Archive for December, 2019

Auction | 2/8 Athelstan Road, Camberwell

December 18, 2019 Leave a comment

Just a stroll to Camberwell Junction and Rivoli Cinema, it’s not hard to see why Athelstan Road is considered to be one of the best streets in Camberwell!

Our vendors of Unit 2/8 Athelstan Road agreed, having lived in their classic two bedroom home for over 30 years. Three bidders sought the opportunity to buy into Camberwell, and the bidding between them saw the price climb to $871,000 when the hammer was finally knocked down!

The team and I were thrilled to represent our vendors, Barb & Jeremy, in the sale of their two bedroom, single level unit at 2/8 Athelstan Road in Camberwell.

Many thanks also to Vendor Marketing Vendor Advocates, on helping us to achieve a fantastic outcome!

Categories: Auctions

Auction | 4 Tanami Court, Bulleen

December 16, 2019 Leave a comment

Attracting an incredible 8 bidders on auction day, the striking residence at 4 Tanami Court in Bulleen presented a bold statement of luxury and prestige.

Approximately 100 people watched on as the bidding climbed from a start of $1,200,000 to the eventual sale price of $1,792,500 – an excellent result for ‘The Grange’!

The team and I were thrilled to represent our vendor Catherine and her family in the sale of this stunning home.

Results. It’s a Fletchers thing.

Categories: Auctions

7 Cost Saving Tips for Renovating on a Tight Budget

December 16, 2019 Leave a comment

Brought to you by National Australia Bank 

You may have big dreams for your renovation project but with a bit of DIY and some shopping around, you can save money on your reno. Here are our top seven tips!


You may think you’re saving money by doing some jobs yourself, but failed DIY efforts can cost you dearly. When it comes to DIY, it’s important to know your limitations.

Get the professionals involved in all electrical, plumbing and structural work unless you’re qualified in the trades yourself. Always get at least three quotes, but remember: cheaper doesn’t always mean better. Get recommendations from previous clients and make sure the money you spend is worth it.


Good news – there are plenty of renovation jobs you and your family and friends can do yourselves. Get a working bee going for the small price of a few drinks and a BBQ.

Here are some things that many people are easily capable of doing if they try:

  • Painting (though never skimp on the prep)
  • Fencing
  • Landscaping
  • Stripping and polishing floorboards
  • Assembling a flat-pack kitchen
  • Simple tiling jobs.


Basic DIY usually requires a bit of practical knowledge and some tools. You can get both from any good hardware store. Check out if your local DIY stores have any upcoming workshops.

And the web also has a lot of DIY resources, ideas, forums and how-to-guides. Search for specific DIY tasks and genius instructional clips online.

If you’ve got friends with trades, start talking to them now and pick their brains.


You’ll be surprised at how much you can save on labour, supplies and materials by shopping around.

Polish your negotiation skills, ask for trade prices and seek bargains through ‘scratch and dent’ or ‘discontinued’ sales. While shopping around takes a bit of time, it will certainly pay off for you.

For building supplies, check online for used materials.


When the budget’s tight, we tend to overlook longer-term savings of energy-efficient technology or materials. If you can, include some basic energy-saving ideas in your renovation like:

  • LED lights
  • Rainwater tanks
  • Good quality insulation
  • Solar panels.


You can make a big impact with affordable updates like new paint and ‘mood’ lighting. Things like resurfacing or repainting bathroom tiles, baths and basins can dramatically improve the ‘look’ of your home – at surprisingly little expense.

It helps to visit colour consultants at your local paint shop. Some paint retailers may charge a fee to make an appointment. Or chat to the showroom staff in kitchen or bathroom stores. These experts can give you some ideas about how to spruce up your home on a shoestring.


It’s a hard pill to swallow, but sometimes you need to adjust your expectations to fit your budget and the amount you need to borrow.

So write one list of must-haves and another of nice-to-haves and concentrate on those things you absolutely can’t do without.

Visit the NAB website with the article here: 7 Cost-Saving Tips for Renovating on a Tight Budget

Categories: Real Estate Services

Auction Snapshot | 14 & 15 December

December 16, 2019 Leave a comment

Rising house prices and late listings have resulted in a remarkably busier month for the auction market over December. With more owners feeling confident selling their homes later in the year, the REIV recorded a total of 993 auctions in Victoria, which is up from the same time last year.

Although typically viewed as a risky time of year to go to auction due to potential bidders being occupied with Christmas shopping and end of year functions, December has so far proven itself a worthy contender to buyers and sellers alike.

‘There has been over the past few months quite a bit of pent-up demand and that has pushed prices up in Melbourne quite sharply, and I think vendors are responding to that now,’ said ANZ Senior Economist, Felicity Emmett.

In a fantastic outcome for our team, an auction clearance rate of 91% was recorded across the Fletchers group over the weekend, marking a significant increase from the state-wide clearance rate of 75%. Similarly, the weekend also saw an incredible turn out of buyers, where there were as many as 6-7 bidders per auction.

