Ex-Saint Tom Hickey’s first home at 29 Widdop Crescent, Hampton East, sold to another first homebuyer.
Ex-St Kilda footballer Tom Hickey has gotten married and sold his house in the space of two weeks.
And he’s revealed the “wild ride” — which will also see him start training for reigning premiers the West Coast Eagles on Monday — kept him and wife Chloe too busy to feel nervous ahead of auction.
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Hickey picked up his first possession on the property ladder, a three-bedroom house at 29 Widdop Cres, Hampton East, six years ago.
The house at 29 Widdop Crescent, Hampton East, had multiple interested buyers — but only one bid.
Today he handballed the property to another first-home buyer in a post-auction deal.
It came two weeks after he wed partner Chloe Foreman in Queensland, and two days before the former Saint starts training with his new club.
And the pair would recommend the rollercoaster ride.
“It’s been wild, but it’s been fun,” Hickey said.
“Having the wedding made us forget about the house.”
Ms Foreman added that tackling three major life changes hadn’t left them with any time to be nervous.
“And now it’s on to the next chapter,” Ms Foreman said.
The pair have relocated to Western Australia.
Buxton Hampton East’s Sharron Quick might have endured the nerves on their behalf — with auctioneer Adam Gillon making two vendor bids before remarking: “It’s a slow start, but there’s four quarters in a game of football”.
He eventually got a bid right on the final siren, but passed the home in at $845,000.
The home’s bright kitchen provided plenty of appeal to young professional couples.
Michelle and James Cole emerged with the keys after upping their offer to $865,000 — inside the $820,000-$880,000 advertised range.
The first-home buyers had been searching for about six months, but hadn’t been expecting to succeed.
“We are happy with it, and it’s a lovely house — but we weren’t expecting to get it,” Mr Cole said.
Multiple living areas inside the home offer flexibility.
Ms Quick said it was a good result on a super Saturday, with more than 1000 auctions across the city.
It also proved an auction is still the best way to flush out a buyer, and holding the highest bid when a home was passed in was the way to buy, she added.
“We have had a text since the auction from another prospective buyer who wanted to know if it had passed in,” she said.
The buyers, who opted for a 30-day settlement, will be among the last to settle before Christmas this year — getting the keys on December 17.