The sun came out! Beautiful sunny day, vivid blue sky, despite predictions of rain.
There was a german family in the living room, talking price, confident that no-one was eavesdropping. Mwahahahahaha.
I settled as soon as I heard them saying 480 was fine – that was our ‘ok, put it on the market’ point.
The friends who showed up to watch the auction.
Blocking the back door so Fraser and the agent could talk in peace in the back yard.
Hiding in the 2nd bedroom as the agents ushered everyone else out.
Our wonderful, wonderful auctioneer.
Twittering to keep my mind off what was going on. Beeping phone annoyed Fraser.
Opening bid of $400,000 – yeah right.
The auctioneer countered with a vendor bid of $450,000 – $10k more than we had previously discussed.
Loooooooooooong wait for a bid of $460
470 – 480 – it’s going – 490 – 495 – we’re definitely on the market at this point. We’ll take $2500 bids at this point.
497,500 and it went long – sounded like it was passing in – before 500,000 and Fraser and I crack a smile.
weird bid that was
make it up to 510? sure
jump jump jump – somehow we were at 525000 and Fraser and I could hardly believe it.
530000 *wow* <– this was my best case scenario (and I tend to be an optimist)
Quote of the auction: “You can’t buy a house with just one bid, sir.”
“I’ll take ones, but why don’t you make it 535 for me?”
And someone did.
Going, going, gone.
Did I mention there were FOUR new bidders over $500,000? I think 6 bidders in all.
We were almost afraid to breathe, hiding in the second bedroom, waiting for the purchasers to sign.
They’re investors and are planning to renovate before renting it out. 60 day settlement, so we still have to wait.
Good luck to them! I hope we get to see the house post-renovation.
Agents were overjoyed as well.
Essen? Is now a reality.