Almost one in three home sales earn 100pc profit

Fewer homes are being sold at a loss, with long-term owners more likely to achieve positive results.

Latest statistics from CoreLogic RP Data show just 8.6 per cent of all home resales in the December 2014 quarter recorded a gross loss.

That compared with a figure of 9.6 per cent for 2013 and was the best result since June 2011.

Capital city properties sold at a loss on 5.7 per cent of occasions, while the figure for regional vendors was 14.8 per cent.

Across Australia, 32.3 per cent of properties in December 2014 sold for more than double their original purchase price.

The likelihood of making a gross profit or loss depended on the length of time the property had been held.

For homes bought before 2008 and sold in the December 2014 quarter, only 4.9 per cent resulted in gross losses. That figure rose to 14.1 per cent for homes purchased in 2008 or after.

CoreLogic RP Data said there was now a clear national trend towards fewer loss-making resales, as property prices have risen throughout Australia in the past 12 months.

However, three of the eight capital cities went against the trend in the December quarter.

Canberra’s share of loss-making resales jumped to 10.8 per cent, compared with 7.7 per cent the year before; Darwin rose from 7.7 per cent to 10.3 per cent; and Perth rose from 4.1 per cent to 5.5 per cent.

Australia’s strongest market was Sydney, where the share of loss-making sales fell from 3.5 per cent to 2.4 per cent.

Melbourne fell from 6.0 per cent to 5.6 per cent and Adelaide fell from 11.9 per cent to 8.9 per cent.

Brisbane’s share of loss-making sales fell from 13.0 per cent to 10.5 per cent, while Hobart’s share fell from 16.5 per cent to 15.5 per cent.

[Related: Sydney and Perth dominate top price growth suburbs]

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