Macca's Milk Bar sells as sugar hit puts auction success rate at year highs

Macca's Milk Bar sells as sugar hit puts auction success rate at year highs
Macca's Milk Bar sells as sugar hit puts auction success rate at year highs

A heritage Flemington shopfront residence, most recently known as Macca’s Milk Bar, fetched $936,000 at weekend auction.

The offering at 31 Dover Street (above), in Melbourne's north west, went to auction with an $800,000 to $880,000 price guide through Jellis Craig.

The property retains the original 1890s grocery store facade.

The three bedroom, two bathroom residence that last sold for $107,000 in 1988 operated as a business, with popular lolly counter, until 1999. 

Its sale came as momentum returned to the improving national housing market on the first big auction weekend since the Reserve Bank's sugar hit, a cut in the cash rate to a record low of 1.25 percent.

"The post election and rate cut bounce is continuing," Dr Shane Oliver, AMP Capital chief economist said, adding he estimated Sydney's final tally would see the best clearance rate in two years and Melbourne's best in 15 months.

Melbourne was host to 725 auctions with preliminary results returning a 67.9 percent clearance rate. 

Volumes are still well down as this time last year, 992 Melbourne homes were taken to auction and a final clearance rate of 56.2 percent was recorded. 

Macca's Milk Bar sells as sugar hit puts auction success rate at year highs

"Melbourne’s final clearance rate has held above 60 per cent for three of the last four weeks and this week will be no different," said CoreLogic auction analyst Kevin Brogan.

Melbourne's top sale was $2.56 million in St Kilda West. The seven bedroom terrace at 18 Park Street has been tipped by Wilson Real Estate to fetched between $2 million to $2.2 million. There were six bidders.

Sydney was the leading market with a 74.7 percent preliminary rate.

In Sydney, 522 homes were taken to auction this week, up from 313 last week. 

The preliminary clearance rate came in up from the prior weekend's 56.2 percent. 

"Even after we see the usual downwards revision over the week it’s looking like this week will be the most successful result the city has seen since at least April last year, or possibly longer," Brogan said. 

One year ago, a clearance rate of just 49.4 per cent was recorded across 708 auctions.

Sydney's top sale was near a harbour front at Lavender Bay when a three-bedroom, two-bathroom property at 20 Bay View Street (below) fetched $6.71 million.

Macca's Milk Bar sells as sugar hit puts auction success rate at year highs

It was for sale the first time in more than four decades having last sold in 1977 for $80,000. 

There were 14 registered bidders, eight of whom participated in the auction which saw the reserve exceeded by $1.2 million.

It sold with architectural plans by Allen Jack+Cottier to local downsizers who plan to rebuild on the 373 sqm block.

There was a $5.9 million sale in Pymble, on Sydney's upper north shore. The five bedroom, three bathroom home at 62 Pymble Avenue (below) was sold by Di Jones agent Tim Fraser at $100,000 over reserve.

Macca's Milk Bar sells as sugar hit puts auction success rate at year highs

The 2500sqm property with a tennis court and pool saw six local buyers register to bid.

CoreLogic advised 13 out of the 15 Sydney sub-regions returned preliminary clearance rates over 60 percent, 10 of which returned over 70 percent. There were three Sydney sub-regions with a preliminary clearance rate over 80 percent, Ryde, the Inner West and the Hills district.

Across the smaller capital city auction markets, Adelaide and Canberra saw an increase in the number of homes taken to auction, while Brisbane and Perth saw lower volumes week-on-week.

Deception Bay, a 40 minute drive from Brisbane, secured the nation's cheapest auction outcome when $250,000 was paid pre-auction for 5 Hughes Street, Deception Bay.

Macca's Milk Bar sells as sugar hit puts auction success rate at year highs

The sale of the three bedroom home through Ray White agent Tiffany Franklin was at $27,000 higher than its last sale in 2004.

There were no auctions held in Tasmania this week.

After the long weekend slowdown, national auction volumes increased week-on-week with 1,487 auctions held across the combined capital cities, returning a preliminary auction clearance rate of 66.4 percent.

Over the previous week, the final clearance rate dipped to 48.3 percent across 805 auctions.

"It’s likely that as the remaining results are collected, the final result will still hold above 60 per cent for the first time in over a year," Kevin Brogan suggested.

Over the same week last year, auction volumes were higher at 2,002, with the clearance rate a weaker 52.4 percent.

Domain recorded similar numbers to CoreLogic with a 65 per cent preliminary national clearance rate, 70.6 percent in Sydney and 65 percent in Melbourne.

The Domain economist Trent Wiltshire said the market had picked up, but market conditions were still soft, he warned, with the clearance rate still below the decade average and auction volumes also down 20 percent year on year.

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