Sydney house prices have fallen 11.4% from their mid-2017 peak: Domain

Sydney house prices have fallen 11.4% from their mid-2017 peak: Domain
Sydney house prices have fallen 11.4% from their mid-2017 peak: Domain

Sydney’s current house price downturn is the sharpest in more than two decades, although the duration is yet to surpass the 2004-06 slump, according to Domain's latest House Price Report.

The report found that for the second time since Domain records began in 1993, house prices have fallen for four consecutive quarters, the only other period this occurred was in 2008. 

House prices fell 3.2% over the quarter and 9.9% over the year to $1,062,619. 

Unit prices fell 3.3% over the quarter and 5.8% over the year to $702,012.

Sydney house prices have fallen 11.4% from their mid-2017 peak: Domain

Domain Senior Research Analyst, Dr Nicola Powell said: "Despite the consistent quarterly moderations, the depth of the falls have not gained significant momentum. The pullback in price was anticipated given the stellar run of growth that lasted almost six years. Homeowners reaped an unprecedented gain of 89% over this period.

“Historical performance proves unit prices have a tendency to hold firmer than houses, with slumps being of shorter duration and intensity. Similar to houses, unit prices have also fallen for four consecutive quarters. The latest annual decline the steepest in more than 20 years, taking unit prices back to mid-2016 levels.

“Since changes to macroprudential policies began in late 2014, obtaining a home loan has become increasingly challenging. Although this has resulted in fewer buyers, it has removed the loans written on thin grounds. Having met more stringent lending standards, those who are active in the market are ready to transact.

"Astute investors, who are able to secure finance, may start to look to Sydney as they hunt for the right opportunity to purchase under softer market conditions. Educated investors will continue to take a careful approach, even with the 30% growth cap on interest-only loans lifted.

“Affordability is improving in the harbour city. First home buyers have fewer investors to compete against, greater choice and a wider window to make their purchase. This also provides opportunity for the upsize buyer. It may mean selling at a lower price point compared to the boom, but if buying and selling under the same market conditions, it is likely to be offset by a more affordable upsize purchase.”

Sydney house prices have fallen 11.4% from their mid-2017 peak: Domain

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