Lalor auction’s $55,000 bonus celebrated with elbow taps

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Daniel Galea Harcourts Auctioneer elbow taps auction winner Daniel Grima. Picture: Tim Carrafa

After having to disinfect their Lalor home following every open-for-inspection since February, the Rametta family were glad to finally see it go under the hammer yesterday.

And they were even happier when it sold $55,000 above reserve, for $805,000.

Daniel and Leigh-Anne Rametta had lived at 17 Chowne St for 19 years, sharing the four-bedroom house with daughters Laura, 12, and Isabella, 15, as well as their chihuahua-pomeranian cross, Chino.

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“I have been mopping and vacuuming and spraying Glen 20 on all the door handles,” Ms Rametta said.

“So I’ll be going through the house quickly to clean everything one more time, but after two glasses of champers I’ll be fine.”

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Leigh-Anne and Daniel Rametta and their daughters Isabella, 16, and Laura, 13, are looking forward to an end to disenfecting after every open home. Picture: Tim Carrafa

With a crowd of exactly 99 people at the auction, the fear of COVID-19 was palpable.

Groups spread out, one bidder pulled aside a face mask to bid and handshakes were replaced with elbow taps (inset).

Despite the precautions, five bidders turned out to drive the auction from a $600,000 opening offer well past the $750,000 reserve.

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The home’s renovated interior includes a modern kitchen.

Daniel and Clare Grima won the keys and said they were glad to be ending their househunt.

“That was the upper end of what we thought it would go to, but we knew we would need to go for it,” Mr Grima said.

Harcourts Rata & Co auctioneer Daniel Galea said while they had been conscious of their social responsibilities amid concerns over the COVID-19 virus threat, the result was a sign of normality.

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A charming stacked-stone mantel surrounds a gas log heater in the home’s front lounge room.

Buyer’s advocate Cate Bakos was the underbidder and said she believed the result was a sign of “panic buying”.

“There is panic buying out there,” Ms Bakos said.

“And if we are allowed to be out and about next weekend, I think it will be heady again.”

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Ms Bakos is not convinced auctions will continue in Melbourne, even with social distancing practices in place. Picture: Tim Carrafa

Ms Bakos said Lalor was a suburb to watch, catching those priced out of Preston and Reservoir.

She credited the house at No. 17 as the best on Chowne St.

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