TWO first home buyers fought for a Marrickville apartment that sold at auction this morning for $862,000, which was $52,000 more than an almost identical apartment that sold at the peak of the boom.
The result for the two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment with off-street parking and a city view at 11/384 Illawarra Rd was also $72,000 above the written reserve.
The balcony at 11/384 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville
Before auctioneer Emmanuel Comino, bidding started at $725,000 and rose in $25,000 increments to $775,000.
It then dropped down to $10,000, $5000 and finally $1000 bids.
It was well positioned, well-presented and well-marketed.
It was a great campaign and its a delight that our clients were able to get a result that was significantly above market, above expectation and reserve.
11/384 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville was styled beautifully
Two of the young first home buyers who registered were with their parents, but the two active parties were solo.
The successful bidder was an IT professional in his 30s from Erskineville and the underbidders were a professional couple, also understood to work in the tech field, from Marrickville.
10/384 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville, was almost identical but was sold as an empty shell
The almost identical apartment that sold for $810,000 in 2016 was in the same block at 10/384 Illawarra Rd and was a mirror image of this apartment, although it didnt present as well since it had not furniture in it.
Most properties in the current market are selling for far less than what was being achieved in those boom days.
About 35 people were there to watch todays auction.