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Why Melbourne homeowners should seriously consider selling
AUGUST 12, 2019 | HERALD SUN | Melbourne property owners thinking of listing their homes for sale should do so now, agents say, with low stock levels helping push properties as much as $320,000 past reserve at auctions.
Under the hammer: housing’s spring test
AUGUST 8, 2019 | WESTPAC | National Property Buyers director Antony Bucello concurs that the renewed enthusiasm is being tested in a sparse market but believes the downside appears limited.
Newport dream home most expensive result on a busy auction weekend
AUGUST 5, 2019 | HERALD SUN | National Property Buyer’s director Antony Bucello said the huge result proved there was not enough stock to meet demand on the market.
Melbourne auction market: bidders back in droves across the city
JULY 29, 2019 | HERALD SUN | Melbourne’s clearance rate has hit a height not seen since early 2018, with auctions attracting as many as seven bidders.
Templestowe Lower auction: Bidding soars $350,000 above reserve
JULY 20, 2019 | HERALD SUN | “There is significantly more competition now than there was earlier in the year so hopefully more stock should balance that out to create a healthier environment for buyers to participate in, spreading them across more properties,” Mr Bucello said.
Melbourne auctions: A+ results on quiet school holidays weekend
JULY 8, 2019 | HERALD SUN |“This is an exceptionally strong result and it further confirms market conditions are changing in Melbourne…we’re expecting more of the same in the coming weeks while stock levels remain low.” Mr Bucello said.
Surrey Hills house sells for $300,000 less than it did in 2017
JUNE 24, 2019 | HERALD SUN | A Surrey Hills sale $150,000 above reserve sounds great on paper — but the vendors forked out double that figure when they bought the property in 2017.
Buyers forsake weekend getaways for winter auctions in Melbourne
JUNE 10, 2019 | HERALD SUN | Positive signs in Melbourne’s clearance rate continued amid lower auction numbers across the long weekend, with buyers forsaking getaways for sunny winter auctions.
Homebuyers’ appetites return post-federal election, drive bumper auction sales
MAY 27, 2019 | HERALD SUN | A host of homes have skyrocketed past their reserves in Melbourne’s inner north — some by more than $300,000 — as the auction market enjoyed an immediate post-election boost.
Dad secures Windsor apartment for first-home buyer son
MAY 25, 2019 | HERALD SUN | A first-home buyer will have an easy move after winning the keys to a Windsor apartment, around the corner from his family home. He came out on top at auction with a little help from his dad.
Melbourne homebuyers careful not to miss out at auction
MAY 6, 2019 | HERALD SUN | Homebuyers are out in force to secure their dream home as less properties go under the hammer, with a converted furniture warehouse in Carlton North eclipsing its reserve at the weekend.
Hawthorn property’s unique layout proves big hit with investors
APRIL 15, 2019 | HERALD SUN |“While investors continue to sit on their hands, homebuyers are currently the dominant buyers in the market and they are still out there competing,” Mr Bucello said.
Renovator’s dreams in Red Hill, Malvern roar at auction
APRIL 8, 2019 | HERALD SUN |A Mornington Peninsula pad requiring a “major reno” and a potential Malvern knockdown have smashed their reserves at auction, with one luring eight bidders. The clearance rate also rose again.
‘Huge number’ of upgraders open to interstate move
MARCH 29, 2019 | MELBOURNE LEADER |Homeowners are seeking employment opportunities, cheaper alternatives and the excitement of the unknown as they consider moving interstate to upgrade, according to a new survey.
Big sales infiltrate Melbourne’s ‘hard yakka’ auction market
MARCH 25, 2019 | HERALD SUN |Several Melbourne homes smashed their reserves at auction at the weekend, including a Surrey Hills house by $390,000. But experts are still warning vendors of “hark yakka” conditions.
Unrenovated Northcote house thrills in first sale in 42 years
MARCH 18, 2019 | HERALD SUN | National Property Buyers director Antony Bucello said a period-style house with a pool in eastern suburb Surrey Hills surpassed its quoted $3.2-$3.5 million range to fetch $3.72 million under the hammer on Saturday, March 16. The results confirm competition for good quality, well-located property is relatively strong,” Mr Bucello said.
Four-minute Williamstown auction topples reserve by $170,000
FEBRUARY 25, 2019 | HERALD SUN |There was plenty of fast-paced auction action on Saturday with buyers out in force as the market shows signs of a rebound. One western suburbs house raced past its reserve at lightning speed.
Melbourne auction market ‘bounces back’ with big sales
FEBRUARY 18, 2019 | HERALD SUN |A tired, century-old Footscray house soared more than $80,000 above reserve and a Flemington pad with a pool raked in a $143,500 bonus for its sellers as agents declared Melbourne’s auction market has “bounced back”.
