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Values regain momentum

Home values are continuing to gain momentum, new data shows.

CoreLogic’s national Home Value Index (HVI) has marked a sixth consecutive monthly rise with the latest lift of 0.8% in August.

The monthly gain was a slight acceleration from the 0.7% increase in July, interrupting a two-month trend of slowing capital gains. Since bottoming out in February, the national index is up 4.9%, adding approximately $34,301 to the median dwelling value.

The trend remains broad-based, with every capital city except Hobart recording a rise in dwelling values over the month. Gains were led by a 1.5% increase across Brisbane, followed by Sydney and Adelaide where home values were up 1.1%. Hobart was the only capital city where values fell, to be down 0.1% in August.

CoreLogic Research Director Tim Lawless noted that the trend in housing values, although generally positive, is diverse.

“Sydney has led the recovery trend, with a gain of 8.8% since values found a floor in January this year”, Lawless said, adding that Brisbane has also posted a strong recovery with values up 6.2% since bottoming out in February.

“At the other end of the scale, some other capital cities are better described as flat, with Hobart home values unchanged since stabilising in April, while values across the ACT have risen only mildly, up 1.0% since a trough in April.

“These are also the only two capital cities where advertised supply is tracking higher than a year ago, suggesting a rebalancing between buyers and sellers is a key factor contributing to the stability of values in these regions.”

In the capital cities, it is generally house values rather than unit values that have showed a sharper recovery trend, with house values up 6.3% since February, compared with a 4.9% rise in unit values.

“Most cities are showing a larger rise in house values compared with units, however Sydney stands out with the most significant difference through the recovery cycle to-date, possibly due to the more substantial decline in house values which fell by 15.0% through the recent downturn”, Lawless said.

Conditions across regional housing markets were mixed, with values falling over the month across NSW and Victoria (down 0.2% and 0.6% respectively), rising firmly across regional Queensland (up 0.8%) and South Australia (0.9%), and holding relatively flat in regional WA and Tasmania.

“With internal migration trends normalising across regional Australia, and less demand side pressures from net overseas migration than in capital cities, regional markets generally aren’t seeing the same level of recovery”, Lawless noted.

Historic migration data from the ABS shows that prior to the pandemic, regional Australia had only accounted for around 15% of total net overseas migration.

“Housing values across the combined regional areas of Australia are up 1.6% since a trough in February, compared with a larger 6.0% rise in values across the combined capitals”, 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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