Analysis results in $270,000 low cost on South Melbourne dump


15 Martin St, South Melbourne bought for $270,000 lower than the unique asking value after some probing.


A close to unliveable home which first hit the market with a million-dollar price ticket has bought at a $270,000 low cost.

The quarter-million greenback saving adopted some in-depth analysis by a purchaser’s advocate, proving it pays to do your homework.

The three-bedroom home at 15 Martin St, South Melbourne had sat vacant for 50 years and hit the market with a $1.2 million value information.

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About one month later, a deal was inked for $930,000.

Full Circle Property Advocates director Rob German mentioned he watched the property when it hit the market and thought the asking value was “excessive”.

“It then dropped to $1.1 million and I submitted it to my consumer who needed to renovate or knockdown and rebuild,” he mentioned.

“He was shopping for it for funding functions and deliberate to retain the product.

“I seemed into it and seen it had a heritage overlay and as a consequence you couldn’t demolish, which critically impacts its worth.

“I spoke to the St Kilda (Port Phillip) council and obtained an opinion from the heritage city planner and in addition obtained an unbiased opinion … and it was fairly clear we weren’t going to have the ability to demolish it.”

The property was in an nearly unliveable state, however may very well be price $1.7 million after the renovation.


Mr German packaged up the suggestions and took it to the agent.

“I defined that with all of the unknown portions, how a lot it was going to price to renovate and the works required, his asking value was extreme,” he mentioned.

“He decreased the asking value to $850,000-$900,000 and we then obtained concerned in a greatest provides marketing campaign with 5 different bidders.

“We put in a proposal effectively in extra of what the asking value was (to safe it).”

264 Dorcas St, South Melbourne was owned by the identical vendor and hit the market the identical day as 15 Martin St.


Mr German’s consumer, who has constructing expertise, expects the renovation to price between $300,000 and $350,000.

“As soon as renovated, it needs to be price about $1.7 million,” he mentioned.

“What we consider we’re going to find yourself with after the reno is a novel instance of a Victorian double-storey woodblock residence with off-street parking in a dress-circle location.

“For those who noticed inside it — it’s unhealthy. Nevertheless it’s about securing the property that may provide a novel product ultimately.”

The dilapidated property was a deceased property.

The Dorcas St property bought for $2.2 million.


One other rundown residence from the identical vendor additionally hit the market the identical day as 15 Martin St.

The opposite providing at 264 Dorcas St, South Melbourne was up for grabs with a $2.three million value information.

It bought inside a month for $2.2 million.

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