It’s set to be a busy weekend for house hunters with auction volumes expected to exceed 2,000 homes for the first time since June, according to CoreLogic. Numbers have been slowly increasing over the past few weeks but this weekend, 2,086 homes have been scheduled for auction across the capitals, a 14.9 percent increase on last week.
Sydney will be the busiest capital, with 859 homes set to go under the hammer, a 34.4 percent jump on the previous week and a 45.1 percent hike on this time last year.
The news out of Melbourne is less dramatic, with 832 homes to go to auction, up 6.8 percent week on week and -10.3 percent less than this time last year.
In Adelaide, there are 137 homes scheduled for auction while in Perth, it’s 21 homes and Brisbane is set to host 146 auctions. Canberra is set to host 88 auctions this week and there are three auctions scheduled in Tasmania, down from four over the previous week.
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RMIT expert says a conflation of factors is making the property market hard than ever to predict
A leading property academic has described navigating the current Australian housing market ‘like steering a ship through a thick fog while trying to avoid obstacles’.
Lecturer in RMIT’s School of Property Construction and Project Management Dr Woon-Weng Wong said the combination of consecutive interest rate rises aimed at combating high inflation, higher property prices during the pandemic and cost of living pressures such as the end of the fuel excise that occurred this week made it increasingly difficult for those looking to enter or upgrade to find the right path.
“Property prices grew by approximately 25 percent over the pandemic so it’s unsurprising that much of that growth ultimately proved unsustainable and the market is now correcting itself,” Dr Wong says. “Despite the recent softening, the market is still significantly above its long-term trend and there are substantial headwinds in the coming months. Headline inflation is still red hot, and the central bank won’t back down until it reins in these spiralling prices.”
This should be enough to give anyone considering entering the market pause, he says.
“While falling house prices may seem like an ideal situation for those looking to buy, once the high interest rates, taxes and other expenses are considered, the true costs of owning the property are much higher,” Dr Wong says.
“People also must consider time lags in the rate hikes, which many are yet to feel to brunt of. It can take anywhere from 6 to 24 months before an initial change in interest rates eventually flows on to the rest of the economy, so current mortgage holders and prospective home buyers need to take this into account.”