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Auction volumes fall, clearances hold

by Hannah Dowling4 minute read

The number of auctions held across the country fell week-on-week, however clearances have continued to hold above 70 per cent.

According to property research group CoreLogic, there were 1,456 properties taken to auction across the combined capital cities in the week ending 8 March, down significantly from 3,026 taken the previous week.

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CoreLogic attributes the sharp decline in volumes to the fact that four of the eight states and territories had a public holiday on Monday, 9 March.

While volumes fell significantly week-on-week, the preliminary clearance rate across the combined capital cities for the week held strong at 74.8 per cent, following on from the week before, which had a final clearance rate of 73.9 per cent.


The results are also an improvement on those of the same week last year, which saw 1,197 homes sent to auction, and only 47.8 per cent of those achieve a result.

Sydney saw 811 properties go under the hammer throughout the week ending 8 March 2020, with a preliminary clearance rate of 82.6 per cent, the highest clearance of all the capital cities.

This compares to the previous week, which achieved a final clearance rate of 76.6 per cent across 1,087 auctions.

Melbourne saw both auction volumes and clearance rates plummet over the week, with 404 homes taken to auction, and a preliminary clearance rate of just 68.6 per cent, compared to a final result of 74.8 per cent across 1,612 auctions the previous week.

Adelaide’s 63 auctions saw a clearance rate of 63.8 per cent, while Brisbane only saw 53.2 per cent of its 94 auctions achieve a result throughout the week.

In Perth, 37 homes went to auction, with 58.3 per cent selling under the hammer, compared to the same week last year, in which 50 homes went to auction, and only 29.5 per cent managed to sell.
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Hannah Dowling

Hannah Dowling


Hannah Dowling is a journalist for The Adviser and Mortgage Business.


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