One city's dramatic decline has been documented by the latest release of quarterly price growth figures - with an unexpected player rising in its place.
Sydney still has Australia’s highest median house price, at $940,000, however, house prices grew only 0.3 per cent over the three months to 31 October.
By way of comparison, the city's house prices grew 3.3 per cent during the previous quarter.
Hobart recorded the strongest house price growth during the October quarter, with the city’s median house price increasing 1.8 per cent to $341,000.
Canberra’s median house price rose 1.4 per cent to $615,000, while Darwin’s median rose 1.3 per cent to $580,000.
House prices in the other two capitals went backwards – Brisbane fell 0.3 per cent to $490,000, while fell 2.9 per cent to $520,000.
Unit prices performed very differently during the October quarter. Brisbane led the way, with the city’s median unit price jumping 3.6 per cent to $398,000.
Three other capitals posted gains, with Sydney up 2.5 per cent to $675,000, Melbourne up 0.9 per cent to $500,000 and Perth up 0.1 per cent to $420,000.
Australia’s other capitals experienced falls in median unit prices, with Hobart down 0.4 per cent to $275,000, Adelaide down 1 per cent to $340,000 and Canberra down 1.1 per cent to $401,000.
Darwin experienced the starkest decline – the median unit price fell 14.2 per cent over the quarter to $480,000.