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The busiest week for auctions so far this year returns a preliminary clearance rate of 77.6 percent

The busiest week for auctions so far this year returns a preliminary clearance rate of 77.6 percent

National auction clearance results for the week ending 09/04/2017 courtesy of CoreLogic

Auction activity ramped up across the combined capital cities this week in the lead up to Easter, with 3,424 homes taken to auction this week, recording the highest volume of auctions year-to-date. The preliminary clearance rate remains strong despite the increase in volumes over the week, with 77.6 percent of auctions reporting as successful. This week’s results are higher than both last week’s 75.9 percent across 2,657 auctions and the same time last year when 67.1 percent of the 1,831 auctions were cleared. However, if we compare to the pre-Easter weekend in March last year, volume’s reached their highest level for 2016, with 3,540 auctions held.

In Melbourne this week, the number of homes taken to auction rose to 1,458, from last week’s 1,143, with the clearance rate for the city also increasing over the week (81.0 percent), up from 79.6 percent over the previous week. This is significantly higher than the corresponding week last year when 803 auctions were reported with a clearance rate of 73.2 percent. Across Melbourne’s sub-regions, the Mornington Peninsula region recorded the highest clearance rate of all the regions, with 87.0 percent of the 66 auctions successful, followed by the North West region, where an 86.1 percent clearance rate was recorded across 107 auctions.

Across Sydney, there were a higher volume of auctions this week, with 1,392 held, up from 1,104 over the previous week. The preliminary clearance rate for the city saw an increase over week, up to 81.5 percent from 78.0 percent last week. When compared to the same time last year, both the clearance rate and number of auctions held were significantly lower, when 67.1 percent of the 678 auctions were successful. The Outer West and Blue Mountains region recorded the strongest clearance rate of all the Sydney sub-regions, with an 90.0 percent rate of clearance across 13 auctions, while the North Sydney and Hornsby region recorded the highest volume of auctions (221).

There were 182 Brisbane properties taken to auction this week, with a preliminary clearance rate of 54.6 percent, up from 52.4 percent last week and also higher than the same period last year, when 47.7 percent of the 160 properties taken to auction were successful. Across the Gold Coast, 29 results have been reported so far, with a clearance rate of 37.9 percent.

This week, Adelaide saw a preliminary clearance rate of 67.4 percent across a total of 170 scheduled auctions. This is lower than the previous week, when Adelaide’s clearance rate was 76.3 percent and higher than the 63.6 percent recorded one year ago.

Perth’s clearance rate of 22.7 percent across 53 auctions is down from the previous week, when 43 auctions were held and a clearance rate of 38.7 percent was recorded. Over the same week last year, the clearance rate was also higher, when 33.3 percent of the 36 auctions were successful.

Canberra’s preliminary auction clearance rate of 69.8 percent this week is higher than last week, when the final auction clearance rate was 60.8 percent and higher than the 52.2 percent recorded last year.

In Tasmania this week, there were a total of 21 auctions held, with 15 results so far

Preliminary clearance rates in each state courtesy of CoreLogic (as at 9am EDST 02/04/2017):

  • Sydney – 81.5% clearance, 1392 total auctions, 1045 results reported, 852 cleared, 193 uncleared
  • Melbourne – 81% clearance, 1458 total auctions, 1280 results reported, 1037 cleared, 243 uncleared
  • Brisbane – 54.6% clearance, 182 total auctions, 119 results reported, 65 cleared, 54 uncleared
  • Adelaide – 67.4% clearance, 170 total auctions, 92 results reported, 62 cleared, 30 uncleared
  • Perth – 22.7% clearance, 53 total auctions, 22 results reported, 5 cleared, 17 uncleared
  • Tasmania – 60% clearance, 21 total auctions, 15 results reported, 9 cleared, 6 uncleared
  • Canberra – 69.8% clearance, 148 total auctions, 116 results reported, 81 cleared, 35 uncleared
    Combined national preliminary result – 79% clearance, 3424 total auctions (2689 reported, 2111 cleared.)

Last week’s preliminary results as reported are here


The above results are preliminary, with ‘final’ auction clearance rates published each Thursday. CoreLogic, on average, collects between 85% and 90% of auction results each week. Clearance rates are calculated across properties that have been taken to auction over the past week.

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