Research by RP Data confirms that more than three quarters of Aussie homes sold for a profit over the March quarter, while roughly an eighth of re-sales over this period transacted at a loss.

RP Data national research director Tim Lawless said a lower interest rate environment appears to be creating an increase in consumer confidence across the property market.

“We’re now seeing a lot more activity around sales compared with this time last year,” he said. 

RP Data recorded 58,677 residential property re-sales nationally over the first quarter, of these, 12.7% recorded a gross loss from the original purchase price. 

Conversely, 87.3% of all March quarter re-sales recorded a gross profit relative to their original purchase price. The gross profit from these re-sales equated to $9.6bn. 

The regions experiencing the biggest losses were in lifestyle locations such as Queensland’s Gold Coast. Regional areas associated with the resource sector reported much fewer re-sale losses. 

However, Lawless admitted that the time a property was held was a factor. “The likelihood of making a gross profit or loss is quite different based on the length of time a property has been owned.” 

Lawless said a stark example was that only 8% of homes that were purchased prior to January 1, 2008 (pre-GFC) and sold during this year’s March quarter were made at a gross loss.