The number of Australian residential property sale listings decreased in all capital cities during the month of August 2016.
The number of national residential property listings fell as a result of decreasing stock, with August recording just 333,123 listings, a fall of 4.3 percentage points.
The year on year results indicate that national sales listings are down 0.4% compared to this time last year (August 2015).
- Total online national residential listings fell during August 2016 from 348,266 to 333,123. This figure represents a monthly decrease of 4.3% when compared to August 2016.
- Hobart recorded the largest monthly fall in stock levels, decreasing by 7.0% during August 2016.
- Sydney sale listings are now up 12.3 percentage points compared to this time last year (August 2015).
- Hobart recorded the biggest yearly decline, with listings falling by 10.7%, reducing the number of properties for sale to 3,158.
- Melbourne median asking prices have risen 14.5% for houses and 5.2% for units compared to this time last year.
- The median asking price for a house in Darwin is $620,800, 7.8% lower than this time last year.
Notably, Hobart recorded the largest decrease for August with property listings falling 7.0%.
Adelaide followed with a monthly change of 6.4%, based on 15,781 listings.
Year-on-year Hobart property listings are down 10.7% compared to this time last year (August 2015).
In contrast, Sydney property listings are up 12.3% from this time last year (August 2015).
Falls in listings for August are not unusual for this time of year in the lead up to the spring selling season.
SQM Research expects a bounce back to a rise in listings when it reports in September.
Median Asking Prices
SQM Research reported that Capital city asking prices were largely flat during the month of August with a minor 0.1% rise for houses and a 0.2% decline for units, signifiying that vendors largely are not readjusting their asking prices and that there is minimal upward pressure on prices currently in the Australian housing market.
Year-on-year results reveal Melbourne median asking prices have risen 14.5% for houses and 5.2% for units compared to this time last year.
Hobart has also recorded yearly changes, with median asking prices for units climbing 22.6 percentage points.
According to SQM Research, the median asking price for a house in Darwin is $620,800; 7.8% lower than this time last year.
Our latest indicators on listings and asking prices suggest the national housing market is not displaying any major uplift in activity at this point in time.
It seems to be a very mixed housing market overall with the stronger markets being Melbourne and Hobart and the weaker markets being Perth and Darwin.