Gold Coast property market cools as auctions slow down, houses spend more time on market

A Gold Coast real estate agent says he has seen a shift in the region’s property market in recent weeks to the point of becoming a full-blown “buyers’ market” — in stark contrast to the past few years during the pandemic.

“The changes have been quite dramatic, the power has definitely gone to the buyer since January,” Remax real estate agent Ben Williams said.

Mr Williams said, at the start of the year, he would receive hundreds of inquiries on properties every week and up to 50 families would show up to an open home.

But now, that had dwindled to an average of three inquiries per day, and a gap between sellers’ and buyers’ expectations remained.

“If the seller doesn’t reduce their expectations on price, then they’re not going to sell in this market because the buyers are under so much pressure now.”

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Head of research at CoreLogic, Tim Lawless, says Gold Coast properties are spending more time on the market.(ABC Gold Coast: Sarah Cumming )

Fewer properties selling at auction

Head of research at CoreLogic, Tim Lawless, said of all auctions on the Gold Coast in the first week of June, only 42 percent of properties were sold.

“Auctions are one way to understand the step between buyers and sellers in a fairly timely way,” Mr Lawless said.

“It really highlights that the market is slowing down a little bit. If you go back four weeks ago, we were generally seeing auction clearance rates around the 60 per cent range.

“Earlier than that, around 70 percent [sold at auction] around the final quarter of last year.”

But Mr Lawless said auctions were only a relatively small component of the market, with most property sales on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts private treaties.

“The number of days it takes to sell a property has been increasing around 15 days up to about 25 days now,” he said.

CoreLogic's Tim Lawless in a blue suit stands on a bridge with expensive homes in background.
CoreLogic’s Tim Lawless says the market is still rising but not as quickly.(supplied)

Rise in interest rates expected

Mr Lawless said the change could also be seen in housing values ​​with the growth rate dropping from 8 to 4.6 percent.

Interest rates are expected to rise when the RBA meets on Tuesday afternoon.

Mr Lawless said rising interest rates had already started flowing through.

“The larger markets like Sydney and Melbourne are clearly in a downturn now,” he said.

He said consumer sentiment had come down and lenders had become more cautious.

“For the Gold Coast and Sunny Coast, one of the factors really insulating this market is stock levels, which remain extraordinarily low. There are not many listings in the market, still about 40 per cent below what you might describe as average levels,” he said.

“I think the rates move higher, we’d be naive to expect that the market’s going to be completely immune to a slowdown and probably will start to see values ​​falling late this year or into next year.”


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