Housing market downturn impacts Selling Houses Australia
A home untouched since 1968, a daycare center filled to the brim, and a home decor trend known as “hipstory”: This 15th season of Foxtel’s top-rated lifestyle show, Sale of houses Australialooks a little different than during the real estate boom.
Indeed, the promos feature host Andrew Winter, landscape designer Dennis Scott, and interior design expert Wendy Moore, all dangling from the ceiling with the slogan, “When the market’s down, they’ll flip it!”
“People come to us because they’re in a desperate situation,” said Moore, who is also general manager of Foxtel Lifestyle. She replaced Shaynna Blaze on the show in 2022 after Blaze’s departure, along with landscape architect Charlie Albone.
“What we’re finding this year is that there are a lot of people who are paralyzed by the market,” says Moore. “They don’t know what to expect. Many of them may have missed the market top, but in their minds they still value their property as if it were still at the market top. From Andrew’s point of view, there’s a real educational piece about what the expectations should be now.”
However, strict rules still apply when it comes to interior design.
“People are so attached to the things that make their house feel like their home, it’s hard to imagine that getting in the way of a sale,” says Moore. “Sometimes you just have to rip the band-aid off and say, ‘You just have to take the things you love with you.’ There are also some people who make the mistake of making everything so neutral and unlived that people don’t get a sense of home when they walk in. I find that sad.”
Moore “fell in love” with the 1968 property featured in episode two because it was in Greystanes, a western Sydney suburb near where she lived in Campbelltown.
“It was like a museum! It felt really nostalgic to me,” she says. “Dennis made fun of me and said it’ll probably get knocked down one day and that broke my heart. I wanted to decorate it in a way that was reminiscent of the ’60s, so there’s a lot from my childhood memories, including the kitchen.”
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