The Christmas Hills renovators’ dream was snapped up for $492,000 — more than $70,000 above the reserve price — on a soggy Super Saturday of auctions across Melbourne. The Christmas Hills home is only half-built — but that didn’t stop it selling for almost half a million dollars.Source:Supplied Melbourne recorded a preliminary auction clearance rate of 66 per cent from 1652 auctions last week, according to CoreLogic. This was a fraction higher than the previous week when 65.5 per cent of homes found a buyer, the lowest clearance rate the market has seen since June 2016. CoreLogic Victorian director Geoff White said the wintry start to summer and buyer apprehension might have affected the result. “I wouldn’t be surprised if the weather didn’t have an affect on auction results,” Mr White said. “I spoke to a number of agents who said attendance was down.” Mr White said buyers might also be holding back. “Buyers are reading about slow downs and are basically asking, ‘is the market going to change?’, so they may be more wary. “If they don’t see something on the market that they like, then they aren’t likely to buy until the new year.” The new owners of 966 Buttermans Track, Christmas Hills will have a fun renovation on their hands.Source:Supplied The rain didn’t keep away a crowd of about 50 people when the unfinished Christmas Hills home at 966 Buttermans Track went under the hammer. “The rain was flogging down, but we set up a marquee and conducted the auction in the carport,” Noble Knight agent Damian Ford said. Mr Ford said four bidders pushed the price about $70,000 beyond the vendor’s reserve. “The vendors were very happy,” he said. RELATED: Take a closer look at the Christmas Hills home Serious buyers brave Super Saturday soaking This californian bungalow fetched $1.61 million in Hampton East.Source:Supplied In Hampton East, a bidder took a home-run swing at an old california bungalow, but came up just short. The bidder made an opening $1.6 million offer on 22 King St, which had a price guide of $1.35-$1.45 million before the auction. But the attempt to blow the competition out of the water failed when a second bidder emerged with a $1.61 million offer