Houses for sale in Australia plummet in price as sales increase

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Houses for sale in Australia are plummeting in prices,
according to the latest figures.

This week’s report, published by RP Data-Rismark, has found
that in the main cities, prices are dropping at an increasingly faster speed.
Melbourne and Brisbane are seeing the biggest declines, with “seasonally
adjusted home prices in Melbourne [dropping by] 5.8 per cent”, reports OPP.

This fall in price is only beaten by Brisbane, where seasonally
adjusted property values fell by 7.5 per cent from January to October this

In contrast, Sydney has proven to be more resilient to the
economic downturn, with house prices declining by only 1.4 per cent across the
same number of months, while Canberra actually saw its prices jump by 0.9 per

Investors head Down Under

 Ã¢â‚¬Å“This slump in
national prices are being skewed by a fall in demand at the luxury end of the
market,” Charles Tarbey of agency group Century 21 told OPP, adding that they
had seen “a spike in enquiries” as a result of the November cut in interest

Indeed, as prices and interest rates go down under, so do
investors, with the reduction in real estate value attracting buyers to the country’s
market. In October, sales increased by 5.5 per cent, according to the
Australian Housing Industry Association, up from the drop reported in September.

A growing trend

The trend looks set to continue. According to broker AFG,
mortgages in November increased by 18 per cent on average across the country,
as people keep purchasing cheap property.

Victoria saw the highest growth in the number of mortgages
processed, with figures increasing by 26.7 per cent. Queensland and New South
Wales, too, reported rises of 20.8 per cent and 16.4 per cent respectively.

“We’re experiencing the paradox that weaker global economic
conditions and lower rates is good news for Australian property buyers – at
least for now,” general manager of sales and operations Mark Hewitt told Property


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