as someone in the industry I agree. Sell before spring. Supply is way short everywhere in Melbourne. Once the AFL grand-final is over, their will be so much more out there.
As for spending $$ I also agree. People in Melbourne want to move into a property without a paint brush, screw driver and a hammer. They are for the older generation.
People want in and be able to invite people over to show off their house immediately. Not to have to replace carpets first and put in a new bathroom. I see it every weekend.
Either that or they want a bargain where everything needs to be fixed.
You'll get a few offers but have a number in mind that if someone came with an early offer you'd accept.
for example if the agent and you honestly believe at auction youd get, 900K and someone offered you 950k, be prepared to go for it there and then.
Only dickhead losers low ball early offers.
Also once the first open house is done, make the agent call you EACH and EVERY day with an update on your property. You are paying them 1.5% I assume which is a lot of $$ to you. So make them work for it.