Surge in property listings points to a cooling market for one capital city

by AB09 Oct 2015
The surge in residential property listings in Sydney over September is further indication of a cooling market, one industry expert has claimed.

New figures from SQM Research show that all of Australia’s capital city markets saw increases over September, but that Sydney’s rise dwarfed all others with listings up 7.6% over the month. In the 12 months to the end of September, Sydney’s listings are up 11.1%. 

However, SQM Research head Louis Christopher said the increases likely point to a cooling of the city’s market.

“The Sydney surge in listings is another indicator now suggesting that the Sydney housing market is now slowing,” Christopher said.

“Buyers should now find there is a little more choice out there compared to earlier this year.”

But there are signs that not everybody is noticing the slowdown. Interestingly, Christopher believes vendors have not recognised the changing conditions, as asking prices for Sydney housing remain higher than at the same time last year.

On the other hand, however, the September figures show Melbourne is still in a healthy position. During September, Melbourne had the smallest increase of any capital, with listings up by only 0.8%.

Over the 12 months to the end of September, listings in the Victorian capital plummeted by 16.9%, the largest decrease of any capital city.

“The Melbourne result is also interesting in that there was barely any movement at all in listings in September and that stock for sale is well down on this time last year,” Christopher said.

“This is suggestive of a strong housing market that is not slowing down at all.”

After Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide saw the largest listing increases over September, with stock on market increasing by 3.2% and 2.3%, respectively.

Darwin was just beaten by Melbourne as the city with the smallest increase, with listings in the Northern Territory capital increasing by 1% during September.