Top Melbourne Suburbs to Invest, For Budgets of Less Than $500,000

Flemington Post OfficeMELBOURNE’s once booming real-estate market has finally decelerated – and for the first time in a long time, buyers are calling the shots.

If you have a secure job, low debt and a will to own real estate – banks, developers and the Government want to talk.

But a word of advice: if you do take the plunge, spend what you can afford, rather than the maximum amount you can borrow.

Saturday Domain talks to some experts on which suburbs you should look at, no matter what your budget:

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United Petroleum Buys Victorian Freeholds and Leaseholds

A PORTFOLIO of four Freedom petrol stations in Gippsland has sold for $7.6 million to United Petroleum, which will be an owner-occupier.

The most expensive asset, a 1812-square-metre station overlooking Western Port in San Remo, South Gippsland, sold for $3.59 million (image of pelicans at San Remo, right).

The other stations are in Churchill, Traralgon and Newborough.

In conjunction with these property sales, a 14-site retail network of Freedom Fuel stores also sold to United Petroleum for an undisclosed price.

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Readings Cinema to Sell Major Burwood Development Site, Melbourne

MACQUARIE Capital Investors has been appointed to sell a 50 acre Burwood asset, in Melbourne, acquired by cinema group Reading in the mid 1990s.

The Burwood Square development site, approved by the Whitehorse Council in 2008, is reported to be worth about $46.7 million on Reading’s books.

The development proposal provides housing for more than 1000 residents on one part, according to the AFR. A mixed use residential, office and retail complex, and a 17-screen cinema is earmarked for another part.

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