A small turnout didn't stop an inner-city apartment selling under the hammer for $1.27 million on Saturday.
Despite failing to lure much of a crowd, the Surry Hills apartment at 509/188 Chalmers Street was snapped up for well above the suburb's $855,000 median apartment price.
The two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment was one of 663 Sydney properties scheduled for auction on Saturday. By evening, Domain Group had recorded a clearance rate of 70 per cent from 368 reported results.
Bidding on the 99-square-metre home, which comes with strata levies of about $3000 a quarter, opened on the $1.1 million price guide.
For most of the auction it was a two-man race between a buyer from the Southern Highlands and a local Surry Hills woman, who went back and forth for almost 30 bids.
One of two remaining registered bidders - a man bidding on behalf of a young couple - briefly joined the bidding war, but was no match for the competitive duo.
It was the Southern Highlands buyer who nabbed the top-floor apartment, which had a spacious balcony with city views, for $70,000 above reserve. The result was also more than double the $525,000 records show it last sold for in 2006.
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"I thought we might have a few more registered bidders, I was a bit worried there at the start, but we still had good bidding," he said.
Mr Toohey said he believed the top-floor apartment - added to the building when it was converted from a warehouse - would have fetched more if it had the same warehouse design features as other properties in the block.
He added the 'steep' strata levies had been a deterrent for some of the 10 interested buyers he issued contracts to.
Sydney is returning to a more normal market where prices are fairer for both sellers and buyers, auctioneer Thomas McGlynn of The Agency said.
"We're in a bit of a confidence slump though," he said. "It's a bit of a reality check, but Sydney is still performing strong."
Of his six auctions scheduled for Saturday, only the Surry Hills auction went ahead, with the rest of the properties selling prior.
"The number of sold priors has gone up, which is a sign the market has softened slightly," he said.
However Mr McGlynn expects to see renewed confidence in November, due to strong sales in recent weeks and a higher volume of properties scheduled for auction.
One such sale on Saturday was the auction of a two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment in Wollstonecraft, which sold for $177,500 above reserve.
A local first-home buyer couple outbid downsizers to nab the second-floor apartment at 10/13-15 Morton Street.
Despite six registered bidders, it was another two-man race for the 106-square-metre apartment. Bidding went up in $10,000 bids for much of the auction, quickly passing the $1,125,000 reserve.
In nearby Crows Nest bidding on a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home opened bang on the $1.7 million reserve.
Three of six registered bidders made offers on 2/95 West Street, with the bidding going up in $50,000 and $25,000 increments.
The home, which records show last traded for $1,310,500, sold to a young family from Cremorne for $1.95 million - $250,000 above reserve.
"Yes, we has six registered bidders on this, when we might have had 10 or 12 registered bidders on the property six months ago, but we've still got the three committed bidders and that's the main thing. I think we're returning to a more normal market, but the pace is still good."
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