National property listings rise in June

Figures released by SQM Research reveal national residential listings rose 1.9% in June 2018 to 331,407 led by a jump in Brisbane properties hitting the market. National Residential Vacancy Rate

Strong rises were also posted in Sydney and Melbourne, with greater stock in those cities pushing down asking house prices.

Property listings rose 3.8% in Brisbane in June, while in Sydney listing rose by 3.0% from May to be up 25.0% from a year earlier.

In Melbourne, listing rose by 2.3% to be up 7.7% over the year to June 30.

In Canberra, listing rose by 1.1%, 11.0% higher than a year ago.


Key Points

  • National residential listings rose in June 2018 to 331,407.
  • Property listings rose 3.8% in Brisbane in June from May.
  • Sydney listings rose by 3.0% to be 25.0% higher than a year ago.
  • Melbourne listings rose by 2.3% to be up 7.7% from a year ago.
  • Listings slipped in Hobart by 0.1% in June and are down 25.8% from a year earlier.
  • Capital city asking prices fell 1.4% for houses and rose 0.2% for units for the month to 3 July 2018.

In Perth stock on market rose 1.7% in June from May while Darwin listings increased 1.9%. 

Adelaide property listings rose by 2.6%.

Listing were steady in Hobart, but they are 25.8% lower than a year earlier, with a property shortage still prevailing there.

A greater supply of properties for sale has emerged in most capital cities compared to a year ago.

However, that has weighed on asking property prices, especially in Sydney and Melbourne.

We are seeing more property being listed in Sydney and Melbourne compared to a year ago, which is pushing down asking house prices in both cities.

Even in Hobart, price growth has slowed despite the ongoing shortage of properties for sale there.

Asking Prices

Capital city average asking prices fell 1.4% for houses to $962,600 while unit asking prices rose just 0.2% to $580,600 for the month to 3 July. Property

Sydney led the losses, with asking house prices falling 1.4%.

Over the year, asking house prices were down by 0.2% to $1.35 million, reflecting a slowdown of the property market in the nation’s largest capital city.

In Melbourne, asking price for houses fell 1.3% over the month and rose 6.4% over the year, lower than 20%-plus levels a year ago.

Hobart’s growth in asking property prices is cooling too despite a fall in listings, with house prices up by 2.4% over the month to 3 July and up just 5.7% over the year, also down from 20%-plus gains a year through 2017.




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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.

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