RP Data weekly Australian house price update

By Leith van Onselen

In the week ended 12 February 2015, the Core Logic-RP Data 5-city daily dwelling price index, which covers the five major capital city markets, was essentially flat (+0.01%):

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Home prices rose in rose in Sydney and Melbourne, but fell in the other major capitals (see next chart).

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So far in February, home values nationally have risen by 0.16%, with only Sydney and Melbourne rising (see next chart).

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Since the beginning of the year, home values have risen strongly in Sydney and Melbourne, risen moderately in Brisbane, but fallen in Perth and Adelaide (see next chart).

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However, over the past 12 months, home values have risen by 8.39% at the 5-city level, with all capitals rising in value (see next chart).

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The next chart plots the daily movements on a 14-day moving average, in order to smooth volatility. Sydney continues to lead the way, and has gotten a second wind, driving growth nationally (see next chart).

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Values are now up 13.7% since the 2010 peak at the 5-city level, driven overwhelmingly by strong gains in Sydney, with Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide’s values also up, but Brisbane’s still in negative territory (see next chart).

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However, major capital home values have now gained 22.8% since bottoming nationally in May 2012, with all capitals rebounding from their respective troughs (see next chart).

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