How do housing markets recover from an economic shock?
Analysing housing data three years post-GFC may provide some clues

New research from PIPA and CoreLogic has identified the best performing capital city and regional locations three years after the GFC.

The research and analysis is a joint initiative of the Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) and CoreLogic.

The CoreLogic research found that capital city dwelling values had increased by up to 39 per cent over the three years from the end of December 2008 – a time when Australia was emerging from the global economic crisis and government stimulus was ramping up.

PIPA Chairman Peter Koulizos said the capital city results showed a mix of inner- and outer-city suburbs, with six of the top performers in Sydney.

“The dominance of Sydney in the results shows that nobody rings the bell to tell you when the upward swing of a property cycle has started,” he said

“When you do hear it, it’s too late because it’s already begun.

“I say this because most people believed that property prices in Sydney only started firming a year or so later – in 2012 – when it was already under way but perhaps masked by the continued economic uncertainty around the globe.”

Top 10: Change in capital city dwelling values, December 2008 to December 2011

Suburb LGA 2016 State % change Dec 2008 to Dec 2011 Dec 2011 Median Value
Rosebery Palmerston NT 39.3% $418,735
Forde Unincorporated ACT ACT 34.9% $490,813
Belmore Canterbury-Bankstown NSW 32.6% $525,267
Abbotsford Yarra VIC 32.0% $659,434
Cabramatta Fairfield NSW 31.4% $312,495
Eastlakes Sydney NSW 31.3% $415,779
Wiley Park Canterbury-Bankstown NSW 31.3% $292,781
Chippendale Sydney NSW 31.0% $492,296
Kew East Boroondara VIC 30.9% $898,797
Canley Vale Fairfield NSW 30.5% $387,059

Source: CoreLogic

Mr Koulizos said the individual capital city results were varied, depending on the location, with Melbourne’s best performers being inner areas, while Adelaide’s were those located in outer suburbs.

During that period of time, the number of first home buyers also hit historic highs, because of the Federal Government’s First Home Owner Boost, he said.

“The recovery in the property market was broad, varying from inner-city to outer-city suburbs,” Mr Koulizos said.

“Certainly, first home buyers helped by boosting demand for new properties, whether they were located in urban regeneration or greenfield sites.”

CoreLogic Head of Research Tim Lawless said dwelling values in regional areas increased by up to 65 per cent over the same period.

Mr Lawless said it was unsurprising that mining areas performed well given the resources sector was firing on all cylinders at the time.

“Areas such as mining towns, where economic conditions are dependent on a single industry, are much more likely to experience bursts of price rises or falls because of the strength or weakness of their dominant industries,” he said.

“While many of these mining regions recorded spectacular capital gains post-GFC, a few years later many of these same regions recorded a crash in home values.”

Top 10: Change in regional dwelling values, December 2008 to December 2011

Suburb LGA 2016 State % change Dec 2008 to Dec 2011 Dec 2011 Median Value
Tennant Creek Barkly NT 65.7% $181,278
Clunes Hepburn VIC 61.7% $270,713
Port Hedland Port Hedland WA 40.3% $1,088,817
Churchill Latrobe VIC 36.2% $163,431
Cohuna Gannawarra VIC 35.1% $154,938
South Hedland Port Hedland WA 34.6% $714,145
Coonamble Coonamble NSW 33.8% $100,210
Newman East Pilbara WA 32.9% $700,556
Moranbah Isaac QLD 32.8% $529,962
Kyneton Macedon Ranges VIC 32.6% $348,577

Source: CoreLogic

Mr Koulizos said the research showed the resilience of property prices during turbulent times.

However, while prices are expected to stand firm over the medium-term this time around, the best performing locations may be very different to what has occurred in the past, he said.

“The way that people work will likely change significantly post-pandemic and this will have an impact on less traditional property investment locations,” Mr Koulizos said.

“Lifestyles will undoubtedly change, which will make living outside the inner-city more appealing.

“If you don’t have to go to the CBD every day for work, because you can work from home, then you don’t have to live near it.”


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