Demand for Sydney property rises in the middle of winter

Despite growth in the Sydney property market lagging behind Melbourne’s in the June quarter, rising auction clearance rates have shown that demand for housing in the harbourside city remains high.

For four consecutive weeks the percentage of successful Sydney auctions has continued to climb, with figures from last weekend reaching a high point of 73.1% and accounting for $269.2 million worth in sales, Domain reported.

According to CoreLogic’s Quarterly Auction Market Review, Mosman held the most number of auctions in Sydney in the June quarter, while Double Bay was the top performer when it came to auction clearance rates at a perfect score of 100%.

“Auction popularity shows no signs of waning,” said CoreLogic research analyst, Cameron Kusher.

Anticipating these results, Mozo’s Property Expert Steve Jovcevski advised first home buyers months ago to snap up Sydney property as soon as the July 1 stamp duty concessions and exemptions kicked in while investors were spooked in the wake of APRA’s clamp down on investor lending.

“As you can see the tide has turned now, with demand ramping up in the Sydney property market largely due to two types of buyers - first homeowners and property investors with a restored sense of confidence,” he explained.

“Something else to remember, is that at this time of year property investors are doing their tax returns which means they can benefit financially from the perks of negative gearing too.”

For those looking to take their first step on the property ladder, Jovcevski reminds house hunters that the spring selling season will soon hit the calendar.

“I urge first home buyers to take heart that house prices in Sydney aren’t skyrocketing like they were in 2016. Winter is always a time of limited listings and with spring just around the corner there will be more properties to choose from,” he said.

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