Melbourne property prices hit hardest in June quarter: Domain

Melbourne property prices hit hardest in June quarter: Domain
Melbourne property prices hit hardest in June quarter: Domain

Melbourne’s house and unit prices declined over the June quarter, the market’s first fall since early 2019 and the deepest quarterly fall of all the major capital cities.

With Inner Melbourne, the inner east and inner south seeing price declines, opportunities are growing for prospective buyers to enter the market


June 2020 QoQ change for Melbourne house and unit prices

“Melbourne’s record high house price achieved last quarter was short-lived: prices tumbled 3.5 per cent over the June quarter. House values have fallen $32,000 and units $9,000 over the first quarter to show the impact of COVID-19. Prior to this, Melbourne house prices had made a full recovery from the 2017-19 slump. This quarter marks the first fall since early 2019 and is the deepest quarterly fall of all the major capital cities. Affordability appears to be front of mind for buyers, with more substantial falls in the city, the inner east and inner south, while the outer areas remain stable or have risen. Units have held up better than houses, falling a more moderate 1.7 per cent over the June quarter. It is the opposite trend for Melbourne units, with the price slump concentrated in the affordable areas of the south east and west.”

“Home owners have been provided with a lifeline during this economically challenging time through the intervention of the banks and government: the JobKeeper subsidy as well as a more generous JobSeeker payment which have both been extended, along with the banks offer to pause mortgages. These will minimise the number of urgent or distressed sales, which will in turn support prices. The risks become far greater once these initiatives cease. That said, evidence suggests further price weakness - in June 13.4 per cent of sellers reduced their asking price, five times higher than the same time last year.”

“Melbourne’s property market outlook has adjusted in recent weeks as the city enters its second lockdown. The full impact of the first economic shutdown was clearly evident in the June quarter. Sales activity, listings and clearance rates fell in April. However the rebound was swift as restrictions eased, confidence lifted from the April lows, vendors returned, and more buyers decided it was a good time to purchase - nationally rising to a six-month high. The second lockdown will stall this momentum temporarily,” said Domain Senior Research Analyst, Dr Nicola Powell.

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