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Clearance rates edge towards 60%

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Auction clearance rates edged closer to 60 per cent in both Sydney and Melbourne last weekend.

According to the latest data from Australian Property Monitors (APM), 58.9 per cent of properties sold under the hammer in Sydney over the weekend, up from 55 per cent the weekend earlier.

The most expensive property sold at auction in the capital city this weekend was a $1.5 million, four bedroom house in Hurstville, in Sydney’s south.

The most affordable property was a three bedroom house in San RemoSan Remo, WA San Remo, VIC San Remo, NSW, which went under the hammer for just $175,000.

In Melbourne, 58.7 per cent of properties cleared over the weekend – marginally up on last week’s result of 55.7 per cent.

While the improvement in auction clearance activity was marginal, Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) chief executive Enzo Raimondo said it was impressive.

“The increase in the clearance rate today is a positive sign that confidence in the residential market may be starting to improve,” he said.

“If the next interest rate movement is a reduction, as is speculated, and that is actually passed on by the retail banks to borrowers it may further increase activity over winter.”

Adelaide recorded a 47 per cent clearance rate, although based on just 15 auctions, while Brisbane saw just 15 per cent of its 28 auctions selling.

This latter result was at odds with the data from Jason Andrew Auctioneers. The independent auctioneer revealed a 35 day clearance rate for South East Queensland of 45 per cent.

The company, which handles around 20 per cent of the South East Queensland auction market, said the average number of registered buyers per auction was 124 per cent, up from 93 per cent, while the percentage actually making a bid fell to 57 per cent, down from 72 per cent. Meanwhile, the average vendor shift from reserve price on auction to achieve a sale under the hammer rose from six per cent to just over seven per cent.

Director Jason Andrew said buyers are clearly suffering from a lack of confidence which he believes stems from recent changes around the financial sector’s position on interest rates.

“One of the most significant factors influencing buyer confidence in the property market has always been interest rates,” Mr Andrew said.

“While traditionally the Reserve Bank has wielded significant power over interest rate setting, in recent times the banks have eroded that influence, particularly with the ANZ’s decision last year to begin reviewing their mortgage rates outside of the monthly RBA cycle.”

“Continuing out-of-cycle increases from the lenders despite the RBA leaving rates on hold all year have been verging on irresponsible, particularly with widespread speculation that this activity is about protecting the bank’s bottom lines rather than the officially cited reason of increased funding costs.”

“Buyers are clearly feeling nervous. The market needs an RBA rate cut in May to restore confidence, but even more than that, consumers need the banks to do the right things and pass any cut on, in full.”

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Purchasing their first property 15 years ago with the intention of creating a property portfolio which would see them comfortably supported during their retirement, Max and Jeanette Schudeboom now have a portfolio of 13 properties.

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Max and Jeanette joins  host Phil Tarrant to discuss their property journey, compare the Australian market to Max’s home town of Holland, and share their plans to maintain the size of their portfolio.

The pair also unpack how they manage and finance their portfolio, discuss the process they go through when choosing where to invest, and share the tips learned from 15 years as property investors.

If you like this episode, show your support by rating us or leaving a review on iTunes (The Smart Property Investment Show) and by following Smart Property Investment on social media: FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

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Vendors can also request to have their auctions broadcast to a larger buyer audience.

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How a move to Hong Kong impacted Julia’s Australian property goals

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