After an unexpected bumpy season that saw production halt for weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s crop of Block candidates has finally reached the finish line.
Now comes the real test: how much money will each team take away with – if any?
The figures suggest the five teams may find it difficult to sell the homes they have spent months renovating in Melbourne’s exclusive Brighton suburb.
The city’s auction liquidation rates are down this year – last week, 70% of homes auctioned off sold, down 4% from the previous year. A month earlier, on October 10, the auction liquidation rate was as low as 56%.
The block Executive producer Julian Cress acknowledged the very real possibility that not all homes will be auctioning this year.
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“Liquidation rates are currently in the 60th percentile genre in Melbourne. It would suggest that we’re on track to sell three out of five homes, ”Cress told Nine.
“My nervousness and my fear is obviously to want to sell five out of five, because I want all the competitors to do really well.
“So selling all five, in one day, in this environment is what keeps me awake at night, but the houses are, I think, the best houses we have ever auctioned off.
Host Scott Cam also acknowledged that it was difficult to try and sell five luxury homes in one day.
“Auction day is one of the most nervous days of my year. I think we’re the only show on TV that has absolutely no control over the finale. We’re just sitting there hoping for the best in the COVID-19 real estate market, ”said program host Scott Cam.
“These are really the best houses we have ever done The block, family homes with four, five and six bedrooms. All Blockheads have sacrificed so much – this year more than ever. We still want them to walk away with some life-changing amount of money, but we just don’t know what will happen on Sunday.
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After winning a record-breaking six room, Jimmy and Tam racked up the most points throughout this year’s competition, earning them the super power to decide the most important lineup on auction day. auction. They will unveil the decisive order of the auctioneer who could help some couples and cripple others.
Who will win the crown? Will it be the father and daughter duo Harry and Tash with their unique 1920s-inspired home? Sarah and George, the self-proclaimed mad dogs of West Sydney with their 1940s makeover? Hardworking farmers Daniel and Jade, who created a six bedroom family home, their point of difference on The block. Is this their winning weapon? What about Luke and Jasmin, who are hoping their Curves House will bring Western Australia their first win in Block history? Or Brisbane fighters Jimmy and Tam, who lean on their colorful 1950s Palm Springs-inspired home to claim victory?
The five couples are in the running to be crowned winners of The block 2020 and earn a bonus of $ 100,000 on top of any profit their home can make above the reserve on auction day.
WINNERS OF PREVIOUS BLOCKS
2003 – BONDI – Adam and Fiona, $ 256,000
2004 – MANLY – Jamie and Andrew, $ 178,000
2010 – VAUCLUSE – John & Neisha, $ 305,000
2011 – RICHMOND – Polly & Waz, $ 115,000
2012 – SOUTH MELBOURNE – Brad and Lara, $ 606,000
2013 – ALL STARS (BONDI) – Phil & Amity, $ 395,000
2013 – SKY HIGH (SOUTH MELBOURNE) – Alisa and Lysandra, $ 395,000
2014 – FANS v FAVES (ALBERT PARK) – Steve and Chantelle, $ 736,000
2014 – GLASSHOUSE (PRAHRAN) – Shannon and Simon, $ 435,000
2015 – TRIPLE THREAT (SOUTH YARRA) – Darren & Deanne, $ 935,000
2015 – THE BLOCKTAGON (SOUTH YARRA) – Dean & Shay, $ 755,000
2016 – LE BLOC 2016 (PORT MELBOURNE) – Will & Karlie, $ 815,000
2017 – LE BLOC 2017 (ELSTERNWICK) – Josh and Elyse, $ 547,000
2018 – LE BLOC GATWICK (ST KILDA) – Hayden and Sara, $ 645,000
2019 – LE BLOC OSLO (ST KILDA) – Tess & Luke, $ 730,000
The block final airs Sunday at 7 p.m. on Nine.