Inner-west properties a bright light as Melbourne’s clearance rate gets hammered
NOVEMBER 19, 2018 | HERALD SUN |Less than half of Melbourne’s auctions produced a sale last week, but some beauties in the inner west bucked the trend. Find out what drew seven bidders to the table in Footscray.
Melbourne fails auction market test with second weak clearance rate
OCTOBER 27, 2018 | HERALD SUN |MELBOURNE could see fewer homes going to auction and sales even more skewed towards buyers after it failed its biggest market test in six years. But there is a silver lining.
SA’s real estate finest celebrated at 2018 REISA Awards For Excellence
OCTOBER 26, 2018 | THE REAL ESTATE CONVERSATION |South Australia’s real estate elite have battled it out at the 2018 REISA Awards for Excellence in Adelaide. National Property Buyer’s Katherine Skinner won the Buyer’s Agent category.
First-home buyers ‘still have to fight it out’ in cooler market
OCTOBER 22, 2018 | HERALD SUN |THE “STRONGEST” end of Melbourne’s market is dishing up tough competition for first-home buyers despite cooler conditions than recent years.
How to sell your home in a cooling real estate market
SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 | THE DAILY TELEGRAPH | Decluttering could also prove effective, National Property Buyers director Antony Bucello said. “Decluttering is important as it makes rooms look larger and gives a greater sense of space, which is always helpful in achieving the maximum price,” Mr Bucello said.
Why it’s the best time to buy a home in years
SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 | HERALD SUN |“Over the long term, there will almost always be demand for properties (with) good access to public transport, shops, schools, parks, medical facilities and freeways,” Mr Bucello said. Mr Bucello said Melbourne was stacked with “excellent opportunities” as the market experienced its biggest correction since 2011.
SEPTEMBER 08, 2018 | HERALD SUN |“Properties like this that suit a number of demographics are still in high demand,” Mr Bucello said. “I am sure there were buyers at this auction wanting to bid but just didn’t get a chance.”
The story Melbourne clearance rates ‘aren’t telling us’
AUGUST 27, 2018 | HERALD SUN | MELBOURNE’s clearance rate has been stuck in the 50s since May and hit its lowest point since 2012 just over a week ago — but there’s a part of the picture not shown in these figures.
Fitzroy house flanked by ‘gastropubs, side-street cafes’ stars as auction market slumps
AUGUST 20, 2018 | HERALD SUN | A FITZROY house soared more than a quarter of a million dollars past reserve to shine on a Melbourne auction weekend that displayed how much the market has slowed in the past year.
Quiet spring real estate market in Sydney and Melbourne, but Adelaide is buzzing
AUGUST 17, 2018 | FINANCIAL REVIEW |In Adelaide, buyers’ agent Katherine Skinner says the market is buoyant – due partly to a boost from eastern-state buyers who are struggling in the larger cities. “…people in the eastern states are not having an issue getting finance here. They come with $500,000 to spend and then secure a good-quality investment.”
Big sale result for Port Melbourne Bank House
AUGUST 13, 2018 | HERALD SUN | ONCE built for the working-class family, a Bank House in Port Melbourne has now sold for big bucks, showing just how far the inner-city suburb has come.
Tired Kensington terrace smashes reserve at short and sharp auction
AUGUST 5, 2018 | HERALD SUN |A KENSINGTON terrace in need of “a major renovation” has soared beyond its reserve price at auction — a feat that only took two bidders and a matter of minutes. See how much it sold for.
Moorabbin townhouse soars $100k past reserve in a matter of minutes
JULY 30, 2018 | HERALD SUN | A “FRENZY of bids” saw a Moorabbin townhouse soar more than $100,000 past its reserve in a matter of minutes. Take a look at the auction action from across Melbourne on the weekend.
Coburg house in need of TLC snapped up for $26,000 above reserve at auction
JULY 30, 2018 | MORELAND LEADER | The strong result confirmed properties could perform well in any market, according to National Property Buyers’ state director Antony Bucello. “Results such as these confirm that there are markets within markets and there are some properties that will simply perform well in just about any market,” Mr Bucello said.
Five bidders push Pascoe Vale house beyond expectations
JULY 16, 2018 | HERALD SUN | National Property Buyers Victorian manager Antony Bucello said young families and professional couples were the main buyers vying for the brick home.
Wollert ‘fixer-upper’ house fetches $605,000 under the hammer
JULY 9, 2018 | HERALD SUN | A GENUINE “fixer-upper” in Melbourne’s outer north attracted four bidders to sail $75,000 above reserve on another 50-50 auction weekend for the city.
