Auction Market Still Strong In Spring
The auction market is building momentum.
The auction market is building momentum.
Residential auction markets strengthened in most capitals at the weekend, as the spring selling season gathers momentum, aided by easing covid restrictions.
National auction numbers rose sharply at the weekend – after two weeks of decline – with all capitals reporting an increase in listings. A total of 1272 homes went under the hammer, compared to last weekend’s 1150 and well ahead of the 748 listed this time last year.
The national clearance rate was also up, increasing from last weekend’s 80.5% to 84.9% — the highest since April and the third consecutive increase in the national clearance rate.
Strong clearance rates in Sydney (85.1%), Brisbane (83.7%), Adelaide (89.2%) and Canberra (94.1%) lifted the national clearance rate while Melbourne (72.3%), dropped due to strict restrictions.
In Sydney, the market has stayed hot despite more listings coming to market, with numbers increasing for the fourth consecutive Saturday as 569 homes were offered for sale – up on the previous weekend’s 511.
The clearance rate was just down on last weekend’s 85.2%, but well ahead of the 72.2% recorded over the same weekend last year. It’s now the seventh consecutive weekend with clearance rates above 80%.
Sydney recorded a median price of $1,690,500 for houses sold at auction at the weekend
which was lower than the $1,714,000 reported over the previous Saturday but 31.1% higher than the $1,290,000 recorded over the same weekend last year.
Melbourne’s auction market reported a decline in the clearance rate at the weekend down from the previous 79.3% — a result of higher proportion of withdrawals from higher listing numbers – 28.7% of reported auctions withdrawn compared to the previous weekend’s 18.9%.
Listings increased for the first time in three weekends with a total of 434 auctions compared to the previous weekend’s 414.
Melbourne recorded a median price of $1,000,250 for houses sold at auction at the weekend which was lower than the $1,069,000 recorded over the previous weekend.
Data powered by Dr Andrew Wilson of My Housing Market.
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