Properties in Melbourne are spending less days on the market- Robert Larocca

The average number of days a house spends on the market has fallen to a new low according to the latest RP Data monthly update.

In March a house for sale by private sale in Melbourne spent 35 days on the market. As most auction selling campaigns are around 28 days, it is interesting to note that private sales are delivering, in broad terms, similarly quick sales.

This is also significant because the majority, around 69 per cent in 2013, of Melbournians sell by private sale.

Comparing March this year with the past few years shows the change clearly, last year the time on market was 45 days, the year before that it was 57 days and in 2010, when the market last peaked, it was 38 days.

There is clearly a reflection between the strength of the market and the time it takes to sell a house.

Units are taking slightly longer; around 37 days – but this is not a significant difference and they show a similar trend over time.

On a suburban level the shortest time on market is generally found in the outer east of the city in The Basin, Croydon South and Knoxfield. Time on market data on a suburban level is calculated over a longer time period so fluctuates to a lessor degree but still clearly shows the areas where sales are more rapid.



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Robert Larocca


Robert Larocca is RP Data's Victoria Housing Market Specialist. He has built a profile over the past eight years as an expert on the Victorian residential property market. Visit

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