Further confirmation today that Sydney is leading the property market lower, based on the preliminary auction results from CoreLogic.
The combined capital cities returned a preliminary auction clearance rate of 65.4 per cent this week across 3,335 auctions making it the third busiest week for auctions so far this year, increasing from 62.8 per cent across 2,907 auctions last week. This time last year, 2,987 homes were taken to auction and a clearance rate of 74.4 per cent was recorded.
The final clearance rate has remained below 65 per cent for the last 4 weeks and it’s likely that this will be the case again on Thursday when the final results are released. One of the biggest contributors to the softer auction market conditions is Sydney, where the final clearance rate has remained below 60 per cent since the last week of October, while Melbourne has slipped below 70 per cent for the second week in a row.