National Property Listings and Asking Prices Fall in April

Figures released by SQM Research reveal national residential listings fell in April 2018 by 3.8% to 325,147 from March, while asking prices for property fell over the month.   Botanical Garden In Melbourne, Australia

In Sydney, listing fell by 4.4% from March but are up 34.9% from a year earlier as some homeowners seek to take profits on their homes before any sustained drop in prices.

Melbourne listings fell by 3.7% though they are now up 6.4% from a year earlier, reversing a previous a shortage of properties for sale in that city.

Listings fell in Hobart by 8.4% in April and are still down sharply or 26.8% from a year earlier, with a shortage of properties for sale helping to force asking property prices higher over the year to 1 May 2018.

Property Listings

Key Points

  • National residential listings fell in April 2018 by 3.8% to 325,147.
  • Melbourne listings fell by 13.7% but are up 6.4% from a year ago.
  • Listings fell in Hobart by 8.4% in April, but are down 26.8% from a year earlier, with a shortage of properties for sale still prevailing in the city.
  • Capital city asking prices fell 0.8% for houses and fell 0.2% for units for the month to 1 May 2018.

In Canberra, listings fell 4.1% and in Adelaide they were down by 4.0%. 

In Brisbane, stock on market fell 3.8% while in Perth listings dropped 2.6%.

In Darwin listing fell by just 0.2%.

Compared to a year ago, listings are higher in most cities.

The falls recorded this month are just seasonal and reflect the Easter holiday period.

Homeowners in Sydney are taking advantage of capital gains over recent times to list their properties for sale.

We have also seen more stock in Melbourne compared to a year ago as some homeowners there seek to take profits too. However, in Hobart, home buyers are facing higher prices given an ongoing shortage of properties for sale.

SQM’s 2018 Housing Price Forecasts Under Review

In light of recent developments to the housing market, SQM Research has put its 2018 capital city forecasts, which were published in October 2017 under its annual ‘Housing Boom and Bust Report’, under review.

Any revisions to those forecasts will be released to the market on 8 May 2018.

Asking Prices

Capital city average asking prices fell 0.8% for houses while unit asking prices fell 0.2% for the month to 1 May. economy-property-market-grow-wealth-house-dream-first-home

In Sydney, asking house prices fell 1.1% while asking unit prices slipped 0.6%.

Over the year, house asking prices were down by 1.0% to $1.36 million as the property market cools in Sydney.

In Melbourne, asking price for houses were up 0.5% over the month and 18.8% over the year, entrenching gains over $1 million.

Hobart’s asking property prices are cooling too, with house prices down by 1.7% over the month to 1 May and they are up just 5.3% over the year, down from 20%-plus gains a year through 2017.

Property Listings2.jpg



Subscribe & don’t miss a single episode of Michael Yardney’s podcast

Hear Michael & a select panel of guest experts discuss property investment, success & money related topics. Subscribe now, whether you're on an Apple or Android handset.

Need help listening to Michael Yardney’s podcast from your phone or tablet?

We have created easy to follow instructions for you whether you're on iPhone / iPad or an Android device.


Prefer to subscribe via email?

Join Michael Yardney's inner circle of daily subscribers and get into the head of Australia's best property investment advisor and a wide team of leading property researchers and commentators.

Louis Christopher


Louis is recognised as one of Australia’s most respected and impartial research property analyst. He has extensive knowledge and experience of property and is regularly quoted in the media on his insights and is director of SQM Research.

'National Property Listings and Asking Prices Fall in April' have 2 comments


    May 2, 2018 S Patrick

    Housing asking prices are not falling in Hobart as being highlighted by this report. Houses in inner city suburbs are being held more closely skewing this statistic. Asking prices are still rising.


      Michael Yardney

      May 2, 2018 Michael Yardney

      It’s the same in the other states – there are many locations where prices are holding steady and others where they are rising


Would you like to share your thoughts?

Your email address will not be published.


Copyright © Michael Yardney’s Property Investment Update Important Information
Content Marketing by GridConcepts