INSPECTIONS are like a first date. You only get one chance to make that first impression. Set your property up for inspection success with these simple tips.
Camouflage your pets
One of the most common complaints from potential buyers at open for inspections are those tell-tale signs you share your home with someone furry. If they’re not yours, pet smells or stains can actively turn someone off your property.
Deodorise your property to remove the whiff of little creatures and get someone who doesn’t normally live there to confirm you’re clear (you might be used to it and can’t sniff what others can).
Clean traces of hair from floors and furniture, stow feeding bowls and toys.
Remove any litter boxes or droppings from the yard, and give your pets a vacation during inspections.
Yes, it’s Captain Obvious, but you’d be surprised. Make sure your whole property is neat and tidy when buyers arrive, including the garden and outside areas.
Dust, vacuum, scrub, wash, buff – make all those annoying tasks earn their keep.
Don’t forget to clean inside ovens, cupboards and wardrobes, in case potential buyers indulge a snoop.
Remove shoes from the entrance and any hazards people might trip over.
Get the big clean out of the way in advance, then keep your place in good condition while your place is on the market. That way you should only need a refresh to prepare for a new inspection date, rather than a top to bottom makeover.
Clear out the mailbox and get those rubbish bins emptied and, ideally, out of sight (especially if they’re normally one of the first things people will see arriving at your home).
Enlist a professional declutterer if you need a hand – or a friend might even help out. Get a second opinion who can review objectively.
Invite light and air
Air out your home thoroughly before the inspection, so it feels as fresh and clean as possible. If potential buyers feel stuffy they’ll head straight for the door.
If the weather and security permits, crack open a window or two during the inspections themselves, so air keeps flowing through.
Draw back curtains and blinds to bring in as much as light as possible and show off your house from the street.
A personal touch here and here helps your home feel less stagy or artificial, and can spark an emotional connection with a buyer.
One idea is to gather up photos that show off your house (at its best, of course) and put them in an album for people to flick through if they’re curious or inspired. If you don’t have printed photos, you could have an iPad or digital photo frame on rotation.
Fresh flowers are another way to add personality, or a small dish of sweets near the door that people can grab on their way in or out. Remember, it’s not about mints on the pillow, it’s about keeping humanity in the home.
People fuss over the visual but often forget that it’s a nose can make or break an open inspection.
Remove smells that are unpleasant, like stinky shoes, and watch out for specific food smells that may not agree with everyone.
Counter the ick with inviting smells using flowers, candles, air fresheners or even freshly brewed coffee.
Just take care your smell engineering doesn’t become too sickly or overpowering, and avoid pungent aromas like incense. You want your property to smell like a home, not a perfumery!
A home staging consultant can help with these touches, and can also advise about furniture, artwork and other style elements that can help your place come to life for buyers.
Strike the right temperature
Keep an eye on the weather and heat or cool your home so it’s optimal when would-be buyers walk through.
People shouldn’t raise a sweat or a chill, and you need to demonstrate your property can effortlessly cope with the climate around it. You should be aiming to give them a cool or warm blast, depending on what’s most welcome at that time.
If heating or cooling is malfunctioning and impossible to fix for inspection time, place fans or portable heaters strategically so they don’t get in the way but still do the job.
Whether you’re attending the inspection or not, you should take care to remove and protect anything precious or valuable before you open your house up to strangers – just in case one of them is light fingered.
Check with your insurers about your coverage for an open inspection, and if you need to do something extra to stay protected.
You can take items with you if you’re leaving the premises for the inspection, or lock them up in a safe or secure cupboard or drawer. If you don’t have an area you can lock away, hide them in the back of a wardrobe or somewhere out of sight and mind.
Agents usually record the details of people coming through your property, to deter thieves and provide some accountability if anything ends up missing or damaged. However this isn’t a perfect system and shouldn’t be relied upon.
Make sure your property is safe for people to walk through and only let people into your house at the specified inspection times. It’s better to cancel than invite disaster.
Original article published at www.news.com.au by Staff Writers News Limited Network 11/7/2013
Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed
Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed. New data has shown the top 68 suburbs in Queensland for capital growth over the last 12 months to June, with the number one spot reaching triple digits.
Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed
Outlined in the Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s Queensland Market Monitor report, REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said despite the ‘doom and gloom’ of the property market, there are still locations that are seeing large gains in profitability.
“A total of 68 suburbs throughout Queensland have delivered double-digit growth over 12 months, which is a really strong result,” Ms Mercorella said.
