House Rules – Carole And Russell Own Another Property. Is This Cheating?
It has been revealed that Western Australian couple Carole and Russell own another property. Eagle eyed Andrea spotted a post on Facebook this morning where it was alleged that Carole and Russell own. And if this is the case, is it fair?
The Facebook update on the House Rules page (now removed), alleged that Carole and Russell owned two other houses, with one being a two storey one overlooking a canal.
Normally I don’t give much credence to rumours on Facebook as we all know a lot of trash talk happens there, but this rumour kind of make sense, as they have said on the show that they have done renovating before but we have not heard much about what they have done.
I contacted SEVEN for comment and they confirmed that Russell and Carole do own one other house. A SEVEN spokesperson said the WA couple have been trying to sell their other home since last July. They also said the reason they were selling was they were struggling to pay the mortgage repayments.
They said the house to be renovated on the show has to be the team’s primary place of residence.
Russell and Carole who have a history of buying houses land renovating brought the house last year on Gumtree. Yes who does that? What is interesting is if you were under financial pressure and struggling to pay one set of mortgage repayments why would you buy another house, and an unliveable one at that? Though some people like to gamble. Also how was the mortgage being paid when they were on the show as allowances paid are not large. You would have to presume they have tenants in their other house.
To be honest I am not buying into the rumours that people were buying houses to get renovated on the show, because if this is the case this is a huge gamble with over 3,000 people applying for this year’s series.
But as a fan and viewer I would hate to think that a team is taking advantage of a show that allows mainly working class people to get a step ahead in life by having their house renovated and giving them the chance to have their house mortgage paid off.
Russell and Carole don’t appear to be living the high life but it would be disappointing if they decided to sell their newly renovated house after the show has finished screening so they can move onto their next house flip, as to me that is not in the spirit of the show.
House Rules on SEVEN Sunday at 6.30pm and Monday to Wednesday at 7.30pm.