There were significantly fewer homes taken to auction across the combined capital cities this week, after last week saw volumes reach a year-to-date high (3,713). There were a total of 2,019 auctions held returning a preliminary auction clearance rate of 66.8 per cent, increasing on last week’s final clearance rate of 64.5 per cent. Over the corresponding week last year, 73.6 per cent of the 2,517 auction held were successful.
Melbourne saw the most notable decrease in volumes; the lower volumes a likely result of the upcoming Melbourne cup festivities and coming off the back of the busiest week for auctions ever recorded for the city last week, with only 309 held this week and 77.3 per cent clearing. Sydney’s preliminary auction clearance rate rose this week to 67.4 per cent, after last week’s final auction clearance rate fell to its lowest recorded since January 2016 (58.3 per cent), while volumes remained steady week-on-week. Performance across this remaining capital cities was varied this week, with Perth returning the lowest clearance rate of 30 per cent.