Auction clearances ticks up on low volume

Derek Rose
(Australian Associated Press)


The housing market showed signs of bouncing back in the June quarter, with the highest auction clearance rate in a year for Australia’s capital cities, but auction volume was down significantly.

There were 18,104 auctions and 55.5 per cent resulted in sales in the three months to June 30, CoreLogic said on Monday.

In the same time last year, there were 25,824 homes taken to auction, 57.8 per cent successfully.

“The improved trend in auction market results provides further evidence that housing conditions are stabilising, especially in Sydney and Melbourne, where a trend towards higher clearance rates has been most pronounced,” CoreLogic analyst Cameron Kusher said.

For last week, there were 854 homes taken to auction across Australia’s capital cities, with a preliminary clearance rate of 69 per cent.

A year ago there were 1,178 homes taken to auction, with a clearance rate of 52 per cent.

In Sydney, there were 318 auctions, with a preliminary clearance rate of 77.2 per cent, and CoreLogic expected the final figure to perhaps hold just above 70 per cent when the remaining results are collected.

It compares to 408 auctions with a clearance rate of 46.9 per cent a year ago.

The week previous, 71.3 per cent of the city’s 359 auctions were successful – the highest clearance rate the city has seen in over two years.

Melbourne had 352 auctions with a preliminary clearance rate of 73.6 per cent, compared to 559 auctions and a 56.2 per cent clearance rate a year ago.

Westpac economist Matthew Hassan said that the main caveat continues to be low volumes, and the spring selling season seems to be shaping up as a major test, “albeit one that is still a few months away”.


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