March 28, 2015


Brighton: 7 Sussex St, Stewart Lopez (Kay & Burton, with Marshall White), after auction undisclosed

The market for the first quarter is closing as it started – strongly with more buyers than sellers for most properties.

Saturday was the last weekend before much of the Melbourne property market shuts down for Easter, school holidays and Anzac weekend.

There are a few auctions scattered spasmodically throughout April, however, most agents have advised vendors with family homes to wait until May to auction their homes.

This will be the last time we see auction numbers like this for at least a month, with April being interrupted by Easter celebrations, school holidays and the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day.

The break will provide an opportunity for many buyers to reflect on their choices and make adjustments where necessary.

Adjustments might include:

  • The location
  • They type of property
  • The budget

Or perhaps:

  • The Strategy

We have successfully helped buyers purchase what they want, where they want, within their budget by creating strategies for both advertised and ‘quiet’ properties.


Beaumaris: 21 Bolton St (Sam Gamon, Chisholm & Gamon), passed in, $3.4m

Vendors may also use this time to adjust.  John Bongiorno, Marshall White, says he has already seen vendors getting excited by past results and increasing their reserve prices.

Where properties this quarter have sold well, it has often been multiple buyers bidding ‘to buy’ the property.  Meaning the vendor was happy to sell and the highest bidder was definitely going to be successful.

A change may see more pass-ins and some adjustments to buyer confidence.  Trusting the information both buyers and sellers receive, that is specific to their focus property, will help parties achieve the outcomes they want.


On a different note, Chinese national interest remains strong for the right properties, spurred on by a weaker Australian dollar. This quarter saw an influx of mainland Chinese buyers moving to Bayside.

Speaking with directors Nick Johnstone (Nick Johnstone Real Estate) and Stefan Whiting (Buxton) they confirmed that approximately 50% of the homes sold in Brighton this month were bought buy Chinese buyers.   Kate Strickland (Marshall White) confirmed that 30% of purchases in March were by Chinese.

Some hot auctions included:

  • 42 Cole Street, Hawthorn East (Darren Krongold, Gary Peer) which sold for $1,200,000 with a solitary knockout bid (original quote $800,000-$850,000). Land size 384m2, major renovation needed
  • 12 Currajong Avenue, Camberwell  (Anthony Smith/Jason Hearn Woodards) sold for $2,800,000. Land size 836m2, south rear, knock down house. Land in Sunnyside Estate equating to $3350/m2
  • 370 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne (David Lack/Will Jonas, Biggin & Scott) sold for $1,250,000, over $200,000 above the last record price (only two weeks ago) at 354 Williamstown Road for an unrenovated bank home on Williamstown Road.  Land size 330sqm, livable but a future renovation required
  • 4 Corhampton Road, Balwyn North (Stuart Robinson/James Bateman, Jellis Craig) sold for $1,900,000. Neat single-level 3 bedroom villa unit walking distance to Balwyn North village. We have seen such big results in Stonnington and now this is applying to other areas, further out.. The “downsizer” market is well an truly alive and well for well-placed, single-level homes
  • 91 Paxton Street, Malvern East (Mark Lawson, Jellis Craig) sold for an undisclosed amount in excess of $2,500,000.  This is a formula that is selling well at the moment.  The land was purchased in 2011 for $1,281,000 and a large ‘spec’ home built on the site
  • 47 Tennyson Street, Sandringham (Bill Jowett/Danny Corocoran, Buxton) sold quietly inside, after three bidders fought strongly for the opportunity to negotiate with the vendors.

Sandringham, 47 Tennyson (Bill Jowett, Buxton), after auction, undisclosed, 4 bidders

Auction Highlights:

20 Hillcrest Avenue Kew, Peter Batrouney (Jellis Craig), passed in, $5.0m VB

With the market sizzling in recent weeks in Kew, this auction of this property was always going to be an interesting one. Chinese Nationals have been huge players at auctions, and traditionally they prefer properties which do not have Heritage Overlays, are not near cemeteries and are of a modern style – all the things that this property is not.

What this is though is a substantial landmark c.1850 original family home which had modernised on generous land over 1400m2 in one of Kew’s quieter streets.

At 3pm the setting was almost picture perfect with clear skies, mild weather and breathe of wind as auctioneer Peter Batrouney gave a spirited preamble (and interesting history lesson, always good to hear) in front of a 100-strong crowd (with few Chinese) in the scenic front garden.  A few metres away listing agents Geordie Dixon and Tom Ryan were on the look out for bidders.

Peter looked for an opening bid, but with none forthcoming, opened with a vendor vid of $4,900,000. This did little to encourage the crowd, and after a few minutes the half-time break was taken. The Jellis Craig team returned to happily announce they had revised instructions on the vendor’s reserve and the auction recommenced. Another vendor bid was announced at $5,000,000 and still no interest from the crowd so the property passed in at this figure, with a reserve later published at $5,650,000.

Overall quite a good property this one and in the hands of a very good agent so it should sell soon.


Kew: 20 Hillcrest Avenue, Peter Batrouney (Jellis Craig), passed in, $5.0m VB

51 Fourth St, Beaumaris (Steve Tickell, Hocking Stuart), after auction, undisclosed above $2.025m, 1 bidder

The 50 or so onlookers were ushered through the home and onto the large deck overlooking the sparkling pool – the scene was almost set for a party!

Auctioneer Steve Tickell stepped out too, and after a thorough preamble, highlighting the home’s many attributes (and deciding that the house was in Beaumaris, not Black Rock as some assumed), asked for an opening bid.

All remained silent so Steve tabled a vendor bid of $2m to kick-start proceedings.

A genuine offer came from Bidder 1 of $2.025m before the property was passed in for further negotiations.

The home was bought shortly after for an undisclosed amount.


Beaumaris: 51 Fourth St, Steve Tickell (Hocking Stuart), after auction, undisclosed, 1 bidder

Agent Opinion: What are stock levels like in Port Phillip at the moment, and whether the school holidays have as much impact on campaigns/sales as other areas?

3876787Kaine Lanyon (Marshall White): “Stock levels have been satisfactory over the last 3-5 weeks but it certainly now appears the numbers are drying up. Whether this is due to the Easter break, I can’t be 100% sure.Generally speaking I have never felt that in Port Phillip that school holidays has as much impact from s slowing down point of view compared with say Bayside &/or Stonnington & Boroonodara. Let’s hope for all concerned that the new wave of listings comes soon as the results should be speaking for themselves.”

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