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Sydney and Melbourne markets record lowest preliminary clearance rates since April 2023

Capital city auction activity almost doubled this week following the quieter long weekend last week. It is the highest number of auctions in 11 weeks, with 1,951 homes scheduled.

This activity is -22.8% below the 2,528 auctions held in the same week of 2022.

Of the 1,483 results collected so far, 72.5% returned a successful result. Despite returning above the 70% mark for seven weeks running, this week's preliminary clearance rate was 10 basis points higher than last week's preliminary clearance rate (72.4%), which revised to 68.2% at final figures. This time last year, 55.2% of auctions held were successful.

Capital City Auction Statistics (Preliminary)

Capital city stats

Auction results

Melbourne was the busiest auction market this week with 863 homes auctioned across the city, though this was -31.8% lower on the equivalent week of 2022, when 1,266 homes were auctioned. Melbourne had a preliminary clearance rate of 72.9%, based on 705 results collected. This was the lowest preliminary clearance in eight weeks, down 80 basis points from the previous week's preliminary rate of 73.7% (revised to 68.7% at final numbers). Over the equivalent week last year, a final clearance rate of 55.7% was reported.

Weekly clearance rate, combined capital cities

Weekly clearance rate, combined capital cities

Sydney saw 772 homes auctioned across the city this week, the highest number in 11 weeks which may have been impacted by last week’s public holiday. This level of activity was -2.9% less than the 795 held in the same week last year. Sydney’s preliminary clearance rate of 74.5% is the lowest in seven weeks and -1.4 percentage points below last week’s preliminary clearance rate of 75.9% (revised to 72.2% at final numbers). The percentage of properties captured as ‘passed in’ from the 581 results collected so far is 14.8%. This is up 6.8 percentage points from the 8.0% reported in the preliminary result last week. This time last year, just 52.7% of homes auctioned across the city were successful.

Capital City Auction Statistics (Preliminary)

Capital City Auction Statistics (Preliminary)

Among the smaller capitals, Brisbane hosted the busiest auction market this week with 138 homes taken to auction, followed by Adelaide (109), and Canberra (52). In the equivalent week of 2022 the combined smaller capitals held 33.8% more auctions (452). Canberra recorded the highest preliminary clearance rate with 70.3% of results collected to date returning a successful result. Adelaide saw its preliminary clearance rate fall -15.8 percentage points this week to 67.9%, and Brisbane's preliminary clearance rate (66.0%) increased 7.2 percentage points week on week. Across Perth, three of the six results collected to date were successful, while two of the four results collected in Tasmania this were successful.

Sub-region auction statistics (preliminary)

Sub-region auction statistics (preliminary)

With roughly 1,800 auctions currently scheduled, capital city auction activity next week is set decline around 10% from this week.

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