June Auction Markets Finish On A High
Sydney lockdowns could see a change in fortunes.
Sydney lockdowns could see a change in fortunes.
The auction markets continued to post extraordinary results despite the looming and eventuating COVID lockdown measures enacted in Sydney.
A total of 2553 homes were listed for auction in state capitals on Saturday which was lower than last weekend’s record June offering of 2888 – yet, well ahead of the 1150 auctioned over the same weekend last year.
Across the country, clearance rates were generally higher at the weekend, with a national clearance rate of 82.5%, marginally higher than last weekend’s 82.3% and well ahead of the 67.8% reported over the same weekend last year.
Despite Saturday’s national clearance rate being the highest in the past seven weeks, the outlook is cloudy with Sydney COVID lockdown now in full force.
Sneaking in before lockdown, Sydney’s recent weekend auction market produced more remarkable results with a clearance rate of 83.0% on Saturday. This result was higher than the previous weekend’s 80.8% and well ahead of the 68.5% recorded over the same weekend last year.
The NSW capital reported 958 auctions on Saturday which was lower than the previous weekend’s 1036 but well above the 529 recorded over the same weekend last year.
Sydney recorded a median price of $1,550,000 for houses sold at auction at the weekend which was lower than the $1,610,000 reported over the previous Saturday but 14.8% higher than the $1,350,000 recorded over the same weekend last year.
Melbourne’s auction market, with lockdown measures easing, looks to be rising.
A total of 1320 homes were listed to go under the hammer on Saturday, below last weekend’s June record 1566 but well ahead of the 527 auctioned over the same weekend last year.
Melbourne recorded a clearance rate of 79.0% – well ahead of the previous weekends 74.4% and the 61.5% recorded over the same weekend last year. This Saturday was the highest reported in the Victorian capital since May 8.
Further, Melbourne recorded a median price of $1,000,000 for houses sold at auction at the weekend which was higher than the $979,000 recorded over the previous weekend and 22.7% higher than the $815,000 recorded over the same weekend last year.
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Data reveals house values have continued to decrease, but the rate has slowed as the RBA Board prepares to meet next week
House values continued to fall last month, but the pace of decline has slowed, CoreLogic reports.
In signs that the RBA’s aggressive approach to monetary policy is making an impact, CoreLogic’s Home Value Index reveals national dwelling values fell -1.0 percent in November, marking the smallest monthly decline since June.
The drop represents a -7.0 percent decline – or about $53,400 – since the peak value recorded in April 2022. Research director at CoreLogic, Tim Lawless, said the Sydney and Melbourne markets are leading the way, with the capital cities experiencing the most significant falls. But it’s not all bad news for homeowners.
“Three months ago, Sydney housing values were falling at the monthly rate of -2.3 percent,” he said. “That has now reduced by a full percentage point to a decline of -1.3 percent in November. In July, Melbourne home values were down -1.5 percent over the month, with the monthly decline almost halving last month to -0.8%.”
The rate of decline has also slowed in the smaller capitals, he said.
“Potentially we are seeing the initial uncertainty around buying in a higher interest rate environment wearing off, while persistently low advertised stock levels have likely contributed to this trend towards smaller value falls,” Mr Lawless said. “However, it’s fair to say housing risk remains skewed to the downside while interest rates are still rising and household balance sheets become more thinly stretched.”
The RBA has raised the cash rate from 0.10 in April to 2.85 in November. The board is due to meet again next week, with most experts still predicting a further increase in the cash rate of 25 basis points despite the fall in house values.
Mr Lawless said if interest rates continue to increase, there is potential for declines to ‘reaccelerate’.
“Next year will be a particular test of serviceability and housing market stability, as the record-low fixed rate terms secured in 2021 start to expire,” Mr Lawless said.
Statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics this week also reveal a slowdown in the rate of inflation last month, as higher mortgage repayments and cost of living pressures bite into household budgets.
However, ABS data reveals ongoing labour shortages and high levels of construction continues to fuel higher prices for new housing, although the rate of price growth eased in September and October.
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