Price rises set housing up for new boom

Original article by Sarah Turner
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 22 : 30-Sep-19

Data to be released by CoreLogic on 1 October is expected to show that house prices in Sydney and Melbourne have increased by 3.2 per cent and 3.4 per cent over the last four months. Prices rose by 1.6 per cent in Sydney and 1.4 per cent in Melbourne during August. Yarra Capital’s Tim Toohey has flagged the potential for a housing bubble in the medium-term, particularly if the Reserve Bank further eases monetary policy, while the ANZ Bank’s David Plank says regulatory intervention may be necessary if prices keep rising and there is an upturn in mortgage lending.

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CORELOGIC AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, YARRA CAPITAL PARTNERS PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, MORGANS FINANCIAL LIMITED, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, BANK OF AMERICA AUSTRALIA LIMITED, MERRILL LYNCH (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD, BIS OXFORD ECONOMICS PTY LTD, AMP CAPITAL INVESTORS LIMITED, GOLDMAN SACHS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY

Sydney median house price rises in June quarter

Original article by Michael Bleby
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 18-Sep-19

The median price for Sydney homes rose $5,000 to $875,000 in the June quarter, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, while Melbourne’s median house price held at $680,000. Prices for prices for detached dwellings fell nationally by 0.6 per cent, compared to a 3.1 per cent decline in the March quarter, while prices for attached dwellings fell by 0.8 per cent, compared to a three per cent decline in the March quarter.

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AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS

Rebound is on: prices rise across the board

Original article by Mackenzie Scott
The Australian – Page: 5 : 3-Sep-19

New data from CoreLogic shows that house prices rose by 0.8 per cent nationally in August, which is the first increase since October 2017. CoreLogic’s latest Hedonic Home Value Index also shows that house prices in Sydney and Melbourne rose by 1.6 per cent and 1.4 per cent respectively in August, while Perth and Darwin were the only two capital cities to record a fall in house prices. Shane Oliver of AMP Capital says rising auction clearance rates suggest that house prices will continue to increase over the next 9-12 months.

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CORELOGIC AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AMP CAPITAL INVESTORS LIMITED

Double-digit growth for Sydney, Melbourne

Original article by Nila Sweeney
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 33 : 29-Aug-19

SQM Research is upbeat about the residential property market, forecasting that Sydney house prices will increase by two per cent in the September 2019 quarter and four per cent in the December quarter. Data from SQM shows that asking prices in Sydney have risen by 5.6 per cent since the federal election in May. SQM MD Louis Christopher believes there is the potential for the residential market in Sydney and Melbourne to record double-digit growth in 2020.

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SQM RESEARCH PTY LTD, CORELOGIC AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, SELECT RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY GROUP, CATE BAKOS PROPERTY

Cure for housing fix ‘worse than disease’: UBS

Original article by Duncan Hughes
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 10 : 23-Aug-19

Investment bank UBS has warned that the Reserve Bank of Australia’s move towards extremely low interest rates risks reflating the residential property ‘bubble’. The ultra-low rates are also putting pressure on the dividend policies and margin levels of the nation’s large banks, while plans by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority to reduce related-party exposure limits with regard to Tier 1 capital will put pressure on the banks’ capital.

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UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA RADIATION LABORATORIES, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ

Claims of underquoting an odd sign of a market rising

Original article by Su-Lin Tan, Nila Sweeney
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 34 : 22-Aug-19

Some buyers’ advocates have expressed concern that the residential property market is again being affected by underquoting. Melbourne-based Scott Hall notes that there has been a significant decline in underquoting by real estate agents since legislation to crack down on the practice was introduced in 2017. Real Estate Institute of New South Wales CEO Tim McKibbin agrees that underquoting has become less prevalent in recent years.

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THE REAL ESTATE INSTITUTE OF NEW SOUTH WALES, FAIR TRADING NSW, VICTORIA. DEPT OF JUSTICE AND REGULATION. CONSUMER AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS VICTORIA, RAINE AND HORNE PTY LTD

Underrated suburbs set for million-dollar club

Original article by Nila Sweeney
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 30 : 8-Aug-19

Data from Select Residential Property suggests that the median house price in 12 suburbs across Australia will rise above $1m over the next two years. They include Coal Point, Terrigal and Mount Pleasant in New South Wales and St Helena and Eltham North in Victoria. The price growth forecasts are based on a range of metrics, including auction clearance rates, vacancy rates, and the number of properties on the market.

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SELECT RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY, CORELOGIC AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Prices will start to rise again this year: ANZ

Original article by Ingrid Fuary-Wagner
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 29 : 17-Jul-19

The ANZ Bank’s quarterly housing report is upbeat about the outlook for the residential property market. The bank expects the housing market downturn to reach bottom in the next few months, with a modest rebound toward the end of the year. ANZ forecasts house price growth of 3-4 per cent in Sydney during 2020, with prices in Melbourne to increase by four per cent. The bank had not expected any house price growth in 2019 as recently as May.

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, BIS OXFORD ECONOMICS PTY LTD

Sydney house prices forecast to grow 7pc

Original article by Ingrid Fuary-Wagner
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 27-Jun-19

Domain Group is upbeat about the outlook for Australia’s residential property market, forecasting that prices will rebound by the end of 2019. Domain economist Trent Wiltshire says the Coalition’s federal election win, official interest rate cuts and the prospect of changes to mortgage serviceability tests bode well for housing prices. Domain forecasts that house prices in Sydney will rise two per cent in the second half of 2019 and up to five per cent in 2020, while prices in Melbourne will rise by one per cent by year’s end and 1-3 per cent in 2020.

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DOMAIN HOLDINGS AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX DHA, MOODY’S ANALYTICS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, CORELOGIC AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Affordability still an issue for most home owners

Original article by Ingrid Fuary-Wagner
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 34 : 11-Jun-19

A survey by ME Bank shows that 88 per cent of Australians regard housing affordability as a major concern. The survey also found that 94 per cent of first-home buyers are concerned about housing affordability, compared with 87 per cent of owner-occupiers and 83 per cent of property investors. The survey was undertaken in late April, prior to the re-election of the Coalition and the recent reduction in official interest rates.

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ME BANK, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY