Sydney's swift private treaty market despite auction clearance rate slump

Sydney's swift private treaty market despite auction clearance rate slump
Sydney's swift private treaty market despite auction clearance rate slump

Sydney's auction success rates may be decreasing however private treaty listings are still selling at near record speed.

Houses across Sydney are typically finding buyers after 27 days of their listing on real estate websites and shop front window displays.

That's just one day slower than the 26 day record set in July this year, according to CoreLogic RP Data. 

Non-auction Sydney house listings were selling at 28 days this time two years ago.

Acacia Gardens, near Blacktown has been cosistently dubbed the fastest selling suburb, with agents securing sales at an average of just 15 days on market.

Sydney celebrity couple Kerryn Phelps and Jackie Stricker-Phelps easily bettered their own suburb rate of sale when selling their weekender in Bundeena within 19 days of listing earlier this week.

"It was a unique beachfront location,' selling agent Debbie Donnelley at Phillips Pantzer Donnelly who secured above the $3.3 million price guidance.

Private treaty sales in the southern Sydney beach suburb typically take 100 days before sale, according to CoreLogic RP Data.

While other capital cities have narrowed the gap, only Canberra comes close to the speed at which Sydney is selling.

Canberra houses are selling at 28 days with Melbourne the next fastest at 31 days. Darwin is the slowest at 99 days before vendors find their buyer.

Ofcourse over summer agents start struggling to sell surplus stock at spring time speed with the rates set to sell down to around 50 days. 

The biggest change in the Sydney property market over recent months has been the auction clearance rate.

The rate at the end of September 2013 was at a high 88.4%, however now stood last Saturday at around 64 per cent.

Across Sydney over the past seven days there were 1,024 auctions with a clearance rate of 61.3 per cent, far from the strength seen earlier this year when there were 22 consecutive weeks at 80 per cent or above.

There are 1,450 Sydney homes scheduled for auction over the coming seven days, more than at the same time last year when there were around 1,259 offerngs.

It is the highest number of weekly auctions scheduled since March this year, CoreLogic RP Data advised. 

The most popular suburbs for auction this week are Bellevue Hill (18); Paddington (16), Coogee (15), Killara (15) and St Ives (15).

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of our authors. Jonathan has been writing about property since the early 1980s and is editor-at-large of Property Observer.

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