Vendors are being pleasantly surprised with the sale price their homes can achieve as buyer interest increases.

In a survey of 40,000 Australians, ratings firm RateMyAgent discovered respondents had the highest level of satisfaction seen in two years with many selling their properties for more than they expected.

The satisfaction level doubled from 20% of those surveyed in December 2018 to 41% in December 2019.

“Aussies across the country are rising in happiness, as seller satisfaction doubles nationwide – indicative of a steady upturn in the property market,” the report says.

The strongest Queensland results were in Townsville, but the south-east corridor dominated the top 10 list in the state. The highest levels of satisfaction were in Townsville, Scenic Rim, Moreton Bay, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Rockhampton and Redland.

The report found the happiest state was Victoria (55%), which had overtaken Tasmania (51%), followed by New South Wales (50%), Australian Capital Territory (48%), South Australia (42%), Queensland (38%) and Western Australia (33%).