Residential prices up overall in March quarter: REIA

Residential prices up overall in March quarter: REIA
Residential prices up overall in March quarter: REIA

Median prices rose overall over the March quarter, according to the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) and the Bendigo Bank’s quarterly review.

The weighted average capital city median price rose by 1.9% for houses and 1.7% for other dwellings, including units and apartments. According to the REIA and Bendigo Bank’s figures, the weighted average median price for houses in Australia’s capital cities is now $606,517.

The price growth was much less acute than that seen in the first quarter of last year, where the weighted average median price for houses increased by 13.1%.

For the year to March 2014, Median house prices rose across all capital cities but Brisbane and Perth. Hobart saw the biggest price rise, with its median house price up 4.1%. It maintained the lowest median house price across the capitals at $385,000. Brisbane’s median  house price dropped 1.1% over the quarter; Perth’s dropped by 1.6%.

Sydney’s median house price remains the highest among all eight capitals at $782,973, up 3.1% for the quarter. Melbourne’s median house price rose by 3.7% over the same period to $652,500.

Non-house dwellings like apartments and units in the capital cities sat at a median price of $483,320.  Darwin saw an 18.0% increase in the median price of its non-house residences for the quarter to $525,000. Sydney and Melbourne’s median non-house residence prices also increased in the same period. Median prices for similar properties were down for the quarter in Canberra, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth.

Median rents for two bedroom units and other non-house residences increased in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane over the quarter to March, while they decreased in Perth and Darwin. Rental rates for Adelaide, Hobart and Canberra remained static. However, the Median rent for a “two bedroom other dwelling” in Canberra was down by 6.8% from the same time last year. 

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