House prices rise in every major city for the first time since start of coronavirus crisis

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Downturn, what downturn? House prices rise in EVERY major city for the first time since start of coronavirus crisis – with records reached in 32 parts of Australia

  • Australian house prices have risen in every capital city for first time since March
  • CoreLogic data also showed property prices reaching record high in 32 regions
  • Melbourne’s seven-month unbroken streak of house price drops has now ended 
  • Sydney’s median house prices has now climbed back above the $1million mark 
  • CoreLogic is expecting Australian house prices to hit pre-COVID levels in 2021 

Australian house prices have risen in every capital city for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Melbourne‘s median price increased in November for the first time since March following the end of a three-month lockdown, CoreLogic data showed.

Sydney’s median house prices has also risen back above the psychological $1million mark for the first time since July. 

Australian house prices have risen in every capital city for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Melbourne’s median price (Altona duplex house pictured) increased in November for the first time since March following the end of a three-month lockdown, CoreLogic data showed

Regions with record high property prices

Gold Coast:$571,379

Canberra: $672,866

Sunshine Coast: $639,977

Coffs Harbour: $489,952

New South Wales Mid-North Coast: $477,891 

Brisbane east: $586,280 

Adelaide west: $514,563 

Source: CoreLogic Home Value Index for houses and apartments, November 2020, CommSec

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Making matters harder for young Australians, property prices last month rose to a record high in 32 regions with beach-side locations from the Gold Coast to the New South Wales Mid-North Coast making the list.

CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said Australian house prices were likely to surpass pre-Covid levels by early 2021 if existing trends continued.

‘If current housing values continue to rise at the current pace we could see a recovery from the COVID downturn as early as January or February next year,’ he said.

The news was released shortly before official Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed private-sector house approvals rose for the fourth straight month to the highest level since February 2000.

The Reserve Bank of Australia on Tuesday also left interest rates at a record-low of 0.1 per cent with almost two-thirds of Australians fearful of missing out on the chance to buy a home.

Sydney saw a 0.9 per cent increase which last month took median house prices to $1,000,170 – the highest level since July.

Apartments in Australia’s biggest city were the only capital city property asset to go backwards, with median prices last month falling by 0.7 per cent to $728,168.

Melbourne’s seven-month streak of declines ended with mid-point house prices rising by 0.6 per cent to $790,543, however values are still five per cent below the peak of early 2020.

Canberra had Australia’s biggest monthly increase of 2.2 per cent taking median house prices in the national capital to $753,005.

Hobart had the biggest monthly state capital price surge of 1.7 per cent, taking median prices to $535,786.

Darwin’s median house prices edged up by 1.6 per cent to $490,881. 

Sydney's median house prices has also risen back above the psychological $1million mark for the first time since July. Pictured is a house at Pendle Hill in the city's west

Sydney’s median house prices has also risen back above the psychological $1million mark for the first time since July. Pictured is a house at Pendle Hill in the city’s west

Despite a short-lived lockdown in South Australia, Adelaide’s median house price rose by 1.5 per cent to $498,029.  

Even Perth, long a struggling market after the mining boom, saw its house prices increase by 1.1 per cent to $832,745.

With house prices rising in every capital city for the first time in eight months, 64 per cent of 2,046 Australians surveyed by financial comparison group Canstar expected property prices in their state to either stabilise or increase during the next two years. 

Baby boomers were even more worried about missing out, with 70 per cent of them expecting house price to remain steady or rise. 

At least interest rates aren’t moving, with Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe promising record-low borrowing costs were here to stay.

‘Given the outlook, the board is not expecting to increase the cash rate for at least 3 years,’ he said.

Making matters harder for young Australians, property prices last month rose to a record high in 32 regions with beach-side locations from the Gold Coast (Labrador duplex, pictured) to the New South Wales Mid-North Coast making the list

Making matters harder for young Australians, property prices last month rose to a record high in 32 regions with beach-side locations from the Gold Coast (Labrador duplex, pictured) to the New South Wales Mid-North Coast making the list

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