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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.Moreton Investor, Property Management, Real estate Moreton, Mortgage Broker Moreton, Moreton property market

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.

Clean up

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.

Personal touches

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.

Smell-o-vision

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.

Safety first

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

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Renewed hopes of saving North Lakes Golf Club

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Residents living around the financially troubled North Lakes Golf Club are increasingly hopeful it can be saved from being turned into a retirement community.

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.

Source: 4bc.com.au

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SEQ begins big push for a billion-dollar City Deal

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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (left) and Treasurer Jackie Trad are pushing for a City Deal for south-east Queensland.

Photo: AAP/Dan Peled

Political delays dogging infrastructure projects will be history if talks on Tuesday morning cement a new billion-dollar 15-year City Deal for south-east Queensland between all three levels of government.

Such a deal could benefit 3 million people catching trains and buses, driving on highways, building businesses, looking for housing, and finding school and universities between the Sunshine and Gold coasts and west to Toowoomba.

Deputy premier Jackie Trad and Brisbane’s lord mayor Graham Quirk will on Tuesday morning outline how close the 10 south-east Queensland councils – Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay, Redland, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley – are to signing Australia’s largest City Deal with the federal government.

Australia now has three City Deals backed by the federal government: Townsville (2016), Launceston (April 2017) and Western Sydney (March 2018).

Cr Quirk, the chairman of Council of Mayors (SEQ) that represents the region’s local governments, described a City Deal for the area as “a dramatic change”.

“The power of aligning the efforts of all levels of government and securing a long-term program of investment in our region will be a game changer,” Cr Quirk said.

“For the first time, all levels of government will be working in unison to protect and enhance the prosperity and liveability of south-east Queensland.”

SEQ begins big push for a billion-dollar City Deal
Brisbane’s lord mayor Graham Quirk begins a campaign for a City Deal funding package for 10 councils on Tuesday morning.
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A City Deal binds the three levels of government — federal, state and local — as a group to agree to a 15-year rolling funding program of infrastructure projects that a fast-growing region needs.

As projects provide a lift in land value, that financial uplift is identified, captured and then re-invested into the infrastructure funding pool, under a model first identified in Manchester in 2012 and then in Brisbane in 2014.

In April 2018, Cr Quirk and Ms Trad met the federal government’s new Cities and Urban Infrastructure minister Paul Fletcher, when they first put forward the SEQ City Deal.

All parties described those 2018 talks as “positive”.

Cr Quirk and Ms Trad will begin the public push for the SEQ City Deal at a business breakfast at Brisbane’s Convention and Exhibition Centre on Tuesday.

“We secured Australia’s first ever City Deal in Townsville, which is paying dividends with projects like the North Queensland Stadium, delivered through the City Deal,” Ms Trad said.

“That is under construction and on track to be open for the start of the 2020 NRL season.”

Townsville’s City Deal is a 15-year arrangement, while Launceston’s is a five-year deal and Western Sydney’s is a 20-year deal.

The federal government is tipped to announce City Deals for Geelong and Darwin by September 2018, allowing planners to work on Hobart, Perth and south-east Queensland over 18 months.

How could it help?

It locks in project funds over 15 to 20 years, moving them away from political promises, which are subject to election outcomes. It could remove election squabbling over the same project.

It sets out a timetable for  projects allowing the private sector to invest more confidently.

It could help the next generation of infrastructure projects, after the Pacific Motorway, Cross River Rail and Brisbane Metro projects were all delayed by politics, angering voters.

It has also been mentioned as a way of funding Moreton Bay’s new university campus at Petrie and breathing life into the Brisbane River’s Resilient Rivers proposal.

What is Townsville’s experience after 18 months?

The Townsville City Deal was signed on December 9, 2016. It is a 15-year agreement.

Work has begun on stage two of the 25,000-seat $250 million North Queensland Stadium. It will be finished for the 2020 rugby league season. It is funded by the federal and state governments, and Townsville City Council.

The Queensland government has promised $250 million for new water supply for Townsville.

A business case for new Townsville Port facilities is almost finished and the Queensland government has pledged $75 million for port upgrade.

Townville mayor Jenny Hill said choosing the right projects was essential to make a City Deal effective.

“The City Deal provides a roadmap for delivery that breaks the political cycle so it is very important to choose the right projects or areas for reform that will make the biggest difference to a city or region,” Cr Hill said.

“All three levels of government also need to buy into the key priorities of the local area that are included in any City Deal.”

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Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill on top of Castle Hill with Townsville in the background.
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SEQ City Deal – the background

  • May 2012Co-funding model idea began in United Kingdom.
  • June 2015: Queensland prepares its own case for City Deals after Ms Trad looked at the UK City Deals idea in Manchester.
  • 2016: Council of Mayors (SEQ), Queensland Property Council and the Queensland government put a plan together.
  • November 2016: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk signed a memorandum of understanding with prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in November 2016 to develop “tailored City Deals” for Queensland.
  • February 2017: Ms Trad and Cr Quirk wrote to then-federal cities minister Angus Taylor, agreeing to a joint submission.
  • Late 2017: A Cities Transformation TaskForce established in Brisbane.
  • June 2018: Queensland’s major contractors called for a City Deal.

