Darwin pips Canberra to be 2018's strongest mainland capital for house value growth: CoreLogic

Darwin pips Canberra to be 2018's strongest mainland capital for house value growth: CoreLogic
Darwin pips Canberra to be 2018's strongest mainland capital for house value growth: CoreLogic

Darwin just pipped Canberra to be 2018's strongest mainland capital city with 3.7 percent house price growth, according to CoreLogic.

Canberra houses rose 3.6 percent in the year.

Darwin's house price recovery was not however seen in the apartment market, where it was the weakest capital city market across the country.

Darwin unit prices were down 10.4 percent during 2018 to a $305,000 median, the CoreLogic report showed.

Canberra unit values rose 2 percent to $440,800.

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Darwin pips Canberra to be 2018's strongest mainland capital for house value growth: CoreLogic

Darwin's dwelling values over the calendar year fell by 1.5 percent, while Canberra's dwelling values rose 3.3 percent.

According to CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless, the broad weakening in housing market conditions in 2018 highlights that the slowdown goes well beyond the correction in Sydney and Melbourne.

“Although Australia’s two largest cities are the primary drivers for the weaker national reading, most regions around the country have reacted to tighter credit conditions by recording weaker housing market results relative to 2017.

“The two exceptions were regional Tasmania, where the pace of capital gains was higher relative to 2017 resulting in a nation leading 9.9 percent gain in values over the 2018 calendar year, and Darwin, where the annual rate of decline improved from -8.9 percent in 2017 to -1.5 percent in 2018.

A recent sale in Nightcliff was a Verbena Street five bedroom house which has been sold at $800,000 (pictured below).

13B Verbena Street features open plan living/dining area, large covered balcony, kitchen with steel oven, four upstairs bedrooms and fifth bedroom downstairs. 

Other features include tropical gardens, in-ground pool, double carport and split-system a/c.

Darwin pips Canberra to be 2018's strongest mainland capital for house value growth: CoreLogic

A Fannie Bay three bedroom townhouse has been recently sold for $850,000 (pictured below).

Situated at 2/3 Philip Street, the townhouse comes with open plan kitchen and living, three bedrooms, and large private courtyard with in ground pool. 

It is with walking distance to the Fannie Bay Shopping Village and parks as well as East Point Reserve.

Darwin pips Canberra to be 2018's strongest mainland capital for house value growth: CoreLogic

Darwin was one of only two capital cities that saw a reduction in gross rental yields over the year.

Darwin showed a reduction in rental yields, due to rental rates (-5.8 percent) falling more than dwelling values (-1.5 percent).

Hobart dwelling values (+8.7 percent) rose faster than rents (+5.8 percent) which dragged the gross yield lower over the year. 

Housing affordability has rapidly deteriorated across Hobart, according to Lawless.

"Outside of Hobart, where dwelling values were 8.7% higher over the year, even the best performing regions returned a relatively mild annual growth rate, Lawless said.

Seven of the top ten sub-regions returned an annual gain of less than 3%.

"Such a soft result amongst the best performing areas highlights that housing market weakness is broad-based and not just confined to Sydney and Melbourne," Lawless added.

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Darwin pips Canberra to be 2018's strongest mainland capital for house value growth: CoreLogic

 

 

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