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Five capital cities record falling prices

By Staff Reporter

Five of Australia’s capital cities posted declines in house or unit prices during 2014, new research has revealed.

Canberra house prices grew 9.9 per cent to $545,000, but unit prices fell 3.5 per cent to $410,000, according to a report by the Real Estate Institute of Australia and Bendigo Bank.

Brisbane house prices rose 3.8 per cent to $482,000, while unit prices dropped 1.3 per cent to $385,000.

Darwin house prices declined 4.1 per cent to $585,000, but unit prices jumped 11.2 per cent to $495,000.

Australia’s two other capitals, PerthPerth, TAS Perth, WA and Hobart, experienced median price reductions in both forms of housing.

Perth house prices fell 1.8 per cent to $540,000 and unit prices fell 1.4 per cent to $444,000.

Hobart house prices fell 2.7 per cent to $360,000 and unit prices fell 6.3 per cent to $263,000.

The other three capitals posted positive results for both houses and units. 

Sydney’s median house price reached $882,000 at the end of 2014, the report said. 

That marked an increase of 15.2 per cent on the year before.

Sydney also reported a double-digit increase in unit prices, with the median jumping 12.1 per cent to $607,000.

Melbourne house prices climbed 11.7 per cent to $669,000, while unit prices climbed 5.7 per cent to $512,000.

Adelaide was the only other capital to enjoy capital gains for both houses and units, with houses rising 3.7 per cent to $425,000 and units rising 7.4 per cent to $333,000.

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