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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, 2022 11:22amGrey 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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Ray White’s chief economist outlines her predictions for housing market trends in 2024

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Ray White’s chief economist, Nerida Conisbee says property price growth will continue next year and mortgage holders will need to “survive until 2025” amid expectations of higher interest rates for longer.

Ms Conisbee said strong population growth and a housing supply shortage combatted the impact of rising interest rates in 2023, leading to unusually strong price growth during a rate hiking cycle. The latest CoreLogic data shows home values have increased by more than 10 percent in the year to date in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Among the regional markets, price growth has been strongest in regional South Australia with 8.6 percent growth and regional Queensland at 6.9 percent growth.

“As interest rates head close to peak, it is expected that price growth will continue. At this point, housing supply remains extremely low and many people that would be new home buyers are being pushed into the established market,” Ms Conisbee said. “Big jumps in rents are pushing more first home buyers into the market and population growth is continuing to be strong.”

Ms Conisbee said interest rates will be higher for longer due to sticky inflation. “… we are unlikely to see a rate cut until late 2024 or early 2025. This means mortgage holders need to survive until 2025, paying far more on their home loans than they did two years ago.”

Buyers in coastal areas currently have a window of opportunity to take advantage of softer prices, Ms Conisbee said. “Look out for beach house bargains over summer but you need to move quick. In many beachside holiday destinations, we saw a sharp rise in properties for sale and a corresponding fall in prices. This was driven by many pandemic driven holiday home purchases coming back on to the market.”

3 key housing market trends for 2024

Here are three of Ms Conisbee’s predictions for the key housing market trends of 2024.

Luxury apartment market to soar

Ms Conisbee said the types of apartments being built have changed dramatically amid more people choosing to live in apartments longer-term and Australia’s ageing population downsizing. “Demand is increasing for much larger, higher quality, more expensive developments. This has resulted in the most expensive apartments in Australia seeing price increases more than double those of an average priced apartment. This year, fewer apartments being built, growing population and a desire to live in some of Australia’s most sought-after inner urban areas will lead to a boom in luxury apartment demand.”

Homes to become even greener

The rising costs of energy and the health impacts of heat are two new factors driving interest in green homes, Ms Conisbee said. “Having a greener home utilising solar and batteries makes it cheaper to run air conditioning, heaters and pool pumps. We are heading into a particularly hot summer and having homes that are difficult to cool down makes them far more dangerous for the elderly and very young.”

More people living alone

For some time now, long-term social changes such as delayed marriage and an ageing population have led to more people living alone. However, Ms Conisbee points out that the pandemic also showed that many people prefer to live alone for lifestyle reasons. “Shorter term, the pandemic has shown that given the chance, many people prefer to live alone with a record increase in single-person households during the time. This trend may influence housing preferences, with a potential rise in demand for smaller dwellings and properties catering to individuals rather than traditional family units.”


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