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Australian housing values continue to fall

Housing values have fallen for the third month in a row, and the biggest decline was in Melbourne which has been hit with second wave of coronavirus infections.

The CoreLogic national home value index fell by 0.6 per cent in July and the outlook for prices going into 2021 is not good as government support and mortgage debt holidays begin to taper off.

“Urgent sales are likely to become more common as we approach these milestones, which will test the market’s resilience,” CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said on Monday.

In July, house prices fell the most in Melbourne – by 1.2 per cent which was almost double the national decline.

Sydney was down 0.9 per cent, Perth 0.6 per cent, Brisbane 0.4 per cent, Darwin 0.3 per cent and Hobart 0.2 per cent.

The relative bright spots were Canberra and Adelaide, where prices rose 0.6 per cent and 0.1 per cent.

Regional housing markets faired a bit better and housing values were mostly unchanged.

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