Sydney property prices bounce back

Peter Terlato 21 September 2016


However, dwelling values in Perth and Darwin slipped last quarter.

Property prices in Australia's largest city, Sydney, rose modestly in the June quarter, after six consecutive months on a negative trajectory.

The gains were reported by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in its latest quarterly capital cities residential property price index.

Sydney house prices rose 3.2% quarter-on-quarter in June, while attached dwellings (apartments, units and semi-detached row and terrace houses) increased 2% over the same period.

This follows two consecutive quarters of price falls for both established and attached dwellings in Sydney.

The June quarter rises were bolstered by increased value in the middle and mid-low segments ($620,000 to $1.5 million) of Sydney's housing market, as well as the middle segment of the attached dwellings market ($470,000 to $1 million).

Prices in most capital cities across Australia enjoyed temperate rises in the June quarter, aside from properties in Darwin and Perth which fell 2.4% and 1.2% respectively.

In terms of annual property price growth, Melbourne posted the greatest gains of 2015/16, with total dwelling values rising 8.2% year-on-year.

Canberra (6%), Hobart (4.9%), Brisbane (4.3%), Sydney (3.6%) and Adelaide (3.5%) also saw annual gains in property prices.

Darwin (-6.5%) and Perth (-4.8%) were the only two cities to post year-on-year losses.

Across all eight capital cities, average house prices rose 2% in the June quarter and 4.1% through the year.

The mean price of residential dwellings in NSW ($799,500) remains the highest across Australia, followed by Victoria ($646,400) and the ACT ($622,900). The lowest mean price is in Tasmania ($320,000).

The total value of Australia's 9.7 million residential dwellings jumped $138.3 billion to more than $6 trillion. The average (mean) property price in Australia is now $623,000.

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