Abnormally High Sale Listings Recorded for April 2016

National residential property listings rose during the month of April 2016 to 366,151, increasing 4.1% from March 2016.

Sale listings were abnormally high for most capital cities in April largely due to the extra ‘weekend’ of sales activity, with a total five Friday’s occurring during the month.

That said, year on year results have recorded sizeable rises for a number of capital cities:


Notably, property listings in Sydney and to a lesser extent Canberra are considerably higher than this time last year (April 2015).

The Sydney market experienced a yearly rise of 37.8%, with residential property listings climbing from 19,648 to 27,080. 

Canberra also experienced yearly growth with sale listings up 15.1% based on a total 3,603 listings.

The listings counts indicate that the number of property sellers in both residential markets has increased markedly when adjusting for seasonality.

In contrast, year-on-year results for Hobart reveal that that once again, this capital city experienced yearly falls.

Hobart recorded the biggest yearly change, with sale listings falling by 5.2%, reducing the number of properties for sale to 3,843.

Stock on market has materially increased for Sydney, indicating the slowdown is still occurring in the market.

Buyers now have much more choice of homes compare to this time last year.

Median Asking Prices


Source: www.sqmresearch.com.au

Year-on-year results reveal Melbourne median asking prices have risen 14.4% for houses and 5.1% for units compared to this time last year.

Sydney has also experienced yearly changes with median asking prices for houses climbing 5.3% and 6.4% for units

Key Points 

  • Total online national residential listings rose during April 2016 from 351,888 to 366,151.
  • This figure represents a monthly increase of 4.1% when compared to April 2016.
  • Melbourne recorded the largest monthly rise in stock levels, increasing by 9.0% during April 2016 to 39,536.
  • Hobart recorded the biggest yearly decline, with listings falling by 5.2%, reducing the number of properties for sale to 3,843.
  • Sydney recorded the biggest yearly rise, with residential property listings climbing from 19,648 to 27,080.

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Louis is recognised as one of Australia’s most respected and impartial research property analyst. He has extensive knowledge and experience of property and is regularly quoted in the media on his insights and is director of SQM Research.
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