Every capital sees real estate value growth in December 2020: CoreLogic

The national home value index price rose one per cent over December, pointing to a strong start to 2021, data analytics firm CoreLogic's monthly home value index found.

The national home value index one per cent over December, pointing to a strong start to 2021, data analytics firm CoreLogic's monthly home value index found.

It was the third consecutive month of dwelling value gains after declines of -2.1 per cent drop in dwelling values between April and September.

Darwin again led the way in monthly gains over December, with dwelling values up another 2.3 per cent. They are 5.5 per cent up on the quarter in the Northern Territory capital and nine per cent up the calendar year, the best performing market across the country for 2020.

Darwin was followed by 1.1 per cent gains in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

Melbourne was the other other capital to see gains of one per cent or above, with Hobart and Sydney recorded modest 0.7 per cent growth and Canberra the worst performer but still up 0.6 per cent.

Every capital sees real estate value growth in December 2020: CoreLogic

CoreLogic’s research director Tim Lawless said the year was characterised by a mild COVID dip in values, but unprecedented volatility in the transaction space.

“The number of residential property sales plummeted by -40% through March and April but finished the year with almost 8% more sales relative to a year ago as buyer numbers surged through the second half of the year," Lawless said.

Despite the volatility, housing values showed remarkable resilience, falling by only -2.1% before rebounding with strength throughout the final quarter of 2020.”

Houses v Units

The national housing market started its expected outperformance of its unit counterpart over December, with national average gains of 1.1 per cent over the month.

Unit values held firm however, seeing growth in every capital apart from Sydney.

Sydney's housing market did the heavy lifting for their 0.7 per cent dwelling value gains. Houses were up 1.1 per cent over December compared to a -0.1 per cent contraction in the unit market.

House values in Melbourne outperformed Sydney's, up 1.2 per cent. Their unit market growth was one of the best in the country, up 0.6 per cent, only bettered by Perth's 1.1 per cent gains.

It was a similar script in Queensland, with Brisbane home values up 1.2 per cent and unit values up 0.4 per cent.

 

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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