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Rate hikes 'demolish' property boom

By James Mitchell

A leading economist has spoken out about the catastrophic effect APRA’s mortgage lending curbs have had on home buyer demand and property price growth.

The Domain House Price Report, released this week, confirmed that the “Sydney property boom of the past three years is over”, with a record drop in house prices in the harbour city over the three months to December last year.

“The higher mortgage interest rates initiated mid-year by financial regulators for both investors and owner-occupiers have demolished the previous booming markets of Sydney and Melbourne, whilst house prices continued to fall in PerthPerth, TAS Perth, WA and Darwin as a consequence of the slowdown in the mining sector,” Domain Group senior economist Andrew Wilson said.

“Other capital city markets, however, are now recording solid results, reflecting improving local economies and restored market confidence."

Sydney median house prices fell by 3.1 per cent over the December quarter – the first fall since June 2012 and the sharpest quarterly decline in house prices reported by the city on record, according to the report.

However, despite the record fall over the December quarter, Sydney house prices increased by 14.8 per cent over 2015.

Sydney’s median unit prices also fell steeply over the December quarter, dropping by 2.8 per cent to $655,845. This marks the first quarterly fall since March 2013 and the sharpest decline on record, according to the report. However across the year, Sydney unit prices also increased by 8.7 per cent.

“The remarkable Sydney boom we’ve seen over the last three years is now clearly over, with the market unlikely to record any notable house prices growth until at least spring,” Mr Wilson said.

“While the median house price still remains above $1 million (at $1,013,258), if current trends continue it will likely fall below this benchmark by mid-year,” he said.

The Melbourne median house price increased by 1.8 per cent over the December quarter, recording an annual growth of 14.5 per cent over 2015 – the highest annual result recorded by the city since the 2009 boom and reaching only 0.3 per cent behind Sydney.

Melbourne unit prices increased by 1.3 per cent over the December quarter to $446,046 for an annual increase of 2.4 per cent. The annual percentage growth was considerably below the previous year’s result of 5.2 per cent.

“It’s good news for Melbourne home owners, with the city recording its highest annual growth since 2009,” Mr Wilson said.

“While quarterly growth rates have weakened sharply, the end-of-year results remained positive as local supply and demand drivers remain robust.

“Melbourne recorded a median house price of $719,486 over the quarter to remain the second highest priced capital city housing market, behind Sydney,” he said.

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Will will also share how they approached saving for their first property, why he is taking out the mortgage in his name exclusively, and share their savings plan for the year ahead.

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Median house prices in regional Victoria outperformed that of Melbourne in the June quarter, the latest REIV figures reveal. 

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Median house prices in the regions rose 4.0 per cent to $419,500 but in Melbourne they dipped by 0.6 of a percentage point to $840,000.

The result in Melbourne was due to a 0.8 of a percentage point fall in prices achieved at auction; this was despite a lift of 2.3 per cent in private sales.

Inner Melbourne suffered due to auction prices, where median prices fell by 4.9 per cent to $1,459,000 but it was middle Melbourne that was hardest hit, with a 5.4 per cent drop to $974,500.

Outer Melbourne had a good quarter with the median rising by 0.5 of a percentage point to $681,000.

Apartment prices in regional Victoria grew by 3.7 per cent to $304,500 while the metro media was up by 0.5 of a percentage point to $604,000.

REIV President Richard Simpson said that despite fewer sales, many sectors of the market were performing well.

“2017 was a bumper year and while the trendline has flattened, despite the fall in median house prices in the June quarter, median prices are still up this calendar year for both houses and units, in Melbourne and in the regions,” Mr Simpson said. 

In particular there was been strong growth in regional centres which is probably due to the first-home buyers’ concessions said Mr Simpsons.

“The first-home buyers’ concession has been a boon for regional areas. A new entrant to the property market buying a house at the regional median will pay no stamp duty, while a first home buyer of an apartment in Melbourne at the median price would pay stamp duty of nearly $25,000,” he said.

Mr Simpson said that more prospective buyers are looking towards regional Victoria which is also having an effect in Melbourne.

“Melbourne’s outer perimeter continues to grow. Small increases in the June quarter mean that the median prices for both houses and units have risen over 10.5 per cent from a year ago.

Mr Simpson said moving forward that vendors need more realistic expectations as the highs of 2017 are now over.

“Negative chatter about the future of the sector coupled with stronger lending controls by financial institutions has created some uncertainty and vendors need to be realistic with their price expectations,” Mr Simpson said.

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