Brisbane: Between 2017 and 2018, the number of houses sold in the Brisbane City Local Government Area (LGA) grew by 5.0%, yet the median house price softened by -1.0% to $670,000. The Brisbane LGA unit market has also become affordable as prices softened by -1.0% to $439,000 in 2018.
Melbourne Metro house median price experienced a softening of -8.1% from 2017 to 2018, median unit prices softened at a more moderate rate of -2.6%. House and unit buyers looking for affordable options should target the north-east and south-east.
Between 2017 and 2018, Sydney Metro median house prices have softened by -5.6%, whilst units have softened by -2.5%. Affordable options can be found in Sydney’s South Western suburbs.
Median property prices in Hobart grew by 1.7% (houses) to $450,000 and 4.0% (units) to $340,000 between 2017 and 2018. During this time sales transactions softened by -41.1% (houses) and -50.3% (units), indicating that price increases were due to scarcity of stock. Compared to the 10.6% (houses) and 7.2% (units), median price growth quoted in the Hobart Affordable and Liveable Property Guide 1st Half 2018, this signals that the market is starting to return to a more sustainable level of price growth. This is great news for first home buyers, as they have been priced out of the market for the past 12 months by interstate investors.