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Student buys $5.1 million home in Melbourne

The Melbourne home sold for $860,000 above expectations.

The backyard of the home at 5 View Street, Canterbury, Victoria.
The home was sold $860,000 above expectations. (Source: Woodards) (Woodards)

A five-bedroom Californian bungalow home in Melbourne's Canterbury sold over the weekend at a very competitive auction.

With an initial price guide of $3.6 million to $3.9 million, more than 100 people turned up to the auction.

But the winning bid came from an international student who was bidding on behalf of his parents who were looking to move to Australia at some point in the future.

The living room of the home at 5 View Street, Canterbury, Victoria.
The listing agent said the home is in good condition, but in need of renovations. (Source: Woodards) (Woodards)
The dining room of the home at 5 View Street, Canterbury, Victoria.
More than 100 people turned up to the auction. (Source: Woodards) (Woodards)

“He was confident in his bidding and stayed in control,” listing agent and director at Woodards Blackburn, Julian Badenach told

“The family had an interest in getting a good property in the area and to move here themselves, they didn’t say if they would be moving straight away so it was important the house was in good condition.”

Badenach said the potential buyers were seeking land for a luxury new home.

The kitchen of the home at 5 View Street, Canterbury, Victoria.
An international student won the auction for his parents who are planning to move to Australia. (Source: Woodards) (Woodards)

Do foreign investors really put pressure on property prices?

Many Australians have a perception that Chinese investment in the Australian residential property market is affecting property prices , a UTS study found despite only accounting for 4.6 per cent of the market.

The study found a clear majority of Australians (82 per cent) felt foreign buyers from China drove up Australian housing prices.

Around seven in 10 Australians (69 per cent) said Chinese investors in Australian real estate had made it difficult for first home buyers in Australia to enter the market.

The same number of those surveyed also felt Chinese investors had negatively affected the rental market for residential real estate in Australia.

The majority of Australians (78 per cent) believed the Government should restrict the amount of Chinese investment in residential real estate.

However, the February 2022 NAB residential property survey revealed foreign buyers only accounted for 4.6 per cent of the Aussie property market.

“Foreign buyers in Australian housing markets remain subdued and well below average,” the survey said.

Property professionals identified price levels and a lack of stock as the biggest impediments for buyers of existing property - nationally and in all states - according to the NAB survey.

Essentially, Australia just doesn’t have enough homes to sell to keep up with our rising population and demand.

On top of that, concerns over rising rates were impacting buyers of existing housing more than at any time over the past three years, NAB reported.

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