Auction clearance rate continues to track higher with a preliminary clearance rate of 72.3 per cent

The preliminary auction clearance rate once again surprised on the upside, rising to 72.3 per cent this week, compared to 70.1 per cent last week and 74.0 per cent over the same week one year ago.  Sydney has shown a remarkable bounce in clearance rates over the past few weeks, recording a 78.6 per cent preliminary clearance rate last week, compared with clearances that were tracking in the high 50 per cent range during December last year.  So far this week, CoreLogic RP Data has captured a total of 1,020 auction results with 1,331 having been scheduled across the nation’s capitals. Auction volumes are higher than they were last week when 916 residential homes were taken to auction, however they are still tracking below the volume recorded over the relative week last year (1,541).

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There were 539 Melbourne auctions this week, 268 last week and 584 over the same week last year. Of the 440 reported results, 73.6 per cent were successful, lower than the 77.6 per cent clearance rate last week and higher than one year ago when 70.9 per cent of reported auctions were successful. Melbourne’s auction clearance rate has fallen below Sydney’s for the first time since mid-September last year. This week, the strongest performing Melbourne sub-region was the Inner East, with a clearance rate of 81.4 per cent across 52 auctions. Following on from this, Inner South, West and Mornington Peninsula all recorded a clearance rate above the 75 per cent mark.

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Across Sydney, the nation’s second largest capital city auction market, there were 469 auctions held this week with a preliminary clearance rate of 78.6 per cent. Last week, Sydney’s clearance rate was lower at 75.0 per cent; auction volumes were also lower, with just 313 homes taken to auction over the period. Conditions across Sydney were relatively different one year ago, 662 auctions were held and 83.3 per cent were successful. Across the individual sub-regions of the city, North Sydney and Hornsby (92.5 per cent), City and Inner South (89.1 per cent) and Eastern Suburbs (88.3 per cent) were the strongest performers, while the weakest performing sub-region was South West, with a clearance rate of 52.9 per cent.

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Brisbane’s preliminary clearance rate was 53.3 per cent this week, compared to 54.0 per cent last week and 49.5 per cent one year ago. The city was host to 110 auctions, similar to last week when 111 were held. In comparison, 38.5 per cent of the reported Gold Coast auctions were successful this week, with 26 results reported so far.

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Across Adelaide, the preliminary auction clearance rate for this week is 81.4 per cent, up from 70.5 per cent last week and higher than one year ago (69.0 per cent). This week 87 residential homes across Adelaide were taken to auction, bringing the year to date number of auctions across the city to 348, compared to 352 last year.

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25 per cent of Perth’s auctions were successful this week, compared to 35.3 per cent last week and 46.7 per cent one year ago. 45 auctions were held across the city.

In Canberra, a total of 58 homes were taken to auction this week, down from 71 last week and higher than one year ago when 49 homes were auctioned. Canberra’s preliminary clearance rate this week is 73.3 per cent, remaining steady compared to both last week (71.4 per cent) and one year ago (72.3 per cent).

There have been 18 Tasmanian auctions reported to CoreLogic RP Data this week. Of the reported results, 10 have been sold.

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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