Cooling off occurring in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs residential market prices: HTW

Cooling off occurring in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs residential market prices: HTW
Cooling off occurring in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs residential market prices: HTW

A cooling off is occurring in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs residential market for properties especially at lower price points.

The eastern suburbs market is currently witnessing some mixed results which vary between market segments and property types, according to the June report from the valuation firm Herron Todd White.

The first quarter of 2018 started fairly stably however more recently has seen some softening in values, extended selling periods and auction clearance rates falling to 68.3% as of 27 May, compared to 79.4% at the same time last year, t.he report noted

The stronger sector of the market is currently good quality prestige houses in the $5 million to $10 million price range.

The reported quoted prominent eastern suburbs agent, Alexander Phillips, stating that “it’s harder to sell a $900,000 apartment by the beach than a house for $8 million in Bellevue Hill in the current market”.

As he points out, it’s just harder to borrow money, which is reducing the buying power for people looking for apartments.

“If you had a two bedroom apartment in Bondi open for $900,000 you’d get four or five groups, but if you had a house priced at $6 million or $8 million in Bellevue Hill you’d get 20 groups... there are just more buyers at that price point at the moment,” he said.

Cooling off occurring in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs residential market prices: HTW

6 Latimer Road, Bellevue Hill which sold on 12th May for approximately $8,600,000 after the first open home and three days on the market (above). 

"While the prestige housing sector remains somewhat stable, the general unit market is showing signs of market resistance compared to previous years", according to the valuation firm.

A Bellevue Hill unit was originally passed in at auction, then set an asking price of $929,000 which was further reduced to $890,000 and was then sold for $870,000.

"Although not a significant reduction, this is something very rarely seen in the eastern suburbs over the past several years," HTW noted.

Cooling off occurring in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs residential market prices: HTW

10/175 Victoria Road Bellevue Hill is a typical 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom art deco unit (on a busy road) sold on 4th May for $870,000 after 85 days on the market (above).

Buyers have a more reserved attitude and HTW is forecasting that this will continue for the remainder of the year. 

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Residential Market Cooling Off

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