Married couple's sneaky tactic during auction for $1m home

A married couple used a devious, yet genius, tactic at an auction which saw them get the keys to a $1 million townhouse.

The Melbourne home was sold by Ham Kerr Property and went to auction on Saturday, October 19.

According to the Herald Sun, the previous owner had lived at the home for over 20 years.

During the auction, the couple stood apart in an attempt to ramp up the competition and scare off other potential buyers – no one had any idea the two were a team.

A home in Hawthorn East was sold at auction to a couple who had a very clever tactic. Source: Ham Kerr Property

The wife dropped out early on and the home in Hawthorn East was sold to her husband for $1.07 million.

The real estate agent, Joe Falzon, was unaware the couple were married during the auction and told the Herald Sun the couple ran their plan by a few friends beforehand who agreed it was a good tactic.

The three bedroom home, which is about seven kilometres from Melbourne’s Central Business District, boasts a wrap around courtyard and an enclosed garden with two private carport spaces.

The couple got the home for a steal, considering the median house price in Hawthorne East was $1,805,000 last year, according to

The couple stood apart from each other at the auction to throw off other perspective buyers. Source: Ham Kerr Property

Earlier this year property in northwest Sydney that was littered with syringes and reportedly attracted former criminals has sold for $1.73 million.

More than 300 people rocked up to the auction in Epping, after a forensic clean-up team spent two days to remove at least 150 needles.

The home sold for more than $400,00 above the reserve price.

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