Premium housing market softens

by Rebecca Pike25 May 2018

Australia’s premium housing market has softened more than the more affordable market, according to a new report.

The latest CoreLogic Decile Report provides an analysis at different levels of Australia’s property market, by dividing it into ten groups (deciles) based on tiers of property value.

For this report, based on data to the end of April 2018, the most premium decile nationwide was properties valued over $1,212,486. The most affordable group had a value of $256,786 or lower.

By analysing changes in dwelling values across each decile, the report identified which parts of the market are over or under performing relative to the headline trends.

The findings in the report showed that values have been falling on an annual basis across the premium decile. All other valuation deciles saw positive growth over the 12 months to April 2018.

National dwelling values were 0.2% higher over the 12 months to April 2018. This was the slowest annual rate of growth since values fell -0.3% over the 12 months to October 2012.

Analysing deeper at a decile level, it was only the most expensive 10% of properties that recorded a fall in values over the year at -4.3% and all other sectors recorded annual growth greater than 0.2%. 

CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said, “The softening premium property market trend became even more evident when we assessed it from a quarterly basis, with values trending lower across the three most expensive property deciles.

“By contrast, the more affordable decile ranges remained in subtle growth over the past three months, and it was the most affordable 10% of properties that recorded the greatest quarterly value increase, up 1.6%. This data highlights how weakness across the most expensive property values can exacerbate weakness across the broader housing market.”

Kusher also said that the trend does vary by location. He said, “The more affordable end of the market is the strongest across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, whereas Perth is showing the strongest performance at the premium end of the property market.

“Adelaide is demonstrating good strength in the middle valuation brackets, while Hobart’s growth appears to be very broad-based.”

“The trends across each decile suggest that stronger housing market conditions are persisting across the most affordable end of the valuation spectrum, potentially supported by a surge in first home buyer activity and mounting affordability constraints at the higher value end of the market.

“The country-wide trends will also reflect that fact that more expensive properties are located in the capital cities or more specifically Sydney and, to a lesser extent, Melbourne. The overall weaker performance across these two property markets will place some downwards bias across the higher deciles.”


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