By Cameron Kusher

CoreLogic RP Data National Auction Preview, week ending 22 November 2015

Last week, the combined capital city auction clearance rate increased slightly, up from 61.4% the previous week to 62.3%. Over the week there were 3,274 auctions held which was the second highest number of auctions over a week this year. CoreLogic RP Data captured results for 2,947 of these auctions which is a collection rate of 90%.

The two major capital city markets of Sydney and Melbourne are both showing variations in their latest results. Last week Sydney had 1,223 total auctions compared to 1,567 auctions in Melbourne. Sydney’s clearance rate fell from 58.4% the previous week to 58.0% last week which was the cities lowest clearance rate since February 2013. While Sydney clearance rates fell, Melbourne’s clearance rate was recorded at 69.8% up from 69.0% the previous week, which is the highest clearance rate for the city in four weeks.

For 10 consecutive weeks now Melbourne’s auction clearance rate has been higher than Sydney’s. Between 2010 and mid-2013, it was common for Melbourne’s clearance rate to outperform Sydney’s, however since that time, Sydney’s auction clearance rate has been consistently outperforming until recently.

Auction activity across the capital cities is expected to fall this week with 3,171 auctions currently expected by CoreLogic RP Data, providing plenty of stock for buyers to choose from. Melbourne is expecting 1,518 residential auctions, which is greater than the 1,433 auctions held this week last year. In Sydney we are anticipating 1,130 auctions this week which is lower than both last week (1,248) and the same week last year (1,337).

Brisbane is set for a busy week, with 214 auctions, compared to 198 last week, while in Adelaide (141 compared to 121) and Canberra (116 compared to 102) auction activity is also expected to be higher than last week. In Perth there is set to be little change in auction activity with 38 auctions scheduled this week compared to 39 last week.

Melbourne’s busiest suburbs for auction this week are: Glen Waverley (29), Mount Waverley (29) and Reservoir (26). In Sydney, the busiest suburbs for auctions this week are: Chatswood (20), Marrickville (15) and Merrylands (13).

Source: RPD

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