Buyers Julia and Hasan Turkkan and their son Junior with Julia’s parents Fadil and Kada Sheremetaj after purchasing the two-storey house at 14-15 Hoffman Court, Lara. Picture: Peter Farago
A GEELONG family will forego building their next house after upgrading to a bigger home in a central Lara neighbourhood.
The buyers secured the four-bedroom, two-storey house at 14-15 Hoffman Court for $640,000 after being the only party to bid for the property at Saturday’s auction.
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Ray White, Lara listing agent Terry Cleary was initially pessimistic about the chances of securing a sale after two parties indicated that banks hadn’t given them the borrowing power to reach his vendor’s reserve.
14-15 Hoffman Court, Lara.
But he later ran between the bidders on the street and the vendors inside the house to negotiate an agreed price under auction conditions after the bidding stalled at $610,000.
The final selling price fell within Mr Cleary’s expectations between $629,000 and $649,000 for the two storey home in the tightly-held Lakelands neighbourhood.
Buyers Hasan and Julia Turkkan hugged after confirming their $640,000 bid and Mr Cleary knocked the contract into his hand.
The kitchen and living area at the rear of the house.
It will be the family’s second home.
“We have land to build be we thought we’d get a comfortable home now because our house is small and we’ve got three kids,” Ms Turkkan said.
Mr Turkkan said Lara was a popular spot.
“We really like this area, especially because it is close to the city and in my opinion with the airport being so close,” he said.
“A lot of my family lives overseas and the airport’s going international, so that will be really good being so close to the international airport,” he said.
Mr Cleary said the Lakeland estate was one of Lara’s best neighbourhoods, because it was central to Lara’s school and shopping precincts and the train station.
The house featured three living zones, plus an enclosed outdoor area with a spa.