Auctions slightly up year-on-year

By Emma Ryan 17 August 2020 | 1 minute read

Preliminary results have shown a slight increase in the volume of auctions across the combined capital cities in comparison with this time last year.

Auctions slightly up year-on-year

According to CoreLogic, for the week ending 16 August, there were 1,160 homes taken to auction across the combined capital cities. This is similar to the previous week when 1,154 auctions were held, and slightly higher than this time last year where 1,111 homes went under the hammer.

The figures showed that the combined capital city preliminary auction clearance rate was recorded at 65.9 per cent across 882 auction results so far this week. Again, this is slightly higher than last week’s preliminary result of 65.3 per cent, which later revised down to 58.7 per cent.

The corresponding period last year saw a final clearance rate of 67.8 per cent across the combined capital cities.

Capital city breakdown


Still in the midst of stage 4 restrictions, Melbourne saw 298 homes on track for auction this week. This is down from 357 the week prior and 500 this time last year.

“The number of auctions held across Melbourne has reduced sharply through the lockdown period, but withdrawal rates have been much lower relative to the previous lockdown period in April and early May earlier this year,” CoreLogic said.

“The preliminary collection indicates only 18 per cent of Melbourne auctions were withdrawn from the market this week, compared with a peak of 65 per cent through the second week of April.  

“Of the 244 auction results collected so far, 73.0 per cent were successful, although this will likely revise lower as the remaining auction results are collected. Last week saw a final clearance rate of 55.1 per cent recorded across the city, while this time last year, 72.3 per cent of Melbourne auctions were successful.”

Meanwhile, Sydney saw 642 homes go under the hammer for the week concluding 16 August. This is up from 566 over the previous week and 367 this time last year.

“Of the 483 auction results collected so far, 65.8 per cent have returned a successful result. Last week, a final clearance rate of 60.7 per cent was recorded, while one year ago, a success rate of 76.2 per cent was achieved across Sydney,” CoreLogic said.

Canberra saw the best result for the week ending 16 August. The ACT capital saw the highest preliminary clearance rate over the week at 73.2 per cent. This was followed by Adelaide at 71.4 per cent.

On the opposite end, PerthPerth, TAS Perth, WA and Brisbane saw the worst results with preliminary clearance rates of 22.2 per cent and 46.8 per cent, respectively. 



Capital refers to the financial resources that are available to be used for income generation.

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Emma Ryan

Emma Ryan

Emma Ryan is the deputy head of content at Momentum Media.

Emma has worked for Momentum Media since 2015, and has since been responsible for breaking some of the biggest stories in corporate Australia, including across the legal, mortgages, real estate and wealth industries. In addition, Emma has launched several additional sub-brands and events, driven by a passion to deliver quality and timely content to audiences through multiple platforms.

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