Australia’s new apartment market continues to flatline in the short term in sync with the wider residential market, according to Urbis’ latest Apartment Essentials report.
Amid the tightening of credit and conditions of purchase, this trend is visible across a number of indicators:
- Surveyed sales activity remains calm and consistent at 1,330 in Q3 2018, against a quarterly average of 1,260 over the last 12 months
- The volume of apartments approved continues to retreat from the recent peak in Q2 2017 (25,000) to the lowest level in 3 years (4,000) in Q3 2018
- The percentage of available stock sold in the quarter ticked fractionally back up to 10.4% from 9.2% last quarter against an average of 10.4% over the last 12 months
- The weighted average price for the quarter came in at $687,000, with 15 of the 20 fastest selling projects achieving a price point at or below $700,000. The weighted average price has hovered between the high $600,000s and the mid $700,000s for the last 12 months.
- At the other end of the market, 9% of projects had an average price of $1 million plus in the quarter, with three-bedroom apartments making up 14% of sales
Clinton Ostwald, National Director at Urbis, said, “We’ve seen similar flatlines in previous years but this isn’t going to turn around overnight, due to the weight of negative sentiment in the broader residential market.”