National Property listings Increase

National residential listings increased by 4.0% in May 2019 to 345,516 from 332,236 in April 2019.

Year-on-year listings were up by the 6.2%. Map Australia Country Population State House Property Vic Qld Nsw Tas Wa Nt 300x199

All states experienced an increase in property sales listings over the month, with Hobart experiencing the highest increase at 7.1%, followed by Adelaide at 6.4% and Canberra 5.6%.

Perth recorded the lowest increase at 3.9% with Darwin not far behind at 4.0%.

Darwin was the only state to record a year-on-year decline of 1.5%.

The modest monthly increases still does not compare to the huge year-on-year increases of 25.0% in Canberra, 21.1% in Melbourne and 15.5% in Hobart.

Year-on-year Sydney managed a 0.7% increase whilst Perth increased from 1.9% to 3.9%.

City May 2018 Total April 2019 Total May 2019 Total Monthly change % Yearly change %
Sydney 33,852 33,610 35,196 4.7% 4.0%
Melbourne 33,169 38,277 40,163 4.9% 21.1%
Brisbane 30,670 31,476 33,085 5.1% 7.9%
Perth 26,695 26,178 27,194 3.9% 1.9%
Adelaide 16,241 16,355 17,408 6.4% 7.2%
Canberra 3,796 4,492 4,745 5.6% 25.0%
Darwin 2,070 1,960 2,038 4.0% -1.5%
Hobart 2,164 2,335 2,500 7.1% 15.5%
National 325,301 332,236 345,516 4.0% 6.2%

Key Points

  • National residential listings increased by 0% in May 2019 to 345,516 from 332,236 in April 2019.
  • Year-on-year listings were up by the 2%. 
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  • All states experienced an increase in property sales listings over the month, with Hobart experiencing the highest increase at 1%, followed by Adelaide at 6.4% and Canberra 5.6%.
  • Capital City house asking prices decreased marginally by 6% and units decreased by 0.2% for the month to 28 May 2019.
  • Perth’s house prices had the highest decrease of all capital cities at 6% over the month.
  • Canberra’s unit prices saw the highest increase of all capital cities at 8% over the month.
  • Adelaide was the only capital city to record increases over the month in both houses and units at 2% and 0.4% respectively.

We were expecting a rise in listings for the month of May given the low numbers recorded in April which was affected by the Federal Election.

May’s counts suggest listings remained elevated for most capital cities, suggesting the month remained largely a buyers’ market.

This view is confirmed by the simultaneous fall in asking prices over the same month.

Asking Prices

Capital City house asking prices decreased marginally by 0.6% and 0.2% for units, for the month to 28 May 2019.

Unit asking prices are now $558,700 and houses $903,700.

Compared to a year ago, the capital city asking prices posted larger declines of 7.4% for houses and 3.7% for units. property investment

Adelaide was the only capital city to record increases over the month in both houses and units at 0.2% and 0.4% respectively.

Sydney continues its decline in house prices with a 0.8% decrease and 0.5% for units over the month.

A house in Sydney is now $1,219,700 and a unit is $683,000.

Sydney’s 12 month decline is now 10.5% for houses and 6.0% for units.

Melbourne’s house and unit prices also continued to decline over the month at 0.5% and 0.6% respectively.

Darwin, Hobart and Brisbane’s house prices increased marginally over the month at 1.3%, 0.4% and 0.2% respectively.

However, unit prices declined in Darwin by 1.5%, by 1.0% in Hobart and 0.2% in Brisbane over the month.

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Louis Christopher

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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.
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