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When’s the best time to Buy or Sell a Property?

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With the spring selling season coming to an end and Christmas just around the corner, many buyers and sellers are getting ready for a well-deserved break. The traditional belief is that spring is the best time to sell and it’s for that reason we see the largest volume of transactions taking place throughout September, October, and November. This is followed by a sharp drop in transactions over the summer months.

Interestingly, if you’re a buyer, then summer could well be an opportunity for you to find a great property at a decent price. In fact, research from suggests that if you’re a buyer, January might be the month that represents the best buying opportunities.

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This data found that across the country, properties sold in November have attracted prices almost 6% higher than those in January. According to the numbers, January has been the cheapest month to buy a property over the past three years.

However, there are some big differences in the various capital cities, with the biggest seasonal impact being felt in Sydney, Melbourne, and Hobart. Across these three capital cities, houses sold for prices in December that was 10% higher than in January.

The belief is that in spring there are more auctions taking place, which leads to higher prices in Sydney and Melbourne in particular, which feature the majority of auctions. The fact that January can attract lower prices also has to do with the fact that many properties that might not have sold in December were held over until January.

The impact of the time you buy and sell is a lot less prominent in other capital cities, but it still does occur in both Brisbane and Adelaide. In Perth, it appears that the best time to buy is during the winter months. As we move into the new year, the question remains, will this trend continue? 2021 hasn’t been a normal year by any standard, however, transaction volumes are getting higher each week as many people who have been holding off on buying or selling finally start to get active.

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