The Sydney and Melbourne property markets are showing ‘clear signs of recovery’ with auction clearance rates hitting more than 70 per cent in both the capital cities, says RiskWise Property Research CEO, Doron Peleg.
According to recent figures released by leading property analytics and services provider, CoreLogic, Sydney hit 77.2 per cent and Melbourne delivered 73.6 per cent.
“The trend now is very clear with interim results in the 60s and 70s in the past four weeks and final clearance rates above 60 per cent for that period. This is significantly higher than the clearance rate of 52 per cent a year ago,” Mr Peleg said.
He explained that a combination of the surprise election results, the RBA interest rate cuts, APRA’s changes to floor assessment and tax cuts – which would deliver more funds to households – all contributed to the confidence of the market and, consequently, higher clearance rates that were also connected to higher prices.
“While volumes are still low, in this context it means sellers, generally, don’t feel the rush to sell.”
“However, further improvement in auction results and the turnaround in the market are likely to lead to an increased volume as sellers expect stronger demand for their properties and, therefore, are more confident to put them on the market.”
Mr Peleg further commented that the high end of the market continued to lead the way with extremely strong results in Sydney’s eastern suburbs with 90 per cent clearance rates, and both Sydney Inner West and Inner South West reaching 87 per cent.
In Melbourne, the lucrative areas of the Inner East and Inner South continued with their consistently strong results this week delivering 77.3 per cent and 76.9 per cent, respectively.