Australian housing values reach record high: CoreLogic

Housing values are now one per cent above pre-COVID levels and 0.7 per cent higher than September 2017's record high.

Australian housing values reach record high: CoreLogic
Australian housing values reach record high: CoreLogic

National housing values reached a record high over January, as 0.9 per cent gains took values higher than the previous September 2017 peak, according to property data firm CoreLogic.

CoreLogic's monthly home value index found every capital recorded dwelling value growth over the first month of 2021. Housing values are now one per cent above pre-COVID levels and 0.7 per cent higher than September 2017's record high.

Sydney and Melbourne were the weakest of the capital cities over January, posting modest 0.4 per cent gains.

Darwin continued to be the national market leader, up another 2.3 per cent to be 6.6 per cent up over the quarter. Perth and Hobart each saw a 1.6 per cent rise in dwelling values, followed by Canberra who were up 1.2 per cent and Brisbane and Adelaide both up 0.9 per cent.

Australian housing values reach record high: CoreLogic

CoreLogic research director Tim Lawless says the largest capital city markets are seeing property in the state's regional areas vastly outperform the capital.

Home values across regional Victoria jumped 1.6 per cent over January compared to the 0.4 per cent in Melbourne, with regional New South Wales posting 1.5 per cent gains compared to 0.4 per cent in Sydney.

“Internal migration data shows more people are leaving Sydney and Melbourne for regional areas, resulting in a transition of activity from the metro regions to the outer fringe and regional markets," Lawless said.

"This demographic trend is further compounded by the demand shock of stalled overseas migration.

"As Melbourne and Sydney historically receive the vast majority of overseas migrants, these metro areas have been the hardest hit by this demand shock.”

Since the onset of COVID-19 in March last year, regional housing values have surged 6.5% higher while capital city housing values are down -0.2% over the same time frame.

“Better housing affordability, an opportunity for a lifestyle upgrade and lower density housing options are other factors that might be contributing to this trend, along with the new found popularity of remote working arrangements," Lawless added.

 

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson is a property journalist based in Sydney. Joel has been writing about the residential real estate market for the last five years, specializing in market trends and the economics and finance behind buying and selling real estate.

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