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A ‘cracking’ start to 2024 with strong weekend property auction results

It was the second-biggest start since 2008 with 1,671 homes going under the hammer

By Bronwyn Allen
Tue, Feb 6, 2024 9:32amGrey Clock 2 min

More than seven in 10 homes that went to auction on Saturday sold under the hammer, delivering a preliminary national clearance rate of 73.9 percent across the combined capital cities, according to CoreLogic data. The strongest result was seen in Canberra where 80 percent of the 75 homes auctioned were sold. Adelaide recorded a 77.6 percent clearance rate, Sydney 76.3 percent, Melbourne 71.9 percent and Brisbane 68.5 percent.

Impressive clearance rates were also recorded in regional areas. Newcastle and Lake Macquarie hosted 37 auctions with a 77.8 percent clearance. The Gold Coast saw 126 homes go to auction with a clearance of 65.3 percent. For perspective, a clearance rate of 60 percent reflects normal market conditions, with anything above this indicating strong selling conditions and high buyer demand.

Australia’s biggest agency network, Ray White, also reported a 74 percent clearance rate for the 387 auctions it conducted on Saturday. The company said the market was roaring back in 2024, with the number of buyers attending open inspections up by 24 percent since 1 January compared to the same period last year.

CoreLogic said the first major week of auctions had set a “cracking pace” for the market in terms of volume and sales success. Saturday was the second-biggest start to a new year’s auction season since CoreLogic began keeping records in 2008. A total of 1,671 homes went to auction across the capital cities. CoreLogic economist Kaytlin Ezzy said the clearance rates in Sydney and Melbourne represented “a sizeable step change compared to the end of last year.

Overall, it looks like auction markets are starting the year on a strong footing,” Ms Ezzy said. Potentially, the news of low inflation and the possibility of early rate cuts is already boosting sentiment. The next few weeks should provide further guidance on whether this strong result is simply some early-year exuberance or a trend that can persist.

Last week the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed inflation fell to 4.1 percent in December, lower than the expected forecast of 4.5 percent, representing a two-year low. Prior to the figures being released, most economists were predicting that interest rates could start to fall by September this year.

The first interest rate decision by the Reserve Bank will be announced at 2.30pm today. Following on from changes signalled last year in the way the rate decision is announced, Governor Michele Bullock will conduct a press conference to explain the board’s decision and answer questions from journalists at 3.30pm.



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It’s a slam dunk as a covetable $2m KDR site complete with basketball court hits the market in the Hills District

The ball is in the buyer’s court with this knockdown/rebuild opportunity

By KANEBRIDGE NEWS
Tue, Apr 18, 2023 2 min

Glenhaven in Sydney’s Hills District is one of those areas that locals tend to keep to themselves. Leafy with large blocks on offer, the suburb takes its name from its valley location, with the northern end originally known as the Glen and the southern end called the Haven. 

En route from Parramatta to the Hunter, Glenhaven has become an ideal place for growing families in search of a little more space, or even room to house several generations under one roof.

The challenge is finding properties that tick all the right boxes.

As demand for trades and supply chain issues continue to ease, now could be the right time for a knockdown/rebuild project for would-be buyers looking to create their dream home.

Fairmont Homes specialises in knockdown/rebuild projects in Sydney. General manager at Fairmont Homes, Daniel Logue, said there are key features to look for when choosing a knockdown/rebuild site.

“The key items we look for are the site falling to the street, not to the rear, to help with stormwater drainage as well as access to the site,” he said. “Neighbouring property front setbacks are also important. In some older areas, the older houses are set closer to the street, meaning your new home will have to be set to suit.

“Value for money and the return on the end sale price of the home is another issue.”

If possible, he said designing a home that meets the criteria of the Complying Development legislation will speed up approvals considerably.

While suitable knockdown/rebuild sites can be hard to find in Glenhaven, there are still hidden opportunities if you know where to look.

One block at 158 Gilbert Road, Glenhaven is ideally suited for rejuvenation. With almost 850sqm to play with, it slopes down to the street and sits between neighbouring properties that have already been stylishly updated.

 

 

An existing basketball court at the rear could provide the perfect teen backdrop to a family home, or it could make way for a larger house with landscaped gardens and pool. Alternatively, it could be the perfect position for a cabana or granny flat to serve as in-law accommodation or a source of secondary income.

With recent sales of completed homes in nearby streets reaching well above $5 million, it’s a great opportunity to make a slam dunk of a buy into one of Sydney’s best kept secrets.

Address: 158 Gilbert Road, Glenhaven
Price guide: $1.8 million
Inspection: By appointment only
Contact: William Brush, LJ Hooker Dural 9651 1566 

 

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