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New Auction Year Kicks Off Early

Eager sellers look to get a head start on the market.

By Terry Christodoulou
Mon, Jan 24, 2022Grey Clock 2 min

As sellers look to get a head start on the rest of the market, the property auction market has kicked into gear earlier than usual.

Of the 448 homes listed nationally for auction over the past week, 66.8% sold according to data from CoreLogic.

The auction volume for the first major weekend of the year was significantly higher than the previous corresponding weekend at almost double the same time last year — with 244 properties auctioned.

CoreLogic predicts the number of homes taken to auction will continue to rise over the coming weeks, with over 1150 auctions expected to be held next week, compared to 884 over the same week last year.

In Sydney, a total of 79 homes hit the market — compared to 47 this time last year — of which 60 have been recorded and 58.3% of those auctions were successful.

Melbourne proved the busiest auction capital this week with 144 properties listed for auction.

With 100 results taken at the time of writing, 64% reported a successful result — on par with the average final clearance rate through December.

Over the same week last year, 127 homes were auctioned across the Victorian capital.

The push for sellers to get a jump on the market follows on from a record December quarter in 2021.

CoreLogic’s Quarterly Auction Market Review recorded 42,918 properties were taken to auction across the combined capital cities in the three months to December 2021.

The numbers equate to an 85.1% increase from the previous quarter and a 109.5% lift from the December 2020 figures.

In Australia’s two biggest auction markets, Melbourne had 19,788 auctions and a clearance rate of 69.7% for the December quarter compared to Sydney with 14,906 auctions and a clearance rate of 69.9%.

Across all capitals, the quarterly clearance rate of 71.3% was fractionally down on the previous quarter’s 71.7%


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The waterfront residence is one of Port Stephens’ finest homes.

By Kanebridge News
Fri, Aug 12, 2022 2 min

In the coastal township of Salamander Bay — nearby to Port Stephens — comes a unique home crafted to take full advantage of unbroken ocean vistas across three levels.

With one-of-a-kind flair, the stunning 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 3-car garage home of 52 Randall Drive Salamander Bay is nestled on a private 577sqm plot, optimised through intelligent design to take advantage of the Port Stephens landscape and lifestyle.

Within the home sees the typically coastal textures of natural oak floor and timber feature walls take hold while stone and tiled adornments add layers of luxury.

The open plan living, kitchen and dining areas incorporate a fireplace and near floor-to-ceiling glass that opens to create a seamless indoor-to-outdoor dining and entertaining space on the home’s top floor.

The heart of this area is the kitchen, centred around a marble-topped island, state-of-the-art European appliances and an attached bar area, with built-in refrigeration, accompanied by a butler’s pantry.

Also here comes a grand outdoor spa, central to the balcony, while another outdoor entertaining area with a pizza oven is found on the middle floor.

Downstairs once again comes a second living space replete with the perfect wine cellar — cooled by the natural rock foundation of the home — offering an array of entertaining options

Of the home’s accommodation comes a private and luxurious master retreat with expansive ocean views, a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite, here, speckled with grey terrazzo tiling and timber joinery vanities.  A further four bedrooms are found throughout the home along with two family bathrooms rounding out the offering.

Less than a five-minute walk from nearby amenities of shops, restaurants, cafes and beaches the home offers the best of the Port Stephens area.

The listing is with PRD Port Stephens’ Dane Queenan (+61 412 351 819) and Erin Sharp (+61 499 912 311) and is heading to auction;