The report found that in August 2021, email enquiry to real estate agents on rose by 12.2% to reach an historic high.

Demand base on views per listing also reached a new record to be 46.7% higher year-on-year.

The report analyses search activity, email enquiries, views per listing, weekly sales and other key metrics. 

REA Group Director Economic Research, Cameron Kusher, said that the report comes ahead of what is expected to be a delayed spring selling season. 

"Limited housing stock available for sale combined with prolonged lockdowns in a number of states and territories has created difficult conditions for buyers," he said. 

"With lockdowns expected to continue in ACT, NSW and Victoria, we may not see this demand pressure alleviated until seller confidence returns and the volume of new supply increases once lockdowns end. 

"This disconnect between the supply of stock for sale and buyer demand is likely to create upwards price pressures."

Key findings from the report:

  • The volume of email enquiries to real estate agents on reached an historic high in August, rising 12.2% over the month. 
  • National search activity on for properties for sale increased last week to be 17.6% higher year-on-year.
  • Demand based on views per listing for properties for sale reach an historic high in August to be 46.7% higher year-on-year.
  • Weekly sales results to-date are 50.7% higher compared to the same time period last year.
  • Of the properties sold in August, the median days on site rose to 41 days, marking the longest time on site since February 2021. 

Spring buying season going digital

New data from the Commonwealth Bank reveals more customers are engaging with digital tools for home loan information. 

CBA predicted the upcoming spring buying season will not only see the return of the investor, but will be the most digitised on record.

Approximately 90% of CommBank's property transactions are now settled online, and the usage of 'DigiDocs' – a new process that replaces paper contracts – has increased 2,000% since July 2020.

Approximately 370,000 CBA customers checked their home loan balance or interacted with the home loan tools online, for an average of 26 times a month, which is an increase of 13% year on year.

The bank has also seen approximately 5,000 customers use its digital loan tool to split, switch or fix their home loan since the tool launched in April 2021.

"Restrictions around movement and face-to-face meetings as well as COVID-19 induced policy changes around government processes has meant the home buying process has become increasingly digital,” said Dr Michael Baumann, CBA's executive general manager of home buying.


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