A first-home buyer swooped in at the last minute to beat investors circling a Marrickville home up for auction on Saturday.
The three-bedroom property at 62 Pile Street, was one of 783 Sydney homes scheduled to go under the hammer.
By Saturday evening Domain Group had collected 429 auction results and put the clearance rate at 58.2 per cent - the market's lowest result since December 2015.
It was a short but sweet auction for the deceased estate, on the market for the first time in about 50 years.
A young family kicked off the bidding at $1.2 million mere seconds after auctioneer Damien Cooley called for an opening offer.
An investor, who was also one of the beneficiaries of the estate, quickly hit back with an offer of $1.23 million and the bidding took off.
At $1.28 million a family, buying a first investment property for their daughter, joined in, and another owner occupier was hot on their heels.
The two parties took the bidding up to $1,351,000 - after which the first-home buyer jumped in with his first and final bid of $1.36 million, at which the home sold.
"I was always planning on coming in at the end," said first-home buyer Luke Hamilton. "I've missed out a few auctions, so I wanted to hold back."
The purchase end months of house hunting for the 31-year-old who is currently renting in Newtown.
"I was looking earlier this year but it was bedlam, people were just going crazy at auctions," he said. "As [the market] started to take a turn, I started looking again."
He plans to move into the home and possibly renovate down the track.
Mr Mastoris said the result was on expectations and noted there had been a little resistance from several bidders to push the price higher due to the money they expected to spend giving it a refresh.
Auctioneer Damien Cooley was surprised by how quickly bidding for the Federation home got underway.
"At a lot of auctions where we've got four or five bidders, it's becoming really challenging to get that opening bid," Mr Cooley said. "It went for a fair price, it's not a huge price, but it's not a bargain."
It was one of three of his seven scheduled auctions that actually went ahead on Saturday, with the other four homes either being withdrawn or selling prior.
With almost half of the homes that went to auction in November passing in, according to Domain Group data, Mr Cooley said it was clear buyers were fatigued.
"I think the break over Christmas will be good and the market will come back refreshed," he said. "But I think [in terms of clearance rates] we'll see much of the same as what we're seeing now."
There was little sign of buyer fatigue at a West Ryde auction on Saturday, where 36 people registered to bid on another tightly-held deceased estate.
Bidding on the 809-square-metre block with duplex potential, opened at $1.55 million - $50,000 above the $1.5 million reserve.
While there was a mix of owner-occupiers and developers in the crowd, it came down to a race between two developers -the only bidders left standing after the price hit $2 million.
"Often lately you only get one or a handful of bidders on a property, to have 36, I was a bit overwhelmed."
He said the result was made all the more special by the fact that the proceeds would go to numerous charities.
Another hot auction in Eastgardens, saw a four-bedroom home on a 531-square-metre block sell for $190,000 above reserve.
The home was snapped up by a first-home buyer, with the help of her parents.
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