Sydney and Melbourne housing downturn weakening to a halt

Sydney and Melbourne housing downturn weakening to a halt
Sydney and Melbourne housing downturn weakening to a halt

Over the month of June, house prices in both Sydney and Melbourne didn't record losses for the first time in nearly two years, according to CoreLogic.

The end of the housing downturn in the two major capital city markets has been forecasted since the Coalition won parliamentary honours over Labor in May.

The declines slowed down drastically since.

The month of May saw Sydney houses dropping just 0.4 percent and Melbourne 0.6 percent.

The latest figures from CoreLogic, who analyse the housing markets every month, saw Sydney house prices unmoved in June, with Melbourne scoring a 0.1% increase.

Nationally dwelling values are down just 0.2%, with house values down 0.1% and unit values up 0.2%.

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 Sydney and Melbourne housing downturn weakening to a halt

Hobart's cooling off period only lasted a few months, with house values increasing by 0.1% in June.

The biggest house value declines were felt in Darwin (-1.7%) and Canberra (-0.9%).

Perth saw its house values drop 0.7%, followed by Brisbane 0.6% decline and Adelaide at 0.5%

CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless believes that the June housing market results provide further evidence that the downturn is running out of steam.

“The improvement in housing market conditions over the first five months of the year has largely been organic, however since mid-May there has been a raft of announcements that should provide a further positive flow through to housing demand", Lawless said.

“Stability within the federal government, along with the removal of uncertainty surrounding changes to negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts, has brought about increased certainty and boosted confidence in the housing market.

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Sydney and Melbourne housing downturn weakening to a halt

“Aided by the housing downturn, we have also seen an improvement around housing affordability, although dwelling values remain high relative to household incomes in Sydney and Melbourne.

"Add to this lower mortgage rates and the high likelihood that interest rate serviceability tests are set to improve.”

The last time Sydney and Melbourne houses didn't record losses in the same month was August 2017 when Sydney's housing downturn began, some six months before Melbourne started declining.




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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