Auction Markets Ease
Make no mistake, it’s still red hot.
Make no mistake, it’s still red hot.
The country’s auction markets have eased slightly at the weekend, yet results clearly remain in favour of sellers as the spring boom rolls on.
The national weekend clearance rate was lower for the second consecutive weekend – down from 86.1% to 83.9% — but is still well above the 70.7% reported over the same weekend last year.
Higher auction numbers may be contributing to an easing of clearance rates with numbers up from the previous Saturday’s 1858 to 1970 – more than double the 916 auctioned over the same weekend last year.
The Sydney market was lower again at the weekend, down from the previous weekend’s 86.6% to 83.6%. This result is still higher than the 78.6% recorded over the same weekend last year.
It’s the first time in six weekends that Sydney’s clearance rate has fallen below 85%.
Auction numbers were up, with 677 homes were listed for auction at the weekend — higher than the previous weekend’s 618 and up on the 639 auctioned over the same weekend last year.
Sydney recorded a median price of $1,675,000 for houses sold at auction at the weekend which was again lower than the $1,712,500 reported over the previous Saturday but 22.3% higher than the $1,370,000 recorded over the corresponding weekend in 2020.
Melbourne’s market is on the ascent with the Victorian capital posting a clearance rate of 77.0% on Saturday — similar to the previous weekend’s 76.6%, and well ahead of the 63.0% recorded over the same weekend last year.
A total of 993 homes were listed for auction at the weekend which was up when compared to the 932 from the previous weekend.
Melbourne recorded a median price of $969,500 for houses sold at auction at the weekend which was again lower than the $1,060,000 recorded over the previous weekend but 16.4% higher than the $833,000 recorded over the same weekend last year.
Record-level clearance rates however may ease over coming months as the typical wave of late season listings hits the markets – amplified by the easing of lockdown restrictions.
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New research from Knight Frank’s International Waterfront Index shows waterfront properties are costing more than double their inland counterparts in Sydney while in Melbourne waterside properties attract a 40% premium.
Australia’s coastline attracts some of the highest waterfront premiums in the world with Sydney topping the index — an average premium of 121% — compared to an equivalent home set away from the water.
Auckland ranked second on the list of 17 international locations — a premium of 76%. The list saw Gold Coast (71%), Perth (69%) and the Cap d’Antibes (59%) on the French Riviera round out the top 5.
Australia continued to feature prominently in the research with Brisbane’s waterfront premium coming in at 55%, with Melbourne also in the top 10 at 39%.
According to Knight Frank Australia’s head of residential research, Michelle Ciesielski, there has always been strong appetite for Sydney’s waterfront homes.
Australia’s luxury residential market has advanced, it lacks the depth of prestige markets in more established global cities said Cieselski.
“As a result, our Australian cities can achieve a significantly higher premium on the waterfront compared to a similar property inland without access to, or a view of, water,” she said.
“Also, Australia is known for its balmy outdoor lifestyle, so many buyers in this super-prime space are willing to pay a premium to secure the ideal position along the waterfront.”
The data also suggests that beachfront homes were most desirable, commanding a premium of 63% compared to harbour locations fetching 62% premium and coastal homes with a 40% premium.