Bringing home the bacon

Buyers are being very picky in this market but many are prepared to go into battle for smartly presented properties in superior locations.
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Yesterday, Nelson Alexander brought home the bacon for the vendor of a former butcher shop and residence at 48-50 Hotham Street, Collingwood. Buyer advocate Paul Osborne, of Secret Agent, said the revamped, four-bedroom Victorian was quoted at $860,000-$950,000 but three parties pushed the sale price to $1,147,000.

Three bidders also zeroed in on 12 Grafton Street, Elsternwick. Biggin & Scott’s Trudy Biggin said the renovated, five-bedroom Victorian was quoted at $1.5 million-plus and sold at auction for $1.6 million.

Kim Easterbrook, of Elite Buyer Advocates, said single-fronted cottages were proving “bullet-proof”. She said Marshall White drew a crowd of 80 people including three bidders to the sale of a free-standing weatherboard in Armadale. Quoted in the mid-$700,000s, the two-bedroom 1 Turner Street was on the market at $880,000 and sold for $890,000.

A near-identical cottage at 4 Seddon Street, Seddon, made $52,000 above its reserve. The only bidding came from rival buyer advocates Keyhole Property Investments and Morrell & Koren, with Keyhole’s Melissa Opie buying the house for a client for $702,000. Craig Stephens, of agency Jas H. Stephens, said the advocates’ bidding duel was critical as the property had been expected to sell for close to its $650,000 reserve.

McLaren hit pay dirt with a 1930s, two-unit duplex on an 869-square-metre block at 7 and 7A Munro Street, Kew East. Agent John Cokalis said the auction drew bids from three investors. On the market at $1.2 million, it made $1,225,000.

Unorthodox renovations held back prices at some auctions. An extended brick cottage at 344 Napier Street, Fitzroy, boasted a large entertainment area but only two bedrooms. It was passed in at $950,000 and sold after for $970,000 — a result Jellis Craig’s Craig Shearn said was “about right”.

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