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Riversleigh missing the market

An auction of Ballina’s historic Riversleigh Guest House failed to attract a bid on Saturday.
An auction of Ballina’s historic Riversleigh Guest House failed to attract a bid on Saturday.

A HOUSE overlooking Shelly Beach at Ballina sold for $1.45 million at auction on Saturday, but the historic Riversleigh Guest House has not yet attracted a buyer.

PRDnationwide Ballina/Lennox Head had 19 properties up for auction at the weekend.

Four of those, including the Shelly Beach property, sold.

PRD Ballina principal, Keith Jones, said other sales included a two-bedroom ‘renovator’s unit’ which went for $240,000.

“We had a lot of interest on the day,” he said.

“There would have been up to 200 people coming through and there was bidding on 12 properties.

“It went well, although it could have been better.

“Riversleigh didn’t sell, but there were a couple of interested parties.

“Negotiations are continiuing with the current owners.”

Expert auctioneer Charles Baynie, director of the Sydney-based Real Success Group, was in Ballina to auction off the properties.

He said people looking to sell their properties on the North Coast must meet the market.

“Saturday was a good day. The turnout was really good,” Mr Baynie said.

“I do auctions all over the place, from Sydney up to the North Coast, and I can see the market here is still relatively strong.

“But I have noticed that buyers in this region are very price sensitive.

“If a property is to be auctioned, then the seller must have a price guide to helppotential buyers.

“It will help.”



Ute and truck smash on highway

CRASH RESCUE: At 2am on Sunday the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called out to a crash involving a ute colliding with a truck on the Pacific motorway near Brunswick Heads.

Pacific Highway blocked after ute and truck smash

Ferry return to service delayed

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Service will not resume as expected

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