Sold after action
IT’S been said that along with death and divorce, moving house is one of the most stressful things you can experience.
When your home has been on the market for 10 months after a failed auction, and you’ve had 80 people inspect your property, but they walk away without making an offer, the stress is building long before you have packed a box.
Imagine what it would do to your blood pressure if you also were paying the mortgage on a second property you had bought before selling your old place.
Such was life for the Mahoney family from Austinmer, a suburb of Wollongong, who were paying an extra $6000 a month on their new home while waiting to sell their run-down bungalow.
That was until Andrew Winter turned up to film the first episode of his new 10-part series Selling Houses Australia.
If you know Winter’s other programs Selling Houses and Selling Houses Abroad, both of which screen on Foxtel, you won’t be surprised by the format of the local series.
He visits owners who are struggling to sell a house, orders some simple work to be done and dishes out some tough love. In no time, a sold sticker is on the board in the front yard.
The work Winter ordered in another episode would seem quite obvious — replace the rotten Selling Houses Australia, PG LifeStyle Channel, tonight, 7.30pm Property series Duration: 1 hour weatherboard on the back of the house, do some renovation work inside to create a separate bathroom and find some wood to finish the window seat in the bedroom.
Winter says the biggest difference came in convincing Judy and Graham Mahoney that their place simply wasn’t worth as much as they thought.
‘‘They are a perfect example of people being on Cloud Cuckooland when it comes to valuation,’’ Winter says.
‘‘They were the nicest people on earth, they lived in the house for years, they thought it was very special, but it was one of many on the market. And they never got around to finishing the jobs that needed to be done, which meant it wasn’t presented well.
‘‘They also bought a new house before they sold, which is very risky territory to be in, so they weren’t thinking about the value of the home. They were only thinking about the figure they needed.
‘‘People who are looking to buy a house don’t give a flying fish about how much you want if they don’t think the house is worth it.
‘‘The problem was they (the Mahoneys) were focused on the figure they needed, and that was never going to happen.’’
Andrew Winter helps struggling vendors sell their house.