"WE have outstanding interest here today," auctioneer Justin Voss announced to the 30 or so gathered at the auction of 88 Ward St on December 15 following promotion with Melanie Butcher and Olivier Miller of Laguna Real Estate.
Spectators and three registered bidders took up their preferred positions around the front, on the back veranda overlooking the pool and along the side of the three-bedroom Queenslander style home.
"Instructions are very clear and they are written, but under those instructions the words read, please do not pass the property in," Justin continued to tempt and tease those registered and perhaps those that were now wishing they were.
"With the benefit of hindsight you will want to turn the clock back and say we could buy it.
"Lucky 88, any last questions? Here we are on the second day of Christmas; with this could be your wonderful present. You could wake up tomorrow on the third day...
"Now hang on, I don't know how it will fit in with the song."
That was all that the potential buyers needed as the opening bid came from the floor at $380,000.
"Guess what, the first bid often wins," Justin assured the crowd as competitive bidding continued. 390, 400 and 410 with a new bidder before the starter countered with $420,000.
Then it was the second bidder's turn with another $10,000 and back with the opener at $440,000.
"Sir, take me to 450, thank you," Justin acknowledged as the opening bidder went quiet before offering $1000.
"No, but I will pause the auction and refer to the seller."
Justin sought instructions.
"There are two things I'll say," Justin turned to the highest bidder. "If no-one else bids you will be the new owner. The property is on the market and will sell today.
"Lucky 11 Madam, would you bid me up, 456, and 457. Madam you will never drive down Ward St again. They are in again on the right at $458,000. Oh dear me, the paddle is down. I have $459,000 with the opening bidder.
"Oh no, the paddle is back up and he's back in again at 460. Hang on I've got $461,000. The hammer is in the air, selling, selling, sold."
Following spirited bidding from what ended up a two-horse race the Tewantin mortgagee sale went to a local family who had been house hunting for some time before eyeing this home in the popular old Tewantin location.
For all the auction results and comprehensive coverage, pick up your copy of Domain free in Friday's Noosa News, or in Saturday's Sunshine Coast Daily.
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