Selling Houses Australia

'We're now renting' Empire Bay homeowner Jen reveals what 's happened to her family

Empire Bay homeowner Jen reveals her sale didn't quite go to plan.

When Jen bought her home in Empire Bay on the NSW Central Coast back in 2017, she had every intention of growing a veggie patch and spending plenty of time outside with her two sons.

But as a full-time working mum, she simply didn’t have the time to spend outdoors, let alone maintain a one-acre block surrounded by bushland.

And although her sons, Jack and Oli, had plenty of space to run around, they just didn't use the space either.

“When I bought this block for $895,000, I thought the space would be great for the kids to run around, but what they actually wanted was to play with in the street with other kids,” she tells

With no neighbours close by, the maintenance work piling up and her boys wanting to spend more time with their friends, Jen knew moving was their only option.

Read more: Andrew Winter recaps the Empire Bay house renovation

But after the property market took a dive, just a year after she bought, Jen knew the likelihood of making any money on a sale was very unlikely.

She spent a further $50,000 on renovations before the Selling Houses Australia team even started.

So what happened after the Selling Houses team left and the house still hadn't sold?

“It was five months after the Selling Houses renovation and I was about to take it off the market because I was about to get to the end of the real estate contract,” Jen said.

“Luckily I didn’t. A couple didn’t even come to an open home, but they randomly came up from Sydney on the Monday came back and put a verbal offer in on the Tuesday and we signed contracts on the Wednesday!

“And then we had a fast four week settlement. It went super quick after we finally got the offer. I couldn't believe it. After a year and a half on the market, it sold within three days once the buyer came in.”

The sale, for $860,000, meant Jen and her boys were able to start afresh and they are now much happier living in their new place.

“It was 100 percent the right decision. I’m so happy that we have moved,” Jen says.

“We are currently renting because I took a bit of a hit moneywise with the house and with all the Coronavirus stuff going on this is probably not the best time to buy a house.

“We are waiting and I’m hoping that in three to six months the market will come down slightly and I’ll be able to recoup some of what I lost.”

Jen and her boys are living comfortably in a small single level, low maintenance block – exactly what she is looking to buy when the market settles. They’ve even managed to move closer to her sons’ friends.

“I’ve got kids running in and out of the house all the time which is exactly what we were looking for and it's great,” she says.

The renovation of Jen's house was not a straight forward one and required a lot of work, espeically from Charlie.

But once the Selling Houses Australia renovation was complete Jen’s house was unrecognisable – especially from the outside.

Charlie’s outdoor overhaul of the house left it looking like it fit into its surroundings and matched the suburb much better than the old log cabin. 

And while Shaynna didn’t do a lot to the inside, the subtle changes she did make had a huge impact.

"The fireplace was beautiful and that made a real feature in the front room and that slight bit of modernisation in the kitchen made a big difference," explains Jen.

Thanks to the outdoor overhaul and some simple modern updates, Jen was able to sell and for a price that she is more than happy with, considering the market and current Covid-19 situation.

While the house now has new owners, Jen says she’ll always love the home she created there - just not all the work that came with it.

“Honestly, if I could pick the house up - particularly after the renovation - and move it onto a flat, small block close to other people, it would have been perfect,” she says.

“The look and layout of the house was amazing, and we loved it.”

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