Australia’s housing value rebound continued into 2020 with the national home value index up by 0.9% over the first month of the year. This now takes the annual growth rate to 4.1% – the fastest pace of growth for a twelve-month period since December 2017.
Housing values rose in January across every capital city and rest-of-state region, apart from regional South Australia, where values held firm over the month.
Across the capital cities, Sydney and Melbourne continued as the leaders for capital gains after recording more substantial declines during the recent downturn. Values increased by 1.1% and 1.2% over the month respectively, while Hobart (+0.9%) achieved a higher growth rate relative to most other regions. The remaining capital cities generally saw a mild rise in values over the month.
For Perth home owners, the latest results deliver positive news. Housing values are slowly emerging from a slump lasting five-and-a-half years, as dwelling values edged 0.1% higher over the month. Perth dwelling values posted their first rise over a rolling quarter (+0.4%) since a brief period of growth in May 2018. Darwin, where dwelling values have been consistently falling to be almost 32% below their 2014 peak, also recorded a subtle rise (+0.1%) in January.
Across the regional markets, the strongest conditions were recorded in regional Tasmania, where values were up 1.3% over the month, followed by regional Western Australia (+0.9%) then regional Victoria and regional Queensland, both up 0.8%
Four of Australia’s eight capital cities are already showing home values at new record highs: Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Canberra. Sydney values need to recover a further 5.4% before posting a full nominal recovery and Melbourne values need to see a further 1.2% lift. Perth and Darwin will take a much longer time to see values recover. Although the Perth market seems to be moving into a recovery, housing values remain 21.3% below their 2014 peak and Darwin values are 31.8% below their peak.