Anyone working in the Sydney property markets will intuitively know what SQM has confirmed for December 2013 - properties are being absorbed very quickly.
Sydney's stock on market plummeted by 26.4% to just 20,479.
Listings tend to fall at this time of year, but the annual figures show an interesting trend.
Sydney's stock on market is some 20% lower than in 2012, but in Darwin, by contrast, stock on market is 20% higher.
With a mass of investors competing for very limited choice of stock, expect to see Sydney record price gains in the first half of 2014.
Stand by for housing finance data today at 11.30am.