Australian Property Prices: Unyielding Rise Extends into May - Property Inc

Australian Property Prices: Unyielding Rise Extends into May

In a relentless upward trend, Australian property prices marked their 16th consecutive month of increases, according to recent data from CoreLogic. The 0.8% rise in May 2023 stands as the largest monthly surge since October of the previous year, pushing the national median dwelling value to an impressive $785,556.

This price hike has reshuffled the hierarchy of the country’s real estate markets, with Brisbane now ranking as the second-most expensive capital, a position it hasn’t held since 1997. This significant shift was reported by News, which also highlighted that Brisbane’s median dwelling value outstripped that of Canberra, underscoring its robust market dynamics.

Despite these increases, relief for prospective buyers seems distant. “The current trend of rising home prices is likely to continue until we see a significant boost in housing construction,” stated Tim Lawless, CoreLogic’s head of research. His insights underscore a challenging market environment where demand outstrips supply, potentially delaying any substantial price normalization.

The CoreLogic report offers a detailed breakdown of price changes across Australia. Notably, Perth recorded the highest increase of 2.0% among the capitals, whereas Hobart and Darwin experienced slight declines. Sydney remains the priciest city, with median house values soaring to $1.4 million, continuing its reputation as a tough market for new entrants.

“Sydney’s property market reached a new milestone in May, equalling record-high prices set at the peak in January 2022,” noted CoreLogic. This resurgence is particularly remarkable considering the city’s market had plummeted by 12.4% following those highs.

The data also illustrates a varied landscape across the nation:

Melbourne showed a modest recovery with a 0.1% increase, following a slight drop the previous month.

Adelaide and Brisbane experienced significant boosts, with 1.8% and 1.4% increases, respectively.

In contrast, regional markets like Tasmania and Victoria saw decreases, although regional Western Australia led with a robust 1.8% growth.

This persistent rise in property values, coupled with the geographic nuances, paints a complex picture of the Australian real estate market. As buyers navigate these turbulent waters, the insights from CoreLogic offer crucial indicators of future trends and potential opportunities in both urban and regional landscapes.


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