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Super Saturday sees clearances break through more barriers

12 August 2019 Reporter
North Sydney

More than four out of every five Sydney properties auctioned over the weekend found new owners, CoreLogic data has shown, as Super Saturday clearance results keep creeping up across major markets.

CoreLogic’s Property Market Indicator summary said a consistent trend where final clearance rates hold above the 70 per cent mark implies the market is responding to the stimulus of lower mortgage rates, improved sentiment following the federal election and lower serviceability tests for borrowers.

Low advertised stock levels are also contributing to the strong results, it was said, with 1,107 capital city homes taken to auction this week, compared with the same time last year, where 1,402 houses were up for grabs.

In preliminary figures, all capital cities combined returned a preliminary clearance rate of 70.4 per cent, higher than last week’s preliminary figure of 68.3 per cent, which was revised down to 66.4 per cent for final figures.

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The strengthening weighted average results of late can be mostly attributed to Melbourne and Sydney, where both cities have consistently reported clearance rates above 70 per cent, the report flagged, over the past few weeks.

Here’s a city-by-city breakdown:

Sydney

CoreLogic’s Property Market Indicator summary for the week showed a number of Sydney’s subregions pushing even higher than the 81.2 per cent city-wide statistic.

This came off the back of 365 auctions over the weekend, compared with last week’s 386, but successful clearances jumped almost 10 per cent from the previous week’s 70.9 per cent.

North Sydney and Hornsby were out in front at 90.5 per cent, with the Northern Beaches (87.5 per cent), Inner South West (87.1 per cent), Sutherland (85.7 per cent), the Eastern Suburbs (82.6 per cent) and the City and Inner South (82.4 per cent) all aiding in pushing the clearance rate average beyond previous weeks.

Compared to the same time last year, nearly 100 more auctions had taken place in 2018 (458 total) but resulted in a clearance rate of just 53.8 per cent.

Melbourne

The summary noted Melbourne as returning a preliminary auction clearance rate of 73.2 per cent, rising on last week’s final clearance rate of 70.9 per cent as property volumes remained steady.

The South-East subregion posted the city’s strongest results with a clearance rate of 87.2 per cent, followed by West Melbourne’s 79.6 per cent.

Year-on-year, the figures showed that for the week ending 11 August 2019, 220 fewer homes were up for grabs compared to the same period last year, where 721 homes had returned a 58 per cent clearance rate.

Brisbane

In Brisbane, out of 53 total auctions, only 21 successfully found new owners through the bidding process.

It caused the city to return a clearance rate of just 39.6 per cent, which does show consistency in the Queensland market after the same week last year returned a clearance rate of 41 per cent.

Adelaide

Adelaide is also maintaining relative consistency over a 12-month period.

A clearance rate of 58.6 per cent was realised after 55 total auctions, after last year recording 67 auctions over the same weekend to achieve a 59.7 per cent clearance rate.

Perth

In Perth, just 38 properties went to auction over the week.

Returning a clearance rate of 23.5 per cent, the same period last year saw 29 homes go under the hammer with an auction success rate of 29.2 per cent.

Tasmania

Just four properties were up for grabs at auctions in Tasmania over the weekend, with only one ending in a successful purchase.

Canberra

A total of 56 properties went under the hammer in the Australian Capital Territory over the last week, with just over six from every 10 finding buyers, with a clearance rate of 63.8 per cent.

It’s had 20 more houses than were up for auction this time last year, where a clearance rate of 56.3 per cent was recorded.

Regional centres

Unlike in recent weeks, all five regional areas returned statistically accurate numbers due to the large amount of properties that went under the hammer.

Geelong led the charge, with an 82.4 per cent clearance rate achieved from 21 total auctions.

The Sunshine Coast saw 35 auctions returning a 60 per cent clearance rate, while the Hunter Region was not far behind at 57.1 per cent from 34 total properties.

Wollongong’s 28 homes up for sale found auction success for just under half of its offerings, at 47.4 per cent, while the Gold Coast had a 40 per cent success rate from 36 possible auctions.

Super Saturday sees clearances break through more barriers
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