The Parramatta region in Sydney is attracting home buyers despite the slowing market

Sydney's Parramatta region is surprising many housing industry watchers after it smashed records with the sale of a three-bedder home in Ermington suburb for $2.12m. reported that the house, which sits at 5 Maple Cres, was put into an auction with 16 registered bidders and four active parties.

It outpaced the area's previous top dog, a two-storey, five-bedder home at Florida Ave sold in February for $2.007m.

This surprised many agents, including NNW Property-Epping's Catherine Lu, who believed the home's land value could be behind the interest of buyers – particularly as the property was sold to a local developer who eyes building a duplex on site.

“That is a crazy price. If it was achieved the year before last when it was a booming market it would have been reasonable, but not in today’s tough market," she said.

Ermington's median home prices jumped eight percent in the year to January 2018, hitting $1.35m. This suburb is 13 kilometres away from the capital city's central business district.

Lu said despite the slowing market in Sydney, higher-end homes continued to attract a high level of interest from buyers.

“The good properties are still holding value — these prices can’t happen if there isn’t any competition,” she said.

Earlier this year, experts projected Parramatta to have a more stable condition this year after a lacklustre 2017.

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