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Winter selling season heats up

By Melanie Christie

Winter selling season got off to a roaring start with our auctioneers selling in a covid-safe way over the internet from their lounge rooms, spare bedrooms and even make-shift garages after lockdown was extended due to the virulent virus.

We were already well versed in quickly switching to the online format after the events of 2020, and our sale of 15 Jarrah Ct, Glen Waverley was no exception. The home sold for $1,270,000, smashing the reserve price of $1,165,000.

The marathon auction went for a huge 1 hour and 30 minutes, with hundreds of bids among the seven registered bidders.

Ray White Glen Waverley Area Manager Cristine Jones said she was incredibly proud of her extended team and the vendors for pushing ahead with the auction.

“We actually ended up with extra registered bidders, because of other agents in our area cancelling their auctions when lockdown was announced,” Ms Jones said.

“It was a long time to spend in my freezing home office set up in the garage,” she said.

Ms Jones said the vendors placed their trust in her team and the online auction format, and were grateful for the three weeks of physical inspections that took place prior to lockdown.

“Even during the lockdown weeks, we had a tonne of interest via our walkthrough videos,” she said.

“We fought tooth and nail to give confidence to our vendors, and reassured them that we had been through this before and could achieve a great result despite the circumstances.”

The buyers were a young family who had missed out on multiple other properties, and were grateful for finally having a place to call home after renting.

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