Strong auction clearance rates have boosted Sydney and Melbourne's home prices with the latter recording the strongest growth among the capital cities in the past three months.

Melbourne’s home prices rose five per cent during the September quarter after a strong lift in house values offset softer growth in apartment prices. Canberra had the second highest price growth, with a 4.5 per cent rise, for the quarter, followed by Sydney with 3.5 per cent, figures from market…