Property listings decline in January: SQM Research

Property listings decline in January: SQM Research
Property listings decline in January: SQM Research

SQM Research has calculated national residential property listings decreased in January by 2.9%, falling from 272,999 in December 2020 to 265,116. 

Compared to 12 months ago, listings were down by 10.5%.

All capital cities experienced seasonal decreases in property listings over the month except for Perth which had a 0.1% increase in listings.  

The largest decrease was in Melbourne of 4.7%.

Year-on-year listings also show larger declines for most capital cities with the exception of Sydney and Melbourne, both recording increases of 4.5% and 21%, respectively.

Nationally, new listings (over the past 30 days) decreased by a 24% over the course of January with 16,234 less properties on the market. 

Hobart’s new listings decreased by a significant 33.28%, followed by Canberra which decreased by 26%.  Sydney recorded the lowest decrease in new listings of 2%.

The month of January traditionally records falls in properties listed for sale as the market is still in a summer holiday mode. SQM’s Louis Christopher said.

“This year was no exception. 

“However, when we consider the number of new listings compared to January 2020, there was a material rise in nearly all cities.

“This finding is consistent with the observed early start to the auction market over January and February,” he added.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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