Oliver Bruce - Professional Portrait

About Oliver Bruce

Oliver specialises in selling prestige property in the City of Port Phillip and the upper end of the surrounding suburbs. With a lifetime of experience in the local property market and having grown up in Albert Park, Oliver prides himself on achieving the best results for his clients. An accomplished auctioneer, an astute negotiator and a personable individual, he has the skill set to provide professional management of every stage of the selling process.

Having attended Melbourne Grammar School and initially embarking on a career in international trade, it was shortly after that Oliver found his passion for property and service commitment. “My Father is an architect and my Mother a valuer, I believe I was destined for real estate!”

Oliver enjoys selling architecturally significant and landmark properties. Oliver has worked with the Robin Boyd Foundation in marketing Boyd’s Walsh Street South Yarra property, selling the Boyd Baker House in Bacchus Marsh and selling the Boyd McClune House on the Mornington Peninsula. More recently, he achieved a sensational price of $6,620,000 when 30 St Vincent Place North, Albert Park was sold.

When not listing and selling, he enjoys spending time with his wife Tina and daughters 7 year old Leila and 6 year old Zoë, and keeping fit with early morning bike rides, kite surfing, running along Beaconsfield Parade and snowboarding.

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Testimonials

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Oliver Bruce did and exceptional job selling our home. We had to take a difficult step and put our family home of 45 years on the market after the loss of our beloved mother. Oliver made the entire process much easier. He showed support and understanding. I have followed Oliver's auctions in the Albert Park and Middle Park area for a few months before deciding that he was going to be the agent for us. His auctions attract large crowds and competitive bidders. Throughout the campaign Oliver displayed professionalism. He has a thorough knowledge of the market, gives quality advise and is a great communicator. Above all, on auction day we had an AMAZING result. We achieved over $200 000 above our reserve price. I highly recommend Oliver and the MarshallWhite team. Many thanks Oliver !

Joanna Tosios

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I enlisted Oliver Bruce and Kelly Ingram to head the campaign to sell our home in Middle Park as we had had a previous campaign and that had not been successful , we therefore needed a result quickly. Oliver and Kelly were an amazingly professional team and I honestly could not have asked for better service. They were respectful of our home and all our quirky asks of them! Most importantly though on the day of auction we delighted to sell and happy with our price. I would be really happy to give them verbal reference if required.

Penny Dunn

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Just wanted to thank you and your sales at Marshall White Albert Park involved in the successful sale of my home located at 50 Park Road, Middle Park. Throughout the entire sales campaign your communication and attention to detail were exceptional. Your service was prompt, extremely professional and most importantly your negotiating skills were second to none. Your honest and reliable advice and feedback throughout the sale process was excellent and together with your extensive knowledge of the market contributed to the excellent result achieved on auction day. Thank you once again. Your efforts were much appreciated and I would be more than happy to recommend your services to any future clients who are contemplating the successful sale of a property.

Robert Ganci

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We would like to thank Oliver Bruce and James McCormack from Marshall White for the fantastic outcome we've had with the recent sale of our home after being on the market for just two weeks. This was achieved with just a few private viewings with clients they had registered with their company looking for a period home and location such as ours. As we did not really want to go through the stress of an auction, this has been a wonderful result. On recommendations from family and friends who've bought and sold through Marshallwhite with great results, we had no hesitation in our decision to appoint this company. From our first meeting with Oliver Bruce and James McCormack we were most impressed with their presentation, advice, integrity and overall understanding of the process that was best for the sale of our home. They provided sales comparisons of similar houses in our area and their valuation was within our expectations. Oliver contacted us promptly after each inspection with feed back on comments made, both positive and negative and we would have no hesitation recommending Marshallwhite to potential clients.

Joan & Roger Bacon

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Dear Oliver, In short, thanks to you and the team for a job well done. As you know, we have known each other in a professional capacity for over 6 years now – first as a buyer/estate agent and now as a vendor/client. My impression of you from the start has been positive. More importantly, though, the more I have had to do with you the more impressed I have become. Your professionalism, “can do” attitude, clear and straightforward communication and personable style are not only comforting throughout the process but are ultimately effective on auction day. I look forward to working with you again in the future and have and will continue to recommend you to those within my network. Warm regards,

