Attendees at a house auction were left stunned after a woman walked in minutes before the bidding closed and bought the house, having never seen it before.
The property at 448 Cambridge St in the inner western Perth suburb of Floreat went under the hammer earlier this month, eventually selling for $1.7million.
The woman, the wife of a pilot who was away working in Alaska, walked into the backyard as the bidding was ‘starting to simmer down’ and declared ‘I liked this house’.
‘She came in right at the last minute when I was getting my second-final bid. She just turned up,’ selling agent Vivien Yap from Ray White told the Australian Financial Review.
Ms Yap said the crowd gathered for the auction were shocked and the bustle of the bidding process went completely silent for a minute.
The house in Perth’s inner west sold for $1.7million but there was drama at the auction
A mystery buyer marched into the backyard as bids were closing and declared ‘I like this house’
She explained the house was at $1.6million and the mystery bidder offered another $50,000, but Ms Yap had reservations the owner wouldn’t sell for that price.
She asked the woman to offer another $50,000, taking the price to $1.7million but she was playing hardball.
‘I’ll give you another $40,000. $1.69 million. Take it or leave it,’ the woman told Ms Yap.
The agent sweetened the deal by talking to the owner and getting a definite commitment to sell if the house hit $1.7million.
The woman then said she would call her husband to gauge his opinion.
‘They are currently renting nearby, but the husband was in Alaska. He pilots planes. He flies all over world,’ Ms Yap said.
After battling with intermittent phone reception, the woman got an agreement from the husband and the house was sold.
The woman simply had to provide her driver’s licence to register for the bidding after walking in.
After she made the winning bid she also had to provide a promissory note agreeing to get the deposit in a set number of days.
Ms Yap added there were 10 registered bidders but only three were actively duking it out before the woman swooped in.
Selling agent Vivien Yap said the woman was renting nearby and her husband was overseas
About three bidders were duking it out but the woman topped their bids after walking in off the street
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