There was no holding back for the new owner of a Highton property who trumped his rival’s opening bid by $40,000 to signal he meant business on auction day.
The keen buyer left little doubt about his intentions as he gazumped the underbidder’s first $610,000 bid with a $650,000 counteroffer.
Mr Hunter said the underbidder then came back with $651,000 before the property sold under the hammer for $655,000.
“They just weren’t going to let it go,” he said of the buyer, who is relocating to Highton.
“They just sold their house with Barry Plant in Greensborough and he got a really good result there.”
The classically styled brick house with dual living areas and a bungalow is on a 734sq m block with landscaped gardens.
Mr Hunter said the location, close to a walkway that links to nearby shops, appealed to the buyers.
“It is one of the closest in Highton to the Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre,” he said.
Another Highton property, at 9 Lascelles Place, also sold under the hammer for $805,000 on Saturday.
Mr Hunter said two parties fought it out for the two-storey house with five bedrooms which last sold for $716,000 in February last year.
The new owners are upgrading from a unit in Highton.