August 13, 2016

27 Raynes Street

27 Haynes Street Highett, Richard Slade / Buxton. Sold for $1.58m – 4 bidders

With a hint of spring in the air on Saturday, the REIV clearance rate picked up a little more to 81%, although from another smaller sample size of only 486 auctions. The talk with agents is all about listings…..or the lack thereof.  In the coming weeks, we will see the auctions number increase, with September 24 and October 29 looking to be the biggest – although numbers are still likely to be lower than in previous years.

Some other insights:

  • Property land rates for owners in many councils (Boroondara in particular) have spiked recently to the tune of 30-50% in some cases, keeping pace with the recent lift in property process. This has come as bit of shock to many home owners –  particularly the elderly.
  • With many buyers finding it hard to upsize into the next property, renovations are becoming more popular as an option, and councils are struggling to keep up with the influx of planning applications.

Auction Highlights:


  • 19 Currajong Avenue Camberwell (Debbie Silk/David Gillham, Noel Jones) – for those who like the  French-Provincial inspired style of home, this was hard to fault .  On good land and a good precinct – on the market at $4,350,000 with four bidders – $4,44m
  • 10 Oak Street Hawthorn (Richard Winneke/Campbell Ward, Jellis Craig) – a nicely renovated double-fronted brick Victorian on 687sqm. Although a slow start to the auction, it still sold well – $3.225m
  • 7 Morey Street Camberwell (Jack Stean/James Tostevin, Marshall White) – a well renovated two-storey 1930s house on 580sqm with north facing rear – sold for an undisclosed amount around $2.3million

Land Sales:

  • 42 View Street Mont Albert (Mark Read/Dan Song, Jellis Craig), a great parcel of land – 943sqm – $2.2million or $2,333sqm.
  • 44 Wilson Street Highett (Tom Davidson/Andrew Campbell, Buxton), basic house on 596sqm – $1.36million or f $2,281sqm (if you placed no value on the house)
  • 12 Wahroogna Road Murrumbeena (Cedric & Maria Newbond, Woodards) – 707sqm south facing rear. Ideal new home site in terms of size – $1.42m or $2,008sqm.

Off Markets:

  • Well renovated double-fronted home in Prahran – early $2millions
  • Townhouse in Prahran – mid $1millions
  • Two-storey lock-and-leave option, South Yarra – circa $2million
  • Basic house, Glen Iris – $1.6million
  • Updated semi-detached house with double-garage in Elwood – circa $1.5m

Properties we like, scheduled for auction August 27:

August 13

Auction Spotlight:


Malvern East: 43 Kerferd Road (Marshall White) sold for $2.305m

43 Kerferd Road, Malvern East (Jack Bongiorno, Marshall White), sold for $2.305m, 6 bidders

A good-sized crowd gathered to watch the auction of this beautiful Edwardian on a prominent corner of the prized Gascoigne Estate. Jack Bongiorno stepped out and gave a thorough preamble before tabling a vendor bid of $1.7m to kick-start proceedings. In all, there were 6 bidders vying for the home – at $2.13m Jack announced that the reserve had been met, and at $2.305m the hammer came down to a very happy purchaser.

33 Emo

Malvern East: 33 Emo Road (Marshall White) sold for $2.08m

33 Emo Road, Malvern East (Daniel Wheeler, Marshall White), sold for $2.08m, 4 bidders

Maybe 70 people lined both sides of Emo Road to get a glimpse of the auction action at number 33 – Daniel Wheeler was our auctioneer and, after extolling the virtues of the house and its location, called for an opening bid. Bidder 1 offered $1.6m and we were away. Eventually, three more bidders joined the contest and the price rose steadily in $20k increments. At $1.72m Daniel advised he would be selling, with Bidder 4 taking the keys at $2.08m.

Agent Opinion: What is the current status of the property market in your area and where do you think it is headed from here?

jeffgJeff Gole (Abercromby’s): “The market in the Malvern, Malvern East and inner Glen Iris areas (or simply put, Stonnington ) went through a quiet period in June/July. This was mainly due to a lack of stock, school holidays and the lead up to the Federal Elections although any sales during this period produced excellent results.
Now that schools are back and people are returning from holidays, with the election behind us, we are entering an active period as we head towards the Spring selling season. Good properties are still in short supply but confidence is up and there is no doubt that quality properties in popular locations are attracting high levels of demand. With even lower interest rated expect to see some strong results as we head into the 2nd quarter of this financial year.”