BBC Homes Under the Hammer star stunned after couple break golden rule

Martel Maxwell outside the home in Brixton
Martel Maxwell outside the home in Brixton -Credit:BBC

BBC Homes Under the Hammer presenter Martel Maxwell was left astounded by 'most egregious breaking of our golden rule'. Couple, Doug and Sophie, invested nearly £1m in a property.

Doug, a property developer, builder and joiner, purchased a four-bedroom property in Brixton, south London to turn into a home for him and his wife.

The property had a guide price of £668,000 when it went up for auction on the BBC show, but Doug ended up paying £908,000 for the Victorian property, which is conveniently located 10 minutes away from a tube station. He told Martel: "We're going to move in here, a bit of an upgrade from the one-bedroom flat we're in at the moment."

Martel then questioned Doug about the purchase price, asking: "I'm guessing you'd viewed it and really knew that you wanted it to commit that amount of money? " Doug confessed: "We hadn't viewed it. We viewed it from the outside."

"I only knew about it the day before the auction," he added. "I definitely wouldn't recommend not viewing it but..." Martel responded: "It's funny isn't it, committing almost £1m without seeing it," reports Birmingham Live.

Despite this, Doug insisted: "I wasn't upset. Obviously, it was disappointing to see that there were some leaks from the roof but to be honest given I do building work it would have been a lot to make me upset."

Martel was shocked that Doug had spent almost £1m without viewing the property

Martel informed viewers that the couple had taken a 'monumental risk' by purchasing the property sight unseen. She further commented: "And nearly a million quid, I think that's the most egregious breaking of our Hammer golden rule yet."

The property boasted numerous appealing period features, such as fireplaces and ceiling roses. Martel exclaimed: "This place has a lot of options and an awful lot going for it."

The couple resided in the property during the renovation process, which was largely undertaken by Doug himself. The complete refurbishment of the property took a year and a half and cost approximately £75,000.

An estate agent confirmed that the hard work paid off, as the property was valued at £1.5m. However, Doug disclosed that the couple were contemplating selling due to "changes in working from home" allowing them to relocate from the capital.