Hurtling towards hammer time
LAST YEAR’S auction finale of
The Block was a ratings blockbuster ( more than four million viewers nationally), but a sales fizzer.
The Melbourne real estate market had flatlined. Only one house sold on the night. The other three sold by private sale the week after.
This year, the show is renovating auction night. The auctions will take place inside the South Melbourne terrace houses on June 30.
Shelley Craft, who co- hosts the show with Scott Cam ( pictured), says only registered bidders will be allowed to attend and they will have to sign a confidentiality agreement.
‘‘ I was devastated for the contestants last year,’’ Craft says.
‘‘ You don’t give up your life for more than 12 weeks to have that result.
‘‘ These guys have gone all- out to make a definite impression [ with their renovations].
‘‘ There is something to suit everyone’s style.
‘‘ It has been a rollercoaster of emotion. There is no easy week on
The Block. There is no easy day on The Block.
‘‘ This has been the bad- arse version. Three storeys, enormous homes, and our contestants are very competitive.
‘‘ It is a reality show and last year [ auction result] was very indicative of where the property market was at the time.
‘‘ This year I’d like to think we’re all a bit more optimistic that the homes will sell themselves, [ but] these contestants saw how last year’s auctions went and are very aware it could go the same way.’’