The gap between listing price growth rates in the eight Australian capital cities has widened, according to the latest figures to be published.
The data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that said over the year to June 2015, the price index rose by 9.8% with a 4.7% increase occurring during the June 2015 quarter.
Sydney led the way with price growth of 18.9% far more than any other capital city. Next Melbourne with growth of 7.8% but all other cities were some way behind, opening u a considerable gap.
Brisbane saw price growth of 2.9%, followed closely by Canberra with growth of 2.8%, then Adelaide with 2.7% and Hobart with 1.5%. But in the other cities prices have fallen year on year. Perth saw a fall of 1.2% and Darwin a decline of 1.8%.
Annual house price growth was 10.5% with prices in the semidetached home sector increasing by 7.5% over the same period and according to the Housing Industry Association (HIA), the voice of Australia’s residential building industry, the variation in price growth across the capital cities is remarkable.
‘On the one hand, price growth is very robust in both Sydney and Melbourne, while prices have actually eased back a little in cities like Perth and Darwin,’ said HIA Senior Economist, Shane Garrett.
‘The wide divergence of dwelling price growth across the capitals is indicative of the mixed economic conditions across Australia. It highlights the challenges in prescribing ‘one size fits all’ policy responses to the housing market,’ he explained.
‘The strength of dwelling price growth in Sydney is receiving much attention. However, the upturn in Sydney prices follows a decade which saw the city lag far behind the other seven capitals in terms of price growth,’ he pointed out.
‘Price pressures ultimately represent the inadequate response of supply to much stronger demand conditions. We need to see more flexibility in the planning process and in the release of new residential land in order to take the heat out of prices,’ he added.
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