SQM: Property vendors struggling to sell stock

SQM Research has released its Stock on Market results for May, which recorded a lift in listings “driven by older stock not selling”:

Figures released today by SQM Research reveal national residential property listings increased in May by 3.9% from 292,775 listings in April 2020 to 304,137. Compared to 12 months ago, listings were down by 12.0%.

All capital cities experienced increases in property listings over the month except for Canberra which posted a marginal 0.8% decrease…

Year-on-year listings show more significant declines for all capital cities with Perth recording a 20.0% decline, followed by Darwin with a 18.8% decline and Hobart a 15.8% decline this time last year.

Overall, there was a rise in listings at the national level, driven by older stock not selling. We have recorded a 12% increase in listings of over 60 days. This tells me it is a patchy market with vendors struggling to meet their pricing expectations. New listings actually fell for the month at the national level, which is abnormal for May. Though we have recorded rises in new listings for Sydney and Melbourne, other cities such as Brisbane, Adelaide and others recorded a decline in new stock. Many regional locations also recorded falls in new listings.

This points to a market experiencing a kind of ‘Mexican standoff’. There’s little demand, but also little supply.

Leith van Onselen

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