Nelson pair 'in disbelief' at Block result
Nelson couple Loz and Tom Heaphy are gutted at coming last on The Block NZ live auctions.
"We have been so excited about the auction for a long time," Tom said from Auckland yesterday morning. "It was very disappointing."
Tom said the couple had not decided what they would do now the TV3 show was over. The couple have been honest about their plans to spend the money to help them have children.
"To be honest we didn't win the cash we hoped to.
"We've got to make some decisions. The first goal is probably to buy a house and we might push on with that," he said.
Loz and Tom were composed on live TV last night but their unhappiness was clear.
Their renovated home sold for $947,000, netting them $25,000 in profit. This meant that despite winning the most room reveals on the DIY show the renovation rookies walked away with the least amount of cash.
Tom said they did not expect to come out on the bottom.
"We did a great job and that's why we are really perplexed."
Tom says the auction was "what it was" but they did feel hard done by the high reserve on their house.
The houses all had similar reserves, despite their house's land area being much smaller.
"As soon as we saw the reserve handed on a bit of paper we realised we weren't going to make a lot of money. The reserve was well above what we thought it was expected to sell for."
Tom says according to feedback from the judges which was meant to reflect what the market wanted they had done well.
"We still feel we ticked all the boxes and are left in a bit of disbelief at what happened. But in saying that we are happy for Alice and Caleb, they did great."
He said in the end given that the houses all had similar reserves the competition was decided on the first day when they were allocated the houses.
"We knew if we were going to win we needed a lower reserve than the other houses to reflect a lot of factors that were out of our control.
"As soon as we saw the reserve we thought we were in the s..t.
"We thought we did everything in our power to add value to the house." Four houses were renovated by teams at the corner of Lake and Eversleigh roads, Belmont on Auckland's North Shore in the show.
Brothers Pete and Andy, who won the people's choice vote, were third with $27,000.
Auckland couple Alice and Caleb Pearson claimed the throne to DIY supremacy as their home sold for $1.126 million.
The pair, who pocketed $180,000 from the auction, also walked away with an extra $80,000 in prize money.
Auckland couple Alisa Keall-Grant and Koan Vette pocketed $66,000 profit, with their home selling for $1.114m.
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