Selling Houses Australia Season 1
S01 E01Mar 19, 2008
Austinmer Mar 19, 2008 Property in the coastal town of Austinmer is SO hot that buying another house before you sell is considered the norm. Judy and Graham Mahoney never dreamed they would have trouble selling their three bedroom weather board cottage, so they went ahead and purchased a new home, BEFORE they sold. After ten months on the market, a failed auction and 80 inspections they have a BIG problem and an even bigger bridging loan. Buyers are turned off by the bad presentation, poor level of maintenance and the lack of a communal bathroom. Despite the feedback, Judy and Graham refuse to budge from their $700,000 asking price. They need the money to renovate their new home, but as each month passes the couple slip further into debt. They have loans on both properties and need to find almost $6,000 each month just to stay afloat!
S01 E02Mar 26, 2008
Bilgola Plateau Mar 26, 2008 Australian Idol voice-coach Erana Clarke and her two kids love their home on Sydney’s northern beaches. None of them want to leave however a divorce has left Erana with little choice. The home presents well at the front, but the back is a nightmare that sends buyers running for the door. The garden is a sloping jungle of weeds, the bedrooms are dark and dingy and the laundry is a war zone. The house was originally listed at offers over $900,000, and when the Selling Houses Australia renovations are complete Erana wants even more! Will buyers fork out $925,000 plus, or has Erana priced herself out of the market?
S01 E03Apr 2, 2008
Mount Martha Apr 2, 2008 This is a luxury house on a new estate, but nobody is buying. If Lisa and her husband Jamie don’t sell the house, they will be bankrupt. The Evans family have had more than their fair share of bad luck. Lisa has beaten two bouts of breast cancer and a divorce has left her with a mountain of legal bills. The house may be luxurious, however it lacks soul. The stark white interior has precious little furniture and the backyard is a desolate wasteland. After two years on the market the family is desperate. Can we turn this house into a home and will the Evans family get their asking price come auction day?
S01 E04Apr 9, 2008
South Granville Apr 9, 2008 Seven years on the market and just one offer - this has to be a record! Daphne and her husband Abby can’t understand why their three bedroom home in Sydney’s western suburbs isn’t selling. The house is as neat as a pin, but after 16 years of living there you could say Daphne has “settled in”. Every conceivable surface is adorned with her collection of trinkets and Daphne loves each and every one. If she has any chance of selling she must get rid of her collectables and paint out the awful dark wood panelling. But this is one determined lady, and Daphne’s not giving in to change without a fight!
S01 E05Apr 16, 2008
Highland Park Apr 16, 2008 Craig and Gary are desperate to sell their Highland Park home on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Gary’s eyesight is failing, so they need to downsize to a cheaper property - and fast. They have found the perfect country house and snapped it up, but now settlement date is looming and their Gold Coast palace still hasn’t sold. There is one thing that could be turning buyers off – the colour! There are yellow walls, yellow floors, yellow ceilings; even the front façade is yellow! Buyers feel like they are wading through a giant vat of custard and if the house doesn’t get a makeover, Craig and Gary will face financial ruin.
S01 E06Apr 23, 2008
Collingwood Park Apr 23, 2008 Jason and Christine are budget sellers who hate agents. They can’t understand why you would part with thousands of dollars in commission when you could sell the home yourself. After all, it can’t be THAT hard! Seven months ago they listed their modest Brisbane house on a do-it-yourself sell internet site. To save even more money, they didn’t bother to order a sign or any marketing materials. The sole advertising push was down to one single website. It’s no great surprise that the house hasn’t sold and there’s been precious little interest. Can Andrew persuade our budget conscious couple that agents are worth the commission, or will they insist on sticking with the DIY approach?
S01 E07Apr 30, 2008
Botany Apr 30, 2008 Nine months on the market and not a single offer. Could the busy road and noisy trucks be putting buyers off, or maybe it’s the outdated 80’s décor? One thing’s for certain, Tom’s Botany cottage isn’t selling. He bought the two bedroom house with his first wife ten years ago. Sadly, she passed away and Tom found new love with Teresa. They want to make a fresh start in Tasmania, they’ve sold their printing business but until the house goes, they’re going nowhere. Can Andrew’s expert eye help buyers see past the busy road and rumbling trucks? It’s not going to be easy.
S01 E08May 7, 2008
Runaway Bay May 7, 2008 Runaway Bay is a runaway renovation project. Buyers take one look at this house and put it in the too hard basket. The front deck is collapsing, the décor is dated, the carpets are threadbare, and the back bedrooms are missing a wall! The Engle family seem oblivious to the chaos and clutter they live in, but to buyers it’s all too obvious. No wonder they’ve been trying to sell for over a year! Can three days and a limited budget even touch the sides of this mammoth project? Or has the Selling Houses Australia team bitten off more than they can chew?
S01 E09May 14, 2008
Coogee May 14, 2008 Rhonda Martin is a colourful woman who has stamped her bright personality all over her waterfront Coogee home. Her long suffering husband Peter has painstakingly painted the ceiling roses to match the wallpaper, but was over the house and Rhonda’s decorating ideas years ago. Peter wants to sell up and hit the road in their camper van, however Rhonda is yet to cut the grandkids apron strings. Two and a half years ago she agreed to put the house on the market - for four and a half million dollars! She’s slowly coming round to Peter’s way of thinking, and a more realistic asking price of three million. But even with the knockout views - there aren’t many buyers who will pay top dollar to live in a kaleidoscope.
S01 E10May 21, 2008
Dingley Village May 21, 2008 Brett and Peter are best mates since way back - they love their cars, their footy and their beer. So when it came time to buy a property, the two friends pooled resources to secure an enormous house in their home town of Dingley Village. The lads are in their 30’s with responsible jobs, but the house screams student bachelor pad. They want to sell up and go their separate ways but until the house sells this odd couple are stuck together. The first problem could be the asking price - it’s way over market value and the presentation isn’t helping their case either. This home should appeal to family buyers, however the dated décor, weird layout and laddish styling is turning them all away.