Sydney price growth hits 15.5% during 2016: CoreLogic

Sydney price growth hits 15.5% during 2016: CoreLogic
Sydney price growth hits 15.5% during 2016: CoreLogic

December 2016 saw capital city dwelling values rise by 1.4%, taking the annual capital gain for the year to 10.9%.

CoreLogic calculated it was the highest growth rate for a calendar year since 2009.

"Factoring in gross rental yields and capital gains, housing as an asset class, earned a total annual return of 14.7% based on the combined capital cities index results," Tim Lawless, the CoreLogic head of research said.

Across Australia’s capital cities, the annual change in dwelling values for 2016 ranged from -4.3% in Perth to 15.5% in Sydney, with Melbourne and Hobart also showing annual capital gains higher than 10%.

“Capital city growth rates have also shown a growing divergence between the broad housing product types.

"Over the past twelve months we have seen capital city house values rise by 11.6%, while unit values have increased by roughly half the pace at 5.9%.

“The divergence in growth rates is the most distinct in Melbourne and Brisbane, where concerns around unit oversupply have eroded buyer confidence.

"Melbourne house values are up 15.1% over the year compared with a 1.7% rise in unit values, while Brisbane house values are 4.0% higher over the year, with unit values falling by -0.2%.”

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Sydney price growth hits 15.5% during 2016: CoreLogic

The difference in Sydney between houses and units was houses up 16.7% and units up 9.6%, the report for the year noted. 

Lawless noted Australia’s regional housing markets generally did not experience the same growth conditions as the capital cities, with annual growth to November recorded at 2.8% across the combined regional markets.

Regional New South Wales showed the strongest growth conditions, with non-capital city house values rising 7.3% over the 12 month period to November 2016.

According to Mr Lawless, the remaining rest-of-state regions showed relatively sedate conditions, with values rising by half a per cent across regional Victoria, 1% across regional Queensland and 1.1% across regional South Australia.

Regional Western Australia recorded a 7% fall in house values over the year.

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Sydney price growth hits 15.5% during 2016: CoreLogic

“Those regional areas with intrinsic ties to the mining and resources sector have continued to record weaker housing market conditions since the end of the mining infrastructure boom, with Perth and Darwin recording the weakest housing market conditions across the capital cities.

“Since values peaked in these markets during 2014, values have fallen by a cumulative 7.9% in Perth and 5.9% in Darwin.

"More recently both these markets have shown signs of moving through the low point of their respective downturns, with values rising by 2.8% and 5.9% respectively over the final quarter of 2016."

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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