Keeping spending habits a secret could lead to problems in the long-term, when credit ratings come under scrutiny. Picture: iStock
Keeping spending habits a secret could lead to problems in the long-term, when credit ratings come under scrutiny. Picture: iStock

Oversupply to cap house prices: forecaster

A HOME--building surge in recent years is likely to stave off a major rebound in Australian property prices, an economic forecasting agency says.

BIS Oxford Economics said it expects median values in the country's capital cites to increase during 2020 but the amount of new homes being added would cap the rise.

"Supply is running at record levels, with new dwelling completions having exceeded 200,000 in each of the past four years and expected to have peaked at a record of just under 227,000 dwellings in 2018/19," BIS Oxford Economics associate director Angie Zigomanis said.

"This compares with underlying demand for new dwellings averaging around 195,000 per annum in the same period, which in itself is a record."

The firm's Residential Property Prospects 2019 to 2022, released on Monday, said a slowing economy would also weigh on demand.

"An acceleration in economic growth is not expected until 2020/21 after residential construction bottoms out, and both improving building activity and business investment begin to drive economic growth".

BIS Oxford Economics forecast median house prices in Sydney and Melbourne to still be below their respective peaks of June 2017 and December 2017 by June 2022.

It expects Sydney house values to rise 6.0 per cent in the three years to June 2022, while the price of apartments edges up 1.0 per cent during that time.

Melbourne houses were due to increase by 7.0 per cent and apartments by 4.0 per cent between June 2019 and June 2022.

But the researchers also said that "relatively affordable" Brisbane houses were likely to jump by 20.0 per cent, with units in the Queensland capital to gain 14.0 per cent over three years "although most of the growth will be concentrated toward the latter part of this period".

The forecasting agency had previously tipped a halt to the east coast property boom in a report it released in June 2017, predicting at the time that Sydney house values would drop 4.0 per cent over the three years to June 2020.

The researcher's 2017 analysis also expected a 5.0 per cent gain in Melbourne house prices while units in the city were anticipated to drop 4.0 per cent.


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