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Fletchers Group News Update 27 February

February 27th 2017

The weekend’s weather was an improvement compared to the last, with sunny skies and a warmer temperature than predicted.

Despite the sudden surge in auction listings, Victoria achieved an impressive clearance rate of 82% on the first Super Saturday of 2017, after 983 of the 1,198 auctions reported to the REIV resulted in a sale. 85 of the 215 passed in properties were due to vendor bids. The clearance rate was 6% higher than the same weekend last year, and the Domain Group reported that this is the highest auction result since October.





The near-new luxurious home at 21 Boisdale Street, Surrey Hills has five bedrooms and five bathrooms, boasting views across parkland. Features of this home include a premium kitchen, an alfresco area with an outdoor kitchen, water features, solar heated pool/spa, a theatre room and an upstairs retreat. Close by are private schools, shops, transport and Wattle Park. Attracting 250 people, seven bidders and a strong vibe on auction day, the sensational home sold for $3.41 million.

4 Adley Court, Vermont South is located in a family-friendly, low-traffic court close to a large variety of schools, Vermont South Shopping Centre and trams on Burwood Highway. The three bedroom home is well suited to families, with a private backyard, generously sized lounge room and a terrace. Other features include a leafy front garden, freshly painted interiors and new carpets. The home successfully sold on auction day for $1.055 million.

On a 778 sq m (approx.) block of land within a tree lined street in Mont Albert is 33 Victoria Crescent. The Californian Bungalow features a verandah, leafy garden, paved alfresco area with pergola, lofty ceilings and an open fireplace in both the lounge room and family room. The residence has potential to develop or extend (STCA) and is only a short distance from schools, transport and shops. The auction of this home resulted in a sale price of $2.175 million.

The brick veneer home at 44 Reilly Street, Ringwood features a low maintenance backyard, three bedrooms, updated family bathroom and a spacious living room with bay windows. Close by are train stations, shopping centres, bus stops and Eastlink, and only moments away are schools and Jubilee Park/Aquanation. Zoned for Ringwood Secondary College and appealing to first homebuyers, young families and downsizers, the residence sold for $795,000 at auction.

On a block of almost three quarters of an acre is 2-4 Roslyn Street, Rye; a Scandinavian, double storey beach home with a tree top outlook. The new home owners can enjoy a short stroll to the beach and local village. Other notable features of the residence include a pool, spa, tennis court, a private balcony off the master bedroom, exposed beams and an alfresco area with a fire pit. Appealing to those wanting a sea change or a seaside retreat, the remarkable renovated home sold for an undisclosed price at auction.

Another weekend of fantastic results!

10 Hallmark Drive, Narre Warren South sold at auction for $500,000. Congratulations to the vendors and purchasers!

Tips for first home buyers

February 24th 2017

You’ve been searching high and low for your perfect first home; analysing the location, price and floorplans of the properties you come across—you think the facts are all there! Before you make a decision however, it’s best to seek some advice from people who have been in your shoes before, so you can ensure the final decision is the right one.

To help you begin, continue or finalise the search for your first home, we have compiled some tips and tricks from our agents Kate Garvey and Steven Zervas who understand exactly what you’re going through—because they’ve recently been there!


What’s the best advice that you received before buying your first home?

Kate: “The best advice I received before buying my first home was when calculating how much you can afford always do the following: crunch the numbers of how much your repayments would be if interest rates went up to 15%. If you can still pay your monthly repayments at that cost, you can afford it!”

Steven: “The top advice I received was to save up at least 20% deposit to avoid lenders mortgage insurance, buy the best house I could afford and shop around for the best home loan rate—don’t be afraid to look outside from your normal bank! Get out to as many auctions as possible to see who is bidding, how they are bidding, the vibe of the crowd and get to know the agents.”

What tactics did YOU implement?


• Buy the best home you can afford

• You may need to make some compromises—your first home is not your dream home
• Have a short and long term plan—your first home will not be the last home you will ever own
• Get into the market as soon as you can. History shows that property prices increase over the long term; what may seem like a lot of money now won’t be in 5/10/20 years time. You will find a way to service the loan—just get in the market!
• It’s always a good idea to buy close to shopping facilities, a freeway and public transport if possible
• Always ask the agent if the vendor will sell before auction
• Open for inspections are a great insight into whether a home is popular or not

37 Kemp Avenue, Thomastown – a property currently listed with Fletchers

 What are your top tips for first home buyers?

