Hurtling to­wards ham­mer time

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television -

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.’’

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