Land prices continue to stretch higher: HIA

Land prices continue to stretch higher: HIA
Land prices continue to stretch higher: HIA

Residential land prices reached an all-time high during the June 2016 quarter, according to the HIA-CoreLogic Residential Land Report, driven by strong demand and lower interest rates.

HIA senior economist Shane Garrett said housing affordability deteriorated across several key markets in the quarter and the ongoing rise in land prices is proving very challenging.

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Land prices continue to stretch higher: HIA 

With market supply having fallen further over the past year, policy makers need to look very carefully at ways of bringing about more sustainable outcomes in residential land supply," he said.

"This will inevitably involve tackling issues around the pace of land release, the bottlenecks in the planning process and the excessive burden of taxation."

According to report, the median residential land price rose by 2.6 per cent during the June 2016 quarter, to a new all-time high of $237,535. Some 18,395 residential lots sold during the quarter - down by 9.3 percentfor the same quarter last year.

Tim Lawless, CoreLogic research director said the increase in land transactions nationally was accompanied by a surge in land sales located in Tasmania as well as in some regional markets.

“Hobart saw land sales jump by almost 27 per cent over the first half of 2016 compared with the same period a year ago, while the largest cities, where affordability constraints are already the most visible, recorded a substantial reduction in land sales over the first six months of 2016,” he said.

“The volume of land sales across Sydney was down sharply while land prices surged 14.1 per cent higher over the year. The opposing trends of transaction numbers and prices is a clear indication of demand outweighing supply which is creating significant price inflation across vacant land markets,” Mr Lawless added.

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Land prices continue to stretch higher: HIA

 

“While unit markets have seen approvals and construction activity reach spectacular highs, supply levels across the detached housing sector remains insufficient in many areas. The lack of available vacant land highlights that greenfield housing markets are likely to remain undersupplied which implies further upwards price pressures across the key vacant land markets where demand remains strong."

The report quarterly sales activity and price trends in 41 regional and six capital city markets across Australia.

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