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Values fall, but still high

Housing values fell again in August, but remain well above pre-Covid levels, new data shows.

CoreLogic’s latest monthly national Home Value Index (HVI) fell 1.6% in August, with the downturn becoming more wide-spread.

Sydney continued to the lead the downswing, with values falling 2.3% over the month, followed by Brisbane where falls accelerated sharply to be down 1.8%.

All other capitals recorded falling values, with Melbourne down 1.2%, Adelaide 0.1%, Perth 0.2%, Darwin 0.9%, Hobart and Canberra (both down by 1.7%).

CoreLogic’s research director, Tim Lawless, said Brisbane’s shift had been acute after almost two years of sustained growth due to record high internal migration and relative affordability.

“It was only two months ago that the Brisbane housing market peaked after recording a 42.7% boom in values”, Lawless said.

“Over the past two months, the market has reversed sharply with values down 1.8% in August after a 0.8% drop in July.”

After recording significantly stronger appreciation through the upswing, the fall in regional dwelling values is now catching up with the capital cities. Regional home values were down 1.5% in August compared with a 1.6% fall in values across the combined capitals. Between March 2020 and January 2022 regional dwelling values surged more than 40% compared with a 25.5% rise for the combined capitals.

“The largest falls in regional home values are emanating from the commutable lifestyle hubs where housing values had surged prior to the recent rate hikes”, Lawless said, adding that over the past three months, values are down 8.0% across the Richmond-Tweed, 4.8% across the Southern Highlands-Shoalhaven market and 4.5% across Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

The annual trend in housing values is levelling out. After moving through a peak annual growth rate of 21.3% in November last year, the annual growth rate across the combined capitals has eased back to just 2.2%.

But it’s not as bad as it may seem, Lawless suggests.

Home values in all capital cities and rest-of-state regions, except for Melbourne, remain 15% or above the levels recorded in March 2020, implying most homeowners have a significant equity buffer before their home is likely to be worth less than what they paid.

“A 15% peak to trough decline would roughly take CoreLogic’s combined capitals index back to March 2021 levels”, he said.

“Additionally, many homeowners would have had at least a 10% deposit and paid down a portion of their principal, the risk of widespread negative equity remains low.”

Lawless expects the downturn will continue to play out through the remainder of the year, and possibly into 2023.

“It’s hard to see housing prices stabilising until interest rates find a ceiling and consumer sentiment starts to improve.

“From current levels, interest rates are likely to increase by at least another 75 basis points and there is a good chance advertised stock levels will accumulate through the spring selling season, providing more choice for buyers and adding further downwards pressure on housing values”, he concluded.

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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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