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New data from property research firm CoreLogic shows Canberra now carries a median value of $672,866, overtaking Melbourne.

Canberra is now Australia's second most expensive property market, overtaking a Melbourne market that has been stung by reduced investor activity and extended COVID-19 lockdowns.

New data from property research firm CoreLogic shows Canberra now carries a median value of $672,866, overtaking Melbourne which sits at a close $672,172.

Sydney remains the most expensive property market in the country with a median value of $860,967.

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They are followed by Brisbane ($515,267), Hobart ($505,683), Perth ($463,846) and Adelaide ($459,896).

Darwin remains the cheapest capital city to buy a property in, with a median value of $405,857.

Nationally, the median value of a property in Australia – which includes both units and free-standing houses – is now $565,474. It rose 0.8 per cent in November.

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Property prices are now just a hair behind where they were prior to the pandemic.

"The national home value index is still seven tenths of a per cent below the level recorded in March, but if housing values continue to rise at the current pace we could see a recovery from the COVID downturn as early as January or February next year," said CoreLogic's Head of Research Tim Lawless.

"The recovery in Melbourne, where home values remain five per cent below their recent peak, will take longer."

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Curiously, while houses are continuing to gain strongly – rising 1.1 per cent over the past three months – units fell by 0.6 per cent over the same period.

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Mr Lawless theorises that a slow down in investor activity as well as a weaker rental market due to closed international borders are likely drivers of unit prices.

"This trend towards stronger conditions in detached housing markets is evident across most of the capital cities," Mr Lawless said.

"Relative weakness in the unit market can be attributed to factors including low investment activity, higher supply levels in some regions, and weaker rental market conditions across key inner city unit precincts."

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AUSTRALIA'S PROPERTY PRICES NOVEMBER 2020

City:

Monthly change:

Median value:

Sydney

+ 0.4 per cent

$860,967

Melbourne

+ 0.7 per cent

$672,172

Brisbane

+ 0.6 per cent

$515,267

Adelaide

+ 1.3 per cent

$459,896

Perth

+ 1.1 per cent

$463,846

Hobart

+ 1.4 per cent

$505,683

Darwin

+ 1.9 per cent

$405,857

Canberra

+ 1.9 per cent

$672,866

National

+ 0.8 per cent

$565,474

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/australia-property-prices-november-2020-canberra/7359cd97-0bb6-400d-a41e-6d9cc3ae9e68

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