Expert Bondi builder Marshal Keen debuts on Buying Blind


Marshal Keen, Shaynna Blaze and Rich Harvey.
Marshal Keen, Shaynna Blaze and Rich Harvey.

WOULD he ever let three strangers who were home experts in their field buy a property for him sight unseen is a question Bondi builder Marshal Keen has asked himself a lot.

His answer is now “yes” after filming has finished for new Channel 9 series Buying Blind, in which Keen makes his Australian TV show debut as the expert builder.

“Knowing the result, I most certainly would, but all the way through the episodes you’ll be thinking ‘Oh my goodness, what have these couples done?’,” Keen said.

“They’ve given their entire life savings to these three people and they’re spending all their money.

“It’s the Australian dream to own your own home but there are so many landmines, obstacles, questions and issues that come up along that journey.

“They give us a brief after encountering all those problems, we then go off and find a property, buy the property, renovate the property and then reveal it to them without them ever having seen it or know where the property is.”

Completing the expert trio is interior designer Shaynna Blaze and buyer’s agent Rich Harvey.

Marshal Keen and Shaynna Blaze.

Keen said his role was to ensure the property was structurally sound, examine the quality of any renovations that might have already been done and complete new renovations to give the homeowners more “bang for their buck”.

Keen, who spent time in Perth during his days working for a mining company in the oil and gas industry, followed in his father’s footsteps and owns his own building company.

He never dreamed of a TV career but said Buying Blind was too good an opportunity to resist when a friend, who worked in an agency, asked if he would be interested.

“Being a builder, it’s not an opportunity that comes around every day so when it did present itself, it was one I was eager to have a crack at,” he said.

“I think the show will be something viewers will be able to easily relate to.

“As much as it’s great viewing because of the design side and the areas of suspense over whether we’ve bought the right property, there is also a little bit of education where people can relate to it from when they bought their home or if they’re going through the same experiences now.”

Buying Blind is on Tuesdays at 7.30pm.