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Auction volumes increasing with the combined preliminary clearance rate holding in the mid 70’s

Auction conditions remain strong with a rebound in auction volumes and higher preliminary clearance rate over the second week of May with 2,376 auctions nationally and a combined national auction clearance rate of 76.6 percent (76.2 percent weighted average)

National auction clearance results for the week ending 14/05/2017 courtesy of CoreLogic

Auction markets have remained resilient, with both volumes and the preliminary clearance rate rising week-on-week. The strong auction results add some complexity to speculation that the housing market is moving through its peak rate of growth. At face value, auction markets are continuing to indicate continued strength in selling conditions across Sydney and Melbourne, however it’s harder to know whether vendors are adjusting their reserve pricing in order to clear their property. There were 2,376 auctions held across the cities this week, with a preliminary auction clearance rate of 76.2 percent. Last week, a final clearance rate of 73.0 percent was recorded across 1,689 auctions. Over the corresponding week last year, auction volumes were lower than this week, with 1,876 properties taken to auction and a clearance rate of 69.5 percent. Melbourne had the highest number of auctions this week, with 1,092 properties going to market, with a lower preliminary rate of clearance week-on-week (76.8 percent), however Sydney saw the largest increase in volumes over the week, with 938 auctions held across the city, increasing from last week’s 592. Final auction clearance rates are published on Thursday and it will be important to monitor whether preliminary clearance rates undergo some revision as more data flows through.

In Melbourne, Australia’s largest auction market, a preliminary auction clearance rate of 76.8 percent was recorded across 1,092 auctions this week. Last week, Melbourne’s final clearance rate was recorded at 77.5 percent across 792 auctions, while this time last year, 871 properties were taken to auction across Melbourne and a clearance rate of 71.3 percent was recorded. The busiest Melbourne sub-regions this week were Melbourne’s Inner region and the Inner South region, where 217 and 163 auctions were held respectively.

In Sydney, 938 auctions were held this week, up from 592 over the previous week. The preliminary clearance rate of 79.4 percent is up from 73.8 percent last week, and also higher than this time last year, when a clearance rate of 76.2 percent was recorded across 647 auctions. Looking at the sub-regions of Sydney, the Northern Beaches region recorded the strongest clearance rate of 91.4 percent across 94 auctions, while the North Sydney and Hornsby region had the highest volume of auctions (148).

There were 127 Brisbane homes taken to auction this week, with 76 results reported so far. The preliminary clearance rate for the city is 61.8 percent, up from 59.6 percent last week and higher than one year ago, when just 49.3 percent of the 151 properties taken to auction were successful. Across the Gold Coast, 25 results have been reported so far, with a success rate of 32.0 percent.

This week, Adelaide saw a preliminary clearance rate of 71.8 percent, with 71 reported results across a total of 100 scheduled auctions. In comparison, over the previous week, Adelaide’s clearance rate was 62.5 percent and 66.3 percent one year ago.

There were 31 Perth auctions this week and so far 14 results have been reported, with 42,9 percent selling. Last week there was a 43.8 percent clearance rate for Perth.

Across Canberra, a total of 79 auctions were held this week, compared to 58 last week and 52 at the same time last year. Canberra’s preliminary clearance rate of 75.8 percent is higher than it was the previous week (64.7 percent).

Of the 4 Tasmanian auction results reported so far this week, 2 sales have been recorded.

Preliminary clearance rates in each state courtesy of CoreLogic (as at 9am EST 14/05/2017):

  • Sydney – 79.4% clearance, 938 total auctions, 751 results reported, 596 cleared, 155 uncleared
  • Melbourne – 76.8% clearance, 1092 total auctions, 974 results reported, 748 cleared, 226 uncleared
  • Brisbane – 61.8% clearance, 127 total auctions, 76 results reported, 47 cleared, 29 uncleared
  • Adelaide – 71.8% clearance, 100 total auctions, 71 results reported, 51 cleared, 20 uncleared
  • Perth – 42.9% clearance, 31 total auctions, 14 results reported, 6 cleared, 8 uncleared
  • Tasmania – 50% clearance, 9 total auctions, 4 results reported, 2 cleared, 2 uncleared
  • Canberra – 75.8% clearance, 79 total auctions, 66 results reported, 50 cleared, 16 uncleared
    Combined national preliminary result – 76.7% clearance, 2376 total auctions (1956 reported, 1500 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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