Buyer’s advocate Frank Valentic shares some secrets from The Block and what happens once the cameras are turned off.
Valentic who is the director of Advantage Property, has been bidding on Channel 9’s The Block on behalf of his clients since 2011.
He has won the contestants of the show some fantastic sums of money for their completed homes and has made his clients very happy in the process.
His clients are mainly high income earners and see buying a property from The Block as a top investment.
This is not only because of their quality designs, but for their TV-based reputation.
“I get a big buzz and love buying properties for my clients,” he says.
“The Block is a whole different beast, though. You’re bidding with cameras and lights on your face – it’s a real pressure cooker atmosphere.”
Frank Valentic’s secrets from filming
Viewers may just be privy to the drama that happens on camera, but then there’s also the drama that happens off camera.
Valentic has some secrets from behind the scenes that Blockheads will love.
Valentic bid against himself
The high pressure environment can be stressful for anyone, even for the experienced Frank Valentic.
During bidding for 2016’s season in Port Melbourne, Valentic was representing his client who was on the phone and accidentally bid against himself.
“I was getting instructions from my client on the phone and I ended up bidding again even though it was my bid.”
Sadly, his client wasn’t the winning bid for Julia and Sasha’s apartment, however, it was one of the more dramatic auctions with competing buyer’s advocates in attendance including Greville Pabst and Nicole Jacobs.
The Gatwick pleasantly surprised
Last season The Gatwick which was a derelict building, was transformed into a polished apartment complex.
Valentic admits though that he was surprised that any of the apartments exceeded the $3m mark which winning couple Sara and Haydn managed to secure.
“I mean we were in a down market in Melbourne, I did not expect those properties to sell for over $3 million,” he says.
Scotty Cam can be harsh
Scotty Cam’s voiceover can be heard throughout The Block, but it’s only by watching the show that contestants and buyer’s advocates get to hear what he really thinks.
Valentic was called out by Scotty Cam for his sweaty appearance at one of the auctions.
“Right in front of the lights and cameras, I started sweating on national TV and Scotty Cam says ‘gee Frank isn’t looking too good today – he’s dripping!'” says Valentic laughing.
Definitely one of the more embarrassing moments you’d hope would slip under the radar, but not with Scotty Cam’s eagle eye and sharp tongue.