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Preliminary auction clearance rate holds above 70 percent on lowest volumes since Easter

The number of auctions held this week saw a significant decrease, with 1,265 properties taken to market across the combined capital cities, down from 2,578 over the week prior. The decrease in auction activity this week is attributable to the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, which has affected activity across most states, including Australia’s two largest auction markets.

National auction clearance results for the week ending 11/06/2017 courtesy of CoreLogic

The lower volume is consistent with what is historically seen over this period, with 1,100 auctions reported over the same week last year. Last week saw the final auction clearance rate revise lower to reach 69.8 percent; an equal second lowest clearance rate for the year so far. The final clearance rate last week was the lowest over 2017 to date in Sydney and Melbourne. This week the preliminary auction clearance rate increased slightly to 71.8 percent, however it is typical to see clearance rates revise lower as final results are collected.

Across Melbourne, this week’s preliminary clearance rate was recorded at 77.1 percent, up from 73.1 percent last week and remaining well above the clearance rate for the city one year ago (64.5 percent). This week, Melbourne was host to 392 auctions, lower than the 1,188 held last week, but higher than a year ago when there were 341 Melbourne auctions held over the week. Of the 9 individual Melbourne sub-regions, this week the strongest performer, in terms of clearance rate was the North West. So far, CoreLogic has collected 29 results for the region and the preliminary result shows 89.7 percent of these auctions were successful.

Sydney’s preliminary clearance rate this week was 71.3 percent across 457 auction results. There was a total of 610 auctions held across the city. Looking back at this weekend last year, 463 auctions were held across Sydney and a clearance rate of 74.1 percent was recorded. Sydney’s North Sydney and Hornsby hosted the most auctions of any Sydney sub-region this week, with 100 properties taken to auction. The preliminary clearance rate for the region is 75.8 percent across 66 results.

There were 112 Brisbane auctions this week with a preliminary clearance rate of 64.8 percent, having increased from 42.5 percent last week across 151 auctions and higher than one year ago when there were 142 auctions with a success rate of 46.3 percent. The Gold Coast’s preliminary clearance rate was 51.6 percent across 31 results this week.

This week, Adelaide saw a preliminary clearance rate of 73.9 percent, with 46 reported results across a total of 66 scheduled auctions. In comparison, over the previous week, Adelaide’s clearance rate was 59.3 percent and 75.4 percent one year ago.

There were 42 Perth auctions this week and so far 12 results have been reported, with just 50.0 percent selling. Last week there was a 47.6 percent clearance rate for Perth

Canberra’s preliminary auction clearance rate of 66.7 percent this week is lower than last week when the final auction clearance rate was 68.6 percent and lower than the 73.9 percent recorded last year.

Tasmania saw 4 auctions take place this week, 3 results have been reported so far, with 2 sales.


Preliminary clearance rates in each state courtesy of CoreLogic (as at 9am EST 11/06/2017):

  • Sydney – 71.3% clearance, 610 total auctions, 457 results reported, 326 cleared, 131 uncleared
  • Melbourne – 77.1% clearance, 392 total auctions, 341 results reported, 263 cleared, 78 uncleared
  • Brisbane – 64.8% clearance, 112 total auctions, 71 results reported, 46 cleared, 25 uncleared
  • Adelaide – 73.9% clearance, 66 total auctions, 46 results reported, 34 cleared, 12 uncleared
  • Perth – 50% clearance, 42 total auctions, 12 results reported, 6 cleared, 6 uncleared
  • Tasmania – 66.7% clearance, 4 total auctions, 3 results reported, 2 cleared, 1 uncleared
  • Canberra – 66.7% clearance, 39 total auctions, 33 results reported, 22 cleared, 11 uncleared
    Combined national preliminary result – 72.6% clearance, 1265 total auctions (963 reported, 699 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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