Sydney Home Buyers Still Spending On Good Properties

Sydney Property Auction Results -24th March, 2018

 

Property snapshot
Listed auctions: 1104
Reported auctions: 672
Sold: 501
Withdrawn: 86
Cleared: 66%
Total sales: $495,993,375
Median: $1,250,000
Source: Australian Property Monitors

 

Sydney’s weekend property auctions were characterised by the large number of properties that went to auction and by the very high prices these properties sold for. 1,104 properties were listed for auction and the reported auction clearance rate was 66%. While this is similar to other auction clearance rates in March, there was a big difference is total dollar sales. Approximately $496,000,000 worth of property sold at auction this week, which is at least 10% higher than any other weekend going back to June 2017. Local property buyers were more active in the market than foreign buyers or foreign investors and they paid up for the properties they wanted. Family homes were the stars of this week’s auctions and they outperformed apartments. For the contrarians amongst us – yes I’m talking about myself- this creates good buying opportunities for investment properties, particularly investment apartments.

So what are the facts about our current Sydney property market?

  • Buyers are more discerning about purchasing than previously but they will still spend for the right property
  • Good properties still secure good prices and there are multiple potential purchasers
  • Misprice a property and it will be in trouble as buyers are savvy and will walk away if the price is too high
  • There are less investors in the market, mainly due to the banks tightening lending policies (due to government reforms)
  • There are less foreigner investors and foreign buyers purchasing in the market – even less Australian expats if they have to apply for Australian financing due to the banks tightened policies
  • The apartment market has softened and is offering good buying opportunities

 

The Top 5 Properties that Sold this Weekend:

It was good to see that the top 5 sale prices were spread across Sydney’s inner west, eastern suburbs and the north shore rather than all in one area. If I drilled down into the week’s next five highest priced sales, we would also have representation from Sydney’s south and the city.

  • 67 Bower St, Manly sold for $9.71m. This 5 bedroom home with spectacular views was the highest priced sale of the week.
  • 15 Village High Rd, Vaucluse sold for $8.45m.  This 6 bedroom light filled home with a pool is on 1,037 sqm and was the second highest priced sale.
  • 64 Redmyre Rd, Strathfield sold for $5.9m. This 6 bedroom Federation home with a pool is on 1,359 sqm.
  • 29 Louisa Rd, Birchgrove sold for $5.311m. This 5 bedroom home has views across Snails Bay to the city skyline and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • 24 Cross St, Bronte sold for $4.9m.  This 5 bedroom home is close to the beach, has triple parking and a studio retreat.

Wishing you all a happy and restful long Easter weekend.

Bernadette

29 Louisa Rd, Birchgrove

15 Village High Rd Vaucluse

 

 

 

24 Cross St Bronte

 

 

67 Redmyre Rd, Strathfield

67 Bower St, Manly

Bernadette Brennan is the Principal and founder of Premier Home Finders, a specialist real estate buyers agent located on Sydney's lower north shore.