Owhata, Rotorua

PHOTO: EVES ROTORUA This abandoned house in Owhata, Rotorua, which had been empty for at least three years, was sold in four days. There were multiple offers and the buyer paid more than the $129k asking price.

It was probably the worst-presented home on Trade Me, but this abandoned, vandalised house in Owhata, Rotorua sold in four days – for more than the asking price.

Covered with graffiti with holes through the cladding, wall linings and ceiling, the three-bedroom house was in such a bad state the listing agents felt it was too dangerous to hold open homes. 

But Kerif Smerdon and Jodi Ratahi of Eves say there was a lot of interest in the property, and they received multiple offers within a couple of days. The house subsequently sold for more than the $129,000 asking price – it has an RV of $147,000.


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