Big cities slump, but Hobart keeps booming

Big cities slump, but Hobart keeps booming

Property markets in five of Australia’s eight capital cities have significantly changed over the past 12 months, according to new data from CoreLogic.

Sydney and Melbourne have gone from strong to weak, Darwin has gone from bad to very bad, while Adelaide and Canberra have noticeably slowed (see table below).

Three capital cities, though, produced similar performances in both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 financial years, with Hobart booming, Perth busting and Brisbane stagnating.

The CoreLogic statistics show how stark the change has been in Sydney – the median property price jumped by 16.4 per cent in FY17 but then fell by 4.5 per cent in FY18.

Meanwhile, the boom continues in Hobart, which grew 12.8 per cent in FY17 and 12.7 per cent in FY18.

Region FY17 change FY18 change
Sydney 16.4% -4.5%
Melbourne 13.0% 1.0%
Brisbane 2.8% 1.1%
Perth -2.6% -2.1%
Adelaide 5.4% 1.1%
Hobart 12.8% 12.7%
Canberra 7.8% 2.3%
Darwin -2.6% -7.7%
Combined capitals 11.1% -1.6%
National 10.2% -0.8%

Mixed results for regional property markets

Looking outside the capital cities, there have been big changes in two of the seven non-metropolitan areas.

In regional NSW, median price growth slowed from 11.9 per cent in 2016-17 to 3.2 per cent in 2017-18 (see table below).

But regional Northern Territory went the other way – from a fall of 7.0 per cent in FY17 to a gain of 4.8 per cent in FY18.

Region FY17 change FY18 change
Regional NSW 11.9% 3.2%
Regional Victoria 4.8% 5.0%
Regional Queensland 3.5% 0.3%
Regional WA -2.2% -3.3%
Regional SA -0.5% -0.1%
Regional Tasmania 6.4% 5.6%
Regional NT -7.0% 4.8%
Combined regions 6.4% 2.2%

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