House sales weakened in November but prices continued to strengthen as restrictions on high mortgage lending moved into their second month.
The Real Estate Institute says 6961 houses sold last month, down 6.6 per cent from November last year.
However, house prices continued to hit new levels, with a national median high of $425,000.
Prices are now nearly 11 per cent higher than a year ago and 4.3 per cent above the previous record in October.
Institute chief executive Helen O’Sullivan said turnover last month was 2.7 per cent higher than in October, but that was weaker than usual.
The average increase between October and November over the past decade was usually more than 10 per cent.