More properties hit the market for sale

As someone interested in property investment you’d know the importance of supply and demand.

Sure buyers are back in the market (more demand) but figures released by SQM Research today reveal that the level of residential property listings has increased (more supply) during the month of May, with national stock levels rising by 4.8% and coming to a total of 379,158.

Now the month of May does normally record a rise in listings due to the lower level of properties coming onto the market in April, but this month’s rise is beyond seasonality.

That being said, there is still to some extent a sign that some properties are struggling to sell. Overall, if the market was indeed stronger, stock levels would be decreasing despite of seasonality.

However SQM Research suggests that the current market is still in the very early stages of recovery.

SQM Research

Louis Christopher, managing director of SQM Research says:

“Except for Sydney, Perth and Darwin, residential property listings across the country still remain elevated and stubbornly high. Melbourne is a prime example of this.

“After a period earlier this year where it appeared that stock was being absorbed, we now have a situation where there is now even more stock on the market than what we had this time last year. Auction clearance rates may well be higher in that city but vendors seem to be using this period to offload their properties.

“As stated previously, what we have ahead of us is only a modest to moderate housing recovery. While I laugh at the notion that house prices are falling as stated by only one of my competitors, it is clear that in some metropolitan locations, the market has continued to fall despite the interest rate cuts. As for the strongest cities out there – they are by far Sydney, Perth and Darwin, though I note from our recent survey earlier this week that we now expect Perth to slow down later this year.”

[sam id=36 codes=’true’]Key Points

  • Total online residential listings increased during the month of May, recording a rise of 4.8% and coming to a total of 379,158.
  • This figure represents an increase of 1.3% when compared to the corresponding period of the previous year (May 2012).
  • Canberra and Perth recorded the largest monthly rises in listings, both increasing by 6.3% during May 2013 and coming to a total of 4,007 and 21,176 respectively.
  • No capital cities experienced monthly declines in stock, but Hobart recorded the most modest monthly increase, rising by 2.8% during May 2013 and coming to a total of 4,813.
  • Canberra recorded the largest yearly increase in stock, rising by 9.7% since the corresponding period of the previous year (May 2012).
  • Sydney has recorded the most substantial yearly decrease in stock levels, falling by 10.1% since the corresponding period of the previous year (May 2012) and coming to a total of 27,761.



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    June 13, 2013 Property for Sale

    Interesting Article.Thank you for sharing this.


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