Melbourne Auction Results | 15th June 2019

Melbourne’s auction clearance rate improved to 65 percent on Saturday from the previous weekend’s 60 percent. After a slow Queen’s birthday long weekend, more listings were noted. CoreLogic’s auction analyst Kevin Brogan cited the interest rate cut along with the retention of negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions for investors contributed to the positive[…]

Melbourne Auction Results | 8th June 2019

Melbourne’s auction market recorded a clearance rate of 60 percent over the weekend. Many first homebuyers felt being left out as more investors and international buyers took part in the auctions. The number of scheduled auctions was still low at 173 while the number of reported auctions was 125. The number of properties sold was[…]

RBA cuts interest rates to record low

The Reserve Bank has cut its official interest rate from 1.5% to a historic low of 1.25%. This was a widely expected result and is the first change in the RBA’s policy setting since August 2016. The RBA governor Philip Lowe suggested an upcoming rate cut in last month’s speech. All 43 economists surveyed by Refinitiv[…]

What a difference an election makes

It really does feel like the real estate market has given a collective sigh of relief, with the coalition retaining power. Irrespective of your political views, the uncertainly surrounding the impact of Labor’s policies on negative gearing and capital gains tax were causing nervousness in the real estate market. This was being reflected in prices continuing[…]

Melbourne Auction Results | 18th May 2019

Melbourne’s auction market recorded an improved clearance rate of 63 percent on Saturday, up from the previous weekend’s 57 percent. Multimillion-dollar sales were noted in several capital cities over the weekend including Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The number of scheduled auctions was down to 389 from 489 from while the number of reported auctions was[…]

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Purplebricks exit no surprise to those in real estate

Purplebricks is to exit Australia after 2.5 years. I don’t think too many in the real estate industry are going to be surprised by this news. It just goes to show the importance of understanding your market and target audience, which is where I think Purplebricks missed the mark. I know that as a buyer’s[…]

Melbourne Auction Results | 11th May 2019

Melbourne’s auction market recorded a 57 percent clearance rate on Saturday, down from 61 percent the previous weekend. The number of scheduled auctions also dropped to 489 from while the number of reported auctions was 326. The number of properties sold was down to 190 with total sales amounting to more than $130,424,000. The median[…]

RBA announce rates prior to upcoming election

Despite much anticipation the RBA has decided they will keep rates on hold for another month, announced less than a fortnight out from the federal election. A record low cash rate of 1.5% has now been held since August 2016, although money market traders do not expect it to remain there much longer. It has[…]

Melbourne Auction Results | 4th May 2019

Melbourne’s auction clearance rate has improved to 61 percent over the weekend from the over 50.4 percent level in the month of April. Since the start of 2019, clearance rates have remained steady within the 40-50 percent range. The number of scheduled auctions on Saturday was 589 while the number of reported auctions was 353.[…]

The suburbs most popular for Victorian first-home buyers

Buyers and sellers advocate Wendy Chamberlain from Chamberlain Property Advocates has spoken to Domain regarding Melbourne’s first home buyer’s preference towards buying homes closer to Melbourne CBD, shunning long commutes. “Wendy Chamberlain said she had noticed a move towards the northern suburbs over the past six to eight months. “They’re definitely buying based on a[…]