Ex-Magpie Brodie Holland’s Ascot Vale auction disposal short of the mark
Former AFL star Brodie Holland and his family are kicking on at their Ascot Vale home after an attempted disposal fell short of the mark yesterday.
Holland, who played for the Magpies and Fremantle, said despite the home passing in the auction it had been less stressful than the last time they’d put a home under the hammer.
“We understand it’s not the best market, and it will be what it will be — we don’t have to sell,” Holland said.
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Nelson Alexander’s John Matthew opened the auction with a $1.45 million vendor bid and got a $20,000 nudge from one prospective buyer before it passed in.
The bidder was rushed behind closed doors and negotiations raised the figure to $1.5 million, but fell short of the $1.59 million reserve.
Holland, his wife Sarita, daughter Stevie, 8, plus twins Kip and Bowie, 8, are looking to upsize, but are still happy in the four-bedroom home with a studio out the back.
“It’s actually looking so good now I’ve fallen in love with it again, we might even just stay,” Ms Holland said.
Negotiations continue, with the home now for private sale at $1.59 million.
In Footscray, relatives of OAM and South Melbourne VFL legend Bob Skilton were also left holding the ball.
Vendors Robert Skilton and sister Bev Brierty are selling 9 Pitt St, West Footscray, (inset) to fund care for their mum who is Bob’s cousin.
The auction opened with a $700,000 vendor bid and passed in at the same price.
Afterwards a pair of buyers made offers subject to finance.
Hocking Stuart director Leo Dardha said this was increasingly common.
“This was foreign to us even last year after auctions … I guess it’s a confidence thing,” Mr Dardha said.
The sale was still to be finalised, but he expected a deal by the end of the week thanks to vendors willing to negotiate in the low $700,000s.
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Ms Brierty said selling was about getting the best care for their mum, not the best price.