In June, dwelling values increased in all the major capital cities and regional Australia; however, certain areas are starting to see momentum slowing down. Each capital city saw an uplift in dwelling values, ranging from a 3.0% rise in Hobart to a more subdued 0.2% increase in Perth.
It continues to be the top-end of the, particularly in places like Sydney and Melbourne, leading to the uptrend in price appreciation. Notably, the bottom end of the market, buyer market, has started to ease off.
Much of thefrom the numerous Government incentives, which effectively bought demand forward.
Thecost of finance continues to be the main driver of the upper end of the market, along with the fact that supply levels are still very tight.
Head of Research at CoreLogic, Elize Owen, notes that supply levels are still well below historical levels.
Perth and Darwin Lagging
The loss of momentum is seen most clearly in the two.
For Perth dwellings, the monthly growth rate in values had averaged 1.4% between January and May 2021 but fell to 0.2% through June. Across Darwin, the monthly growth rate in dwelling values averaged 2.1% between January and May but was just 0.8% through June.
“The key to understanding the softer performance in these resource-based markets may be a slightly different supply-demand dynamic compared to the other capital cities and regions,” says Ms. Owen.
“CoreLogic monitors a ‘sales to new listings ratio, which divides the monthly volume of settled sales by new listings brought to market. The sales-to-new listings ratio has averaged 1.1 across Darwin and Perth for the. While the implication is that there are 1.1 sales for each new listing, which could be enough to elicit further growth in dwelling values, these are the lowest sales to new listings results of the capital city markets.”
Momentum is Slowing
Despite the intense 12growth, the data would indicate that price growth is starting to ease off.
CoreLogic notes, ‘… the housingmomentum. From an affordability perspective, persistent growth rates are proving unsustainable, and renewed headwinds amid a lockdown in Sydney and other parts of the country.
It’s also clear that while lockdown measures impact transaction volumes, they are not harming prices at this point, according to CoreLogic.
In the future, the main issues are affordability and the outlook for interest rates. CoreLogic says, ‘affordability constraints and the potential for tighter lending conditions and remain the primary headwinds for property market performance’.
‘Already through June, several major banks have forecast rate would bring forward mortgage rate rises and reduce demand for credit. Furthermore, off the back of APRA writing to major lenders to ensure proactive in home lending, there have been early signs of more conservative home loan assessments’.increases earlier than has previously been indicated by the RBA. A sooner-than-expected uplift in the cash
‘Any reduction in credit availability is likely to contribute to a downside shift in market conditions.