Interstate parents had the agent describe a Hawthorn East unit over the phone before submitting a bid on the property for their Victorian-based daughter.
The buyers secured the two-bedroom apartment at 6/22 Auburn Grove for $660,000 in the whirlwind sale.
The property was advertised with a $610,0000-$670,000 asking price.
“They didn’t even see it – it was really discrete,” Belle Property Balwyn agent George Yu said.
“I got a call on the last day ahead of the lockdown and they said they were very interested in the property.
“We filled them in — we never did the virtual tour because they never asked,” Mr Yu said. “They asked us to describe the property to them. We sat on the phone for 30 minutes.”
The Perth-based parents scrambled to submit an offer on behalf of their first-home buyer daughter because they “wanted to secure something before the lockdown”, Mr Yu said.
After making an offer at the bottom of the range that was rejected, the family added an extra $50,000 to round out the sale.
“If they’re nicely located and priced sharply, you’re going to get a sale,” Mr Yu said.
“Am I shocked this one sold so quickly? No. Am I shocked they bought and didn’t see the property? Yes.”
The sale secured an extra $79,000 for the vendors, who purchased the site for $581,000 in July 2019, CoreLogic records show.
They had also completed minor renovations.
Mr Yu also sold a two-bedroom townhouse at 13/916-918 Canterbury Rd, Box Hill South for $640,000 in late July.
The site, which sold for $530,000 in August 2018, gained more interest after a return of stage three restrictions.
“Before stage three, I wasn’t getting many inquiries, after stage three I got much better inquiries because people think it’s a better time to buy,” Mr Yu said.