Sydney HasThe Lowest Number of Houses For Sale Since 2008- Louis Christopher

Even though the number of Australian residential property listings rose during January, after a quiet period over Christmas, Sydney and Melbourne were the only two capital cities to record falls for the month; falling by 3.4% and 1.9% respectively.

Nationally, stock on market came to a total of 342,157 – a monthly rise of 1.3%.


Key Points

  • Total online residential listings increased during the month of January, recording a rise of 1.3% and coming to a total of 342,157.
  • This figure represents a decrease of -2.7% when compared to the corresponding period of the previous year (January 2013).
  • Canberra recorded the highest monthly rise in listings of all capital cities, increasing by 5.4% during January 2013 and coming to a total of 3,436.
  • Melbourne recorded the most substantial monthly decrease in stock levels, falling by 3.4% during December 2013 and coming to a total of 39,740.
  • Darwin was the capital city to record the highest yearly increase in stock levels, climbing 23.1% since the corresponding period of the previous year (January 2013).
  • Sydney has once again recorded the most substantial yearly decrease in stock levels, falling by -17.0% since the corresponding period of the previous year (December 2013).


More details

Sydney has now recorded the lowest number of residential property listings since the inception of the SQM stock on market index back in April 2008.  The previous lowest point was back in January 2010 where Sydney recorded 20,687 listings.[sam id=34 codes=’true’]

Meanwhile, Melbourne is now recording steadily decreasing residential property listings. Stock levels were down 3.4% for the month and are now down 5.4% compared to levels recorded in January 2013.

Conversely, Darwin has recorded a 23.1% increase in stock levels since this time last year (January 2013), which is likely signalling a slowdown in the Darwin housing market.

“Over the course of early 2009 through to early 2010, Sydney house prices rose by 19.6%. Sydney real estate listings were higher at that time than what it is now. This is one of the primary pieces of evidence as to why we have been so bullish on the Sydney market for this year.”


SQM Research’s Asking Price Index

SQM Research’s Asking Prices Index has revealed that vendors of Sydney’s houses have raised their asking prices on average by 11.0% since the same month last year and by 4.6% for units. This is the highest result of all capital cities around the country over the last 12 months, once again- strengthening SQM Research’s prediction that dwelling prices will rise by 15-20% in Sydney during 2014.

The average asking price of a house in Sydney has been recorded at $967,800 this week, remaining quite close to the one million dollar mark. This will be something to watch for in the coming months.

No capital cities have recorded extremely low results over the past 12 months, although we note that the asking prices for houses in Canberra have only lifted by 0.4% since this time last year, and units have actually fallen by 2.5%.

To see each capital city break down, click here.



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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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