Despite being severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Victoria proved its resilience as homes get sold quicker in recent years.
The Real Estate Institute of Victoria’s latest Day on Market data, released October 2020, showed that the average Victorian home is spending just 33 days on the market before being sold, the lowest recorded since 2009.
According to REIV president Leah Calnan, this trend signals the recovery of the Victorian real estate market post-COVID-19 restrictions, with buyer interest elevated across the market as proved by homes across the state taking less time to sell.
Results recorded in October 2020 show a market picking up strongly after recording a sluggish 71 days on market in September, coming back stronger even when compared to the average 40 days on market in October 2019.
Homes in metropolitan Melbourne are purchased within just 25 days on average, much quicker than the 74 days it took to sell in September 2020, and even less than the 34 days it took this time last year.
Inner Melbourne recorded the shortest time on market at 24 days, followed by middle Melbourne and outer Melbourne at 27 days.
In regional Victoria, it now takes a home 43 days to sell, down from 56 days in September 2020 and 55 days in October 2019.
Looking closer to metropolitan areas,in Melbourne’s East stood as the fastest area in the state to sell a house, with homes being sold in just 14 days, down from 17 days last year.
In regional Victoria, Bairnsdale is the quickest place to sell a home, taking only 23 days from listing, down from 64 days last year.near
“With homes in Victoria taking less time to sell, optimism is returning to the Victorian real estate market,” Ms Calnan said.
“Days on market is a strong indicator of buyers’ desire. Competition between buyers is heating up, and people aren’t waiting to purchase the property they want. Low days on market data is very encouraging as we are coming out of COVID-19 restrictions.
“While others have been predicting a big fall in Victoria’s property market, the REIV has consistently reported accurate, objective statistics that show the underlying strength of our property market.”