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Can you really trade property in the stock exchange?

In a world-first, RP Data and Rismark recently commenced publishing a ‘daily’ home value index that they suggest reflects the current state of the housing market.

The new daily index launched in conjunction with the ASX allows institutions, property investors and buyers to track and eventually trade the daily changes in capital city house and unit prices.

What does this show?

You can click here and get a daily update on how the property markets are performing day by day.

It obviously more useful to go up a notch or two and see how the markets have performed over the last month which you can find at this link: http://www.rpdata.com/research/monthly_indices.html

And it’s even more instructive if you look at things over the last year. The back series on this page shows the annual trend by state: http://www.rpdata.com/research/back_series.html

What does all this mean?

Can you really value the value of your property, or the property market in general, on a day-to-day basis, considering the vast diversity in locations, sizes and prices.

I don’t think so!

It’s like tracking the value of a share in one particular company based on the movement of the ASX 200 share index. There could be a correlation, but often there isn’t.

We know that there is not one property market.

Each state has it’s own market and then within each state there are geographic markets as well as different markets at different price points.

Then there is the house and land market, the established house market, the apartment market and off the plan market.  Of course I could go on and on.

Property values sometimes vary from one end of the street to the other as well as at different levels in a high-rise apartment block.

So while this new index is academically interesting, there is nothing that will replace on the ground knowledge of a specific property market.

What do others say?

Many have criticized this new index so RPData have come out in it’s defense and explained the rational behind it and dispelled some myths in this blog

What does the index tell us?

The current index shows that sectors of our property market are consolidating and there may be some light at the end of the tunnel for our markets that have been in the downturn phase of the property cycle.

Clearly it’s only one month’s data where these changes are evident, but the improvement is encouraging.



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