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A three-bedroom penthouse in the city’s south set a new suburb record at auction on Saturday, after a two-person race pushed the price well above expectations.
Bidding on the Banksia apartment was done and dusted in little more than a minute. But not because buyers were reluctant to make offers, as has increasingly become the case at Sydney auctions this winter.
A penthouse apartment in Banksia sold for $1,425,000 on Saturday. Credit:Rhett Wyman
Instead, the bidding for 40/9 Banksia Avenue began at $1 million, and quickly reached the $1,425,000 sale price, due to rapid-fire bidding between two parties that left the seven other registered bidders unable to get a word in.
The result was well above the $1.1 million reserve and price guide, and the $1,135,000 that records show the 251-square-metre property last traded for in early 2018.
It was one of 663 auctions scheduled in Sydney on Saturday. By evening, Domain Group recorded a preliminary clearance rate of 56.4 per cent from 433 reported results, while 114 auctions were withdrawn. Withdrawn auctions are counted as unsold properties when calculating the clearance rate.
Sellers Richard and Anela Hendrie, who plan to make a tree change to Goulburn, were over the moon with the result, which was well above their expectations.
Sellers Richard and Anela Hendrie were delighted with the result, and plan to make a tree change to Goulburn. Credit:Rhett Wyman
Mr Hendrie said: “We were very worried because of the downturn, but I think we knew we had a good product, we put a lot of time and effort into doing the place up, and it’s just all come together perfectly for us.”
Buyer Sarah McNiven was also delighted. Having spent about a year searching for a property, she was quick to jump in with an opening offer of $1 million.
“The old school way is to hold back … but my two agent friends just said to go for it, so that’s what I did,” she said.
Declining prices enabled her to stretch her budget a little further, but also affected the sale of her Sydenham house in July. The result for the penthouse was largely in line with her expectations.
“The price guide was ridiculously low … which we all knew was a bit silly, but the pre-auction offers were a bit lower [as well],” she said.
The winning bidder, left, is congratulated at the fall of the hammer.Credit:Rhett Wyman/SMH
Selling agent Sam Abbas of Stone Real Estate Rockdale said the cooling market, and a significant increase in the building’s strata fees, prompted him to guide the property below the 2018 sale price. The owners also felt they had overpaid at the time.
He began with a guide of $1 million, which was then increased based on buyer feedback.
“I did feel confident that we were going to exceed that because we had the two emotional buyers … but I did not think that they were going to pay much,” he said.
There had been a noticeable uptick in buyer interest recently, Abbas added, and he felt that buyers had adjusted to rising interest rates and had become more comfortable to transact.
In Balmain, a pair of semi-detached sandstone homes at 39-41 Booth Street sold for $6 million, well above the $4.8 million price guide and $5.25 million reserve.
Two of the three registered bidders made offers on the double block spanning 682 square metres, which records show last traded for $1.2 million in 2007.
The five-bedroom property sold to a family from the inner city through Lynsey Kemp, of Belle Property Balmain. The result was well above expectations, she noted, given the money that interested parties felt they would need to spend on renovations, and the fact the local market had pulled back about 10 per cent from the peak.
“At the end of the day, it’s such a historic landmark home, on a good block of land … and the two buyers knew [such properties don’t come up often].”
In Freshwater, the state government also achieved a $6 million price tag for an original six-bedroom house, that all interested parties were looking to knock down to rebuild on the 694-square-metre block.
Eleven parties registered to bid on 10 Kooloora Avenue, which was owned by the Health Administration Corporation, a state government entity, and had to be marketed without a price guide.
The auction opened at $4 million, and five parties pushed the bidding to the reserve price before a local family walked away with the keys. The property last sold for $350,000 in 1993.
Selling agent Michelle Galletti of Cunninghams Real Estate said it was a good result, but below what other blocks in the street had gone for at the market peak. The price reflected the cooler market conditions, and the higher building costs that buyers had to factor in.
In Darlington, a first-home buyer couple purchased a two-bedroom terrace at 65a Edward Street for $1.18 million, after the sellers cut their reserve from $1.2 million.
It was a stop-start auction for the 88-square metre block and two of the three registered bidders competed. The auction opened at $1 million, then stalled at $1,025,000. Bidding resumed after a vendor bid at the $1.1 million price guide, then stalled again at a $1.16 million bid from the first home buyers.
Following negotiations on the auction floor, they agreed to up their offer by $20,000 to meet the sellers halfway.
Selling agent Duncan Gordon, of Raine and Horne Newtown, said it was a fair result for a home that was ready for a renovation. The property last traded for $165,000 in 1991.
“Given our reserve was $1.2 million and we got to $1.18 million, the owner is still relatively happy … and the buyers were thrilled,” he said.
In Epping, a buyer planning to relocate from Melbourne outbid local families to purchase a four-bedroom house at 77 Chester Street for $2.82 million.
He was one of 16 parties registered to bid on the 992-square-metre block, which had a $2.35 million price guide.
Bidding opened at $1.8 million, and competition between 10 of the bidders pushed the price well above the $2.5 million reserve.
Selling agent Catherine Murphy, of The Agency North, said it was astounding to get so many bidders in a sluggish market but noted the renovated home had ticked a lot of boxes for family buyers.
The home last traded for $331,000 in 1990.
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