Property listings jump in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra

Property listings jump in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra

SQM Research Residential Property Listings Activity and Asking Prices for August 2018

Figures released today by SQM Research reveal national residential listings rose 5.9% in August 2018 to 332,678, with rises in all capital cities with five weekends falling during the month, and some vendors listing their properties ahead of the Spring selling season.

Property listings rose 10.9% in Sydney, to be up a whopping 30.4% higher from a year ago. Sydney residential property listings are now at the highest level recorded since February 2009, surpassing the peak in listings recorded during the 2010-12 housing downturn.

In Melbourne, listings jumped 16.3%, to be up 25.3% over the year to August 31. Stock on market rose 10.7% in Canberra while even in Hobart, listings rose 4.5%, though they remain sharply down from a year ago, reflecting a shortage of properties available for sale there

Listings rose 5.2% in Brisbane in August from July and by 4.9% in Adelaide. In Perth, stock on market rose 3.8% in August while Darwin’s listings increased by 2.2%.

Louis Christopher, Managing Director of SQM Research, said the increase in the supply of properties for sale has emerged in all capitals. However, numbers were inflated by five weekends falling during August, up from four in July.

“That made a significant difference to stock levels in August, which were boosted by the fifth weekend. In addition, some home owners are readying for a sale and want to list their homes sooner rather than later before prices fall any further, especially in Sydney, where asking house prices are down 2.1% over the month to 4 September. That is also true of Melbourne, where the property market has slowed, reflected in a 1.2% drop in asking house prices over the month,” said Mr Christopher.

Asking Prices
Capital city average asking prices fell 1.9% for houses to $942,800 while unit asking prices fell 0.5% to $573,600 over the month to 4 September. Melbourne asking house prices fell to $972,000, back below $1 million, while asking house prices in Sydney fell even more, by 2.1% to $1.32 million.

Only in Adelaide did asking house prices rise, up by 0.2% over the month, though prices are down by 1.7% over the year to 4 September. Asking house prices were down by 0.2% over the month in Hobart. Canberra prices too dipped, down 1.8% over the year to $799,200.

 

Key Points

  • National residential listings rose 5.9% in August 2018 from July.
  • Listings rose by 10.9% in Sydney, up 30.4% higher from a year ago.
  • Sydney residential property listings are now at the highest level recorded since February 2009, surpassing the peak in listings recorded during the 2010-12 housing downturn.
  • Melbourne listings rose 16.3%, to be up 25.3% higher over the year to August 31.
  • Listings rose in Hobart by 4.5% in August but are down 18.8% from a year earlier.
  • Capital city average asking prices fell 1.9% for houses to $942,800 while unit asking prices fell 0.5% to $573,600 over the month to 4 September

 

About SQM Research
SQM Research is an independent investment research house which specialises in providing accurate property related research and data to financial institutions, property professional, real estate investors and the media. It is owned and operated by one of the country’s leading property analysts, Louis Christopher. For six years Louis was Head of Research and then General Manager of Australian Property Monitors before leaving the firm to launch SQM Research, a leading residential property data researcher fund manager ratings house specialising in ratings for property related funds. For further information please contact Louis Christopher – Louis@sqmresearch.com.au

 

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