Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Owners Pray for Substantial Offer; Negotiations Continue as Bidders Fail to Hit the Mark for Former Church

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Owners Pray for Substantial Offer; Negotiations Continue as Bidders Fail to Hit the Mark for Former Church

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with Erle Levey

IT'S not every day that a church comes on the market. That is why Natalie Massa, of Elders Palmwoods, took the converted Woombye Uniting Church at 34 Wilson Ave to auction on Saturday.

Originally it was the Woombye Methodist church from early 1900s and still had a lot of original features in place.

But it was not a heritage listing.

"It was a huge auction," Natalie said. "The church was filled.

"There were six registered bidders and about 35 to 40 in attendance."

Elders Palmwoods principal Mike Burns called the auction and saw bidding from $200,000 but it was passed in at $300,000 with the vendor.

"Many were not in a position to bid under hammer," Natalie said.

"There is a lot of post auction interest ...

"Most had seen it prior but even so some just popped up on the day.

"There was a call from Sydney the night before and they are among those still interested.

"It's not a matter of getting a buyer but defining the buyer.

"Through the whole campaign people wanted to get an indication of price yet nobody knew. The feedback was so mixed.

"The owner is committed to a sale ... it will be sold in excess of $300,000."

Quality counts

THE quality of the two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment 2 Monterey, 71 Duporth Ave, is what attracted a healthy crowd to the auction on Saturday afternoon with Jason Mills, of Ray White Maroochydore.

With Simon Thomas calling proceedings the pre-auction interest saw the bidding come down to two.

"The buyers have been working locally and travelling from a distance," Jason said.

"And they are really looking forward to cutting their travel time significantly.

"It is the buyer's first home and, while she had her parents on hand, (she) was perfectly capable of looking after things herself.

"She opened the bidding strong at $360,000 and it went quickly up in a two-horse race to $400,000.

"(There was) a slight pause and then a confirmation at $418,000 where the buyers and sellers were both happy and were happy to see a sold sticker go up."

AUCTION results

Buderim

4-6 Pacific View Pde: 5bed, 4bath, 4car, pool, house, Grant Smith 0410212121 Century 21 Buderim. Passed in, listed $1.175m, continuing to negotiate

30 Tribulation Circuit: 4bed, 2bath, 2car, pool, house, Donna Muller 0418710810, Russell Muller 0408710810 Henzells Mooloolaba. Three registered bidders. Passed in, on market $750,000

20 Tommy's Ct: 1bed, 1bath, 1car house, pool, Judy Wild 0419798905 Lew Pottinger 0419788547 Ray White Buderim. Four registered bidders, passed in, continuing to negotiate. Listed $470,000

Coolum Beach

6/38 First Ave: 2bed, 1bath ocean-view unit, rooftop terrace, Jolien Heelan 0450423076 Ray White Coolum Beach. Passed in $370,000

Kenilworth

22-24 Elizabeth St: CWA Hall comprising 150sq m building on 810sq m on two titles, Carol Gilmour 0417603451 Kenilworth Realty. …

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