Local buyers lead the way at mega-auction event

first_imgPictured at the RACV Royal Pines Resort for the Ray White’s The Event, mega auction. Picture Mike BatterhamBidding on the property inched upwards before the Parzatkas took it from the underbidder by just $1000, for $1.256 million.Mrs Parzatka said she had an eye on a few properties she had viewed in the lead-up to The Event, but was ultimately attracted to the Isle of Capri home for its weekly rental return of $1250. “We bought it as an investment property,” said Mrs Parzatka, who lives in an apartment in Surfers Paradise with her family. Pictured at the RACV Royal Pines Resort for the Ray White’s The Event, mega auction. Picture Mike BatterhamBernadette Parzatka and husband Henry were among several buyers on the day who “stood fairly firm” to successfully outbid their competition.The Parzatkas snapped up a five-bedroom, three-bathroom home at Isle of Capri. “I think from watching all the reality TV shows … we know the tricks,” Mrs Parzatka said. Pictured at the RACV Royal Pines Resort for the Ray White’s The Event, mega auction. Buyers Henry and Bernadette Parzatka with their daughters Brooke (left) and Zoe. Picture Mike BatterhamA MIX of local and interstate buyers engaged in frenzied bidding as Ray White Surfers Paradise Group cleared a whopping $35.4 million worth of sales at a mega-auction yesterday.A crowd of about 1000 people, including more than 170 registered bidders, crammed into the RACV Royal Pines Resort in Benowa to be part of the agency’s legendary annual The Event auction. Ray White’s The Event at the RACV Royal Pines Resort. Picture: Mike BatterhamWhile the $35.4 million worth of deals confirmed at time of going to press was impressive, that figure is expected to climb further in coming days and weeks as sales are finalised.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We’re likely to see the momentum from this auction continue into the next month or so,” Mr Bell said.“We’re expecting to secure sales for a number of properties passed in over the weekend over the coming weeks.” Bidding frenzy. Picture Mike BatterhamThe highest price paid under the hammer yesterday was $1.4 million for 360 acres at 126 Blacks Rd, Kingsholme.However a Xanadu North penthouse at Main Beach sold for more than $5 million ahead of The Event.There were also some great buys for eagle-eyed bargain hunters, with a Southport unit snapped up for a mere $132,000. Pictured at the RACV Royal Pines Resort for the Ray White’s The Event, mega auction. Picture Mike BatterhamMrs Parzatka has bought property through auction before, but said The Event was the largest of its kind and that she would recommend it to other buyers.“It is a bit scary … you just have to be careful not to get caught up in the action,” she said. Auctioneer Andrew Bell in action. Picture Mike BatterhamRay White Surfers Paradise Group CEO Andrew Bell said the success of the auction showed confidence in the Gold Coast economy remained strong.“The strong contingent of local buyers was the big surprise of the day,” Mr Bell said.“The other was the strength of bidding for properties around the $1 million to $1.5 million mark.“Together they are an indicator of the strength of the local economy and the confidence of local buyers in their home market.“The other notable trend is the return of the holiday home market, particularly from Sydney.”last_img read more

Wayne Hennessey reveals friendship with Joe Hart

first_imgWayne Hennessey has revealed his friendship with and admiration of Joe Hart after Wales were drawn to face England at Euro 2016. “I can’t wait but for every game I represent my country it is an honour,” said Hennessey, 28. “It makes my family proud too. “Wales have got some fantastic players and a lot of us are playing in the Premier League every week. “It is a tough game. They have fantastic players and a good manager. We will concentrate on ourselves and try to win. “They are blessed with goalkeepers, I’m very close to Joe Hart, he’s England’s number one and has been fantastic. “Joe’s a fantastic keeper, some of the saves he’s made over the years have been outstanding. “I have known Joe for a while because when I was at Wolves I used to live in Shrewsbury. His family used to live not far from me. I played against him numerous times and we kind of stayed together. “I probably won’t text him now but we will see when I do.” Hennessey on Saturday produced two exceptional saves, first from Steven Davis’ close-range header at 0-0, and then particularly impressively in the final minutes from Shane Long when the forward was through on goal, and he said: “I saved (Long’s shot) with my right leg. It was a big save at a crucial time. I haven’t done one for a while – I think I did one for Wales against Belgium. “Our centre-backs are underrated. I wouldn’t be surprised if Scott Dann gets an England call-up and I hope he does.” Saturday’s result means Southampton have lost four of their past five games, but captain Jose Fonte, who played for Palace until 2010, believes their coming home fixtures against Tottenham, and former manager Mauricio Pochettino, and Arsenal present the opportunity for them to end their poor run “We have two home games coming up and we back ourselves against anyone at St Mary’s,” he said. “Yes, we’ve been going through a sticky patch, but those are the games that could bring out the best in us because the desire and fighting spirit are there. We have shown we can compete against anyone and we are not scared of anyone. “Mauricio is doing a great job there, slowly he is leaving his stamp on the team and we expect a tough game. People talk of Tottenham as possible title contenders, but we need points now and it will be a big challenge. “I see how much they press, how much they run, how much they are willing to put their opponents under pressure and it looks familiar.” The Crystal Palace goalkeeper, who in Saturday’s 1-0 Premier League defeat of Southampton again impressed to demonstrate why club manager Alan Pardew has promoted him to his first team, is among his country’s key players. He will be expected to start each of their Group B fixtures against England, Russia and Slovakia, in the same way that Hart is likely to feature throughout for England, and said that when they face each other again next summer it will represent the resumption of a long-term, friendly rivalry, but that he will resist the temptation to contact him. Press Associationlast_img read more