Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

House That a[euro][approximately]Waz' Built Won the Prize

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

House That a[euro][approximately]Waz' Built Won the Prize

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IF THERE'S a Logie for making something out of nothing, The Block grand finale must be a shoo-in for having crafted two hours of aeventa television from an auction at which three out of four houses failed to sell.

That downbeat result left highly unfancied couple Polly Porter, 24, and Warwick aWaza Jones, 27, as winners by default of the reality television renovation competition.

Their house sold for $855,000 on a reserve of $840,000, leaving them to pocket the $15,000 difference plus a $100,000 cash prize.

aWe are over the moon,a Jones said this week. aI'm my own favourite underdog story at the moment.

aWe're rapt to win but I reckon our house was an absolute bargain for the buyer,a added Porter. aI've got to stop saying a[approximately]our' house now, haven't I?a

The result was decided at an invitation-only auction at Fitzroy Town Hall in Melbourne last Saturday night that attracted about 400 people, including registered bidders, friends and family of the contestants, past winners of The Block and 12 camera crews.

All present were required to sign confidentiality agreements that precluded them from disclosing the result until after the broadcast.

Josh Densten and Jenna Whitehead provided two of the evening's earliest and biggest surprises.

First, Densten got down on one knee to propose to Whitehead. The screams of delight in the main hall made it impossible to know if she'd accepted, though the miracle of television provided evidence she did.

Second, their house, which was considered the most likely to secure a significant margin above reserve, failed to sell. In fact, it failed to attract even a single genuine bid.

For close to 20 agonising minutes, auctioneer Ruth Robertson of Woodards tried to elicit an advance on the $900,000 vendor bid with which she kicked things off. Someone from the floor offered a desultory $750,000, to which she replied, aI'd like to play with you but I can'ta.

Finally, buyer's advocate Frank Valentic offered $901,000, at which point the house was passed in.

Josh and Jenna were on a big screen at the front of the hall, the thrill of engagement having rapidly given way to the shock of defeat. …

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