One such auction was the premium 3 bedroom home at 9 Chester Street in Surrey Hills, which sold for $1,769,500 and had a turnout of 6 bidders on the day. Located in an enticing neighbourhood with tree-lined streets, this luxurious dream home featured a spacious lounge and dining, sun-filled family room and double secure carport.

Results. It’s a Fletchers thing.

Categories: Auction Wrap

Auction | 6/58 Windsor Crescent, Surrey Hills

December 16, 2019 Leave a comment

A large crowd was in attendance at the auction of the two bedroom villa unit, at 6/58 Windsor Crescent in Surrey Hills.

I could personally vouch for the quality and location of the development, having rented within the block a number of years ago!

After the auction formalities, four bidders got down to the business of trying to secure the home – even with a very specific amount of $888,888! That wasn’t the final however, with bidding continuing until the final selling price of $903,000 was achieved! A fantastic result for both our vendors and the successful purchasers.

Results. It’s a Fletchers thing.

Categories: Auctions

Auction Snapshot | 7-8 December 2019

December 11, 2019 Leave a comment

With a staggering 1023 auctions reported across the state, Melbourne’s auction market continues to draw results similar to the ‘boom-time levels’ of 2013 and 2017, according to AMP Capital Chief Economist, Shane Oliver.

The first auction weekend for December saw a solid auction clearance rate of 78% in Victoria, indicating a remarkable improvement from this time last year, when clearance rates were recorded at 47%.

As the housing market continues to make strides on its way to recovery, Domain has reported a surge in home buyers rushing to renovate their homes in time for Christmas.

‘Almost two-thirds of home owners are making some type of improvements to their homes ahead of the holidays, with budgets ranging from $200 to $7000. More than 60 per cent of home owners said improvements at this time of year added financial pressure to the holiday period,’ said Tawar Razaghi from Domain.

Over the weekend, Fletchers recorded a clearance rate of 80% across the group, with 4 Tanami Court in Bulleen securing an astounding 8 bidders on the day. Making a bold statement of luxury and prestige, the 4 bedroom property, titled, ‘The Grange’, raised the benchmark for executive family entertaining, featuring an intuitive design with solar heated pool and spa, wood-fired pizza oven and palatial master bedroom.

Results. It’s a Fletchers thing.


Categories: Auction Wrap

25 Delany Close, Canterbury

December 11, 2019 Leave a comment

Join me on a tour of 25 Delany Close, Canterbury.

A poetic hideaway and treasured Victorian beauty crowned with majestically high ceilings and constructed in double brick, this unique home offers the impressive trio of prestige, convenience and security. Enjoy the under-cover deck and north-facing paved courtyard with built-in seating, wander across to Maling Road’s renowned cafes, catch the train into the city or walk to nearby private schools and Canterbury Primary School.

To explore the property and view the Statement of Information, please contact me on 0403 020 404 or visit the website:

Categories: Listings

Auction | 50 Wilson Road, Glen Waverley

December 6, 2019 Leave a comment

It was great working with Michelle Huang and the Fletchers Waverley team on the sale and auction of 50 Wilson Road in Glen Waverley.

A sprawling suburban property offered for sale for the first time since 1962 drew a large crowd of approximately 100 people to the auction.

Bidding started at $1,300,000 with a total of six parties involved, and close to 100 bids later, the property was knocked down to the successful bidder at $1,550,500.

The team and I were thrilled to achieve a successful result for our vendor, Mark.

Categories: Auctions

Auction | 106/20 Hepburn Road, Doncaster

December 3, 2019 Leave a comment

The “Magnolia Apartments” are known for their exceptional quality and luxurious sophistication. We recently auction Number 106, an airy three bedroom, two bathroom abode on the first floor.

It was nice and cosy on auction day with two parties putting their hands up to bid. Auctioneer Tim Heavyside formally passed the property in before negotiating with the highest bidder to the ultimate sale price of $655,000.

Results. It’s a Fletchers thing.

Categories: Auctions

Auction Snapshot | 30 November & 1 December

December 3, 2019 Leave a comment

Another weekend of strong auction results has consequently become Melbourne’s second-biggest auction weekend for 2019, proving the strong demand for properties is creating a sense of urgency amongst buyers.

As the decade draws to a close, the strong performance of the market is likely to continue into the New Year as homeowners take advantage of low interest rates and renewed levels of buyer demand.

With economists referring to the recent surge in house prices as a ‘mini boom’ for the industry, positive market conditions combined with the resurgence in investor activity point towards a much healthier landscape for the property market in 2020.

REIV President, Leah Calnan, said ‘it’s important to look at how the long term market is trending. The Victorian real estate sector has demonstrated long term growth and stability. In signs of an improving market, we are again seeing increasing demand from interstate and international purchasers.’

Results. It’s a Fletchers thing.

Categories: Auction Wrap