“And there are many more suburbs delivering strong single-digit growth. It’s a great market to be in at the moment.”
While south-east Queensland saw a lot of attention, there were some high growth suburbs found in central and northern Queensland.
The area with the strongest growth was Blackwater, which saw a rise of 151 per cent growth, which Ms Mercorella attributed to the resurgence of coal prices.
Aside from Blackwater, 10 other suburbs saw growth over 20 percent. These included:
- Spring Mountain with growth of 103.6 per cent;
- Collinsville with growth of 46.2 per cent;
- Minyama with growth of 45.8 per cent;
- with growth of 32.9 per cent;
- Hollywell with growth of 30.5 per cent;
- Miles with growth of 23.5 per cent;
- Mount Coolum with growth of 21.9 per cent;
- Dundowran beach with growth of 21.5 per cent;
- Boonah with growth of 21.3 per cent; and
- Idalia with growth of 21.3 per cent.
Ms Mercorella said the top 11 suburbs were indicative of steady growth across the state, but warned against calling it a ‘boom’.
“While we’re definitely seeing prices come back in western Queensland mining towns, such as Blackwater, these prices are still below their peak,” she said.
It’s unlikely we’ll see a return to pre-2013 prices in those areas anytime soon.”
While the top 11 suburbs show a spread of high growth suburbs through the state, 41 suburbs out of the 68 are located in the ever-popular south east corner of Queensland.
Of these, 15 suburbs were located in theCoast region, with the highest growing being Minyama, which ranked fourth overall.
The Brisbane region also saw a large number of high performing suburbs at 13. Hamilton was the region’s best performer and fifth overall.
Next was Ipswich with six suburbs, then the Gold Coast with four, Moreton Bay with three, while Redland and Logan suburbs did not rank.
Outside of south east Queensland, 27 regional suburbs ranked on the list, with the Townsville region recording four suburbs. Its highest performer was Idalia, which ranked 11th overall.
Next were the Cairns and Gympie regions, both recording three suburbs each. Cairns’ top performer was Palm Cove, which ranked 26th overall, while Cooloola Cove was Gympie’s top performer, which ranked 42nd overall.
While only recording one suburb, the Whitsunday region’s Collinsville ranked third overall.
The Bundaberg and Toowoomba regions both recorded two top suburbs, while the Banana, Charters Towers, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Isaac, Livingstone, Mackay, Rocky, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Western Downs regions all had one top suburb each
The top 68 suburbs which experienced double digit growth over the last year to June 2018, according to the REIQ, are:
|Rank||Suburb||Median price||Capital growth over 12 months (as a percentage)|
|27||Charters Towers City||$142,500||14.0%|
First home buyers, investors in Queensland cashing in on spring selling season
THE number of homes for sale in some of Queensland’s entry-level markets has surged this spring selling season, as first home buyers and investors emerge from hibernation to hunt for bargains.
Local real estate agents are reporting a 50 per cent jump in the number of homes hitting the market in the outer northern suburbs of Burpengary, Morayfield and North Lakes since the start of August.
And new figures from property research firm, CoreLogic, reveal new listings are up 11.9 per cent in Brisbane over the month and 2.8 per cent higher than they were during spring selling season this time last year.
Unit listings have skyrocketed nearly 90 per cent in Fairfield and almost 60 per cent in Strathpine in the past 12 months, while there are at least 30 per cent more houses on the market in Middle Park than there were a year ago.
Raine & Horne Queensland general manager Steve Worrad said there was strong demand for housing in the state’s entry-level markets, driven by first home buyers and investors, who were being lured by their affordability compared with Sydney and Melbourne.
Reserve Bank of Australia data reveals the proportion of first-home owners loans has risen to 18.5 per cent this year from a low of 12.9 per cent two years ago.
Figures from home builder Porter Davis and realestate.com.au reveal that 46 per cent of would-be buyers in the Queensland market are currently looking to purchase their first home.
Raine & Horne Burpengary, North Lakes and Morayfield principal Gina Wells said entry-level four-bedroom properties in Burpengary were selling for $420,000, while homes in North Lakes started from $550,000.In Morayfield, entry-level properties were available from $330,000.
“First home buyers prefer suburbs such as Burpengary and North Lakes as they are only 40 minutes by rail or road from the Brisbane CBD, coupled with the region’s affordability.”
Ms Wells said investors made up about 30 per cent of buyers in the entry-level markets because they appreciated the region’s affordability, infrastructure and historically low vacancy rates.
