August 20, 2016
Unless stock levels increase, low interest rates and lack of choice are likely to drive strong clearance rates through to Christmas. The REIV clearance rate was 75% and although there was more choice than last week, stock is down approximately 25% on the same time last year.
This weekend saw strong results for properties offering short term living with good flexibility to renovate or rebuild down the track.
- 3 Hudson Street Hampton (Sam Harrison/Bill Jowett, Buxton) – approximately 603sqm with west rear – $1,830,000
- 5 Wattle Grove Hawthorn (Désirée Wakim/Hamish Tostevin, Marshall White) – approximately 310sqm with south rear – $1,855,000
- 37 Claremont Avenue Malvern (Hugh Tomlinson/James Tomlinson, Marshall White) – approximately 696sqm with north rear – $3,553,000
- 13 Smith Road Camberwell (Walter Dodich, Kay & Burton) – approximately 635sqm with west rear – $2,177,000 or $3,428sqm
- 13 Euston Road Malvern (Andrew McCann, Jellis Craig) – approximately 504sqm of cleared land, north rear – $2,605,000 or $5,168sqm
- 7 Naroo Street Balwyn (Bronwyn Lucas/Tim Penhalluriack, Noel Jones) – approximately 584sqm, east rear – $1,801,000 or $3,083sqm
- 33a Durrant Street Brighton (Jason Gill, Hodges) – approximately 408sqm with north east rear – $1,532,000 or $3,754sqm
- Large land, family home with pool and court, Bayside – $3-3.5million
- Modern family home, north rear, Sandringham – high $2millions
- Renovated brick period home, Armadale – circa $4million
- Updated period home Hawthorn East – $1.7m
- Period home needing a renovation, Gascoigne Eatate Malvern East – $2.8m
- Modern townhouse Brighton East – $2.5m plus
- Basic period home with 20 year old rear extension – Glen Iris – $1.6m
Properties we like for auction on September 3
- 28 Brinsley Road, Camberwell (Geordie Dixon/Tom Ryan, Jellis Craig)
- 2 Vincent Street, Glen Iris ( Emma Pierson/Rob Vickers-Willis, Abercromby’s)
- 51 Rowland Street, Kew (Greg Toogood/Danielle Makris, Jellis Craig)
- 36 Thomas Street, Hampton (Steve Tickell/Jenny Dwyer, Hocking Stuart)
135 Head Street, Brighton (Stephen Smith, Marshall White), sold for $2.015m, 4 bidders
As chilly as it was on Saturday morning, a big crowd gathered in Head St for the auction of number 135. Stephen Smith was our auctioneer and after a succinct preamble, called for an opening bid. Bidder 1 came in quicky at $1.68m, whilst Bidder 2 came in shortly after. The home was on the market at $1.86m – soon there were four bidders in the mix and the price continually rose until a sale price of $2.015m was achieved.
13 Smith Road, Camberwell (Walter Dodich, Kay & Burton), sold for $2.177m
A really good crowd and a genuine buzz for this auction. The house was basic and most would be looking at this property for it’s land value only….635sqm with prized north facing rear aspect yet a big key I think was its width at just over 17m. Listing agent Walter Dodich did a great job with this campaign and didn’t have to look too far for bidders, with an opening bid of $1.5m called out quite quickly from the crowd.
The bids flowed from here, with the property announced on the market at $1.66m and selling under the hammer for a very, very strong price of $2.177m (or around $3,400/sqm mark if you placed no value on the house).
Six bidders in all took part in proceedings but there could have easily been another six that just didn’t get the chance to bid. I must say I was a little surprised by this result…….the vendor should be very pleased indeed.
91 Sandringham Road, Sandringham (Peter Hickey, Buxton), sold after auction $2.25m, 2 bidders
The auction of this pretty, fully-renovated period home on a prominent Sandringham corner attracted a crowd of around 45 people on Saturday. Peter Hickey stepped out into the manicured gardens and called for an opening bid. All was quiet so Peter tabled a vendor bid of $1.95m to kick-start proceedings. Bidder 1 entered the contest at $2m, and Bidder 2 at $2.02m. A two-way battle ensued with the property passing in at $2.15m before selling after auction for $2.25m.
Agent Opinion: “What is the current status of the property market in the Bayside area and where do you think it is headed from here?
Sam Gamon (Chisholm & Gamon): “We are in one of the most positive and buoyant markets I’ve seen in the past 15 years that I’ve been selling property, and we are anticipating a very active Spring selling season. There have been some tremendous results in the market, especially in family homes and we’re also seeing unprecedented demand for single level properties that suit downsizers. This was evident with an auction we recently had in Addison St Elwood where we had strong bidders for a ground-level period apartment with its own garage and garden. The lack of available stock is noticeable but the demand is unwaning, particularly given the low interest rate environment which is allowing buyers to upgrade and leap frog into more expensive properties. Some of our opens are seeing large numbers of attendees – upwards of 30 groups at some open homes. Land in bayside is scarce and the demand is high so we see values in Bayside continuing to increase in the coming years. The relaxed village atmosphere near the bay makes it a highly sought after area.”