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The Block’s Jimmy and Tam Wilkins reveal they will still get their prize money


The Block winners Jimmy and Tam Wilkins have revealed they will still be getting their prize money after the sale of their $4.2million property fell through last year.

Cyber security expert Emese Fajk had purchased the couple’s Palm Spring-inspired home at auction in November but failed to pay up and was later accused of being an ‘international conwoman’ with a history of faking bank slips.

During an Instagram Q&A on Monday, Jimmy and Tam revealed the home in Melbourne’s Brighton hadn’t found a buyer yet but they would nonetheless be getting their record-breaking $966,000 prize money.

‘They are honouring our prize’: The Block winners Jimmy and Tam Wilkins have said they’ll still be getting their prize money after the sale of their $4.2million property fell through last year

One fan asked the couple: ‘Has The Block house sold yet?’

‘It hasn’t sold but Channel Nine and The Block are honouring our prize,’ the pair said.

It comes after Julian Cress, the executive producer and co-creator of The Block, told Domain in March that Jimmy and Tam were in ‘no rush’ to sell the property as potential buyers continued to inspect the home.

‘House 5 is currently for sale off market through McGrath estate agents, who originally had the listing,’ Mr Cress said.

Prize money: During an Instagram Q&A on Monday, Jimmy and Tam revealed the home in Melbourne's Brighton hadn't found a buyer yet but they would nonetheless be getting their record-breaking $966,000 prize money

Prize money: During an Instagram Q&A on Monday, Jimmy and Tam revealed the home in Melbourne’s Brighton hadn’t found a buyer yet but they would nonetheless be getting their record-breaking $966,000 prize money

Unique: The spacious property features five bedrooms, a designer kitchen, and a stylish outdoor entertainment area with a pool and barbecue

Unique: The spacious property features five bedrooms, a designer kitchen, and a stylish outdoor entertainment area with a pool and barbecue

‘Potential buyers and some buyers advocates have been taken through the home.

‘At this stage, we are in no rush to sell the property as it continues to go up in value by the week,’ he added.

The 1950’s style property first went under the hammer in November in a record breaking sale that saw the home fetch $4.256million, and a profit of $966,000.

Taking their time: It comes after Julian Cress, the executive producer and co-creator of the hit show, told Domain that Jimmy and Tam are in 'no rush' to sell the Palm Springs-inspired property as potential buyers continue to inspect the home

Taking their time: It comes after Julian Cress, the executive producer and co-creator of the hit show, told Domain that Jimmy and Tam are in ‘no rush’ to sell the Palm Springs-inspired property as potential buyers continue to inspect the home

Stylish: The 1950's style home first went under the hammer in November in a record breaking sale that saw this home fetched $4.256million, and a profit of $966,000

Stylish: The 1950’s style home first went under the hammer in November in a record breaking sale that saw this home fetched $4.256million, and a profit of $966,000

In addition to its unique style, it features five bedrooms, a designer kitchen, and a stylish outdoor entertainment area – with a pool and barbecue.

Earlier this year, New Idea claimed Scott Cam had saved the day by secretly purchasing the $4.2million home for himself after the original buyer, cyber security expert Emese Fajk, 28, failed to pay up.

However, his manager, Chris Giannopoulos, told Daily Mail Australia the rumours are ‘not to believed’ and that he did not purchase the property. 

Outdoor space: The property features stylish outdoor entertainment area - with a pool and barbecue area

Outdoor space: The property features stylish outdoor entertainment area – with a pool and barbecue area 

Speculation: Earlier this year, it was claimed Scott Cam saved the day by secretly purchasing the home for himself. However, his manager, Chris Giannopoulos, told Daily Mail Australia the rumours are 'not to believed' and that he did not purchase the property

Speculation: Earlier this year, it was claimed Scott Cam saved the day by secretly purchasing the home for himself. However, his manager, Chris Giannopoulos, told Daily Mail Australia the rumours are ‘not to believed’ and that he did not purchase the property

Emese was the mystery buyer who bought Jimmy and Tam’s winning property during The Block’s auction finale in November.

Ms Fajk presented receipts of bank transfers indicating the money for the home had gone through, but the large sum never reached Nine’s bank accounts and passing the settlement period and voiding the original contract.

In December, Jimmy and Tam choked back tears as they told A Current Affair how they’d been left blindsided by the strange turn of events.

‘It’s something no one ever saw coming, no one ever expected, but it’s something we now have to deal with,’ Jimmy said.

Issues: Cyber security specialist Emese Fajk, 28, (centre) was the mystery buyer who bought Jimmy and Tam's winning property during The Block's finale in November

Issues: Cyber security specialist Emese Fajk, 28, (centre) was the mystery buyer who bought Jimmy and Tam’s winning property during The Block’s finale in November



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