Kate: “Ensure you get something with land. I would suggest thinking outside the box; invest in another location like Adelaide or Reginal Victoria to get into the market.”

Steven: “Be careful when buying into a body corporate complex. Find out exactly what you are paying fees for, and get a building and pest inspection. Always get a legal representative to check the contract and section 32. Don’t be afraid to ask the agents lots of questions and even get them to send you recent comparable and relevant sales around the property you are interested in. Don’t forget that stamp duty is around 5.5% on top of the sale price!”

Ready to tackle the task of buying your first home? Have a look at the properties we have recently added to the market, or contact Shore Financial on 1300 416 700 for obligation free advice on home loans.

20 Chessell Street, Mont Albert North

February 23rd 2017

High End Lifestyle in Leafy Locale

Craftsman built and tastefully finished with exceptional attention to detail, this new prestige family residence sits in a peaceful and leafy setting. Expansive living and entertaining areas include a study/sitting room, lounge/home theatre and upstairs rumpus/teen retreat.

The highlight of the light and open floorplan is the expansive, provincial influenced kitchen and family/dining space with its stainless-steel Blanco appliances, Carrera marble splashback, oversized caesarstone island bench, walk-in pantry and separate butler’s pantry. The adjoining undercover terrace and plunge pool add to the alfresco appeal of this outstanding home.

Koonung Creek Reserve and walk/cycle trail, Koonung Secondary College and city bus are within easy walking distance. Local shops and cafes, supermarket, primary schools, Westfield Doncaster and the Eastern Freeway are just minutes away.

Click for more information about 20 Chessell Street, Mont Albert North

Alternatively, contact Jason Salan on 0417 664 431 or Albert Hazelden on 0432 422 584.

How to choose the right real estate agent

February 22nd 2017

WONDERING how to choose the right real estate agent to sell your home? It seems like a simple task, but when it comes to getting the best price for your most valuable asset – finding the right agent is key. Here’s a few tips to get you started.

Fletchers Director, Jeremy Desmier, says research, referrals from friends and your own judgment are key in finding the right agent to sell your property.

 “The best way to find an agent to represent you is research. Look at who is getting consistently good results in your area. Fluking one big sale doesn’t mean an agent can deliver the same result for your property.

“Referrals and recommendations from friends who have recently sold or purchased a property are invaluable”.

Above all, Jeremy recommends property owners use their own judgement.

“If you need to interview more than one agent, appoint the one who you feel will do the best job and market your property to the widest possible audience. This may not be the agent who quotes the highest potential sale price, and is almost never the one who offers the cheapest commission.

“And if you’re in the market to buy, take note of about which agents have been professional, responsive, and displayed integrity in their interactions with you, while still working hard to negotiate the best result for their client – the seller”.

What about agent referral sites?

Agent referral sites aim to connect potential sellers with a number of agents in their local area. The chosen agent then gives a cut of their commission to the referral site. So what’s the catch?

Although the process seems simple enough, Jeremy warns that there are issues with the way these sites work and encourages sellers to conduct their own research before choosing an agent via a referral site.

“Generally, little or no effort is made to accredit or qualify the quality of the agents referred. They don’t mind which agent gets the job, as long it’s an agent that they have a referral arrangement with.

“These sites use clever marketing, claiming to provide valuable comparisons and reputable agents, to gather seller contact information, and then sell the information to numerous local agents as a ‘lead’. The agent is charged a referral fee, usually calculated as 20-30% of the agreed commission.

Jeremy encourages sellers to be particularly wary of referral sites that list agent’s fees as a point of comparison.

“If you’re comparing agents only on their level of fee, they inevitably end up with a low quality agent. If you think about it, you are appointing someone as a professional negotiator to maximise the price of a substantial asset. There is definite irony in appointing a professional negotiator to represent you based on who will offer the cheapest commission rate”.

Happy selling!