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Australian Home Prices Soar to New Heights, Defying Interest Rate Pressures

In a surprising turn of events, Australian home prices have defied expectations and surged to record highs in February, brushing off the usual summer slowdown. According to Daniel Butkovich in his article, “Record high: Australian home prices jump as property market shakes off summer slowdown,” the latest PropTrack Home Price Index revealed that the national median home value rose by 0.45% last month, while the combined capital city median climbed 0.48%. This robust growth is attributed to strong buyer demand absorbing the influx of new properties entering the market over the summer.

PropTrack senior economist Eleanor Creagh explained the reversal of the slowdown observed at the end of the previous year, noting, “More homes have hit the market this year, but demand has kept up with that increase.” She identified factors such as strong population growth, tight rental markets, and the anticipation of interest rate cuts in the latter half of 2024 as key drivers behind this surge.

In his report, Butkovich also highlighted the exceptional performance of Adelaide, Perth, and Sydney, with Brisbane now matching Melbourne in median home values. Eleanor Creagh predicts further price rises in 2024, supported by a slowdown in construction, which has limited the supply of new housing. The possibility of interest rate cuts could also boost buyers’ borrowing capacities, potentially driving prices even higher.

The article “Australian home prices accelerate, defying interest-rate squeeze” by The Business Times echoes these sentiments, emphasizing that Australian home prices continued to accelerate in February, despite the Reserve Bank of Australia’s efforts to raise interest rates to a 12-year high of 4.35%.

CoreLogic research director Tim Lawless, cited in The Business Times, attributes the persistent rise in housing values to the imbalance between supply and demand. Lawless notes that the ongoing surge in property prices might be signaling early signs of increased housing confidence as inflation eases and expectations for rate cuts later in the year become more certain.


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