Andrew

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After an previously unsuccessful auction campaign through another agency, I contacted Marshall White & Co and spoke to auctioneer Oliver Bruce. I was well informed of the current market, advised on a realistic sale price and offered suggestions on how to present the property to attract the best bid. Throughout the campaign, I was provided with excellent updates on the progress which was important as I live out of state. On the day of the auction, I was overwhelmed with the turn out and the sale price that Oliver secured. Well done Marshall White. Regards,

Suzanne

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To whom it may concern, In September we sold a property in South Melbourne via Oliver Bruce / Marshall White. Not something we do every day, we found ourselves rather nervous at the prospect of how to go about this whole thing and who to trust. We were introduced to Oliver through a friend of ours and I must say from that very first meeting, I began to relax with the feeling that Oliver was on the ball, professional, courteous and I felt he was on our side. He helped us through step by step with suggestions of little, easy improvements, contacts for various professionals etc where required. As we progressed through the process, our meetings were informative, clear and precise and explanations of strategy changes improved confidence in this agent’s ability to read the market and work with timing beautifully. We were happy with the result and it turned out to be within the range that they suggested originally – reaffirming in my mind that they know this market in South Melbourne very well. Both Oliver and Lisa, working as a team I found delightful, always in time and always keeping our goal in mind. I would happily recommend this team and should you wish to speak with me personally, just call. Cheers

Leanne Sherlock

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Dear Oliver, 4 Nixon Place, South Melbourne We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the professional and entertaining auction you ran for the sale of our property in South Melbourne on the weekend. The end result far exceeded our expectations. We strongly feel this result was due in a large part to the way you conducted the auction. You provided the perfect mix of humour and professionalism, which kept people engaged and ensured the bidding momentum was not only maintained, it became highly competitive. We would not hesitate to recommend your services and we would definitely use you as auctioneer again. We also though a made a great impression on people at the ‘open for inspections’ with your approachability, which helped to ensure we had a lot of interest on the day of the auction.

Julian & Louise Thomson

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We were never really in any doubt that we would sell our house with the Albert Park office of Marshall White. As seasoned real estate watchers we always liked the personable way Oliver Bruce and Lisa Jarrett dealt with buyers. As vendors we can only say they more than lived up to our expectations. We were impressed with the high quality service they provided at all stages of the campaign from the patient way they helped us prepare the house for sale, the invaluable advice they gave us on its presentation and the regular feedback and strategising meetings throughout the 4-week campaign to ensure we felt comfortable every step of the way. They say selling a house is a stressful thing, but in the hands of Oliver and Lisa we really felt as in control of events as you can ever be, in the circumstances. We were over the moon with the outcome which was really due to their dedication, expertise and commitment to finding the right buyers for our house. It wasn't just their vast knowledge of the area and insights into the market, but also their great interpersonal skills, and their willingness to adapt the plan to suit our needs, that made it far and away our best selling experience so far. We would highly recommend Oliver and Lisa to anyone considering selling their home.

Alison Lewis and Herbert Meier

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Hi Oliver, 1/284 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne I'd like to thank yourself, Lisa Jarrett and the Marshall White team for the fantastic result you achieved at auction this weekend for the sale of my property. The sale price exceeded my expectations. Back in January when I was interviewing potential agents, the strategy presented by you and your professionalism were head and shoulders above the other real estate companies - RTEdgar, Cayzer and Jellis Craig - that I considered. Most important of all though was that this was not just a gimmick to get my business. The professionalism was maintained throughout the sales campaign. Communication has been excellent and I never felt 'out of control'. In particular, I was very impressed with the formulation and execution of the marketing plan. Your experience, advice and insight made a significant difference to the whole process and, I'm sure, the end result. I have no hesitation in recommending both you personally and Marshall White as a company. Regards,

Mark Connell

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Hi Oliver, RE: 85 Carter Street, Middle Park Just a quick email to thank you and your team for the professional way in which you handled my Carter Street sale. Settlement takes place this week and the move has seen me change gears into a frenetic pace, however I have also had time to reflect on the sale process. As you know, I have bought and sold some 8 homes and have a fair amount of experience with agents and what to expect, and perhaps I am somewhat cynical. However, after selecting Marshall White, I was pleasantly surprised with the continued follow up and supply of information at every step of the sales process. I was also surprised at the level of trust you engendered, which grew as the business relationship strengthened, and which culminated on the auction day, in the excellent manner you handled the 'after auction' negotiations. Again thank you, Best regards,

Pamela Rothfield

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Dear Oliver, Just a short note to thank you for the successful sale of our house in Moubray Street. It was very reassuring for us to know that our sale was in the hands of a hard working and personable agent. The information you had on potential clients and your attention to detail with all aspects of the sale definitely contributed to our success. We wish you all the best for the future and would be very happy to recommend you to potential clients.

