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The auction markets remain clearly in favour of sellers.

By Terry Christodoulou
Mon, Apr 19, 2021 11:20amGrey Clock < 1 min

The weekend produced strong home auction results for sellers across the country with all capitals recording auction clearance rates well above 80% on Saturday, April 17, with the exception of Melbourne at 79.7%.

The number of listings nationally followed on from last week’s strong outing and was well ahead of last year’s auctions over the same Saturday.

The Sydney market rebounded reporting a rate of 86.2%, well above the 82.4% recorded the previous weekend and significantly higher than the COVID impacted 35.2% recorded over the same weekend last year. Despite the results, the weekend’s figure was lower than the 90.1% monthly average.

Saturday auction numbers in Sydney were strong with 785 homes listed for sale, above the 692 listed over the same Saturday last year.

Sydney recorded a median price for houses sold at auction on the weekend of $1,560,000 which was 1.0% higher than the $1,550,000 reported over the previous Saturday.

Melbourne reported a weekend clearance rate of 79.7%, which was just above the season-low of 79.1%, but well above the 28.7% COVID-related result of the same weekend last year.

1062 homes were reported listed for auction on Saturday which was well above the 905 auctioned over the previous weekend and higher than the 834 auctioned over the same Saturday last year.

Melbourne recorded a median price of $999,900 for houses sold at auction on the weekend which was 5.7% higher than the $945,750 recorded over the previous weekend.

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


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Leaders in Australia’s property industry are calling on the RBA to hit the pause button on further interest rate rises following yesterday’s announcement to raise the cash rate to 4.1 percent.

CEO of the REINSW, Tim McKibbin, said it was time to let the 12 interest rate rises since May last year take effect.

“The REINSW would like to see the RBA hit pause and allow the 12 rate rises to date work their way through the economy. Property prices have rebounded because of supply and demand. I think that will continue with the rate rise,” said Mr McKibbin.  

The Real Estate Institute of Australia  today released its Housing Affordability Report for the March 2023 quarter which showed that in NSW, the proportion of family income required to meet the average loan repayments has risen to 55 percent, up from 44.5 percent a year ago.

Chief economist at Ray White, Nerida Conisbee, said while this latest increase would probably not push Australia into a recession, it had major implications for the housing market and the needs of ordinary Australians.

“As more countries head into recession, at this point, it does look like the RBA’s “narrow path” will get us through while taming inflation,” she said. 

“In the meantime however, it is creating a headache for renters, buyers and new housing supply that is going to take many years to resolve. 

“And every interest rate rise is extending that pain.”

In a speech to guests at Morgan Stanley’s Australia Summit released today, Governor Philip Lowe addressed the RBA board’s ‘narrow path’ approach, navigating continued economic growth while pushing inflation from its current level of 6.8 percent down to a more acceptable level of 2 to 3 percent.

“It is still possible to navigate this path and our ambition is to do so,” Mr Lowe said. “But it is a narrow path and likely to be a bumpy one, with risks on both sides.”

However, he said the alternative is persistent high inflation, which would do the national economy more damage in the longer term.

“If inflation stays high for too long, it will become ingrained in people’s expectations and high inflation will then be self-perpetuating,” he said. “As the historical experiences shows, the inevitable result of this would be even higher interest rates and, at some point, a larger increase in unemployment to get rid of the ingrained inflation. 

“The Board’s priority is to do what it can to avoid this.”

While acknowledging that another rate rise would adversely affect many households, Mr Lowe said it was unavoidable if inflation was to be tamed.

“It is certainly true that if the Board had not lifted interest rates as it has done, some households would have avoided, for a short period, the financial pressures that come with higher mortgage rates,” he said. 

“But this short-term gain would have been at a much higher medium-term cost. If we had not tightened monetary policy, the cost of living would be higher for longer. This would hurt all Australians and the functioning of our economy and would ultimately require even higher interest rates to bring inflation back down. 

“So, as difficult as it is, the rise in interest rates is necessary to bring inflation back to target in a reasonable timeframe.”


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