Brisbane house sells at auction after FaceTime

Brisbane house sells at auction after FaceTime

An interstate buyer bought a Brisbane property at auction yesterday after only inspecting it over FaceTime.

The phone-bidders, a couple from Sydney, outbid two other parties for the title of the 309 Winstanley St, Carindale, despite having never set foot in the property.

RE/MAX United Vision agent Tracey Ashley said she had received a call from the couple last week, as they had been inspecting property in Brisbane the previous weekend but had not had the chance to visit the Winstanley St address.

“When (the bidder) called me last week saying they wanted to bid at auction I said, ‘I can FaceTime you,’” Ms Ashley said.

“Rather than send her a video, I could walk her through the property, and she could request to open up the wardrobes, the oven and even the dishwasher.”

Ms Ashley said it was not the first time she had sold a property by using FaceTime.

“I had a unit at Albion (for sale) last year and the buyer really wanted to see it,” she said.

“So I FaceTimed her, for the first inspection, the building and pest inspection, and the settlement, so I could open cupboards and wipe my hand over the shelves to show her nothing was dirty.

“She came up about a month after settlement and she said it was exactly what she thought it would be.”

Bidding for 309 Winstanley St kicked off at $600,000, and moved swiftly in $10,000 bids, before selling under the hammer for $650,000.

According to CoreLogic Data, the three bedroom, one bathroom house last changed hands in 2010 for $505,000, but it had undergone a renovation since.

Ms Ashley said the buyer had been drawn to the location, being close to the Gateway Motorway and Westfield Carindale, as well as having walking tracks next to the house.

However, Ms Ashley also credited her sidekick Tiffany — an eight-year-old Shih tzu cross cavalier King Charles spaniel — for the sale of the property.

Tiffany features in pictures of all properties marketed by Ms Ashley, and has done so for five years.

“The buyer (of 309 Winstanley St) said she was the reason we bought the house,” Ms Ashley said.

“People come to inspections just to see her (and) she has sold 100 per cent of homes that she has been in the pictures for.”

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