July 30, 2016

17 McKinley Avenue, Malvern (Sally O’Connell / Andrew Hayne Marshall White) – A really big crowd at this auction, 5 bidders over $4.5m!

Good results – although still on low numbers!  Many of the better homes that were auctioned on the weekend had the luxury of selling in isolation (i.e. no similar homes competing against them), allowing buyers to focus all their attention on the one property.

The next two weekends will still see lower numbers across the board, with the 20th looking like the first weekend that there will be greater choice for buyers.

Auction Highlights:

  • 13 Clarence Street, Malvern East (Brendan Allen/Marcus Chiminello, Marshall White) – tidy period home with excellent car accommodation – $2,490,000
  • 83 Charles Street, Prahran (Carla Fetter/David Sciola, Jellis Craig) – an unrenovated version of 93 Charles which sold earlier this year for $2.18million – $1,500,000
  • 18 Kanowna Street, Hampton (Jenny Dwyer, Hocking Stuart) – well kept, older style renovated weatherboard on approximately 725sqm – $2,130,000
  • 1 View Court, Brighton (Graham Black/Campbell Cooney, Hodges) – two storey townhouse on small, irregular land – circa $2million

The single storey down-sizer market is continuing to strengthen:

  • 2a Hurlstone Street, Brighton East (Tom Davidson/Bert Stewart, Buxton) – 2 bedroom unit east of the Nepean broke the $1m – $1,014,000; and
  • 6b Glenmore Crescent, Black Rock (Romana Altman/Rebecca Beacall, Buxton) – 3 bedroom (with split level) – $1,620,000
  • 1a Cloverdale Avenue, Toorak (Anthony Grimwade/Tim Wilson, RT Edgar) single level home – yet dated, with great access to north light. Sold for an undisclosed amount circa $3million

Land Sales:

  • 117 Stanhope Street, Malvern (Genevieve Hoyle/Andrew McCann, Jellis Craig) – predominantly land, 670sqm approximately, northerly orientation – $2,777,000 or $4,144sqm
  • 34 Alfred Street, Kew ( Geoff Hall, Kay & Burton) – predominantly land, 781sqm approximately, south rear – $3,065,000 or $3,924sqm. Of note, 24 Alfred – smaller land (706sqm) with better home, and on the north side, sold for $3,250,000
  • 23 Gowar Avenue Camberwell (Mark Pezzin/Natalie Hall, Jellis Craig) – 724sqm north rear sold for just over $2million

Off Markets:

  • Basic home on 800sqm, Camberwell – circa $3,250,000
  • Pretty weatherboard Victorian, Brighton – mid $2millions
  • Renovated period home, Surrey Hills – circa $2million

Properties we like, for auction August 13

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Auction Spotlight:


Hampton: 18 Kanowna (Hocking Stuart) sold for $2.13m

18 Kanowna Street, Hampton, (Jenny Dwyer, Hocking Stuart), sold $2.13m

Scott McElroy was auctioneer at the auction of this pretty, updated Californian bungalow in a quiet Hampton street. The crowd huddled around as Scott gave a thorough spiel and called for an opening bid. Bidder 1 chipped in straight away, with an offer of $1.7m. Bidder 2 came in shortly after and a two-way battle ensued before the home was announced on the market at around the $2.09m mark. Bidding continued in$5k increments until the hammer came down at $2.31m to a round of applause from the 60 or so people that had gathered.


Black Rock: 22a Arakaringa (Hocking Stuart) sold after auction for $1.888m

22a Arkaringa Crescent, Black Rock (Kate Smith/Warren Smith, Hocking Stuart), sold after auction $1.888m

A brisk morning start didn’t slow Peter Kennett down – he was as entertaining as ever as he introduced the property for auction. After a thorough preamble, and a lot of laughs from the crowd of around 40 people, Peter called for an opening bid. Unable to secure one, he tabled a vendor bid of $1.75m but when all remained quiet, he ducked inside to refer to his vendor. A second vendor bid of $1.8m was put forward but with no genuine bids on the day, the property was passed in. It sold a short time after for $1.888m.

Agent Opinion:“Have you seen any changes to the market pre and post school/winter holidays? Do you expect the new FIRB and vendor sales over $2m tax rules to have any impact?”

andrew jamesAndrew James (Hocking Stuart): “Post school holidays, we are seeing some big crowds at auctions. With the Federal Election over, school holidays ceasing and Spring just around the corner, buyers are feeling more confident. Plus, bidding interest is being boosted by a lack of quality housing stock. Hocking Stuart’s clearance rate has been above 75 percent for the last two weeks, signposting strong buyer interest. With that said, open for inspection attendance hasn’t been as strong as auction turn outs have, however quality properties in sought after locations continue to attract interest. Foreign buyers in the mid-market have been more subdued as a result of new taxes and regulations, but international buyers looking in the top end of town remain largely undeterred.  All of these factors are pointing to a solid Spring market, with a boost in volume and clearance rates.”