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'Happiness and heartbreak' Chrissy and Sao reveal all about their new lives

The homeowners from Glenelg open up about their new lease of life after selling their property.

Chrissy and Sao were struggling to make ends meet after they suffered an investment property collapse, leaving the couple with a huge amount of debt and barely able to meet their mortgage payments.

"We were so close to declaring ourselves bankrupt it wasn't funny," Sao reveals. "We couldn't even pay the bills when they were due," Chrissy adds. "We had two mortgages, the dead debt was pulling us down."

The couple knew they needed to sell their Adelaide home for $660k to break even, but after more than a year on the market at $690-$740k, there were no signs of interest.

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That's when Andrew, Shaynna and Charlie came along - to help Chrissy, Sao and their animals sell their 1960s three-bedroom family home and start a new life.

However, the team certainly had their work cut out for them.

The home hadn't been updated in some time, and as proud Port Adelaide AFL supporters, Chrissy and Sao had decorated the house as a shrine to the team, rather than the average family home. 

Regardless, Chrissy reveals they weren't bothered by the expert's harsh feedback.

"Oh no, we were trying to out-do them to be honest," she says. "I think Andrew did meet his match in some parts!"

The Selling Houses Australia team needed to give the house a huge makeover, stripping back the dark and outdated fittings, flooring, and exterior. Plus, they made an extra effort to turn it into to a light-filled, modern home. 

"It was basically a different house," Chrissy explains. "What they did in the kitchen was amazing. Painting it white and adding the modern touches made such a huge difference.

"Also putting in the third bedroom, I think that was awesome," she says.

"We didn't want to touch anything afterwards!" she laughs.

"Sao even slept on the couch because she didn't want to mess up the main bedroom, and I slept in the new room because it was easier to make that bed! We'd never be able to make a bed like Shaynna. All those 10 million pillows!"

Charlie even got a helping hand from some surprise VIPs to help with the weeding, thanks to Port Adelaide mid-fielders, Tommy Rockliffe and Xavier Duursma.

"We couldn't believe it!," Chrissy says. "I made Sao go to the servo which is around the corner from us, and she was away for about two blooming hours! I thought, she must have gone to Melbourne to get the damn thing!

"And finally she comes back and says, 'Guess who I saw at the servo? Tommy Rockliffe!' She said he was meeting up with some young guy for coffee and we just left it that.

"Next thing we knew they were in our backyard! We didn't think they were coming to our place!"

With the house now a modern family home in a prime beach location, it didn't take long for the property to sell and give Chrissy and Sao the price they desperately needed.

At $655k, they were just $5000 short  - but it was enough to pay off their debt. 

"We thought we could have gotten a bit more for it," Chrissy says. "But in the end, we just wanted it sold so we could have our lives back again. But looking at it now, I think we did pretty well."

With their house sold, Chrissy and Sao were able to get the finances on track. So what are they doing now?

"The Selling Houses team have really turned us around," says Chrissy. "We're now renting and we have the most fantastic property. We're living a lot more comfortably now.

"We're actually now starting to save a bit of money, whereas before, we couldn't even save for our own funerals."

While the couple have a new house to make their own, Sao admits that Shaynna's words still linger!

"We're not allowed to put as many Port Adelaide football things up," she says. "But I still have a few photos - Shaynna would be appalled."

"We're also making sure to follow basic orders from Charlie like doing the weeding. Our new lawn is the size of a cricket pitch, but  it's enough for the dogs," Sao continues.

While the dogs are still going strong, Sao and Chrissy reveal some heartbreaking news about one of their cats, Boaky, who unfortunately died from a snake bite after filming. 

"We did everything we could to save him but it was just too much," Sao explains.

However, there is some good news too.

"We got another little kitten from the same vet when I went to pick up Boakys ashes," she says.

"He was handed in and we called him Little Man in honour of Boaky because that is what Chrissy used to call him."

Now, in their new house with a new little fur baby, Chrissy and Sao are enjoying their new life, thanks to the Selling Houses Australia team.

"This experience is probably one of the highlights of our lives," Chrissy explains. "It came at the perfect time because we were under such incredible financial stress. 

"We just can't thank them enough for what they've done. Without them, I don't think we would could have done it. From the bottom of our hearts, we really mean it."

And Sao has one tiny thing to add:

"I would also say to Shaynna that if you look at the ladder now, we are at the top and not Geelong."

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