Anxiety and nerves due to hastily rearranged auctions have turned to tears of joy and relief for two Knox sellers.
Both had their scheduled weekend auctions brought forward to Tuesday evening in case a shutdown of auctions was imposed, which it now has been.
It ended well with multiple bidders turning up at both auctions conducted by Ray White Ferntree Gully agents.
The bidding at 6 Norman St, The Basin drove it to sell $230,000 above the $1.1 million reserve in front of a 100-strong crowd.
There were five bidders, including one by phone, in the 15-minute auction.
“The vendors were in shock and didn’t expect such a result under the circumstances,” listing agent Michael Nguyen said.
“We were confident because we had buyers lined up and ready to bid although we had to move the auction forward.”
The auction started with a cheeky low bid of $650,000 but rose quickly and sold to a buyer’s representative on behalf of a Glen Waverley family.
The Norman St home had been renovated and extended to offer large living spaces and resort-style outdoors.
It had more than 100 groups at the inspections and was the highest sale in the suburb this year, sale records show.
“There are still buyers who need to buy and also those who have to sell,” Mr Nguyen said.
At 19 Ophelia St, Ferntree Gully, the vendor, who was worried about the change in the auction date initially, had tears of joy at the end.
The three-bedroom house on 792sq m sold for $825,500 — more than $85,000 above the reserve of $740,000.
It attracted seven bidders with another five missing out on the bidding, listing agent Daniel Nik said.
“It was hard work to change the auction date as we had to contact all the interested buyers,” he noted.
The property was “priced well” and sold to a local first-home buyer.
“The result shows the market is still strong with keen buyers despite the uncertainty,” Mr Nik added.