A ride-on mower seals deal
A FAMILY of six not only celebrated the purchase of a new home yesterday, but the vendor even threw in a ride-on mower to seal the deal.
Place Bulimba agent Dion Tolley presented 185 Barwon St, Morningside (pictured), at auction on a cold and wet spring morning.
Auctioneer Paul Curtain started the bidding on behalf of the seller at $1 million.
Only one of the two registered bidders raised their hand, taking the bidding to $1,025,000, before the auctioneer placed a vendor bid of $1.1 million.
The same bidder raised her hand again, taking the bid to $1,125,000. At that point, the agent and auctioneer joined the bidder and vendor in lengthy negotiations.
After about 30 minutes the property was announced on the market at $1,262,500, with the vendor throwing in the ride-on mower to help maintain the 4047sq m block.
Buyer Lucy McGuire said she had been searching for a new home for herself, her husband and their four children for more than six months.
“I feel relieved we now have a home,” Ms McGuire said.
She said the property offered enough room for each of her children to have their own bedroom.
Belle Property Paddington sales director Elizabeth Wright said she was surprised with the turnout at the auction of 8 Charlotte St, Paddington, which sold for $901,000 under the hammer. “Because it was raining this morning, I said to myself it’s going to be a very long day and you’re not going to be talking to many people, but … I’m surprised by the numbers out and about,” Ms Wright said.
She said about 30 people watched as all five registered bidders vied to buy the threebedroom Paddington cottage.
In the end, it sold to a longtime local who had admired the home since he was a child.
Belle Property Toowong principal Robin McIlwain was pleased to report a three-bedroom unit at 4/37 Grove St, Toowong, sold under the hammer at its 9am auction yesterday. “We got it away under the hammer for $370,000,” Ms McIlwain said. “(We had) two registered bidders and we also had another two parties at the auction with conditional offers waiting to make offers, but they didn’t get the opportunity.”
At least two properties were sold prior to their auction.
Brisbane Property Market licensee Stephanie Blundell said her listing at 41 Dover St, Hawthorne, went under offer for an undisclosed amount prior to the planned auction. Brisbane Real Estate agent Saeed Moghaddam said his listing at 82 Cascade Drive, Forest Lake, also went under contract last week for an a undisclosed amount. a