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2 big cities drive housing recovery

11 December 2019 Lyall Russell
Melbourne

The country’s two biggest cities have led the housing market recovery.

The latest REIA figures show the weighted average median house price for the eight capital cities have increased to $743,776.

“The increase was driven by the larger property markets of Sydney and Melbourne where house prices increased, while all other capital cities’ house prices decreased,” REIA president Adrian Kelly said.

“The weighted average median price for other dwellings increased to $577,135 over the [September] quarter, with prices increasing in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart. Prices remained stable in Brisbane and Canberra and decreasing in Perth and Darwin.”

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Household lending investment is at its lowest proportion for dwellings since REIA’s time series began in 2002, Mr Kelly said.

“It’s currently at 25.6 per cent for the September quarter 2019, which is considerably lower than the average of 34.4 per cent and the high of 43.0 per cent in June of 2015.

“Over the quarter, the median rent for three-bedroom houses remained steady in most capital cities, with only Canberra and Darwin decreasing,” Mr Kelly said.

The figures show the average rent for two-bedroom homes either increased or remained steady in all capitals, except Sydney.

“The weighted average vacancy rate for the eight capital cities decreased to 2.5 per cent during the September quarter, which shows a slight tightening in the market compared to last quarter,” Mr Kelly said.

“Just as the past period of stability in rents can be attributed to the increase in investor activity around 2017, the more recent drop in investor activity will lead to increases in rents in the future, with current decreases in the vacancy rate a pointer to this.”

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