Phillip and Tina Ragg

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Oliver Bruce acted as my agent to sell my property at 55 Merton Street, Albert Park. During the Auction Campaign, I found Oliver to be very professional, punctual and most importantly well connected in and around the Albert Park area. Oliver went out of his way to make the sales process run with ease, which was a great help to both myself and my partner. The end result was absolutely brilliant to say the least, my property sold for a figure well above expectations, which was a relief, as we had purchased another property in East Malvern and were hoping for an exceptional result. Oliver’s skills as an Auctioneer I thought were second to none. Many of my friends and colleagues attending the auction at 55 Merton Street commented on what a brilliant job both Oliver and Kaine had done in conducting the auction process. I know if I were ever buying or selling property in the Albert Park area again, I would definitely use them as my preferred real estate agent. Oliver is a very competent agent and comes highly recommended by myself.

Debra Robinson

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Dear Oliver, I would like to thank you for all your assistance with the purchase process of 29 St Vincent Street, Albert Park. You invested a great deal of time and provided an extremely high level of professionalism guidance about the particular property and market conditions during the lead up to the auction. I am thrilled with the purchase of my house and will certainly call you to represent me if I was ever to sell or investigate another purchase in the area.

Cathy Moore

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Letter of recommendation RE: Sale of 17 Neville St Albert Park With reference to the recent sale of our house at 17 Neville St Albert Park, we were very impressed with excellent pre auction campaign and the resulting success on the day. Given the house had been on the market a long time when we bought, as well as the seemingly uncertain economic climate, our expectations were low. However from day one Oliver Bruce drove the campaign with confidence, providing firm expert advice as to the most effective way to sell. With great advertising and an enticing pitch, we soon had impressive numbers for inspections, with lots of serious interest. It seems that Oliver managed these inspections and perspective buyers perfectly, and we went to auction with several interested parties. The house was the most impressive auction on the day with a big crowd, competitive bidding and a price exceeding our expectations. We believe this is largely due to the flawless management by Oliver and his team at Marshall White. Oliver will certainly be selling our houses in the future, and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to others looking to sell. Regards,

Chris and Arabella Wilson

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Hi Oliver, RE: Purchase of 17 Neville Street, Albert Park In early September we were advised of a forthcoming auction at 17 Neville Street, Albert Park by Oliver Bruce of Marshall White Real Estate, a rare warehouse conversion for the area. A client who had been with us for a number of months was looking for something unique and this property seemed to have all the requirements. Our client drove by the property before the advertising campaign started and was pleased with the initial feel and was keen to view inside once inspections commenced. We rated the property as part of our service using our key criteria. Based on the sound fundamentals of position, price and property, it gained a strong score. Open for inspections were very well attended and we were confident from having handled a number of similar styled properties that there was going to be considerable competition on the day. Whilst the agent was quoting $1,250,000 we had good comparable evidence to support the view that our client would have to pay more if they wanted to buy the property. Oliver got the property “on the market” very early in the auction to his credit and as expected there were four bidders keen to purchase the property. Despite the strong competition, our client was successful in purchasing the property at $1,805,000. This was at the level that we had advised our client that they would need to be at to purchase this unique property. Our clients are ecstatic about their purchase and looking forward to moving in. Cheers,

Guy Angwin

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Hi Oliver, St Vincent Place, Albert Park We'd just like to commend you and all the Marshall White staff on the hard work and dedication you exhibited in the recent sale of our property. From the moment we walked in the door we were impressed with the professionalism of the entire team and your attention to detail was very impressive. We felt as though we were in safe hands from the very beginning and really appreciated your guidance and support during the whole process. Your experience in the best way to display and market our property was invaluable and your practical recommendations (e.g. The Real Estate Stylist) really added the extra touches that the property needed. Your strong knowledge of the area made us very comfortable that we were getting the best advice possible. Communication was vital throughout the whole process and you ensured that we were kept up to date and informed at all times. We never felt as though we had to chase you up and appreciated the open lines of dialogue. In addition to yourself, the staff at Marshall White were all exceptional and we felt as though we had a strong, cohesive team behind us. In particular we'd like to thank Lisa, Justin and Caitlin for their support and dedication as well. We wouldn't hesitate appointing you and your team in the future and would highly recommend your services. Kind regards,

Casey and Hamish

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