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Melbourne homes help to steady Australia’s property market

This article was originally published by Brendan Casey via Herald Sun Real Estate | DECEMBER 1, 2017


MELBOURNE continues to defy a national property market downturn, new figures show.

The Victorian city was the only mainland capital to see growth in the property market in November.

CoreLogic’s latest Hedonic Home Value Index revealed Melbourne home values continued to nudge higher last month, albeit at a slower pace than a year ago.

Melbourne’s homes values grew 0.5 per cent, compared to a 0.7 per cent fall in Sydney in November. Combined capital city values dropped -0.1 per cent last month.

Melbourne home values recorded relatively steady growth over the past three months, rising

1.9 per cent.

“The stronger performance for Melbourne relative to Sydney can be attributed to a number of factors,” CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said.

“Melbourne’s market has a healthier level of housing affordability, a lower concentration of investment activity over recent years and higher rates of net migration.”

CoreLogic head of research, Tim Lawless.Source:News Corp Australia

Despite bucking the national trend, Melbourne’s rate of growth has lost steam on an annual basis, slowing to 10.1 per cent annual growth from a recent peak of 13.1 per cent in July this year.

Nationally, home values fell 0.1 per cent, pulled down by Sydney, Perth and Darwin.

Gross rental yields have also drifted to a new record low across Melbourne, sitting at 2.88 per cent.

Highlights from the CoreLogic Hedonic Home Value Index

Best performing capital city: Hobart +3.3 per cent

Weakest performing capital city: Darwin -2.7 per cent

Highest rental yield: Darwin 5.8 per cent

Lowest rental yields: Melbourne 2.9 per cent


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