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Combined capital city preliminary clearance rate of 73.5%

The strong run of auction results continued to play out last week with a preliminary capital city clearance rate of 73.5%, although the early success rate has shown a subtle fade over the past two weeks, down from 76.2% over the week ending February 11th.

Capital City Auction Statistics (Preliminary)



The relatively high clearance rates have occurred alongside a consistent rise in auction volumes, with 2,775 auctions held last week; the largest number of auctions so far this year and up 33% on the week prior (2,091) and 14% higher than the same week a year ago (2,429).

After holding above 80% over the past two weeks, Sydney’s preliminary clearance rate slipped a little to 77.3% across 981 auctions. Melbourne’s preliminary clearance rate also came down to 70.6%, the lowest so far this year but still well above levels recorded late last year.

Capital City Auction Statistics over time



Historical clearance rates utilise the final auction clearance rate, while the current week is based on the preliminary clearance rate.

Across the smaller capitals, Brisbane recorded the busiest auction week, with 168 homes taken to auction, followed by Adelaide (145), Canberra (85), Perth (6) and Tasmania (2). Adelaide recorded the highest preliminary clearance rate at 87.9%, followed by Brisbane and Canberra, with early success rates of 72.8% and 57.1% respectively. Two of the four auctions reported in Perth so far were successful, while the one auction reported in Tasmania was unsuccessful.

The past three weeks has seen the preliminary auction clearance rate revise an average of 6.1 percentage points lower on final results.  With this in mind we are likely to see the capital city clearance rate finalised at around 67.4%. The number of auctions scheduled next week is set to ease a little with around 2,680 auctions current scheduled to go under the hammer.

Capital City Auction Statistics (Preliminary)


The above results are preliminary, with ‘final’ auction clearance rates published each Thursday. CoreLogic, on average, collects 99% of auction results each week. Clearance rates are calculated across properties that have been taken to auction over the past week.

Sub-region auction statistics (preliminary)


CoreLogic, on average, collects 99% 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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Caitlin Fono

Meet Caitlin Fono

Sr Associate, Research Support

Caitlin has spent more than a decade working with property data and analytics in various roles, earning a position on the CoreLogic research team in 2013. As a respected and highly experienced research analyst, Caitlin works with high frequency data sets, regularly updating our widely read auction reporting, weekly activity updates and customised data briefs.

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