AUSTRALIA’S property market is in recovery mode but there are still some hurdles ahead, a new report reveals.
The latest RP Data Capital Markets Report revealed “a broad-based recovery” in capital city dwelling values.
While values had dropped 7.4 percent between October 2010 and May 2012, they had now climbed back up by 3.3 per cent in the nine months since May.
Each of Australia’s capital cities had recorded a lift in dwelling values since their respective low points, from a 2.1 percent rise in Brisbane to 11.2 percent in Darwin.
Tim Lawless of RP Data said while a recovery was underway the pace of growth would be modest and that would be the case for the rest of the year.
“The growth in dwelling values since the end of May has averaged just 0.4 percent month to month,” he said.
Auction clearance rates remained strong, with big auction markets, Melbourne and Sydney, consistently higher than 60 per cent.
Vendor discounting and days on market had dropped and the number of property sales had lifted.
Mr Lawless said the recovery could be affected by higher rates of unemployment and people being under employed.
“Additionally, there is some concern about the impact of a slowing resources sector and a dwindling pipeline of infrastructure spending,” he said.
“Overall, we view the Australian housing market with mild optimism”