10% of Canberra dwellings selling at a loss: CoreLogic Pain & Gain

10% of Canberra dwellings selling at a loss: CoreLogic Pain & Gain
10% of Canberra dwellings selling at a loss: CoreLogic Pain & Gain

Over the three months to September 2015, 10.2 per cent of Canberra homes re-sold at a loss compared to 10.9% over the previous quarter and 11.4 per cent a year earlier, according to CoreLogic RP Data's latest Pain & Gain report.

The typical loss was $20,000. It is tipped that most declines were apartments.

The latest data showed prices in the national capital up 2.8 per cent in January pushing it to 6 per cent annual growth. It has a $585,000 median dwelling value.

Tim Lawless, CoreLogic RP Data’s head of research, said in December that the Canberra housing market had been showing tentative signs of growing values, adsding that market conditions have been more volatile from month to month.

The nation’s capital has significant differences in predicted value performance of Canberra’s houses and units.

While houses were up 4.5% over 2015 apartments fell 0.8%.

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 10% of Canberra dwellings selling at a loss: CoreLogic Pain & Gain

Catherine Smith, practice manager of Canberra property investment advisory firm Wholistic Financial Solutions, warns that the city could be “fast heading towards an oversupply of units”.

Among the many apartment blocks under construction is the Wayfarer at Belconnen, which at 88 metres will be Canberra’s tallest residential tower when completed by year's end. 

"If development continues at this rate I wouldn't be surprised to see Canberra listed as the most oversupplied state or territory in Australia," Smith told the mywealth website. 

CoreLogic RP Data reported the city’s gross unit rental yield was 5.2% – equal to Hobart and Darwin and second only to Brisbane.

Construction is due to commence this year on what will be the largest-scale public transport infrastructure project Canberra has ever seen – the $783m Capital Metro.

Starting from Gungahlin in the city’s north, the 12km light rail track will run south along Flemington Road, Federal Highway and Northbourne Avenue to Civic (city centre) and possibly onwards to Russell (as part of a proposed future extension), with stops at the suburbs of Harrison, Franklin, Downer and Braddon and major stations proposed for Gungahlin, Dickson and Alinga Street.

Example of small losses being taken recently include a three bedroom in Lyneham which went from $604,900 to $585,000 in five years and a two bedroom in Braddon which dropped from $540,000 to $500,000 in just nine months.

A property in Kingston traded for $740,000 in 2013 and sold for the same price last year.


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