Source: brisbaneinvestor.com.au

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Where you can still invest by the water in QLD for less than $700k

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James and Jasmine Campbell with their daughter, Pippa, love living by the water in Woody Point. Image: AAP/Steve Pohlner.Source:News Limited

IT’S unheard of in Sydney and a distant memory in Melbourne, but for under $700,000, it’s still possible to buy a house by the water near Brisbane.

In the sleepy beachside suburb of Margate, a four-bedroom house only a block back from the beach is up for grabs for offers over $599,000.

Down the road in nearby Scarborough, another four bedder just 200m from the water is available for $595,000 — little more than the cost of a Sydney car park.

Where you can still invest by the water in QLD for less than $700k

This house at 41 Palm Tree Ave, Scarborough, is for sale for $595,000.Source:Supplied

Where you can still invest by the water in QLD for less than $700k

This house at 41 Palm Tree Ave, Scarborough, is for sale.Source:Supplied

Even in the popular family holiday spot that is Coolum Beach, a cute three-bedroom pad is going for $695,000.

New data provided exclusively to The Courier-Mail by RiskWise Property Research has identified the 10 best suburbs by the water in southeast Queensland to invest in.

Woody Point, 25km north of Brisbane in the Moreton Bay region, is the top pick, with a median house price of $490,000, followed by the neighbouring suburbs of Margate and Scarborough.

Where you can still invest by the water in QLD for less than $700k

This house at 55 Duffield Rd, Margate, is available for offers over $599,000.Source:Supplied

Where you can still invest by the water in QLD for less than $700k

This house at 55 Duffield Rd, Margate, is close to the water.Source:Supplied

The coastal suburbs of Thorneside, Birkdale and Wellington Point, about 20km southeast of Brisbane, are also ripe for investment, according to RiskWise.

And what better time to scope these areas out for holiday homes than during school holidays.

RiskWise chief executive Doron Peleg said the suburbs were ranked based on affordability, proximity to water and distance from working hubs.

“Deception Bay is a great example because the prices there are significantly cheaper than what you see in alternative suburbs,” Mr Peleg said.

“Overall, anything that starts with a four or is below $500,000, when you get proximity to water at that price tag, it is extremely affordable.”

Mr Peleg said Coolum Beach was another good example because it was possible to work in Brisbane and commute.

“It’s also not far from Noosa, but a fraction of the price of Noosa Heads,” he said.

Where you can still invest by the water in QLD for less than $700k

This house at 3 Devon Ct, Coolum Beach, is on the market for $695,000.Source:Supplied

Where you can still invest by the water in QLD for less than $700k

Inside the house at 3 Devon Ct, Coolum Beach.Source:Supplied

Mr Peleg’s only advice to investors looking in these suburbs was to think long term.

“The only thing you need to do is to buy and hold because of the nature of the real estate market and transaction costs in Queensland,” he said.

“Regardless of these specific areas, southeast Queensland currently represents outstanding value.”

Where you can still invest by the water in QLD for less than $700k

REAL ESTATE: Sunset over the marina at Scarborough.Source:Supplied

James and Jasmine Campbell are selling their three-bedroom house at 1 Westbrook St, Woody Point, for just $485,000.

They bought the house almost six years ago as their first home and it has achieved solid capital growth in that time.

Where you can still invest by the water in QLD for less than $700k

James and Jasmine Campbell, with their daughter, Pippa, love living by the water in Woody Point. Image: AAP/Steve Pohlner.Source:News Limited

Mr Campbell said they loved being just 500m from the water and being able to stroll along the boardwalk of an afternoon with their two-year-old daughter, Pippa.

“The house is close enough that you still get that smell of the ocean,” he said.

Where you can still invest by the water in QLD for less than $700k

This three-bedroom house at 1 Westbrook St, Woody Point, is for sale for $485,000.Source:Supplied

Selling agent Brendan Philp of Abode Properties said Woody Point and Margate were becoming popular with owner-occupiers, either families, retirees or interstate buyers relocating from Sydney and Melbourne.

Mr Philp said the area’s sandy beaches and affordability — with the average house selling for around $500,000 — made it one of a kind.

“Geographically, you are 25 minutes to the airport, 30 minutes to Brisbane CBD, an hour to the Sunshine Coast — you can’t find another suburb for that sort of money,” he said.

“In Wynnum or Manly, you’re paying at least a third more.”

Where you can still invest by the water in QLD for less than $700k

The beach at Woody Point, which has been identified as one of Queensland’s top growth suburbs by the water for houses under $700,000.Source:Supplied

TOP 10 EMERGING WATERSIDE SUBURBS

Suburb Property type Region Median sale price

1. Woody Point House Moreton Bay $490,002

2. Margate House Moreton Bay $453,820

3. Scarborough House Moreton Bay $550,719

4. Thorneside House Brisbane – East $523,177

5. Birkdale House Brisbane – East $541,048

6. Wellington Point House Brisbane – East $589,185

7. Wynnum House Brisbane – East $639,622

8. Lota House Brisbane – East $635,082

9. Deception Bay House Moreton Bay $352,245

10. Coolum Beach House Sunshine Coast $637,984

(Source: RiskWise Property Research, CoreLogic)

Source: www.news.com.au

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