Buyers compete with confidence as Melbourne auction market improves


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There was a huge result for 13 Barnett St, Kensington.

Buyer confidence has made a comeback, with stellar auction results and a boost in the preliminary clearance rate promising signs.

Early CoreLogic figures show the Melbourne clearance rate jumped to 64 per cent on the first weekend on winter, an almost 5 per cent rise from the week before.

There was strong competition for many of the 733 properties that went to auction across last week — with the total volume well down from the 1079 held at the same time last year.

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Properties like the Kensington pad sold well above reserve.

Melbourne recorded a preliminary clearance rate of 64 per cent.

A three-bedroom Victorian at 13 Barnett St, Kensington sold $275,000 above reserve for $1.375 million.

National Property Buyers director Antony Bucello said there were three bidders who vied for the keys to the family home, which needed an update.

“No doubt there is a bit of buyer confidence back in the market,” Mr Bucello said.

“We’re seeing more bidders, certainly more than the one or two we were seeing just a few weeks back.”

The Victorian sold for $1.375 million.

It was a result $275,000 above reserve.

Ray White Gladstone Park agent Malek Younan said inspection numbers at some properties in the area had doubled recently.

He sold a modern family house at 5 College Boulevard under the hammer for $961,000. It was $30,000 above the top-end of the property’s price guide.

A lavish house at 5 College Boulevard, Coburg sold for $961,000.

There were four bidders for the large family house.

“There were four registered bidders and they were all active in the auction, and the buyer is a local from Northcote,” Mr Younan said.

“One thing that is good is that now the election is over, there’s one less objection from buyers.”

Winter was a great time for people to sell because there was less competition, he said.

50 Spring St in Thomastown sold for $545,000.

Further north, a tired house at 50 Spring St, Thomastown sold for $545,000. Advantage Property Consulting director Frank Valentic said it was an impressive result for a house which last sold for $112,000 in 1998.

One of the city’s most expensive sales was notched at 5 Lytton St, Kew. The expansive four-bedroom house sold for $3.935 million after five bidders pushed the price well above its $3.8 million reserve.

5 Lytton St in Kew was one of Melbourne’s most expensive sales.

It sold for $3.935 million.

CoreLogic’s forecast shows the upcoming Queen’s Birthday public holiday will see auction numbers drop down to just 174 on Saturday, June 9.

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