key takeaways

Key takeaways

National housing values fall for third consecutive month.

After national dwelling values surged 28.6% through the pandemic growth phase, values are now -2.0% below April’s peak.

Sydney and Melbourne where values fell -2.2% and – 1.5% respectively.

Brisbane also edged into negative growth territory for the first time since August 2020, with values down -0.8%, while Canberra (-1.1%) and Hobart (-1.5%) were also down over the month.

Perth (+0.2%), Adelaide (+0.4%) and Darwin (+0.5%) remained in positive growth through July, however most of these markets have recorded a sharp slowdown in the pace of capital gains since the first interest rate hike in May.

On the other hand, we’re experiencing a rental crisis and rents are rising around Australia.

Australian dwelling values fell by -1.3% in July, marking the third consecutive month CoreLogic’s national Home Value Index has fallen.

After national dwelling values surged 28.6% through the pandemic growth phase, values are now -2.0% below April’s peak.

Five of the eight capital cities recorded a month-on-month decline in July, led by Sydney and Melbourne where values fell -2.2% and – 1.5% respectively.

Brisbane also edged into negative growth territory for the first time since August 2020, with values down -0.8%, while Canberra (-1.1%) and Hobart (-1.5%) were also down over the month.

Perth (+0.2%), Adelaide (+0.4%) and Darwin (+0.5%) remained in positive growth through July, however most of these markets have recorded a sharp slowdown in the pace of capital gains since the first interest rate hike in May.

Corelogic housing stats 1st August 2022

Housing market conditions are likely to worsen as interest rates surge higher through the remainder of the year.

The rate of growth in housing values was slowing well before interest rates started to rise, however, it’s abundantly clear markets have weakened quite sharply since the first rate rise on May 5.

Although the housing market is only three months into a decline, the national Home Value Index shows that the rate of decline is comparable with the onset of the global financial crisis (GFC) in 2008, and the sharp downswing of the early 1980s.

In Sydney, where the downturn has been particularly accelerated, we are seeing the sharpest value falls in almost 40 years.

Due to record high levels of debt, indebted households are more sensitive to higher interest rates, as well as the additional downside impact from very high inflation on balance sheets and sentiment.Rolling 3 month changes

Regional markets have also weakened.

The combined regionals index recording the first monthly decline (-0.8%) since August 2020.

Dwelling values were down across Regional New South Wales (-1.1%), Regional Victoria (-0.7%), Regional Queensland (-0.7%) and Regional Tasmania (-0.6%), while values continued to trend higher in Regional SA (1.1%) and Regional WA (0.1%).

Overall, regional markets are still outperforming their capital city counterparts, but this month’s figures show major regional centres are not immune to falling home values.

Dwelling values across CoreLogic’s combined regionals index were up 41.1% from the pandemic trough to the June peak, compared with a 25.5% rise across the combined capitals index.

The stronger growth reflects a significant demographic shift towards commutable regional markets, which is likely to have some permanency as more workers take advantage of formalised hybrid employment arrangements.

Most of the major regional centres adjacent to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane (including Geelong, Ballarat, Illawarra, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, the Southern Highlands & Shoalhaven, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast) recorded a decline in home values over the three months to July, marking the end of nearly two years of significant capital gains.

Capitals vs Regional

multi speed markets

Unit markets are performing better

Unit values across the combined capitals are generally recording smaller falls relative to house values, down -1.0% and -1.5% in July respectively.

This trend is most apparent across the three largest capitals as well as Canberra, where housing affordability challenges may be deflecting more demand towards the medium to high density sector.

Additionally, firmer interest from investors should favour the unit market over houses where demand has historically been more concentrated.

Change in property pricesWhat’s ahead?

As we move through winter towards spring, we are likely to see more focus on advertised stock levels.

So far, the flow of new listings has followed the normal, seasonal pattern through winter, with the flow of new listings declining relative to the warmer months across most regions.

Although new listings are higher than at the same time last year and previous five-year average, the flow of freshly advertised stock has fallen -21.4% from the mid-March peak, helping to keep overall inventory levels low.

However, this dynamic is likely to change through spring as the trend in new listings ramps up at a time when demand is likely to be lower.

Based on the pre-COVID average, we have typically seen an 18.9% rise in the number of new listings between the winter and spring seasons.

A more substantial flow of advertised stock against a backdrop of falling demand is great news for active buyers, who will have more choice and less urgency, but bad news for vendors, who could find selling conditions become more challenging as advertised stock levels rise.new property listingsThere are more properties on the market

In Sydney and Melbourne, total listings are already 8 to 10% above five-year averages, however Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth are recording advertised supply levels that are more than -30% below the five-year average, suggesting a faster rate of absorption through the growth cycle to-date.

On the demand side, CoreLogic’s estimate of sales activity over the three months to July was -16.0% lower relative to the same period in 2021.

The national figures are heavily impacted by an estimated -39.8% drop in sales across Sydney and a -26.3% fall in Melbourne sales, relative to the same period a year ago.

Stronger markets such as Adelaide and Perth have recorded a rise in activity, with the estimated volume of sales up 21.6% and 7.2% respectively.

It’s important to remember the context of these statistics.

While national home sales are falling from record highs, they are still 9.2% above the previous five-year average for this time of the year.

There is a good chance the number of properties sold in the second half of this year and into 2023 will continue to trend lower as higher interest rates, a more cautious lending environment and a reduction in household confidence continues to weigh on housing demand.

Sales Volumes EasingRental markets are tight and rents keep rising

Rents continued to trend higher through July, rising 0.9% nationally over the month to be 2.8% higher over the rolling quarter and 9.8% higher over the past 12 months.

The trend in rising rents is evident across each of the capital city and broad rest of state markets, led by Brisbane with a 4.2% rental rise over the three months to July, to a 0.3% rise across Regional NT.

Rental markets are extremely tight, with vacancy rates around 1% or lower across many parts of Australia.

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