The three-bedroom deceased estate also had a swollen creek running beside it, suggesting the ground or the house could be prone to damp.
Freshwater carpenter Greg Dickson and his wife Sarah bought the two-storey home in Wyarama St, and intend to fix it up themselves.
“The house had termite damage all through it, particularly on the lower level and in the master bedroom” he said.
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Mr Jobson said it’s not uncommon for a house of that generation to have termite damage.
Last week agents said it is almost impossible to buy a freestanding house on the northern beaches for less than $1 million. Mr Jobson said homes under $1 million were still around but they would have detractions, such as being on a busy road.
The weekend auction clearance rate for the northern beaches was over 89 per cent. Of the 37 properties offered at auction, 14 sold early, 19 sold on the day and only four were passed in or withdrawn.