Everyone wants to buy this fixer-upper
“PLEASE save me!” This was the call from a 1900s weatherboard house in northern Tasmania when it hit the market last Friday.
And barely 24 hours later that call was answered.
Roberts Real Estate property representative Justin Wiggins said he could hardly believe the level of inquiry he had about No.59 George Street, Scottsdale.
He described it as “amazing” and said he and partner Lucy Salmond had been overwhelmed with interest.
“Normally with a property like this I would expect a lot of interstate buyers,” he said.
“In this case it was people from all over Tasmania — Hobart, Launceston, the North-West Coast, and locals from Scottsdale.
“The buyer ended up coming from the Railton area, and he bought it sight unseen.
“We listed it on the Friday afternoon and the buyer emailed us straight away, then put in an offer the next morning.”
The house sold almost instantly, but the property kept generating inquiries for days.
“My phone wouldn’t stop ringing,” Justin said.
“Then a few days later, due to a computer glitch, it looked like it was no longer ‘under contract’ and the phone calls started again!”
He said there were three main things that led to this home being Tasmania’s most viewed property on realestate.com.au between June 13 and 20.
“The price, of course, starting out at $99,000 — that would grab anyone’s attention,” he said.
“Next, it is a house with bit of character. It is also a house that needs a lot of money spent on it, but it has great character.
“And finally, Lucy did a fantastic job on the write-up.”
A dash of creativity was the key there. In the listing Lucy presented the home as an opportunity in waiting — and one that would “talk’’ to buyers.
“This weatherboard house needs saving!” the listing said. “It may be the romantic in me, but if you lean in close to the gorgeous facade of this Federation gem, you can almost hear its mirror image bay windows quietly whisper to you ‘Paint me, I want to shine again’.”
Justin said he would love the opportunity to sell more homes like this one.
“If I could find half a dozen more homes like this tomorrow — character homes that people can do up and put their stamp on — they would sell in no time,” he said.