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The Number Of Total Listings Remain Elevated In Sydney And Melbourne

Author: Cameron Kusher
Source: CoreLogic

With capital city dwelling values falling, the market is responding with fewer new listings however, total listings remain elevated compared to other recent years when housing conditions were much stronger.

The number of properties advertised for sale is an important indicator to consider when undertaking analysis of the housing market.  When reporting on listings CoreLogic refers to new listings and total listings.  New listings refer to properties that have previously not been advertised for sale over the past six months whereas total listings include new listings and re-listings that have been advertised ongoing.  CoreLogic listings data comes from many sources, given that the same property may be listed a number of times from different sources.  The data presented counts a listed property only once.  CoreLogic’s listings counts are based on a rolling 28 day count of listings. 

The charts contained within this Pulse show listings across each of the past seven years.  The x-axis represents the time of year and the y-axis shows the number of properties listed for sale.  By presenting the data like this you can compare where listings are at any point in time to the corresponding time in other years. 

The other point to note about the listings data is that it tends to be highly seasonal.  Listings fall dramatically during Christmas and New Year and then pick up through autumn.  They then tend to fall during Winter and then rise substantially coming into Spring and remain elevated until late in the year.

Combined capital cities - Over the 28 days to 22 July 2018 there were 21,849 new properties listed for sale and 108,436 total properties listed for sale.  The number of new listings was -6.7% lower than the previous year and total listings were 7.2% higher.  New listings are lower than they’ve been at this time of year, any year since 2012.  Total listings are higher than they’ve been at this time of year since 2012.

Sydney

There were 5,601 new properties listed for sale over the past 28 days which was -13.1% fewer than a year ago but slightly higher than the number in 2016.  There were 26,103 total properties listed for sale which was 21.7% higher than last year and the most for sale since this time in 2012 when CoreLogic was tracking 29,366 properties on the market.

Melbourne

Over the past 28 days there were 6,821 new properties listed for sale and 30,029 total properties for sale.  Compared to a year ago new listings are -4.8% lower and tracking at the lowest level for this time of year since 2014.  Total listings are 10.5% higher than a year ago and are also the highest they’ve been since 2014.

Brisbane

The 3,789 new properties listed for sale is -3.2% lower than a year ago and the fewest new listings since this time of year in 2012.  There are 19,738 total properties listed for sale which is 1.2% higher than a year ago and the highest at this time of year since 2012.

Adelaide

Over the past 28 days there were 1,646 new properties listed for sale and 7,798 total properties listed for sale.  New listings are -8.5% lower than a year ago and the lowest they’ve been at this time of year any year since 2012.  Total listings are -2.8% lower than they were a year ago and the lowest they’ve been at this time of year since 2014.

Perth

With 3,007 newly listed properties over the past 28 days, new listings are -1.0% lower than a year ago and haven’t been this low since 2012.  Total listings are somewhat different with 20,618 listings which is 1.7% higher than last year but lower than 2016 and higher than every other year since 2012.

Hobart

Over the past 28 days there were 344 new and 951 total properties listed for sale.  The 344 new listings was up 8.5% on a year ago and the highest at this time of year since 2013.  The 951 total properties listed for sale is -23.6% lower than a year ago and sitting at an historic low level.

Darwin

There were 176 new properties listed for sale and 1,446 total properties for sale over the past 28 days.  New listings are -3.3% lower than a year ago and while they are slightly higher than in 2016 they are lower than every other year since 2012.  Total listings are -11.8% lower than a year ago and are lower than they have been over each of the past 3 years.

Canberra

Over the past 28 days there were 465 new properties listed for sale which was -18.4% fewer than a year ago and the lowest number of new listings at this time of year since 2016.  There were 1,753 total properties listed for sale which was -4.9% lower than a year ago and the lowest at this time of year compared to each year since 2012, except for 2016.

Across most capital cities the number of new listings is lower than they were a year ago.  This is most likely a response to reduced demand for housing currently, as a result potential vendors are holding off bringing stock to market.  At the same time, in softening markets such as Sydney and Melbourne, total listings are much higher than over recent years highlighting that although fewer new listings are entering the market the stock that is for sale is proving more difficult to sell.

The real litmus test for the housing market will be what happens in Spring, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne.  If, as usually occurs, new listings ramp-up and a lot more stock becomes available for sale this could create further downwards pressure on values.  Don’t be surprised though if with tightened credit and an already weakening housing market that Spring this year is a lot more muted than what we’ve seen over recent years. 


Cameron Kusher
Senior Research Analyst, CoreLogic

Cameron specialises in primary and secondary data analysis, property market commentary and consultancy. Cameron has a thorough understanding of the fundamentals such as demographics, trends, economics and spatial analysis and is a regular keynote speaker for property-related groups, regulated industry bodies, corporations and the government sectors. 

Date posted: 31 July 2018