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Unprecedented Weekend Auction Results

Beyond the majors, Adelaide claims close to 100 per cent clearance rate.

By Terry Christodoulou
Mon, Mar 8, 2021 4:16amGrey Clock < 1 min

Following last weekend’s bumper results, Saturday, March 6 produced more impressive returns with each capital city recording a weekend auction clearance rates above 80%.

The unprecedented result saw Adelaide (97.1%) and Brisbane (close to 90%) as standout markets.

Sydney, meanwhile, reported a rate of 86.8% down on last weekend’s record-breaking 90.0%, but up on the 90.5% reported over the same weekend last year.

The median price for houses sold at auction in Sydney was $1,704,000, higher than the previous weekend’s $1,645,500 and 17.5% above the $1,450,000 recoded over the same weekend last year.

The upper north shore reported the top clearance rate results at 90.8%.

Despite being a holiday weekend, Melbourne posted another strong Saturday with a rate of 80.6% – slightly lower than the previous weekend (82.0%) but well ahead of the 71.9% reported for the same period last year.

Melbourne recorded a median price of $948,000 for auctioned houses,  lower than the previous weekend’s $1,002,500 Prices however were 10.9% higher than the $855,000 recorded over the same holiday weekend last year.

Data powered by Dr Andrew Wilson of MyHousingMarket.com.au

 

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