Housing stocks down in January
Across the country, national residential listings have dropped in January 2018 by 4.8 per cent to 303,901 according to figures released by SQM Research.
Perth recorded a 2.1 per cent drop, which was quite modest when compared to our other capital cities.
National listings fell 4.8% during the month of January to 303,901 residential properties, to be down 6.2% over the year.
Listings fell the most in Melbourne over the month, down by 13.9% to be down 11.9% over the year.
Listings fell in Sydney by 6.9% over the month but are up 20.9% over the year.
Hobart recorded a monthly fall in listings of 2.6%, but are down 29.1% over the year.
Capital city asking prices rose over the year to January 30 by 11.9% for houses and 6.2% for units.
The fall is not surprising given January is typically the quietest month of the year for listings in most regions given the summer holidays.
But year-on-year, listings are much higher in Sydney, with more homeowners happy to list their properties compared to one year ago, and take profits.
Looking forward, with interest rates still at low levels and a possible expansion in lending by the banks, we expect a year of modest prices gains in Sydney and most other capital cities.
Property asking prices
Capital city asking prices rose 2.2% for houses and 3.0% for units for the month to January 30.
The largest monthly rise came in Sydney, where house asking prices climbed 4.5% and asking unit prices rose 4.2%.
Year-on-year, prices are up most in Melbourne, with asking prices for houses up 24.1% and unit prices up 11.9%.
Hobart too recorded strong gains, with asking price gains for units up by 8.9% and asking house prices rose 6.3%.
House prices are falling only it Darwin as the mining downturn continues to impact the property markets there.
Asking house prices rose over the year in Perth by 2.2% compared to a year earlier as it emerges from the downturn.