Archive for March, 2020

Auction Snapshot | 28 & 29 March 2020

Due to the tightening of social distancing restrictions across the country, last weekend saw the first sweep of online auctions take place to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
Australia-wide, more than 2,700 properties were scheduled to go under the hammer, but as a result of the ban on public auctions, over 54% of properties were instead changed to private sale, with 10% going to online auctions.
As such, the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) recorded an auction clearance rate of 90% for Victoria. This saw a total of 363 auctions and 97 private sales take place, bringing in a combined volume of $382 million.
REIA President, Adrian Kelly, said ‘we’re lucky that with the internet, there’s all these new online platforms. Even in trying times, we can still make it work.’
Results. It’s a Fletchers thing.
Categories: Auction Wrap

Auction Snapshot | 21 & 22 March 2020

Amidst the changing face of real estate in the wake of COVID-19, last weekend saw 930 properties scheduled for auction, bringing in a total volume of $589 million and a slightly reduced clearance rate of 66% for the state.

With ‘Stage 1’ lockdowns now in effect, the real estate industry continues to operate auctions, property inspections, sales and property management under the appropriate health and safety protocols as advised by the State and Federal Governments.

REIA President, Adrian Kelly, said that estate agents are pretty good at adapting to these circumstances, also mentioning that he was ‘not expecting to see an impact on the value of homes.’

As things continue to change, virtual tours, Facebook Live videos and online bidding capabilities are being implemented across the industry in order to assist buyers and sellers currently in the market.

Results. It’s a Fletchers thing.

Categories: Auction Wrap

Auction | 45 Wellard Road, Box Hill South

Built in 1958 and renovated in 2000, the five bedroom home at 45 Wellard Road in Box Hill South lacks nothing in terms of accommodation and lifestyle. Boasting direct access to Box Hill Golf Course, it’s almost like you have your own acreage property!

After an opening bid of $1,400,000 the property went on to pass in at $1,460,000 then sold in post-auction negotiations for $1,500,000 to the lovely new owners.

Congratulations to our vendors, Neil and Ally, and to the successful purchasers.

Categories: Auctions

Auction Snapshot | 7 & 8 March 2020

Despite less properties heading to auction over Melbourne’s Labour Day long weekend, the 316 properties that were scheduled to go under the hammer resulted in a clearance rate of 71 per cent, marking a 20 per cent gain when compared with this time last year.

‘The long weekend in Melbourne means we can’t read too much into Saturday’s result. There were more than double the number of auctions on Saturday in Melbourne compared to the same Saturday a year ago,’ said Domain Research Analyst, Trent Wiltshire.

According to Domain, some sellers even used free toilet paper to lure buyers to auction over the quiet weekend. ‘Toilet paper hoarders may be using their stockpiles to their advantage, but in the wider market agents say COVID-19 has, so far, had little negative impact,’ writes Senior Journalist, Melissa Heaney.

With demand for property remaining strong, house prices having already passed their 2017 peak and further cuts made to interest rates over the last couple weeks, Domain predicts Melbourne’s median house prices are on track to hit $1 million by mid-to-late next year.

Following a perfect clearance rate of 100% over the long weekend, the Fletchers group was pleased to see consistently strong numbers of bidders across Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs, with as many as 3 to 4 bidders seen in suburbs like #BoxHillSouth#Blackburn and #SurreyHills.

Categories: Auction Wrap

79 Thompsons Road, Bulleen

Join me on a tour of 79 Thompsons Road, Bulleen.

Elevated on the high side of Thompsons Road with a sweeping outlook over the Koonung Valley and a family-size, north-facing backyard, this original home is potential packed with exciting options. Whether renovation or redevelopment (STCA) is its future, this impressive property is sure to appeal to developers and families alike. The close proximity of local services and the possibility of city skyline views from a prospective upper level are enticements for the construction of a substantial new home or townhouses (STCA).

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

Categories: Listings

Auction Snapshot | 29 February & 1 March

The latest figures from CoreLogic have revealed that concerns around Coronavirus have done little to dampen Melbourne’s rising property market. The surge has seen house prices increase another 1.2 per cent in February, climbing at its fastest rate on record.

According to, a survey of 40,000 respondents from Australia’s number one reviews, ratings and rankings website for real estate agents, RateMyAgent, found significant increases in seller happiness over the last 12 months, with ‘the explosive recovery in the Australian housing market [having] translated to happier sellers, with satisfaction at sale prices doubling in one year’.

Both Melbourne’s Southern and Eastern suburbs ranked in the top 10 happiest areas on RateMyAgent, coming in at first and third place, respectively.

Real estate agents have also seen property investors return to the market in recent months, with investor home loans climbing by 22 per cent between May and December of 2019. Buyers advocate, Cate Bakos, said ‘they’re now looking for properties with land – so older homes, villa units or townhouses that have land attached are popular.’

Results. It’s a Fletchers thing.

Categories: Auction Wrap