Selling Houses Australia

'Thank you for saving us' The Crows Nest homeowners reveal their emotional sale

Selling Houses Australia celebrate their 100th sale in an emotional success story.

John and Kitsa devote their life to their autistic son, Xavier - so much so that they put their career and life savings on the line.

After discovering their son showed huge positive changes when eating fermented foods, Kitsa left her long career as a lawyer and started a new online business, Kitsa's Kitchen, with retired husband, John to help other families in similar situations. 

While business boomed, the couple bought a heritage-listed terrace in Crows Nest on Sydney's lower north shore, to make a shop front and commercial cafe to extend their new venture. 

Related: See the before and after photos of the Crows Nest house renovation

However, after buying the property for $1.7 million and investing $700,000 into converting the residence into a commercial cafe, the couple found that the online business was taking too much time to even finish their plans. 

Kitsa's dream of spending more time with family backfired, and they put their property up for sale, but after nine months on the market at $2.3 million, they began to get worried. 

"We thought, if we finish the cafe area, that gives people a chance to do what they want to do and put their own spin on it, but it just wasn't happening," Kitsa explains. "That's when we had the idea to convert it back to a residence, but council approval made that difficult as well. It was very stressful. We were stuck."

At its unfinished stage, the property was resonating at the high one and low two million mark, which wouldn't have let them break even. 

That's when they called in the professionals, Andrew Winter, Shaynna Blaze and Charlie Albone to take over. 

"We were keen to sell, so while we were curious with what they would do, we were pretty excited when Shaynna revealed her renovation plans. It was what we would have loved to have done, but couldn't finish.

"The business was taking control and my dad had a stroke in the background, so we were just thankful to be able to hand the keys over and focus on family."

And what a transformation the team gave!

After months of trying to get council approval, Shaynna and Charlie were able to completely transform the commercial residence into a stunning three bedroom home with a new flowing kitchen, diner, living room and an open plan courtyard. 

"We were concerned that the kitchen could have stayed looking quite small and poky, but they completely opened it up it into a massive, practical space," Kitsa reveals.

"They made a really big improvement there," John adds. "They had the same amount of space, but somehow Shaynna made it look huge and that was really exciting. They did a great job."

And soon after putting their residential property on the market, John and Kitsa revealed they had quickly sold for $2.5 million, marking the show's 100th sale!

"We would have liked a little bit more, but times were hard. We only had one serious buyer at the auction so we were lucky to get what we did. 

"We were elated that the Selling Houses team had completed what we wanted to do and made it possible for us to sell it so we could move on to the next step of our lives," Kitsa adds.

Now able to breathe a sigh of relief that their family unit can move on stress-free, the couple have one final thing to say to Andrew, Shaynna and Charlie:

"Thank you for saving us," Kitsa says.

"It was a pleasure to be with the team, they were excellent. The biggest takeaway from this is just, thank you," John adds.

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