- The combined capitals recorded a clearance rate of 69.6% for August.
- Adelaide was the stand out performer among the capitals.
- The regions recorded a 52.7% rate.
Sales across Australia’s auction markets have picked up across August and the year, according to Domain’s auction report for August 2023.
The improved clearance rates were recorded across both the combined capitals and combined regionals. The combined capitals, in particular, recorded the strongest run of clearance rates in two years, while the combined regionals had their strongest run since April 2022.
Auction performance for August 2023
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* Geographies are ABS GCCSA. Auction reporting rates are 89.1% in Sydney, 94.2% in Melbourne, 86.1% in Brisbane, 93.8% in Adelaide and 80.1% in Canberra. Source: Domain.
Clearance rates across the nation’s capitals appeared to be on trend for this year, and are above 65% for the fourth consecutive month.
Adelaide tops the nation for clearance rates
The South Australian capital put in an august performance last month, continuing to rank as the best-performing capital city for clearance rates. Adelaide recorded a >75% rate for the second time this year, and it is the third consecutive month to see rates of 70%.
Other capitals also recorded improvements on last year.
It was the third time Sydney recorded clearance rates above 70%, and was over 65% for the entire 2023; this is the longest stretch seen since November 2021.
Melbourne recorded its fifth consecutive month of >65% clearance rate, Domain noted this was the first time since July 2021.
Brisbane was the weakest capital city, despite data showing clearance rates remained high relative to historical performance.
Homes sold prior to auction rise
Domain data showed that properties being sold prior to auction rose and remain elevated, historically.
“In current market conditions, a higher proportion of sold prior indicates that sellers are more likely to accept offers before auction day due to robust offers from buyers,” the report noted.
This trend was noted across both the combined capitals and combined regionals.
Houses just pip units
Clearance rates for houses across the nation were a fraction above units, with only 20 basis points setting them apart; the story was similar for the combined regionals.
The report noted that the hair’s breadth difference was likely due to improved performance in the real estate market, but indicative of ongoing affordability challenges.
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