The four townhouses of Point Chevalier on The New Zealand Block which had been slated for a live auction extravaganza on September 5 now have a new auction date, and it will be a virtual auction.
With foreclosure in Auckland still preventing large group gatherings, the producers have decided not to wait for Level 1 to hold the usual live auction, and will instead hold an online auction on November 6, 2021.
But don’t expect to hear the results immediately. Only registered bidders will be able to participate – and possibly keep it a secret. The results will remain secret until The Grand Final Block NZ 2020 the show will air on Three and ThreeNow shortly thereafter in November. These details have not yet been announced.
Townhouses were first listed on August 12, just five days before the country entered level 4 lockdown. Buyers have been able to see the houses since Auckland entered level 3, but not more than two parties per day per house – each agent is allowed to show all four townhouses.
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A Ray White agent who spoke to Thing says none of the agents are allowed to comment on the views or predictions.
Looking at the ads on Trade Me, the two-team townhouses stand out for the most hits, but it’s generally accepted by the industry that hits probably have more to do with a “popularity contest” than the real interest of buyers.
The house that garners the most views so far is Tim and Arty’s back townhouse, with 40,344. They had been lagging behind for many weeks, but have made some big jumps in the past three weeks.
This is the house that the three judges voted Best in Show, and it is also the house Thing voted the best on a guided tour, but not much in it. Each house will appeal to different people for different reasons.
Announcing Tim and Arty’s house as the best, Judge Chris said: “House Four connects all the dots, in every respect, from the simplicity of the hallway with the skylights and the art gallery style to the simplicity. from the courtyard. “
On their heels in Trade Me views is the townhouse of early leaders Dylan and Keegan, which had 39,791 views – and by the time you see this story, the numbers could have changed. Viewers of the show were quick to say that they liked the boys’ outdoor living room with a fireplace and the more sophisticated interior.
Connie and Rach’s townhouse, the only one with its own driveway, has 36,080 views, an increase by the thousands over the past three weeks. Widely considered the most attractive on the streets, Meg and Dan’s house has been viewed 32,689 times.
There are not enough numbers to have any idea which team could win The New Zealand Block, because it depends on how much each house receives on top of the reserve – which is not necessarily the house that pays the most at night.
The team with the highest amount achieved above the reserve will be crowned the winner and receive a prize of $ 100,000, plus the amount above the reserve.
For now, it could be any of them: “Each of these four houses has an incredibly different soul, a different aesthetic, a different vibe, a different vibe,” Judge Ann-Louise said. “And yet they are all perfectly, beautifully designed – modern, very livable. They are just going to please so many people and everyone who comes to visit us.
And there is speculation that Point Chevalier’s location could offer a repeat of Block’s best ever win. It was in 2014, when Alex and Corban Walls took away $ 307,000 from the house they restored on Newell Street.
Recent row home sales suggest prices could go well over $ 2.3 million.