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Steady as she goes as property market continues gradual comeback

weekend auction wrap August 3
The house had a classic frontage, but a super-modern extension at the rear. Photo: Greg Hocking Elly Partners
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Both Melbourne and Sydney yet again returned a preliminary weekend auction clearance rate above 70 per cent.

Sydney had the priciest outcome with a $4.75 million Tamarama sale.

Dean Parkinson, founder of the Honeywagons fleet of make-up vans, and his wife, Deborah, secured the pre-auction result after McGrath agent Simon Exleton had 110 people attend the open for inspections.

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The house sold for $4.75 million. Photo: McGrath Real Estate

Mr Parkinson, who has lived there for 35 years, engaged architect James Grose to modernise the home in 1998.

The Kenneth Street home, which had a $4.25 million guide, was sold to a Bondi entrepreneur.

The house was renovated by its owners in 1998. Photo: McGrath Real Estate

Sydney’s $1.32 million median house price sale was higher than Melbourne, which experienced an $852,500 median, and a $2.825 million top sale at Newport, according to Domain.

The national capital cities returned a preliminary auction clearance rate of 68 per cent, consistent with late July results, CoreLogic reported.

The week also saw a similar number of auctions, with 1100 capital city homes taken to auction.

Year-on-year figures continue to see clearance rates trend higher while volumes remain lower each week, CoreLogic’s auction analyst Kevin Brogan noted.

There were 500 Melbourne homes taken to auction this week, 73.3 per cent of which sold, up on the 71.7 per cent final auction clearance last week when volumes were slightly higher at 544.

Melbourne’s top $2.825 million sale was 44 Alma Terrace, Newport, a four-bedroom house that sold through Greg Hocking Elly Partners.

It was listed with a $2.45 million to $2.65 million price guide.

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The house was stylishly modernised behind its California bungalow facade. Photo: Greg Hocking Elly Partners

Architect Tina Lindner modernised the home behind its classically Californian bungalow-style home set in landscaping by Acre Design Studio.

Its rear pool went in only last year after a $25,000 cost application went into the Hobsons Bay City Council.

Melbourne had the nation’s cheapest auction when $353,000 was paid at Forest Hill, in the outer eastern suburbs.

The one-bedroom strata villa was sold by Woodards Blackburn at 1/9 Morloc Street.

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The price guide had been $330,000 to $360,000, having last sold for $295,000 in 2010. Photo: Woodards

Volumes were relatively steady across Sydney, however it returned a lower week-on-week clearance rate.

There were 381 homes taken to auction across Sydney returning a preliminary auction clearance rate of 74.8 per cent, lower than the 75.7 per cent final clearance rate the week prior when 394 auctions took place.

Across the smaller auction markets, volumes increased across all cities with the exception of Tasmania.

Brisbane was the best performing, according to preliminary figures with 54 per cent of homes clearing at auction, while only 28 per cent of Perth homes sold.

Brisbane’s top sale was $1.746 million at Holland Park. The five-bedroom house at 24 Percival Terrace was sold by Belle, which advised the result was $146,000 above reserve.

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The home made a 20 per cent gross capital gain since 2016. Photo: Belle Property

It last sold for $1.453 million in 2016.

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Set on a 1176-square-metre block, the home has views across the city to Mount Coot-tha and the Glass House Mountains. Photo: Belle Property

There were six bidders who registered to secure the offering.

Jonathan Chancellor is editor at large with Property Observer

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