Property prices in Sydney saw a strong surge in May

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Residential property prices in capital cities in Australia increased by 1.6% in May and are up by 5% year on year, the latest home value index shows The strong May numbers were largely the result of a surge in Sydney dwelling values which were up 3.1% over the month, according to the data from CoreLogic. Prices also increased strongly in Canberra with month on month growth of 2.5% and were up 1.6% in Melbourne and 2.2% in Hobart. Perth was the only city to record a fall with prices down 2.7%. The CoreLogic combined capitals index has recorded a 5% increase since the beginning of January and as a result has caused the annual trend in capital gains to rebound after conditions tapered since July last year. The annual rate of growth, which recorded a recent trough in December last year at 7.4%, has now rebounded back to 10% as of the end of May. After such a strong performance across the Sydney housing market, the annual rate of growth has moved substantially higher to reach 13.1% per annum after reaching a recent low point of 7.4% per annum growth over the 12 months ending March 2016. Despite Sydney’s bounce in the trend rate of growth, Melbourne’s housing market is still recording the highest annual rate of capital gain at 13.9%. Perth and Darwin remain the only markets to record an annual decline in home values. Perth dwelling values are down 4.2% over the past year and have recorded a peak to current fall of 6.7%. Similarly, Darwin dwelling values fell by 3.5% over the past year and are down 5.5% since peaking two years ago. The current growth cycle has been running for four years now, according to the index report. After capital city prices fell by 7.4% between October 2010 and May 2012, values have since risen by 36.6% over the growth cycle to date. The largest capital gains over the cycle to date have been in Sydney where dwelling values are 57.5% higher followed by Melbourne with a 39.4% capital gain since values started rising. The third strongest performance has been in Brisbane at 18.5%. The rebound in the rate of capital gain during 2016 is supported by other measurements in the market, the report points out. For example, auction clearance rates across the combined capital cities have remained stable and hovered around the high 60% to low 70% range since February this year. Sydney clearance rates remain firm, sitting at around the mid 70% mark over the past three weeks while Melbourne clearance rates now sit in the early 70% range. Taylor Scott International

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