A new divide has emerged in capital city markets, where property prices are making double-digit gains in some parts of Australia and going backwards in others.
Melbourne is now the national leader for house price growth, according to new statistics from CoreLogic RP Data.
Melbourne’s median house price reached $595,000 at the end of January – an 11 per cent jump on the year before.
Sydney slipped to second place after the city’s median house price increased 10.5 per cent to $776,000. Canberra house prices also grew strongly, rising 6 per cent to $588,000.
According to CoreLogic RP Data head of research Tim Lawless, the results are a sign of Melbourne's "resilience" to slowing market conditions.
“Melbourne’s housing market has been more resilient to slowing growth conditions, which has propelled the annual growth rate to the highest of any capital city, with dwelling values 11 per cent higher over the past 12 months. Previously, during the height of the growth phase, there was a large separation between Sydney’s housing market, which was streaking ahead, and Melbourne’s, where the rate of capital gain was substantial but still well below the heights being recorded in Sydney. The latest data reveals Sydney’s housing market is now playing second fiddle to Melbourne’s, at least in annual growth terms," he said.
“In fact, over the past six months, the performance gap between Sydney and Melbourne is stark. Sydney dwelling values have reduced by 0.6 per cent between July last year and the end of January 2016, compared with a 3 per cent rise across Melbourne dwelling values,” Mr Lawless added.
House price growth was more subdued in other cities, with Brisbane up 2.8 per cent to $478,000, Hobart up 2.3 per cent to $333,000 and Adelaide up 1.1 per cent to $420,000.
The other two capitals went backwards, with Darwin’s median house price down 2.5 per cent to $520,000 and Perth’s median house price down 4.1 per cent to $515,000.
Meanwhile, Hobart unit values skyrocketed in the year to January, with the median price surging 13.2 per cent to $280,000.
Sydney again claimed second place after the city’s median unit price increased 9.6 per cent to $655,000.
Three other cities made gains – Melbourne rose 5.4 per cent to $492,000, Brisbane rose 4.5 per cent to $392,000 and Darwin rose 0.7 per cent to $507,000.
However, Perth fell 0.4 per cent to $424,000, Canberra fell 3.3 per cent to $420,000 and Adelaide fell 3.9 per cent to $355,000.