An 18-year suburb record was smashed at auction, and a Brisbane couple came dangerously close to purchasing two multimillion-dollar homes at the same time when they bid at two 12pm auctions and ended up as the lead bidders on both properties, in another ‘epic’ day of Brisbane auctions.
On Saturday, more than 90 properties across Greater Brisbane were auctioned, including two prestige homes located 17 kilometers apart at 11 Bayview Terrace in Clayfield and 12 Glenaplin Avenue in Tarragindi.
Both properties piqued the interest of Brisbane buyers Kavita Paw and Tom Gole, with Mr Gole registering for the Clayfield auction and Ms Paw seated on the back of a couch at the Tarragindi auction with bidder paddle number 3 tucked under her left arm.
With a hundred people watching and her husband on the phone, Kavita Paw fought tooth and nail to keep track of both auctions.
At one point during the Clayfield auction, the couple’s bid of $1.83 million was leading the race, while the Tarragindi house was on the market with a leading bid of $2.075 million.
“Had the vendor at Clayfield accepted our $1.83 million offer, which was the highest bid, we might have purchased two properties concurrently,” Ms Paw explained.
“That would have been undesirable.”
It was a snag that caught both auctioneer Justin Nickerson and the Luv & Co real estate team off guard during the auction’s early stages.
“With a value of $1.925 million. Is it possible to say $2 million?” Mr Nickerson enquired of Tarragindi’s sixteen bidders.
“All right!” From within the lounge room, Ms Paw stated.
“Where did that one go?” Mr Nickerson inquired, searching the crowd for the owner of the voice.
“No, I will not bid,” she responded. “No, I’m also bidding on a different property over the phone.”
The crowd responded with laughter.
“That could have been a costly error for you,” the auctioneer responded.
“I am aware,” she stated.
After the Clayfield vendors refused to accept their $1.83 million offer, Ms Paw and her partner eventually purchased the Tarragindi property for $2.09 million.
The auction was one of over 90 held across Greater Brisbane on Saturday, including the shattering of an 18-year-old suburb record in Brisbane’s north.
The four-year-old home at 29 Welbeck Street in Alderley sold for $3.41 million through Ray White Alderley’s Janine McDonald.
The five-bedroom house, which boasts 180-degree views of Brisbane and the bay, was purchased by a family from the adjacent suburb for nearly $300,000 more than the previous sales record of $3.15 million set in 2003 by Farrington House at 39 David Street.