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IT WAS billed as ‘‘Super Saturday’’ but turned out to be more like soggy Saturday for Sydney’s auction market. The last Saturday in November is traditionally the most popular day of the year to buy and sell. But this year the clearance rate of 54.6 per cent was well down on estimates. Despite there being 641 auctions across Sydney, interest from buyers was flat. The actor Toni Collette’s historic Bronte home failed to find a taker, despite being offered at a discount of almost $1 million from

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Toni Collette ... no sale. the $4.4 million she paid in 2009. Invitations for opening bids of $3.5 million did not raise an eyebrow, let alone a hand. Nearby at South Coogee, the auc-

SUNDAY’S BEST COLUMNISTS Julia Gillard and the ‘‘sheila’’ joke she told David Cameron.

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tion of a five-bedroom home was expected to fetch more than $2 million. There were five registered bidders and only about 15 onlookers. It was passed in and sold after auction. At the other end of the market, a tiny Ashfield studio failed to interest buyers – passed in at $155,000. First-home buyers, however, hoped to seize an opportunity before the end of stamp duty concessions coming at the end of the year. The real estate agent Nuri Shik from Laing and Simmons, Potts Point, said there was a ‘‘noticeable rush’’ of first-home buyers to buy before the concessions’ end.

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Andrew Wilson, senior economist at Australian Property Monitors, said global economic turmoil was affecting markets here. ‘‘The potential credit crisis in Europe has an impact on house prices in Australia. The Economist magazine recently reported Australian homes are 25 per cent overvalued and this affects buyers. ‘‘But my personal belief is different to that. I don’t think we’ll see any significant shake-out in house prices. Buyer confidence is fragile, it’s been fragile all year. We seem to be ending the year on a downward note.’’ with Melanie Kembrey

The NSW Premier, Barry O’Farrell, insists his government has made a ‘‘reasonable start’’ to fixing the state’s problems and declared his intention to see out a ‘‘long innings’’. In an exclusive interview with The Sun-Herald to mark the final sitting of Parliament, Mr O’Farrell also shrugged off community and business complaints that his approach was too slow. But business has warned that it has lost patience with him amid concerns Mr O’Farrell has been timid in his decisionmaking. ‘‘This is not a job that goes for one year or two years, we’re elected to a four-year term,’’ he said. ‘‘We’re trying hard to make decisions that aren’t even restricted by that time frame.’’

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