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26 Mar 2024 - Australian Secure Capital Fund - Market Update

By: Australian Secure Capital Fund

Australian Secure Capital Fund - Market Update

Australian Secure Capital Fund

March 2024

The first weekend of March saw 2,019 auctions take place across the combined capital cities, down slightly on the previous year's 2,054, however clearance rates were up, 71.8% in comparison to 66.3% in 2023. Melbourne once again led the way, with 1,038 auctions taking place, followed by Sydney with 721, well above that of the other capitals, with Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth recording 103, 85, 69 and 3 auctions respectively. 

The preliminary clearance rate of 71.8% for the weekend indicates that buyers and sellers are on the same page for the most part, particularly in Sydney where a clearance rate of 76.8% was achieved, well above the 68.7% of the same weekend last year.

Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra all managed to achieve clearance rates of above 60% for the weekend, with 70.1%, 69.4%, 65.0% and 63.8% respectively. It is interesting to note that all capital cities achieved a greater clearance rate than the same weekend in 2023, other than Adelaide, where a 72.9% clearance rate was achieved on the same weekend last year.

February brought yet another strong month for property prices, with CoreLogic's Home Value Index showing a 0.6% increase across the combined capitals and combined regionals, with all capital cities experiencing growth except for Hobart, where prices fell by 0.3% for the month.

Once again, Perth experienced the greatest level of growth, increasing by a mammoth 1.8% for the month, contributing to a 5.2% quarterly growth and an increase of 18.3% annually. Adelaide also experienced strong monthly growth of 1.1%, followed by Brisbane with a further 0.9% increase, bringing the median property value of Brisbane above $800,000 for the first time, with a median value of $805,593, the second highest median value nationally, behind only Sydney with $1,128,155. Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne also experienced growth for the month of 0.7%, 0.5% and 0.1% respectively, with all cities except for Hobart (-0.6%) and Darwin (-0.1%) experiencing an annual increase.

Whilst there was no RBA meeting this month, economists continue to believe we are at the end of the rate hike cycle, with many expecting interest rate reductions before the end of 2024. Should interest rates ease, we expect that there will be a bump in property prices.

Clearance Rates & Auctions week of 4th of March 2024


Property Values as at 1st of March 2024

Median Dwelling Values as at 1st of March 2024

Quick Insights

Values to Outperform

Two-fifths of valuers surveyed by CBRE have predicted house prices to outperform by up to 10% in Adelaide, Perth, and Sydney. Valuers were also relatively bullish on the apartment sector with 44 per cent predicting prices to increase over the next 12 months. The survey also highlighted a high level of demand from upgraders and downsizers, buyer segments who were less sensitive to interest rate movements.

Source: Australian Financial Review

Build-to-Rent Builds Steam

Salta Properties, is now surging into the build-to-rent sector, with ambitions to create a $3 billion platform and with its first project in inner-city Melbourne close to completion. 

"We could see that we were heading into a fairly significant housing shortage in Melbourne, and more broadly across Australia," said Sam Tarascio, manager of the firm. The first block is a 94-unit project in trendy Fitzroy North at 249 Queens Parade.

To be known as Fitzroy & Co, the building has topped out and is on track to welcome first residents from July into their one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Those tenants can expect a range of resident services, access to shared spaces and a variety of amenities.

Source: Australian Financial Review

Author: Filippo Sciacca, Director - Investor Relations, Asset Management and Compliance

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