Melbourne home values record small drop in April

Melbourne home values record small drop in April
Melbourne home values record small drop in April

Melbourne house values recorded a very minor reduction in April with the latest RP Data Rismark Index results showing a change of -0.4%.

Over the last three months they have recorded a 1.7% rise and in the last 12 months there has been a 12.2% rise. The median house price based on settled sales over the last three months is was $615,000.

The underlying health of the market is shown by the fact that over the last year only one capital city, Sydney, has recorded a greater rise in house values. At the same time the result should allay concerns that Melbourne was moving into a period of rapid and unsustainable property price growth.

There is now a significant gap between units and houses.  Unit values recorded a change of -1.6% in April, over the last three months they have risen 0.7% and in the past 12 months the rise is just over half that of houses at 6.8%.

Demand in the auction market also fell with a clearance rate in April of 63.8% from 3,176 auctions in Melbourne. In March, which was a record month in terms of volumes, the clearance rate was 69.9% from 5,322 auctions.

Robert Larocca

Robert Larocca

Robert Larocca is Victorian housing market specialist for CoreLogic RP Data.

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