Brad Cranfield and Lara Welham have won The Block 2012.
Their house sold for $1,620,000 which was $506,000 above their reserve price. They won an additional $100,000 for landing the biggest profit.
All four properties sold for over $1million each.
Final results were:
BRAD AND LARA
405 Dorcas Street South Melbourne
Reserve Price: $1,114,000
Additional cash $100,000
DAN & DANI
407 Dorcas Street South Melbourne
Reserve Price: $992,000
DALE & SOPHIE
401 Dorcas Street South Melbourne
Reserve Price: $975,00
MIKE & ANDREW:
403 Dorcas Street Soith Melbourne
Reserve Price: $966,000
The huge sales obliterated the anti-climactic auction of The Block 2011 when only one house sold at auction. This year the sales topped the record for The Block held by John and Neisha Pitt, who earned a $205,000 sale profit in 2010.
The profit also makes the individual prizes some of the biggest in Australian TV history.
Brad and Lara also won a Suzuki car, voted by home viewers.
“To tell you the truth, after winning the car we would’ve gone home happy even if we hadn’t sold. We’d just won $50,000 for the Tourette’s Syndrome Association of Australia on Monday’s Hot Seat, so we would have been thrilled to walk away just with that,” Brad said.
“Naturally we wanted the house to sell for a good price but we wouldn’t let ourselves get carried away dreaming about this kind of profit. Real estate sales can be unpredictable at the best of times and we always knew that was the case on The Block. Fortunately it went our way today. It has been a truly life-changing experience for us and all The Block couples.”
Lara said: “Before the auction I was so nervous I thought I was going to vomit, and as soon as it was over I was overwhelmed I did just that! Fortunately it wasn’t all over Scott Cam, but it was close.”
At the end of the show, host Scott Cam announced, “I am very pleased to say we’ll be back again next year with another great season of The Block. And next time there’s a twist – the couples are going to be All Stars, former Block couples.”
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