Block winners get $261,000

AMY MAAS
Last updated 21:35 30/10/2013
Fairfax NZ

Auckland couple Alice and Caleb Pearson have claimed the throne to DIY supremacy.

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Auckland couple Alice and Caleb Pearson have claimed the throne to DIY supremacy tonight as their home sold for $1.126 million at The Block NZ live auctions. 

The pair pocketed $181,000 in profit and also walked away with $80,000 in prize money. 

The house was one of four renovated by teams at the corner of Lake and Eversleigh roads, Belmont on Auckland's North Shore.

The Pearsons said they weren't expecting much at the auction.

Apart from winning the first room challenge during the show, the couple hadn't gained the upper hand against their competitors until the final hammer. 

"I'm just glad that they love the house," said Alice of the buyer.

The couple, who "owe a lot", will use the money to ease their financial pressure and pursue life-long dreams.

After countless sleepless nights during the renovations, the couple were still concerned about the other competitors.

"We're a bit gutted for the other guys that didn't win, so it's bittersweet,"said Caleb.

Missing out on the grand prize was couple Alisa Keall-Grant and Koan Vette, who pocketed $66,000 profit, with their home selling for $1.114m.

The pair said after the auction that although they missed out on the big prize, the amount was life-changing.

Brothers Pete and Andy Walker pocketed $27,000 in profit and walked away show favourites, taking out The People's Choice Award. 

The pair won the auction draw and chose in which order their competitors' homes would be sold.

After an intense bidding war, where the bidding opened at $750,000, one lucky buyer snapped up 1E at $952,000.

"What happened tonight wasn't necessarily that great, but it is what it is," said Andy after the auction.

Nelson couple Loz and Tom Heaphy looked gutted as their renovated home sold for $947,000, netting them $25,000 in profit.

Loz said the profit was "a nice slip in the back pocket" after they took into account what it cost them to take part.

"We will walk away with smiles on our faces and heads held high," said Tom.

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