Housing market 'rebounding' into Spring

by AB19 Aug 2013

The housing market is rebounding and the likelihood of a price bubble is slim, according to Residex founder, John Edwards.

In his monthly analysis of property market figures, Edwards sites lower interest rates and a lack of available stock for those competing to purchase as the driving force behind the upward trend.

“In the last quarter, house and land values have increased by 0.59% on an Australian-wide basis while units have presented an increase of 1.89%.”

However, Edwards also notes that the growth trend apparent in most major capital cities is not uniform.

“Additionally, some capital cities produced very strong results in May and June but have reverted to a price reversal in July. For example, Sydney houses increased in value by 4.5% in May and June but have posted -0.59% growth in July.”

He doesn’t believe a housing bubble is on the cards any time soon though, claiming a more accurate statement would be that, while the market remains ‘fragile’, it looks as though it’s moving to a more normal growth phase.

“A period of excessive price growth is unlikely as the economy is not strong enough to support such an outcome. We are also likely to see increases in unemployment, which will also encourage a level of conservatism within the community. Additionally, interest rates will rise from the current historical low point.”

"So, will the spring season be a period of quality prices as most are hoping? My best guess is that once the election is out of the way, we will see a more active market with the rate of price growth being dependent on the volume of stock brought to the market. We will have a better idea of this by mid-September when most agents have commenced their Spring selling campaigns."

To read John Edwards' full analysis, CLICK HERE