From splitting pants in front of vendors and selling properties to couples that took a wrong turn while out for a drive on their wedding anniversary, we asked a group of Adelaide real estate agents about their funniest, fastest and most memorable moments of the year.
The unlikely buyer
Christine Esau, LJ Hooker Kensington/Unley
“A lovely couple from Cumberland Park decided to celebrate their wedding anniversary at Mount Lofty House a couple of weeks ago.
On the way home from their romantic night away from the children, they saw my open inspection sign for a property I was selling at The Crescent in Crafers that had been owned by the du Plessis family (Fine Art Auction Gallery fame) and decided to have a look at the home even though they had never contemplated making a move to the Hills.
It was love at first sight and they made a decision to buy the property which was offered with a tennis court, a Monet style pool covered in lilies, an artists’ studio and two acres of lush exotic gardens.
The new owners told me they felt it was serendipity and that they had been guided towards this property, as they had taken a back road turn and would never have come across the property otherwise.
The new owner said after he saw the property, he dreamt about it every night.”
Ripper of a situation
Richard Hayward, Klemich Real Estate
“One that may be of interest is when I split/tore the inside of my pants at Klemich reception which made the noise of a fart while picking something up from the floor for a female client.
Anna (our front of house/receptionist) heard and lost it, not knowing that the noise was my pants splitting!
As I always walk clients to the door I had to position myself walking discreetly against the wall so she wouldn’t see the rip and thus my leg and undies – lucky I had my undies on!”
A record suburban sale
John McRostie, Belle Property Unley
“Early last year, an older Italian couple called me and wanted some advice. He wanted to sell his mum’s house.
He said someone had approached him privately and had offered $850,000 for the property at 58 Frederick St, Unley, and then added that the buyer had altered his offer to $970,000 and asked what I thought.
So I went and visited the property and talked with them. Even though it was in original condition, it was set on a corner block opposite the oval and it was worth $1 million every day. So they shook my hand and we went to the market with a price guide of $1 million.
We had a huge response and we came to auction with 17 odd people registered. I was the auctioneer and in the end three people competed fiercely with a final selling price of $1.27 million – this set the record price for an original villa in Unley.
The couple were absolutely delighted. They sat on the bench on the front porch and all the locals in the area came up and spoke with them.
They then planned their ultimate trip back to Italy, it was an amazing experience helping them – that’s why I do real estate. They were so lovely to deal with.”
Same day sale
Ryan Yuan, Toop&Toop Real Estate
“Ryan Yuan achieved a very fast sale in August this year.
After meeting with the vendors of 1/89 Cross Road, Hawthorn and appraising/listing their home at 10am, Ryan made a phone call to a potential purchaser he knew was in the market for a similar property through previous communications.
Both parties were looking for a fast sale and by 5pm the same day, Ryan had an unconditional contract on the property, leaving both purchaser and vendor extremely pleased with every aspect of the sale.”