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Record February Ends With Market Cool Off

Late summer listings ease clearance rates.

By Terry Christodoulou
Mon, Feb 28, 2022 9:24amGrey Clock 2 min

The high volumes of homes that went to auction through February has finally eased clearance rates.

Despite a largely positive weekend across the nation’s capitals, the clearance rate has finally succumbed to the volume of listings that has inundated the market this past weekend and throughout February.

The national auction market reported a significant increase over the weekend, with a total of 2627 listings reported compared to the previous weekend’s 2341 and ahead of the 2163 reported for the same weekend last year.

The high volumes led to a national clearance rate of 77.9%, the lowest for the month. This is compared to last weekend’s 81.5% and well below the 83.3% recorded over the same weekend last year.

Capital city markets face a challenge with the first ‘Super Saturday’ of the year next weekend likely to put downward pressure on clearance rates.

Sydney saw another strong clearance rate despite yet another record February day for auction listings with 965 properties listed — up on the previous weekend’s 878 and higher than the 734 reported over the same weekend last year.

The NSW capital recorded a clearance rate of 78.8% at the weekend — higher than the 78.1% reported over the previous weekend but well below the 90.0% recorded over the same weekend last year.

Sydney recorded a median price of $1,755,000 for houses sold at auction at the weekend which was higher than the $1,750,000 reported over the previous weekend and 6.7% higher than the $1,645,000 recorded over the same weekend last year.

In Melbourne, the weekend auction market reported a significant day of auctions with 1288 homes listed — higher than the previous weekend’s 1129 and above the 1211 reported for the same weekend last year.

The Victorian capital posted a clearance rate of 71.4% on Saturday, a 4-weekend low and well below the 82.0% recorded over the same weekend last year.

Melbourne recorded a median price of $1,187,000 for houses sold at auction at the weekend which was higher than last weekend’s $1,165,000 and 18.4% higher than the $1,005,000 recorded over the same weekend last year.

Data powered by Dr Andrew Wilson, My Housing Market.



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Expert tips for prospective buyers looking to purchase a home in 2024.

By Josh Bozin
Fri, Apr 12, 2024 3 min

For aspiring homeowners, be it a first-time buyer, downsizer, or investor, picturing your idea of homeownership bliss is the easy part. But before deliberating on furniture choices or scouting for that perfect neighbourhood coffee, understanding your purchasing power stands out as the most important step in ensuring your success in homeownership.

And with the Australian property market gaining momentum in 2024, there’s never been a better time to come to grips with your financial options.

In 2023, amid the changing financial landscape that saw rising interest rates and the cost of living skyrocket, among other factors, the total amount borrowed for property purchases across Australia was estimated at $300.9 billion, a 12.7 percent decrease from the previous year, according to PEXA’s latest Mortgage Insights Report.

Each mainland state also experienced a decline in new lending, according to the report, with Victoria and New South Wales seeing the biggest drops to $84.1 billion and $109.5 billion, respectively.

While this trend reflects the repercussions of such financial hardships on the everyday Australian, John Morello, director and auctioneer at Jellis Craig, said we’re seeing renewed confidence in the property market during the first quarter of 2024, particularly in Melbourne.

“Auction clearance rates have started the year strongly and consumer sentiment is rising. This lift is driven by cooling inflation and an improved outlook on interest rates. At Jellis Craig, as with the rest of the market, we are experiencing an increase in volume of property compared to the same period in March last year (up 28% in 2024),” Mr Morello said.

“Melbourne’s property market, in particular, is showing its ongoing evolution and resilience.”

PEXA’s report revealed that, while borrowing saw a decrease in 2023 in Australia, Australians still invested $613.0 billion in property purchases in 2023. In 2024, purchasing confidence is only going up, as prospective first home buyers, seasoned downsizers, and savvy investors look to capitalise on a flood of new property hitting the market, coupled with the lowering of interest rates across the board.

“With more certainty in the economic outlook, along with an increase in volume of property available, we are seeing these factors translate to early signs of a boost in confidence in both buyers and sellers,” said Mr Morello.

“Further encouraging data shows that whilst there is more property available to purchase, more people are inspecting property, again indicating that demand has increased broadly across our marketplace.”

If you’re in the market for a new property, the biggest question you must ask yourself is how much house can I afford?

A great starting place is to speak with your mortgage broker or financial professional, who can guide you on your lending options. This is critical, as you need to know what your future repayment options might look like, and ultimately, what you will typically be able to afford.

A useful tool for judging whether you can afford a specific property is to factor in the 28/36 rule — a rough guide that suggests you should not spend more than 28 percent of your gross monthly income on housing, and no more than 36 percent on all debts. Another useful tool is the idea of a debt-to-income ratio (DTI); a formula whereby an individual can divide all of their monthly debt payments by gross monthly income to arrive at a number that one can measure as a way of managing monthly mortgage payments.

Mr Morello emphasised the need to understand affordability and what’s feasible for each individual when looking to make a purchase, no matter the budget, on a property in 2024.

“It’s pivotal to work out what you can afford. Get your finances in order. Consider all associated costs with buying, and research what concessions and grants are available,” said Mr Morello.

“It’s easy for individuals to begin the process today. Start actively searching potential properties on a weekly basis, and research areas you are interested in. Check weekly sales results, attend inspections and auctions, to get a feel for the process. Just remember, it’s important to be really comfortable in understanding your living expenses, and what the ongoing expenses will be once you have bought a property.

“For example, mortgage repayments, council rates, water, power, owners corp fees, insurances, maintenance costs; if you are buying as an investment, the Land Tax payable on that property which is an ongoing tax. There’s many factors to consider.”

To see what’s possible for your specific circumstances, visit our Finance Portal for specific tools, guides and tips—as well as our own mortgage calculator—to assist you on your property journey.

 

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