“We’ve had an excellent September, and we expect the property markets in this region to motor along well into December thanks to a decent level of homes for sale and consistent buyer numbers, which include plenty of Sydney investors chasing the strong yields this region offers,” she said.
Nicole Taylor, 21, and her partner, Billy Mawson-Perini, 20, have just bought their first home in Burpengary — a four-bedroom, two-bathroom house on a 663 sqm block of land.
“We started looking around Rothwell and North Lakes and actually left Burpengary to the last minute, but when we saw this place, we loved it straight away,” Miss Taylor said.
“It’s got more land and the area’s nice. It’s good for a first home.”
Stan Egawa from Place – Sunnybank said those suburbs were attracting buyers in the $600,000 to $700,000 price range.
“There is good interest compared to some of the surrounding suburbs,” Mr Egawa said.
“We’re getting double digit buyers through open homes (in Mount Gravatt East and Holland Park), which is very strong.
“In Sunnybank, we’re only getting one or two people to an open home.”
Mr Egawa said many first home buyers were looking for a home they could move in to straight away and live in comfortably, but with potential to renovate the kitchen and bathroom down the track.
“Three-bedroom, one-bathroom houses are very popular,” he said.
“Their ideal location is Coorparoo or Greenslopes, however, they’re realising that for the amount of money they’ll be paying in that area, they’re going to end up with a lot older house or compromising on block size.”
Rob Karaka of All Properties Group said first home buyers were active at the moment in the suburb of Regents Park, with near new or new four-bedroom, two-bathroom houses on 600 sqm blocks were selling for between $400,000 and $550,000.
Shaji Rajan has just bought his first home in Regents Park after renting for three-and-a-half years.
For just $430,000, he was able to secure a five-bedroom, two-bathroom house on a 600 sqm block at 34 Lamberth Road.
But he had competition, with his offer only accepted after another offer fell through.
“Regents Park is a very good area and it’s affordable,” Mr Rajan said.
“For our budget, we can find very good houses here and good schools and it’s very easy for us to get to work.”
Algester and Calamvale on the southside are also attracting strong interest.
Andrea Manson of Belle Property – Calamvale said listings had jumped “substantially” this spring and first home buyers were keen to get in to the market before interest rates went up. “There’s that perception it’s going to happen sooner rather than later and so many (first home buyers) are wanting to lock in a lower rate while they can,” Ms Manson said.
“Anything under $500,000 in our area is very popular with first home buyers.”
Agents in regional parts of the state are also reporting a strong start to the spring selling season.
Home sales in Bundaberg are 5 per cent stronger than they were this time last year, according to Raine & Horne Bundaberg principal Joshua Rub.
“Values remain consistent despite the spike in sales and those properties that are priced, presented and marketed professionally are selling within 3.5 weeks,” Mr Rub said.
“Sales are higher this spring simply because we have more committed buyers than tyre-kickers.”
He noted the sale to a first homebuyer of a three-bedroom house close to the beach at 25 Heritage Drive, Bargara, for $272,000 within two weeks of hitting the market.
“In Bundaberg and Bargara, local first home buyers and investors are extremely active this spring,” Mr Rub said.
In Gladstone, which had been hit hard by the mining boom hangover, home sales are at their strongest point in four years, according to Raine & Horne Gladstone principal Mark Patton.
“Well-priced entry-level properties valued upwards of $140,000 offer excellent value and incredibly competitive yields that are as high as 7.5 per cent,” Mr Patton said.
“The savvy buyers have recognised the Gladstone market has reached the bottom and they are making their presence felt at open homes.
“Many have also realised that by buying now, they’ll have a good opportunity to share in some capital growth too.”
FIRST HOMEBUYER HOTSPOTS THIS SPRING SELLING SEASON
Suburb Median house price
North Lakes $492,000
Suburb Median house price
Mount Gravatt East $657,000
Holland Park $710,000
Regents Park $410,000
Town Median house price
(Source: CoreLogic, Raine & Horne, Place Estate Agents, All Properties Group, Belle Property)
Originally published as Where Qld first home buyers are looking this spring
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The course has been bought by developer Village Retirement Group and is due to close at the end of 2019 although a DA is yet to be submitted.
The Save North Lakes Golf Club group met with Moreton Bay Regional Mayor Allan Sutherland this week and spokesman Andrew Cathcart tells Mark he is confident local will get a fair hearing.
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