Melbourne house prices soar 5 per cent in December quarter 2019

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Property prices in Australia are almost back to peak levels according to Domain’s December 2109 House Price Report .

Melbourne’s house prices rose 5 per cent in the last three months of 2019 bringing Melbourne’s median house price to $901,951.

Now just a whisker below the record of $908,734, set in the December quarter of 2017, new peaks in Melbourne property prices should be reached soon.

In fact, the Melbourne property market recorded the strongest resurgence in prices on record.A4

The markets are fragmented

Following a period where Melbourne house prices slumped by 10.7 per cent, much of those losses have been recouped, in the last 8 months, fuelled by three interest rate cuts, banks loosening the screws on borrowing and increased buyer confidence.

However, the most significant gains were in the more established sought-after inner Melbourne suburbs.

And our experience at the Melbourne Metropole office is that the 2020 market has started with an unprecedented surge of investor and home buyer interest.

Median house prices, Melbourne

Inner $1,301,500 6.2% 19.4%
Inner East $1,435,000 5.7% 9.7%
Inner South $1,311,000 4.8% 10.2%
North East $730,000 6.6% 7.1%
North West $650,000 6.6% 4.0%
Outer East $805,000 7.3% 7.5%
South East $665,000 4.8% 3.9%
West $620,000 5.1% 4.2%
Mornington Peninsula $700,000 2.6% 6.1%

Source: Domain House Price Report, December 2019

Median unit prices, Melbourne

Inner $570,000 5.6% 7.5%
Inner East $665,000 8.6% 12.7%
Inner South $650,000 8.3% 12.3%
North East $540,000 3.8% 19.4%
North West $508,500 7.0% 14.3%
Outer East $585,000 4.3% 11.4%
South East $478,000 3.9% 7.2%
West $445,000 6.1% 8.5%
Mornington Peninsula $470,500 3.4% 6.9%

Source: Domain House Price Report, December 2019

Here’s what’s happened around the country.

Median house prices, national

Capital city Median house price QOQ YoY
Sydney $1,142,212 5.7% 6.8%
Melbourne $901,951 5.0% 8.7%
Brisbane $577,664 1.3% 1.5%
Adelaide $542,947 1.3% 1.1%
Canberra $788,621 7.3% 5.4%
Perth $537,013 0.7% -1.9%
Hobart $530,570 8.5% 15.6%
Darwin $509,452 -3.0% -1.1%

Source: Domain House Price Report, December 2019

Median unit prices, national

Sydney $735,387 4.0% 3.0%
Melbourne $549,701 5.6% 12.2%
Brisbane $377,549 -3.4% -5.1%
Adelaide $306,327 -1.4% -3.7%
Canberra $455,537 4.0% 0.1%
Perth $342,708 -2.1% -0.5%
Hobart $441,104 15.2% 19.0%
Darwin $286,249 -5.4% -11.1%

Source: Domain House Price Report, December 2019

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Kate Forbes


Kate Forbes is a National Director Property Strategy at Metropole. She has 15 years of investment experience in financial markets in two continents, is qualified in multiple disciplines and is also a chartered financial analyst (CFA).
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