The Block: Buyer Danny Wallis is blasted by housing experts for his bizarre bidding style


The Block’s eccentric buyer Danny Wallis is blasted by housing experts for his ‘silly’ bidding style – after snapping up three 2021 homes for a combined $12.25million at auction


He’s the eccentric buyer who has become a regular staple on The Block, snapping up three homes this year for a combined $12.25million.

And while Melbourne-based IT entrepreneur Danny Wallis is a fan favourite among viewers, his bizarre bidding style has been questioned by housing experts – who fail to see the benefit of his unusual tactics on auction day.

Danny explained his style as ‘theatre’ during a radio interview this week, after he was seen ‘bidding in cents’ and trying to ‘stare down and intimate competitors’, according to buyer’s advocate and series regular Frank Valentic.

Opinion: While Melbourne-based IT entrepreneur Danny Wallis (pictured) is a fan favourite among The Block viewers, his bizarre bidding style has been questioned by housing experts - who fail to see the benefit of his unusual tactics on auction day

Opinion: While Melbourne-based IT entrepreneur Danny Wallis (pictured) is a fan favourite among The Block viewers, his bizarre bidding style has been questioned by housing experts – who fail to see the benefit of his unusual tactics on auction day

Discussing Wallis’ tactics this week, Real Estate Institute of Victoria president and auctioneer Adam Docking claimed that throwing out such ‘silly bids’ is in no way beneficial.

He told realestate.com.au: ‘If you’re hoping it might confuse the auctioneer, a professional auctioneer trains to be able to calculate on their feet.

‘Plus, generally we’ll have a penciller in tow (writing down the bids) to help us with those calculations – even if the auctioneer does get confused, they have the right to pause the auction and resubmit the property at the last undisputed bid.’

Putting on a show: Danny explained his bidding style as 'theatre' during a radio interview this week, after he was seen 'bidding in cents' and trying to 'stare down and intimate competitors', according to buyer's advocate and series regular Frank Valentic

Putting on a show: Danny explained his bidding style as ‘theatre’ during a radio interview this week, after he was seen ‘bidding in cents’ and trying to ‘stare down and intimate competitors’, according to buyer’s advocate and series regular Frank Valentic

Mr Wallis’ bidding style saw him win winners Mitch Edwards and Mark McKie’s house for $4,044,444.44, Tanya and Vito Guccione’s for $3,800,000.01, and Kirsty Lee Akers and Jesse Anderson’s for $4,401,523.67.

Mr Docking said that there were rules in place to stop bidders from making ‘major disruptions’ that could prevent others from bidding, and those who break this rule could face a fine.

Frank Valentic claims Danny’s technique is just ‘trying to disrupt and intimidate other bidders’, adding that many people think the style should be ‘banned’.

However, his style was praised by Insider director Andrew Date, who beat Mr Wallis to take away Ronnie and Georgia Caceres’ home at auction.

Not a fan: Frank Valentic claims Danny's technique is just 'trying to disrupt and intimidate other bidders', adding that many people think the style should be 'banned'

Not a fan: Frank Valentic claims Danny’s technique is just ‘trying to disrupt and intimidate other bidders’, adding that many people think the style should be ‘banned’

He said many of The Block bidders are ‘professionals, so we can handle it,’ saying Danny’s ‘deep pockets help him to be successful’.

He did say should anyone come up against him in auction away from the show, they should stand ‘close to the penciller’ or write down the bids themselves to avoid confusion.

Despite some criticism, Mr Wallis proved himself to be an exceptional winner this season – and even gifted Tanya and Vito Guccione’s house to charity.

It will now be used as accommodation for children and their families to My Room Children’s Cancer Charity.

‘They say auctions are meant to be theatre, so you can’t just let the theatre go to the auctioneer,’ Danny told 3AW radio host Neil Mitchell of his technique on Monday. 

‘You’ve got to be part of it, also!’

Last year’s auction day saw Danny buying three properties for a combined total of almost $12million, after having placed very generous bids on all five homes. 

Positive: Despite some criticism, Mr Wallis proved himself to be an exceptional winner this season - and even gifted Tanya (pictured) and Vito Guccione's house to charity. It will now be used as accommodation for children and their families to My Room Children's Cancer Charity

Positive: Despite some criticism, Mr Wallis proved himself to be an exceptional winner this season – and even gifted Tanya (pictured) and Vito Guccione’s house to charity. It will now be used as accommodation for children and their families to My Room Children’s Cancer Charity

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