Sydney house values fell 9.2 percent over the past year, their largest annual fall since May 1983.

Sydney house values fell 9.2 percent over the past year, their largest annual fall since May 1983.
Sydney house values fell 9.2 percent over the past year, their largest annual fall since May 1983.

Sydney house values fell 9.2 percent over the past year, their largest annual fall since May 1983.

Overall Sydney dwelling values fell 8.1 percent over the past year.

Unit values declined by 5.5 percent.

Sydney house values fell 9.2 percent over the past year, their largest annual fall since May 1983.

Headlining the November results, the CoreLogic hedonic Home Value index recorded its weakest month-on-month change in dwelling values since the Global Financial Crisis.

National dwelling values slipped 0.7 percent lower in November, led by larger falls in Sydney (1.4 percent) and Melbourne (1 percent) where the pace of decline has accelerated over the past month.

Nationally, dwelling values are down 4.2 percent since peaking in October last year, with dwelling values retracing back to levels last seen in December 2016.

Sydney house values fell 9.2 percent over the past year, their largest annual fall since May 1983.

CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said the downwards pressure on national dwelling values is largely confined to Sydney and Melbourne which together, comprise approximately 55 percent of the value of Australia's housing asset class.

Since peaking in July last year, Sydney's housing market is down 9.5 percent which is on track to eclipse the previous record peak-to-trough decline set during the last recession when values fell 9.6 percent between 1989 and 1991.

Melbourne dwelling values peaked four months later than Sydney, in November 2017, and have since fallen by 5.8 percent through to the end of November 2018.

"Conditions across the Australian housing market are increasingly diverse," Lawless said.

Dwelling values are trending higher across five of the eight capital cities, albeit at a relatively slow pace compared with the previous surge in Sydney and Melbourne.

"Hobart and regional Tasmania continue to be the standouts for capital gain, with values up 1.7 percent across both regions over the past three months".

Tim Lawless points towards several factors that are influencing the downwards trend in Sydney and Melbourne, while other regions continue to see some level of growth.

"The tightening in finance conditions has been more pronounced across the investor segment of the market, where Sydney and Melbourne have recorded much higher concentrations of investment demand.

"Additionally, housing affordability constraints are more pronounced in these markets and rental yields are substantially lower, indicating an imbalance between rental values and dwelling values.

"The ramp up in housing supply has been more pronounced in these markets against a backdrop of slowing demand, and Sydney and Melbourne have also been more affected by the reduction in foreign buying activity."

"As a consequence of less market activity, advertised listings have surged higher, providing buyers with ample choice which provides for a strong negotiation position on price.

"The rebalancing towards buyers over sellers in Sydney and Melbourne is clear across CoreLogic's vendor metrics, with clearance rates tracking in the low 40 percent range while private treaty sales are showing substantially longer selling times and larger rates of discounting than they have over recent years."

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