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Sellers' pain and gain revealed

Emma Ryan 4 minute read

New research has uncovered the profits and losses of Australian property sellers over the March quarter, determining which locations have been the most valuable to invest in.

CoreLogic’s Pain and Gain report is a quarterly analysis that measures the profits and losses of sellers by comparing the most recent sale price to the previous sale price, showing where profits were earned and losses were made.

According to the report, 31.9 per cent of homes resold for more than double their previous purchase price over the March quarter, overall.

However, the findings revealed distinct differences between capital city and regional homes sold over the quarter, with 6.9 per cent of capital city properties resold at a loss compared to 13.1 per cent of regional properties, on average.


Out of the capital cities, Darwin sellers experienced the biggest loss in profits with a decrease of 21.1 per cent, followed by Perth with 16.3 per cent, Hobart with 10.2 per cent, Canberra with 9.8 per cent, Adelaide with 9.3 per cent, Brisbane with 7.7 per cent, Melbourne with 5.5 per cent, and Sydney with 2.1 per cent.

Across the combined capital cities, homes sold at a loss over the quarter had been owned for 5.4 years on average, compared to 10.1 years for homes sold at a gain, and 17.2 years for those homes which sold for more than double their previous purchase price.

In the remaining areas surveyed, regional Western Australia experienced the biggest loss in profits with falls of 25.8 per cent, followed by regional South Australia with 21.4 per cent, regional Tasmania with 19.6 per cent, regional Queensland with 14.8 per cent, regional Northern Territory with 10.0 per cent, regional Victoria with 6.6 per cent, and regional NSW with 6.2 per cent.

The report found the combined regional markets recorded a 6.8 year average for homes resold at a loss over the quarter, compared to a 10.2 year average for homes sold at a gain, and 18.1 years for homes sold for more than double their previous purchase price.

"The trends in regional areas are shifting with the proposition of loss-making resales trending lower in areas linked to tourism and lifestyle," CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said, commenting on the results.


"On the other hand, housing markets linked to the resources sector are generally seeing an elevated level of loss-making resales after housing market conditions in many of these locations have posted a sharp correction."

[Related: Property industry welcomes stamp duty concessions]

Sellers' pain and gain revealed
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