In the week ended 12 September 2013, the RP Data-Rismark 5-city daily dwelling price index, which covers the five major capital city markets, recorded a 0.27% rise, which was the third consecutive weekly increase (see next chart).
Values rose in all major capitals except Perth (see next chart).
Values are up 0.62% so far in August, with all major capitals except Perth recording rises (see next chart).
Since the end of last year, home values have risen by 5.71% at the 5-city level, with all markets experiencing gains (see next chart).
Over the past 12 months, values have risen by 5.77% at the 5-city level, again with all major markets experiencing increases (see next chart).
The next chart plots the daily movements on a 14-day moving average, in order to smooth volatility. As you can see, the uptrend continues, driven primarily by strong gains in Sydney and Perth, and more recently in Melbourne (see next chart).
Values are down only 0.3% since peak at the 5-city level, with all major capitals except Sydney in negative territory (see next chart).
However, major capital home values have now gained 7.7% since bottoming nationally in May 2012, with all capitals rebounding from their respective troughs (see next chart).
Note: readers are advised not to read too much into short-term movements in the RP Data daily index. This index is volatile and not seasonally adjusted, hence it can give false readings when interpreted over a shorter-term timeframe. There is also evidence suggesting the RP Data daily index is a lagging indicator for the quarterly ABS house price series (see here). Caveat emptor.