Wantirna woman’s home windfall a first class ticket back to Scotland
A Wantirna woman can fly home to Scotland first class after her home shot $104,000 past its reserve at auction yesterday.
The unexpected result left 88-year-old Mary Carlin just $6000 short of going home a millionaire, when her 16 Benwerrin Drive home of the past 30 years sold for $994,000.
Mrs Carlin and her late husband Jim paid just $54,000 for the four-bedroom house in 1990.
“I can’t believe it,” Mrs Carlin said.
“I was only hoping for $900,000. I might even fly back first class.”
The dream result emerged after a protracted auction that soared from a $750,000 opening bid and well beyond the home’s $890,000 reserve price.
Ray White Wantirna auctioneer Danielle Scorer fielded almost 100 bids, some as low as $100, in the half-hour auction as four groups vied for the keys.
Ms Scorer said more than 140 groups had inspected the home in the lead-up to the auction and she had been confident of a strong sale.
Despite this, the near $1 million price had caught her by surprise, she said.
Homebuyers Josie Qiao and Kim Mak beat three other families to the keys.
Further prospective buyers did not get the chance to make a bid for the home.
Ms Qiao and Mr Kim said while it was an extra reason to celebrate the Lunar New Year, it had been a happy coincidence to buy the home on the auspicious date.
They had been looking for a new home after selling their Rowville house four months earlier.
“We were very nervous,” Ms Qiao said.
“But I believed we would get it.”
Mr Mak said they had come prepared for a bidding battle.
“We expected it,” he said.
“The market is rising. So we’re glad we got in before we saw the market go any further.”
The pair have two children and the well-maintained home’s proximity to good local schools attracted them to it.
They are planning a cosmetic renovation to update a few things.