Melbourne Auction Results – December 8, 2014

By Peter Sarmas on 8 Dec 2014
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Melbourne Auction Results 1st-7th December 2014



Sold at Auction: 736 Auction Volumes: $803.69m
Passed in: 421 Weekend Last Month: 236
Sold Before: 189 Weekend Last Year: 1426
Sold After: 1 Houses: 73%
Unreported: 269 Units: 61%


Buyers Look to Bag a Property Before Christmas

There’s so much to talk about in this week’s wrap and so little time to write! Only 17 days until Christmas, but who’s counting? Where has this year gone?

Firstly, let’s look at what happened over the weekend in the Melbourne property market.

There were 1347 auctions reported to the REIV. Of those, 926 sold and 421 passed in, 192 on a vendor bid. A clearance rate of 69 per cent was recorded compared to 65 per cent last weekend and 64 per cent this weekend last year.

This year’s spring auction market has been the strongest ever, and there have been two record auction weekends in the past five weeks. The number of auctions in the year to date is also currently the highest on record. There have been over 37,000 auctions.

“For those looking to invest in property, it’s also worth pointing out the strengthening demand for houses rather than apartments.”

This is the third week where auction clearance rates have been below 70 per cent. Although this might seem worrying, the number of properties that are clearing has stabilised. This past weekend actually showed an upward swing in what has been a flood of properties coming onto the market.

So the property market is definitely showing considerable resilience and depth as demand appears to be keeping up with the supply of homes entering the market. Maybe everyone involved is eager to transact by the end of Christmas.

Most of the strength in property prices has been in Melbourne’s middle suburbs, as the map below highlights. Those suburbs in a darker tone performed well during the September quarter.

I thought the following map was also interesting because it shows why so many Chinese immigrants have been targeting Melbourne’s east. It’s no coincidence that many nationalities congregate around friends and family, religious institutions and schools.

For those looking to invest in property, it’s also worth pointing out the strengthening demand for houses rather than apartments.

Due to the recent boom, many investors have been cashing in on inner city homes, leading to displaced families and tenants who have no desire to live in an apartment.

Stories are beginning to emerge: tenants are being gazumped, while others have had to get on the property manager’s “nice side” to secure a residence. Don’t be surprised if we begin to hear stories of people start bidding to secure a house rental.

After purchasing a investment property for a client we had 12 inspections at his first open house and no less than five applications, which is a stark contrast to other investment-type properties at the moment floundering on the market for weeks and months.

On the Economic Front

This week the Reserve Bank of Australia met for the last time this year to deliberate on the fate of interest rates.

It was no surprise that the cash rate was left on hold at 2.5 per cent for the 16th consecutive month.

However, what has been surprising is the commentary expressed by a number of eminent economists. They have been discussing the falling Australian dollar on the back of plummeting commodity prices, including coal, iron and oil.

Although our interest rates are low, unemployment is relatively good and our economic growth is looking okay. Our real disposable income has shrunk to the point where the contraction over the past two quarters is now officially an “income recession”.

“Economic experts around the world [are calling] for some significant interference.”

What does this all mean? We just don’t feel as well off as we should in a country that is supposed to have everything going for it.

This is causing economic experts around the world to call for some significant economic stimulus. One such call came from Westpac’s Bill Evans, which caught my attention. He is urging the Reserve Bank to consider two 0.25 per cent interest rate cuts early next year.

But hang on before you start cheering, cutting rates means we aren’t doing so well and the economy needs some extra oomph!

Should these cuts eventuate, we can expect the property market to continue its current momentum next year as well.

I don’t see much change over the next two weeks. Most stock should be mopped up by the end of the year. February and March are shaping up to be bumper months in terms of property supply. Real estate agents are laughing all the way to the bank.

Street Advocacy News: Buying & Selling Property With Street News

I’ll cut to the chase here because I have dragged it on a bit this week. We managed to secure another substantial transaction close to $5 million.

Following some specific instructions from my client, I successfully managed to source, secure and negotiate a substantial property in the heart of a thriving shopping village in the east of Melbourne.

Trust, knowledge, credibility and transparency were the key qualities that enabled this transaction.

Until next week!












Top 5 Houses

1. 7 Mulgoa Street, Brighton $4,900,000
2. 59 Robinson Road, Hawthorn $4,350,000
3. 380 Montague Street, Albert Park $3,475,000
4. 15 Kalimna Street, Essendon $2,917,000
5. 234 Danks Street, Albert Park $2,910,000

Top 5 Bargain Houses

1. 3035 Warburton Highway, Millgrove $224,000
2. 7 Amy Close, Pakenham $230,000
3. 93 Willow Drive, Hampton Park $260,000
4. 11 Melrose Street, Pakenham $305,000
5. 8 Appin Close, Craigieburn $308,000

Top 5 Apartments

1. 8A Highfield Grove, Kew $3,150,000
2. 14A Wilson Street, Carlton North $2,220,000
3. 47A Pleasant Road, Hawthorn East $1,780,000
4. 1/2 Tashinny Road, Toorak $1,571,000
5. 29A Holroyd Avenue, St Kilda East $1,495,000

Top 5 Bargain Apartments

1. 13/23 Avoca Street, South Yarra $32,000
2. 8/131 High Street, Thomastown $239,500
3. 1/156 North Road, Reservoir $250,000
4. 4/42 Davisson Street, Epping $280,000
5. 4/38 Moorhead Drive, Mill Park $285,000

Source: REIV

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About the Author

Peter Sarmas is a Certified Property Investment Advisor (PIAA) and Vendor/Buyer Advocate. Before becoming the founder of Street News, Peter completed a Degree in Applied Science (Chemistry) and a Graduate Diploma in Property Valuations (Hons). Peter believes property investing is a major and potentially risky undertaking. In his view, everyone should have an independent person acting on their behalf when seeking property investment advice.

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