Big payday for Nunawading reno
JULY 2, 2018 | HERALD SUN | A TRENDY transformation has driven a Nunawading house to sell for over $1 million more than it did just five years ago.
Victoria’s best affordable suburbs to buy in
JUNE 29, 2018 | HERALD SUN | OUR state is home to the nation’s best performing cheapie suburbs, a new report has revealed. Find out which areas buyers on a budget should be targeting.
Buyers in box seat at Melbourne auctions
JUNE 26, 2018 | HERALD SUN | ANOTHER “fickle” auction weekend has prompted experts to declare there are “good buying opportunities” afoot for savvy negotiators. See how a new Essendon house bucked the trend.
Super Pascoe Vale result earns vendors $77,500 beyond reserve
JUNE 18, 2018 | HERALD SUN |National Property Buyers Victorian manager Antony Bucello said Nelson Alexander auctioneer Matthew Febey sported the unconventional attire to help raise funds for charity HeartKids.
Coburg unit tops reserve by $111,000
JUNE 4, 2018, 2018 | HERALD SUN |DEMAND remains strong at the affordable end of the Melbourne market as buyers hold back on the city’s pricier properties.
Auctioneers struggling with anything less than A-grade’
JUNE 4, 2018 | HERALD SUN | AN ORIGINAL Albert Park california bungalow just metres from the water fetched $2.86 million as a Balwyn townhouse soared $165,000 past reserve at the weekend.
Balwyn property soars in ‘fickle’ market
MAY 19, 2018 | HERALD SUN | A BALWYN property has sold about $176,000 beyond reserve in a positive result for the vendors at a “fickle” level of the market. National Property Buyers Victorian manager Antony Bucello the property was on a “very good parcel of land” at 710sq m and Marshall White had been quoting $1.8-$1.98 million.
Marathon 141-bid auction yields $1.97 million sale in Coburg
‘Blowout’ Brighton auction tops reserve by $550,000
MAY 7, 2018 | HERALD SUN | A BRIGHTON beauty sailed past reserve by $550,000 in a “blowout” auction that drew gasps from onlookers at the weekend.
Ardeer, South Morang among Melbourne’s affordable auction stars
APRIL 30, 2018 | HERALD SUN |AFFORDABILITY was king on the Melbourne auction market on the weekend, with bidders flocking to Ardeer, Hoppers Crossing, South Morang and the city’s apartment market.
Affordable homes Melbourne’s most in demand
APRIL 24, 2018 | HERALD SUN | THE sub-$750,000 price bracket is the most hotly contested in Melbourne amid a wider sense of the market “slowing down,” property experts say.
Why Melbourne buyers ‘less willing to compromise’
No reno, no problem for South Yarra house that soared $825,000 past reserve
APRIL 08, 2018 | HERALD SUN | A SOUTH Yarra house in need of a reno smashed its reserve by $825,000, as a Wyndham Vale auction gifted a buyer the best birthday present he could have asked for — his first house.
Melbourne market shows strength on record auction week
MARCH 26, 2018 | HERALD SUN | A GUTTED Toorak residence was among the properties sold during a record week for Melbourne’s auction market, with six bidders pushing the construction site a whopping $1.2 million past reserve.
Converted Fitzroy cinema stars on property market
Value to be found in Melbourne’s affordable suburbs
MARCH 30, 2018 | HERALD SUN | MELBOURNE’s affordable suburbs are dwindling, but value can be found in the right places. See which suburbs have a median house price under $600,000 and a unit price under $500,000.
All this Richmond family wants for Christmas is to sell their house
DECEMBER 2017, 2018 | HERALD SUN |FORGET clothes, shoes, iPhones and drones, all some Melburnians want for Christmas is to finally sell their home. WATCH THE VIDEO.
Christmas rush could lead to December auction record
DECEMBER 2, 2017 | HERALD SUN | MELBOURNE is primed for what could be a record December for auction numbers, as buyers and sellers rush to ink deals before Christmas morning.
SA Excerpt From The 2016 May Market Report
MAY 2, 2016 | YOUR INVESTMENT PROPERTY MAG | Katherine Skinner, senior property manager at National Property Buyers Adelaide, is one such optimist. “Typically, high-performing, sought-after inner suburbs like Norwood, Kent Town andNorth Adelaide provide a good return on units, with very low vacancy rates,” Skinner explains.
Vendor advocates keep real estate agents accountable
JULY 26, 2014 | THE AUSTRALIAN| SELLING your house can be daunting. There are dozens of possible agents to choose from. Who do you trust? And should you go to auction? Will you waste your money on expensive marketing campaigns?