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Homes boosting wealth

Australian homeowners gained a $59K wealth boost from rising housing values in FY24, new data shows.

Corelogic’s national value index has revealed this week that Australian dwelling values increased a further 0.7% in June, taking growth to 8.0% across the 2023-24 financial year.

This is the equivalent of a $59,000 increase to the median dwelling value in Australia, which is now $794,000.

The annual rise was in stark contrast to the previous financial year, when the index was down 2%. In that year, annual growth was weighed down by a 7.5% drop in values in the nine months following May 2022, when rates started to rise.

Despite the strong annual gain, the growth rate has eased since the highs of mid-2023 when the quarterly rate of change peaked at 3.3%. The most recent June quarter saw dwelling values rise by 1.8% which is roughly in line with the March quarter (1.9%) and December quarter last year (1.8%).

CoreLogic research director Tim Lawless believes the national index has found a groove, rising between 0.5% to 0.8% each month since February.

“The persistent growth comes despite an array of downside risks including high rates, cost of living pressures, affordability challenges and tight credit policy”, Lawless said.

“The housing market resilience comes back to tight supply levels which are keeping upwards pressure on values.”

Beneath the national numbers, the market is running at different speeds, but most regions are trending higher in value. Melbourne and regional Victoria were the exceptions, with values down 0.2% and 0.3% respectively over the month. Hobart has also shown weaker conditions, although values were relatively flat in June (up just 0.1%).

Strong conditions have remained a feature of the mid-sized capitals, especially Perth where values surged another 2.0% in June to be 23.6% higher over the year. Adelaide values increased 1.7% in June to be 15.4% higher over the financial year and Brisbane values were 1.2% higher over the month and 15.8% higher over the year.

The growth trends are reflected in advertised stock levels, with the strongest markets continuing to show a severe shortage of homes available for sale. Over the four weeks ending June, the number of homes advertised for sale were down 43% in Adelaide and 34% in Brisbane, significantly below average for this time of year.

On the other hand, Melbourne listings have risen to be 14% above the five year average and Hobart listings have been elevated for several years, tracking 46% above average.

Demand side factors have also been influential, especially with interstate migration rates tracking well above average in WA, Queensland and previously SA.

Strong housing demand, despite downside factors, is also evident in the estimated volume of home sales. Nationally, the annual number of homes sold was 8.6% higher than a year ago and 4.8% above the previous five year average. The largest jump in annual sales relative to the historic five-year average has been in Perth, where the number of homes sold last year was 29% above average levels.

We hope you have enjoyed this article. It is our pleasure being your real estate agents in Brisbane.

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About Adam Nobel

CEO | Principal
M. Bus, Grad Dip Adv, B.Int Bus, LREA

adam@hugoalexander.com.au

0417 007 001

Adam is the founder and Principal of Hugo Alexander Property Group. With a previous career in advertising, 22 years experience in property investment, and 16 years in Brisbane real estate, he knows the market inside out to ensure his clients grow their wealth faster.

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