The Block Auction
An entertainment juggernaut for design enthusiasts across Australia, The Block has concluded it’s 15th season with a show-stopping finale. On Sunday, November 10, the series’ much-awaited Auction Day hit screens around the nation, as viewers watched all five homes go under the hammer. For fan favourites Deb and Andy Saunders, the day unfolded much like a dream, as their 14-week Block journey was capped off with a monumental auction effort that saw them walk away with $430,000.
After taking home first place in the 2018 season, McGrath returned to The Block again, representing Deb and Andy’s property in the show’s biggest series to date. On an auction day that saw all five homes soar above their reserve, Deb and Andy’s house sold for a whopping $3.420 million, placing them third in a tightly contested race.
For the much-loved couple, working with McGrath St Kilda was a no brainer. After a winning 2018 performance, Deb and Andy were confident that powerhouse agents Josh Stirling and Michael Townsend would bring their exceptional knowledge of the real estate landscape to the forefront of the day’s intense process. “The McGrath team were amazing,” says Deb, “they kept a clear line of communication from the build through until the auction was looming.”
For McGrath, the partnership with the couple was the perfect match. Working on House #3, Deb and Andy’s property had a striking appeal that made it ideal for auction. Winning the People’s Choice award for the best house, McGrath knew that the home had captured the nation’s attention. With good bones (House #3 had expansive city views and the largest terrace space) and clever decision-making, Deb and Andy created a home that people couldn’t help but fall in love with.
Specifically, the agents credited Deb and Andy’s consistency and styling direction for their success, with the pool of natural light accentuating their cohesive approach. The void above the kitchen allows bigger pools of natural light to come in – a desirable feature for any buyer,” Josh explains. “They exhibited a cohesive, refined and inspiring design throughout the home where every room flowed seamlessly into the next and nothing was disjointed.”
Continuing to impress over the duration of the show, McGrath understood there was still work to do to convert on the hype. Coming off a win the year before, the team understood that the show differs to a normal auction, with a unique crop of buyers and a television crew increasing the stress and pressure for bidders, sellers and agents alike. “After last year’s result, we came into this season with a better understanding of where the block differs from reality,” said Michael. “The buyers are very unique and have to engage with us as well as the cameras. Even though they may not necessarily be used to dealing with this type of atmosphere, we have the knowledge and experience of who they are, how they work and how to manage the situation to get the best result for the client”.
As the hammer dropped and Deb and Andy’s lives changed forever, their hard work over the 14 week journey all became worth it, as buyers rewarded them with a staggering auction result. Surrounded by friends and family and the greater McGrath network on the day, Deb and Andy were incredibly thankful for the time they had on the show and the beautiful partnerships made. “The biggest highlight of our journey on the show was definitely the people we met along the way. Our trades, our McGrath boys and all the people who kept everything running at home are all part of our team,” says Deb. “We learnt how to keep pushing through even when you think you can’t because that’s when amazing things happen.”