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Property listings, asking prices slip over October

By Sasha Karen
08 November 2018 | 10 minute read
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New figures from SQM Research show that listings are performing as per seasonal trends with a decline of 0.3 of a percentage point recorded for October, down to 335,014, but one standout capital city market saw a notable rise.

Property listings continued their rise from last month, increasing by 2.4 per cent and growing by 18.2 per cent from a year ago.

Canberra is also seeing a rise in listings, up by 10.3 per cent for the month and 17.9 per cent for the last year.

Melbourne saw a rise of 5.9 per cent, which resulted in Melbourne’s listings for this time last year to be up by nearly a quarter at 24.3 per cent.

Listings for the month were also up in Hobart, rising by 0.6 of a percentage point.

Meanwhile, listings declined in Perth by 1.1 per cent, in Adelaide by 3.2 per cent and in Darwin by 4.9 per cent.

Brisbane also saw a decline, albeit only very slightly, dropping from September’s 31,998 listings to 31,992 in October.

The overall drop, according to SQM Research’s managing director, Louis Christopher, was perfectly normal.


“It is typical to record a slight decline in listings in October after an initial spring jump in September. A second surge is usual in November, before the property market slows down for Christmas, and so we expect listings to rise again this month,” Mr Christopher said.

“Having said that, listings were significantly up in Melbourne, creating large recorded rises over the year, which is illustrative of the downturn Melbourne has entered into. In Sydney, too, listings are up compared to a year earlier, as well as Canberra, as more vendors consider selling.”


For houses, the average capital city asking price held steady at $939,2000 over the month, while unit average capital city asking prices continued their decline from September by 0.4 of a percentage point to $569,500.

Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra all saw asking price growth for both houses and units over October.

In Brisbane, house prices rose by 0.7 of a percentage point to $618,200 and unit prices rose by 0.3 of a percentage point to $381,000.

Adelaide’s house prices rose by 0.9 of a percentage point to $512,800 and unit prices rose by 0.6 of a percentage point to $304,100.

The country’s capital city of Canberra saw house prices rise by 0.7 of a percentage point to $829,7000 and unit prices rise by 0.8 of a percentage point to $427,600.

Meanwhile, both Sydney and Darwin experienced a decline in weekly asking prices over October for both houses and units.

Sydney experienced declines of 0.3 of a percentage point for houses to $1,304,200 and 0.4 of a percentage point for units to $702,700.

Darwin, however, saw the largest declines out of any capital city, with houses dropping by 0.6 of a percentage point to $579,800 and units dropping by 1.9 per cent to $364,300.

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