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Sydney And Melbourne’s Clearance Rates Slide

However strong results persist nationwide.

By Terry Christodoulou
Mon, Apr 12, 2021 10:22amGrey Clock < 1 min

Auction markets resumed on Saturday following last weekend’s pause in activity for the Easter holiday break.

Clearance rates continued to reflect boom-time market conditions in all capitals however Melbourne and Sydney were well down on recent weekend results posting 79.1% and 82.4% clearance respectively.

Sydney, while strong at 82.4%, was well below the 90.4% recorded a fortnight ago and reported the lowest clearance rate since the 81.1% recorded on Saturday January 30.

Auction numbers in the Harbour City remained robust with 785 listings while the median price for houses sold at auction on the weekend of $1,550,000 was only 1.4% lower than the previous fortnight’s results.

Melbourne fell to a year low after the Easter holiday break reporting a rate of 79.1%. A total of 905 homes were listed for auction which, while healthy, produced a median price of $945,750 for houses sold at auction on the weekend, down 6.8% from Super Saturday.

However, despite Sydney and Melbourne’s slip, Brisbane performed well at 90.7%, while Adelaide (86.4%) and Canberra (92.5%) continued to surge.

Across the nation listings numbers were also, predictably lower compared to the auctions conducted over Super Saturday a fortnight ago, with markets slowed by school holidays.

Data powered by Dr Andrew Wilson of MyHousingMarket.com.au

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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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