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Where you’re most likely to score a $50,000 discount on property right now


Home sellers across the country are lowering their price expectations in droves, new data reveals. But which two capital cities have seen the highest percentage of sellers discount their asking price?

Here’s an exciting stat for all you property bargain hunters out there: the percentage of sellers dropping their asking price during COVID-19 has more than doubled in our capital cities across the country, new Domain data shows.

So which two capital cities have seen the biggest increase in sellers offering discounts?

Well, the head-and-shoulders leader is Sydney, followed by Melbourne, with Adelaide only just nudging out Brisbane and Perth in a photo finish for third.

But all cities are offering median discounts between $22,000 and $50,000, which we’ll look at below.

A closer look at the stats

Locally a Geelong article today stated that 'demographic data shows Geelong is already a leading destination for homebuyers, with a 2.8 per cent population annual growth rate the fastest among Australia’s 25 biggest cities' and the Domain House Price Report for June stats that Geelong property still has a 7.1% increase on June last year.

In Melbourne, the percentage of sellers dropping their asking price during the COVID-19 pandemic increased nearly four-fold from 3.1% in July 2019 to 11.5% in July 2020.

Interstate, prices dropped on one-in-seven (14.7%) Sydney properties for sale last month, almost a threefold increase from the 5.3% of sellers who offered discounts a year earlier in July 2019.

Adelaide recorded the next highest discount figure at 10.1%, up from 3.1% last year, while in Perth the percentage of discounters almost doubled to 10% from 5.3%.

Brisbane followed closely with an increase to 9.7% from 4.4%, Canberra increased to 8.6% from 6.3% and Hobart to 5.4% from 2.8%. Darwin was the only capital to record a slight drop – with 5% of sellers offering a discount this year, compared to 5.5% a year earlier.

So what does that mean for prices?

With most capital cities offering a median discount around 4-5%, the savings you could receive on a median-priced property in each city are: $49,150 in Sydney, $35,254 in Melbourne, $26,810 in Brisbane, $26,210 in Canberra, $24,553 in Perth, $24,351 in Hobart, $23,745 in Darwin, and $22,121 in Adelaide.

But remember, that’s just the median. Better (and worse) discounts are sure to be found.

Across the states...

The percentage of listings with discounts from July 2019 to July 2020:

Melbourne: Increased from 3.1% to 11.5%

Sydney: Increased from 5.1% to 14.7%

Adelaide: Increased from 3.1% to 10.1%

Perth: Increased from 5.3% to 10%

Brisbane: Increased from 4.4% to 9.7%

Canberra: Increased from 6.3% to 8.6%

Hobart: Increased from 2.8% to 5.4%

Darwin: Dropped from 5.5% to 5%

A quick note on the value of the discounts

Now, it’s important to note that the value of the discounts isn’t increasing – just the percentage of properties offering discounts.

Domain senior research analyst Dr Nicola Powell explains: “We’re seeing a broader slowdown in properties, rather than prices tanking, which is good news.

“And I think we’ll continue to see price weakness but the falls to date have been minimal and they’ll stay that way, rather than some of those outrageous predictions we saw at the start of COVID-19 of 30% falls.”

For Geelong
Plan1 co-founder Richard Jenkins was quoted in a realestate.com.au article this week that notes that 'more people will take working from home to the next level and move to regional cities like Geelong as coronavirus restrictions keep offices empty'.
Think you might have found a bargain?

Have you recently stumbled across a discounted property that’s too hard to ignore?

If so, get in touch today and we can help you get your finances in order and apply for a home loan. The lending market can be a little tricky to navigate at present, but rest assured we’re here to help guide you through it.

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