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Prestige property prices drop in these Aussie capitals

By Robyn Willis
Mon, Aug 8, 2022 9:17amGrey Clock < 1 min

Buyers in the market for a prestige property may do well to monitor auction results in coming weeks with modest falls recorded in Australia’s two largest capital cities at the top end of the price range.

Chief economist for Ray White, Nerida Conisbee says both Sydney and Melbourne have seen downward pressure at the higher end of the market in the 12 months to June, according to Ray White Research. 

Sydney experienced a 2.8 percent drop for properties more than $3 million, while in Melbourne, it’s 12.5 per cent in the same price range. However, this was tempered by steady prices in other sectors of the market, with Sydney and Melbourne seeing a total decline in property prices of 1.2 percent and 2.5 percent respectively.

The top end capital Darwin, experienced the greatest overall drop across all price points, recording a 5.3 percent fall.

For investors looking for properties less than $1 million, Ms Conisbee said there has been a modest 1.5 per cent fall in Sydney, perhaps reflecting the consecutive interest rate hikes of recent months. Prices for mid range properties (between $1 million and $3 million) have remained steady.

Ms Conisbee said price increases are set to continue to slow over the remainder of the year, making for a calmer market.


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RMIT expert says a conflation of factors is making the property market hard than ever to predict

By Robyn Willis
Thu, Oct 6, 2022 9:52am < 1 min

A leading property academic has described navigating the current Australian housing market ‘like steering a ship through a thick fog while trying to avoid obstacles’.

Lecturer in RMIT’s School of Property Construction and Project Management Dr Woon-Weng Wong said the combination of consecutive interest rate rises aimed at combating high inflation, higher property prices during the pandemic and cost of living pressures such as the end of the fuel excise that occurred this week made it increasingly difficult for those looking to enter or upgrade to find the right path.

“Property prices grew by approximately 25 percent over the pandemic so it’s unsurprising that much of that growth ultimately proved unsustainable and the market is now correcting itself,” Dr Wong says. “Despite the recent softening, the market is still significantly above its long-term trend and there are substantial headwinds in the coming months. Headline inflation is still red hot, and the central bank won’t back down until it reins in these spiralling prices.” 

This should be enough to give anyone considering entering the market pause, he says.

“While falling house prices may seem like an ideal situation for those looking to buy, once the high interest rates, taxes and other expenses are considered, the true costs of owning the property are much higher,” Dr Wong says. 

“People also must consider time lags in the rate hikes, which many are yet to feel to brunt of. It can take anywhere from 6 to 24 months before an initial change in interest rates eventually flows on to the rest of the economy, so current mortgage holders and prospective home buyers need to take this into account.” 


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