ‘one size fits all’ policy remedies to the challenges in Australia’s housing market.

There is evidence that since March 2017 dwelling price growth has slowed following the introduction of additional restrictions by APRA and increased barriers to foreign investor participation imposed at federal and state level.

The solution to Australia’s considerable housing affordability challenge ultimately lies in delivering a sufficient supply of new dwelling stock in a more cost effective manner. We are concerned that some recent policy changes could undermine this objective.

Over the year to the March 2017 quarter, dwelling price growth was strongest in Sydney (+14.4 percent), followed by Melbourne (+13.4 percent) and Hobart (+11.3 percent). Dwelling prices also increased in Canberra (+8.9 percent), Adelaide (+5.0 percent) and Brisbane (+3.5 percent) over the same period.

In the year to March 2017, dwelling prices were down by 3.5 percent in Perth and 5.9 percent in Darwin. 

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Dwelling price pressures remain strong: Shane Garrett

 

Shane Garrett is senior economist for HIA and can be contacted here.

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Residential Property Dwelling Prices

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