The Block “nuisance”, Melbourne rich lister Danny Wallis has struck again — snapping up his second property on the show.
He was one of three buyers to overshadow The Block’s regular buyer’s advocates at the Oslo Hotel auctions, raising eyebrows with his bizarre bidding style.
The IT entrepreneur was the first to secure a townhouse, buying Mitch and Mark’s at 38A for $3.374 million.
He previously purchased 403 Dorcas St in South Melbourne on the fifth season of The Block for $1,400,001.01, after a number of erratic bids. It was criticised by fans at the time as a tacky publicity stunt to promote Energy Watch, which he had just taken over after it collapsed leaving an $8 million debt.
Mr Wallis said he had never watched the show and that the filmed St Kilda auction he won was “slow” and “stupid”.
“I’ve never been at an auction where people get five minutes think time,” Mr Wallis said.
The businessman bid for all five of the townhouses, but failed to secure any others.
Buyer’s advocate Frank Valentic said Mr Wallis was “a bit of a nuisance” because of his unusual bids and auction manner.
“As we saw in the Dorcas St series, where he was bidding in cents and I was bidding against him as an underbidder,” Mr Valentic said.
“I think there were just some buyers there who didn’t need representation … they were comfortable bidding for themselves.”
Mr Wallis said the Ronald McDonald House Charities used the Dorcas St property for free before he sold it in 2016. He was unsure how he would use Mitch and Mark’s party house, but confirmed he would not be living there.
A Caulfield North family found success in their second attempt bidding on the show, after securing Deb and Andy’s townhouse for $3.42 million.
Buyer’s advocate Frank Valentic, who represented the family, said they had also tried to buy last season at The Gatwick.
“The buyers of the apartment (last year) were the old Gatwick sisters, and we were the underbidders,” Mr Valentic said.
“They were disappointed to miss out on The Gatwick because the bank came back to them the next day and told them they could have gone up a lot more and afforded one of the penthouses.”
They planned to rent out their new Oslo property and possibly use it as a city residence once they retired, he added.
Tess and Luke’s winning townhouse was bought by a Melbourne solicitor for $3.62 million, while another barrister bought Jesse and Mel’s for $3.378 million. Both plan to live at the properties.
Expatriates phoned in to secure El’ise and Matt’s townhouse, as a friend flew down from Sydney to bid on their behalf. They plan on leasing the property out while they remain overseas.
Regular buyer’s advocates Frank Valentic and Greville Pabst only bought one townhouse each for clients, while Nicole Jacobs was unable to purchase any on the day.