LAST Saturday night I lined up to call four auctions at the Ronald McDonald Ball. On arrival I saw my old The Block host Shelley Craft was the MC and Michael and Carlene, the couple I represented on show (and my in-laws), were also on the guest list.
It’s been a busy couple of years since we all did battle on The Block Glasshouse and while we have caught up at a few events since, it was good to catch up again and shoot the breeze with them.
The life of a reality television star and host usually has two sides. There is the camera side and the reality side. Not to say that the shows don’t mirror real life, surprisingly they do, but when the cameras aren’t rolling most of these celebrities have day jobs to keep their fingers on the pulse.
Michael, Carlene and Shelley all have shows on Channel Nine. Shelley is again hosting this year’s series on the Logie Award winning show The Block, while Michael and Carlene have their new show Ready Set Reno about to start on September 10.
It surprises most people to hear about these star’s close connection to the property industry. On the flip side to their reality fame both families are very close to the fire in the real estate community. Shelley’s husband, and absolute legend, Christian ‘Serge’ Sergiaconi is the director of Byron Bay Property Sales. They handle all aspects of sales in the Byron Bay region. Serge was previously a camera man on shows around the world before deciding open homes and auctions were more his pace.
Similarly, Michael and Carlene have launched their own property styling company: cedarandsuede.com.au. They have been promoting their services through real estate agents on the Gold Coast and are quickly becoming the hottest thing in property promotion on the GC.
These property stars who had donated their time helped me swing the gavel and raise thousands of dollars to support families and children dealing with incredible adversity. These everyday Aussies are winners on both sides of the coin. As the nation’s appetite for property and property shows is at an all-time high, it’s nice to know the people behind the hype are the real deal.
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