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Melbourne’s decline in for-profit sales


Melbourne recorded the largest decline in the number of profit-generating home resales for the March quarter, according to Corelogic’s latest Pain & Gain report.

Melbourne’s 100 basis point drop puts it ahead of Sydney with a 60 basis point drop.

The average in Australian capitals for the quarter was a decline of 60 basis points to 93.3%, the first decline in 18 months.

Darwin had the lowest number of home resales making nominal gains, 55.4%, while Canberra had the highest at 99.7%.

Corelogic’s report analyzed 106,000 home resales during the quarter.

Regional areas remained stronger on average, generating a 10 point increase to 94.2%.

Eliza Owen, head of research at Corelogic, said Hobart and the Australian Capital Territory had the highest nominal gains for the 15th consecutive quarter at 99 and 98.8% respectively.

“Hobart homes have been in incredibly high demand over the past few years, being one of two capitals, along with Sydney, where home values ​​have doubled over the past decade,” said owen.

“Homes and units have been popular, however, conditions in this market may begin to change.

“In April, home values ​​saw the first monthly decline in nearly two years and total listings began to pile up.”

Home sales pain and gain March quarter 2022


Houses resold at a loss Houses resold with profit Units resold at a loss Units resold with profit
sydney 1.1% 98.9% 7.9% 92.1%
Rest of NSW 2.0% 98.0% 1.7% 98.3%
melbourne 0.5% 99.5% 11.8% 88.2%
Rest of Vic
Rest of Queensland
Rest of South Africa
Rest of WA 16.3% 83.7% 27.7% 72.3%
Hobart 0.8% 99.2% 1.9% 98.1%
Rest of Heap 1.9% 98.1% 3.9% 96.1%
Darwin 19.8% 80.2% 44.6% 55.4%
Rest of NT 17.7% 82.3% 34.1% 65.9%
LAW 0.3% 99.7% 2.5% 97.5%
National 96.2% 3.8% 11.7% 88.3%
Uppercase letters 2.7% 97.3% 13.1% 86.9%
Regional 5.1% 94.9% 8.2% 91.8%

Source: Corelogic Pain and Gain Report, March 2022 Quarter

The sale rate for for-profit homes in the quarter was 96.2%, while that for units was 88.3%.

The rate fell for both types of property nationally quarter over quarter. Median home resale gains were $370,000 compared to $173,000 units.

Units also lost more at $36,000 while homes lost $29,400.

Owens said the figures were due to an increase in apartment building from 2012 to 2017, coupled with changes that led to lower investor demand, compounding nominal losses in downtown markets.

Conditions along regional coasts are changing with the impact of higher interest rates, but profitability is high.

In the March quarter, 99.9% of Geelong resales made a nominal gain, setting a record for the region and the highest among coastal housing markets.

Geelong’s housing value has risen by 33.9% between September 2020 and March 2022 as more investors and developers rush to secure land for housing and to develop commercial and office properties. retail.

In Bendigo, each resale had a nominal gain, for a median of $301,000.

▲ Resales in Geelong during the quarter set a record.

Owens said that consistency could change as recently the regions’ housing market values ​​fell for the first time since 2020 by 0.1 percentage points.

“The price declines in the market signal that there may be a higher likelihood of shortfall sales in the months ahead, although holding periods will play an important role here,” Owens said.

Sydney’s for-profit sales rate has fallen for two consecutive quarters and Owens said the higher cash rate will reduce housing credit and affect prices and profitability.

National housing market values ​​fell 0.1% in May and more recent data suggests the decline is accelerating.

“However, it should be noted that price gains from the current housing market recovery have been very strong,” Owens said.

“It may only be recent buyers who will suffer a loss on the sale compared to those who bought before the recovery.

“Even in a declining market, the magnitude of Australia’s loss sales will be broadly in line with future capital growth trends.”