CoreLogic: Housing markets build momentum through the end of 2020, pointing to a strong start to 2021

CoreLogic’s last Home Value Index for 2020 points to a strong start for the property market in 2021

Australia’s housing market finished the year on a strong footing with CoreLogic’s national home value index rising a further 1.0% in December; the third consecutive month-on-month rise following a -2.1% drop in dwelling values between April and September.

Australian home values finished the year 3.0% higher with regional housing values rising by 6.9%, a rate of capital gain that was more than three times higher than the combined capitals, where home values were up 2.0% over the year.

CoreLogic’s research director, Tim Lawless, said the year was characterised by a mild-COVID dip in values, but unprecedented volatility in the transaction space. “The number of residential property sales plummeted by -40% through March and April but finished the year with almost 8% more sales relative to a year ago as buyer numbers surged through the second half of the year. Despite the volatility, housing values showed remarkable resilience, falling by only -2.1% before rebounding with strength through the final quarter of 2020