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‘Perfect storm’ delivers strongest quarterly increase in four years

By Tim Neary
Melbourne

Melbourne’s median house price has recorded its strongest quarterly growth since 2013, smashing the $800,000 barrier for the first time, new REIV data shows.

The citywide median increased 7.6 per cent in the first three months of 2017 to a record high $826,000, up more than $55,000 on December figures.

REIV president Joseph Walton said a range of factors had contributed to the significant price growth across the city.

“Melbourne’s property market is experiencing a perfect storm with price increases driven by strong buyer demand, solid population growth, record low interest rates and low stock on market,” Mr Walton said.

“Competition for homes, particularly in Melbourne’s inner and middle rings, has encouraged more vendors to take their home to market with multiple auction records falling this year.

“The city’s buoyant auction market, combined with the strongest private sale market in seven years, has undoubtedly boosted Melbourne’s median house price.”

While increases were recorded across the city, Melbourne’s middle suburbs were the main growth driver, with the median house price increasing 6.1 per cent over the quarter to just over $960,000.

House prices in Templestowe, in the north-east, experienced the biggest growth, up 17.6 per cent in the March quarter to a median of more than $1.5 million.

Meanwhile, suburbs in Melbourne’s outer ring dominated the list of top growth suburbs this quarter, with increases of more than 14.5 per cent recorded in Mount Eliza, Cranbourne North, Kilsyth and MorningtonMornington, VIC Mornington, QLD Mornington, TAS.

Mr Walton said price growth was also recorded at the top end of the market, with house prices in inner Melbourne increasing 5.8 per cent to break the $1.5 million mark for the first time.

Solid price growth was also recorded in the apartment sector, with the metropolitan Melbourne median up 3.8 per cent to $583,000.

“We’re not seeing any slowing in Melbourne’s property market, with demand continuing to outstrip supply,” Mr Walton said.

Regional Victoria also performed strongly in the March quarter, with the median house price up 4.1 per cent to $377,000.

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