Brisbane house prices see their steepest fall in 9 years: Domain

Brisbane house prices see their steepest fall in 9 years: Domain
Brisbane house prices see their steepest fall in 9 years: Domain

Greater Brisbane house prices fell by $8,000 over the June quarter, the first quarterly fall in a year and the steepest in almost nine years.

Unit prices also declined by just over $16,000 in the June quarter.

A two-speed property market has developed across Brisbane; with Brisbane City, Moreton Bay, Scenic Rim and Somerset house prices falling over the quarter, while Ipswich grew, and Logan remained stable.

June 2020 QoQ change for Brisbane house and unit prices

“Greater Brisbane house prices fell 1.4 per cent over the June quarter. This is the first quarterly fall in a year and the steepest in almost nine years. However house prices remain higher compared to last year, marking seven-and-a-half years of annual capital growth. A two-speed property market has developed across the LGAs with Brisbane City, Moreton Bay, Redland, Scenic Rim and Somerset house prices falling over the quarter, while Ipswich grew, and Logan remained stable.”

“Prior to COVID-19, there was promising growth in prices for Greater Brisbane. Although this has reversed in the June quarter, the fall in prices to date has been minimal considering the economic aftermath of border closures and shutdowns. An initial pull back in seller and buyer activity during the lockdown acted to underpin prices, government financial support has kept distressed or urgent sales minimal, and incentives have encouraged buying journeys to begin.”

“The outlook for residential property has improved vastly in recent weeks. Sentiment towards housing and the purchase of a home has bucked the overall more negative sentiment around the broader economy. Nationally the time to buy a dwelling pushed to a six-month high according to the Westpac Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment. Affordability is clearly front of mind, with the biggest jumps in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.”

“Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast housing values outperformed Greater Brisbane over the June quarter. Gold Coast houses pushed to a new record of $660,000 following a 1.5 per cent quarterly growth, while houses on the Sunshine Coast nudged marginally lower. Unit values held across both cities over the June quarter, with Sunshine Coast units at the record achieved last quarter. Despite the devastating impact of the bushfires and the coronavirus pandemic housing values are steady illustrating the desirability of coastal lifestyle regions,” said Domain Senior Research Analyst, Dr Nicola Powell.

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