Melbourne Storm’s recently-departed captain Jesse Bromwich and wife Lez scored $1.53m when a Bentleigh East house they own sold in a “cracker” auction today.
The sale was one of about 1040 auctions expected across the state this week, according to PropTrack.
A preliminary 58 per cent clearance rate was recorded from 774 early results available.
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The Bromwichs’ renovated four-bedroom house sold for $80,000 above the $1.45m reserve.
Boasting an alfresco entertaining area featuring a deck, outdoor kitchen with built-in barbecue and swimming pool, the property attracted three bidders.
Ray White Oakleigh agent Nick Strilakos declined to comment on the vendors but public records show it is owned by the Bromwichs.
Mr Strilakos said the “cracker” auction was mainly fought out between two buyers who engaged in “quick and aggressive bidding” as a crowd of about 60 people watched.
“When the Ray White auctioneer Matthew Condon called for the opening bid, it was pretty funny, a dog barked and we all started laughing,” Mr Strilakos said.
“The dog beat the opening bidder.”
Three-time Player of the Year winner Bromwich departed from Storm when the NRL’s 2022 season wrapped up in October, to join Queensland’s Dolphins.
One of Saturday’s top results was a three-bedroom house at 24A Albany Rd, Toorak, which passed in on a $10.6m bid.
The Herald Sun understands the property sold for an undisclosed price after negotiations with one of three bidders.
Marshall White Stonnington director Justin Long said the home with a pool was in a “triple-A location” but declined to comment further.
Real Estate Institute of Victoria president Andrew Meehan said the next two weeks looked set to be “Super Saturdays” with more than 1000 auctions each.
Mr Meehan said three Melbourne agents he spoke reported homes being snapped up prior to Saturday’s auctions by purchasers “afraid they would miss out”.
“If buyers are thinking like that, that sort of approach is what we see in a rising market,” Mr Meehan said.
“I’m not saying that’s what we’re actually in, but it shows confidence in the market.”
He said there was still plenty of demand for “good properties”.
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