THE LAST WORD... ‘ Many of the sit­u­a­tions are pretty tough – armour’ we’re seen as the knights in shin­ing

WITH SHAYNNA BLAZE,

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - THE LAST WORD... -

“WE’VE done nine sea­sons of this show – can you be­lieve it? In that time, we’ve found some re­ally, re­ally hard prop­er­ties to sell. Ones that we just don’t even know what to do with.

There have even been a few that we won­dered whether it’d be bet­ter to knock them down.

This is a show about real peo­ple, real life, and some of them are in real trou­ble for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons. They need to sell and we’re there to help them, not sen­sa­tion­alise their story.

Some are quite vul­ner­a­ble. It’s im­por­tant we don’t ex­ac­er­bate that pres­sure – we’re there to do what we can to help.

There’s a story com­ing up in the new se­ries that will stick with me for a long time.

I can’t say much yet, but we come to the aid of a home­owner who’s quite un­well and knows they won’t be around for much longer.

It’s a case of sell­ing the house so those left be­hind won’t have to deal with the bur­den of it. It’s re­ally tough and was so poignant for me.

The per­son’s out­look is so amaz­ing and pos­i­tive. That made it hurt even more for me. It’s mo­ments like those that I re­ally cher­ish, be­ing able to get in and make a dif­fer­ence.

When we ar­rive, many of the sit­u­a­tions are pretty tough. We’re seen as the last re­sult, the knights in shin­ing armour.

But in the be­gin­ning, it was quite daunting. The show was brand new and un­tested so we were scratch­ing around and beg­ging for paint and other bits and pieces.

And we did lots and lots of the work our­selves. We were quite cre­ative. I re­mem­ber hand-paint­ing tiles. Now we have so many great prod­ucts to work with. The mar­ket is savvier now. Peo­ple are very savvy. When I first started on SellingHouses, stag­ing a prop­erty wasn’t the thing to do.

It just wasn’t con­sid­ered im­por­tant and no one styled or staged their home for sale, but now you’d be in­sane not to.

The (hous­ing) mar­kets in (Syd­ney and Mel­bourne) par­tic­u­larly have gone crazy so stuff that shouldn’t nor­mally sell is get­ting snapped up.

It’s not re­flec­tive of re­al­ity. We’ve had to broaden our scope and go fur­ther to get re­al­is­tic sit­u­a­tions.

That al­most adds a layer of dif­fi­culty. It’s like, how on earth can we do this? But we get stuck in and achiev­ing a re­sult is the best feel­ing.”

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