The mercury is rising: Property listings and asking prices heat up

The number of Australian residential property sale listings rose in all capital cities during the month of May, as agents experienced a seasonal boost to listings post April holidays. 

Nationally, the number of listed properties rose to 359,443 in May 2015, growing 3.3% from April 2015, with the number of listings down 1.9% from a year earlier.

Key Points

  •  Total online national residential listings fell during May 2015 to 359,443.
  • hotThis figure represents a fall of 1.9% when compared to the corresponding period of the previous year (May 2014).
  • Sydney recorded the largest monthly rise in stock levels, jumping by 11.8% during May 2015 to 21,969.
  • Hobart recorded the lowest monthly increase in stock levels of all capital cities, increasing by one percentage point during the month to 4,091, 9.1% below this time last year.
  • Median Sydney asking prices continue to rise during May 2015, with the current asking price for a house sitting at $1,092,200 and $616,600 for units.

Sydney and Melbourne recorded the heaviest changes in May, as a result bringing the national average up.

Year-on-year results indicate that Melbourne, Sydney and to a lesser extent Canberra, experienced excessive yearly falls.


Melbourne recorded the biggest yearly change, with listings falling by 16.0%, reducing the number of properties for sale to 39,912.

Sydney soon followed with listings down 14.5% from this time last year.

Canberra also recorded yearly falls of 4.3%.

While it is pleasing to see the rise in listings for May, particularly in Sydney, I am not so sure this is going to be carried forward in the current month of June.

Anecdotally I am seeing evidence that the May listings have been quickly absorbed and we are currently back to record low levels of stock, particularly for Sydney and Melbourne.

Asking prices in Sydney rose again, with a monthly rise of 1.4% for houses and 0.8% for units.

The median asking price for a house has now reached $1,092,200 while the median unit in Sydney is now advertised at $616,600.

Melbourne recorded a surge in asking prices for houses with a rise of 1.9% for houses.

In contrast, median asking house prices in Darwin continue to fall with year-on-year comparison showing a 12 month decline of 2.4% for houses, and 8.8% for units.

Canberra also recorded yearly falls with asking prices for houses down 3.4%, and 5.0% for units.




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Louis Christopher


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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