Auction clearance rates move higher on lower volumes over first week of spring

The number of auctions across Australia’s capital cities slipped lower over the first week of Spring, with 2,272 auctions held (down from a recent high of 2,654 the previous week), however auction numbers remained well above the same week a year ago when there were 1,897 auctions held.  The preliminary clearance rate of 74.9 per cent was higher than the previous week’s result of 73.4 per cent and similar to last year, when the final result across the combined capital cities was 74.1 per cent.

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In Melbourne, a preliminary auction clearance rate of 76.2 per cent was recorded across 998 auctions this week. Last week, Melbourne’s final clearance rate was slightly higher at 76.7 per cent across 1,188 auctions. One year ago, there were 872 Melbourne auctions held with 76.7 per cent of the results reported as successful. Of the 9 individual Melbourne sub-regions, this week the strongest performer, in terms of clearance rate, was Melbourne’s Outer East. So far, CoreLogic RP Data has collected 80 results for the region and the preliminary result shows 91.3 per cent of these auctions were successful.

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Across Sydney, this week’s preliminary clearance rate was recorded at 78 per cent, up from a recent low of 75.1 per cent last week, the lowest clearance rate the city has seen all year, and below the clearance rate for the city one year ago (80.1 per cent). This week, Sydney was host to almost as many auctions as Melbourne (995), but less than the 1,106 held last week, and higher than a year ago when there were only 705 Sydney auctions held over the week. North Sydney and Hornsby was the busiest sub-region of Sydney this week for auctions, with 154 homes taken under the hammer. Based on preliminary results, the region recorded a healthy 83.6 per cent clearance rate, with only two other sub-regions recording a higher result; Inner West (88.6 per cent) and Eastern Suburbs (84 per cent).

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There were 129 Brisbane homes taken to auction this week, with 83 results reported so far. The preliminary clearance rate for the city is 50.6 per cent, down from 54.2 per cent last week and higher than one year ago, when 44.7 per cent of the 128 properties taken to auction were successful. Across the Gold Coast 25 results have been reported so far, with a success rate of 64 per cent (16 sales).

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This week, Adelaide saw a preliminary clearance rate of 74 per cent, with 50 reported results across a total of 66 scheduled auctions. In comparison, over the previous week Adelaide’s clearance rate was 58.1 per cent and 68.8 per cent one year ago.

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In Perth, auction volumes fell to 26 this week, from 34 last week. So far, only 7 auctions have been reported to CoreLogic RP Data, with 5 of these reported as successful. Last week, the final auction clearance rate for Perth was 45.2 per cent across the 34 auctions.

Across Canberra a total of 51 auctions were held this week, compared to 47 last week and 69 at the same time last year. Canberra’s preliminary clearance rate of 65.4 per cent is lower than it was the previous week (69.8 per cent).

Tasmania had 7 auctions take place this week, 2 results have been reported so far, with no sales.

About Shana Miller

Shana joined CoreLogic RP Data in 2007, heading up CoreLogic RP Data’s 'agents advice' team which is responsible for collecting sales data directly from industry participants. Having gained a solid background in data collection, storage and reporting, Shana joined CoreLogic RP Data’s research team as an analyst in 2011. Shana's day to day activities include compiling CoreLogic RP Data’s regular analysis such as auction and private treaty metrics as well as reporting on housing markets at a local through to national level. Shana has now joined the CoreLogic RP Data commentating team to deliver weekly blog updates on housing market activity across the country.

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