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Market Update – November 2019

Date: 13/11/2019

Here’s the latest summary of price trends around the country based on Core Logic’s latest housing price index data. I’ve also included August as I had missed last month.

Recall that rather than just looking at dwelling values, I prefer to look to the fine print of the data to see what’s happening to house prices, given they’re the biggest component of what’s driving property prices.

Results Summary

Best market for the month: Melbourne
Best market for the quarter: Melbourne
Best market for the year to date: Canberra
Best market for the year to September: Hobart & Canberra

Worst market for the month: Perth
Worst market for the quarter: Perth
Worst market for the year to date: Darwin
Worst market for the year to September: Darwin


A Steveism to remember is “you’ll see it on the street, before you see it in the stats.”

This is because it takes time to collate statistics, whereas the market momentum is dynamic and can be felt a lot quicker.

Looking at the results for October, the ‘stats’ and starting to vindicate the feeling on the ‘street’ – that a significant recovery is now underway in Sydney and Melbourne, rippling out across the country, except for Perth which continues to decline albeit at a slower pace.

We’re on track for the annual result for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide to be more or less break even by the end of the year, which is a big improvement on how things looked in August. Only Perth and Darwin look to remain in the doldrums.

With low interest rates set to continue for the foreseeable future, and with lending gradually (and I mean gradually) becoming more fluid and easier to access, there is some enough momentum to carry a positive property sentiment into 2020 meaning that the property market outlook is definitely now ‘a glass half full’.


October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

Source: CoreLogic Home Price Value Index Tables (

Red indicates a negative value, green indicates a positive value and white is neutral.

represents an improvement, and  represents a deterioration from the last month’s results.

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By Steve McKnight

Steve McKnight, the founder of, is a respected property investing authority as well as Australia's #1 best-selling business author.


  1. Ange Boffa

    Hi there Steve. 😊 Thanks so much for the update cheers 🥂good to see Adelaide doing OK. People so negative here.. Thanks once again 😊

  2. Rob

    Hi Steve, thanks for the stats! How do you see Perth in the short to mid term? I am moving there for a new job so would love to hear your opinion. Thanks!

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