Why to avoid selling your home yourself

first_imgWHEN you are thinking about selling your home, the idea of not paying fees to an agent could seem like a good way to save some money. Many who consider selling their home themselves reason that nobody is more motivated to sell the property than they are. They also suggest that they know the property better than the agent and are the best equipped to answer potential buyers’ questions. So what do you need an agent for? I’m glad you asked!When you sell your property, you are in charge of everything, says Townsville REIQ zone chair Damien Keyes.“That means everything. And even if you’re the kind of person who is really organised, this doesn’t mean you’re the kind of person with plenty of time on your hands to do all the jobs that need doing,” he said. “The list of tasks is extensive. For example, have you booked the photographer, videographer or organised the floorplans?“Do you know how to book the ads in the newspaper or online? Do you know the best package to buy?“When preparing the home for sale — do you know where the best place is to focus your attention for any small renovations or repairs to the home? What are the popular features that are selling homes faster in your suburb?”The reality is that there are myriad decisions that an agent will make as part of the selling process. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020They’ll understand the market better than most because that’s where they operate every day. It’s easy to make a mistake when you’re navigating a completely foreign situation.“Think carefully before you choose to sell your property yourself,” Mr Keyes said. “If you do choose to forego the expertise of an agent, at least make sure you have a legal expert or a legal practitioner on hand who can help with the legal issues.”last_img read more

Empty-nesters lapping up the bayside lifestyle in the Redlands

first_imgReflections Cleveland. Reflections is a 200m walk to the Cleveland CBD, 400m to Raby Bay entertainment and restaurant precinct, 600m to the railway station or 1km to the foreshore.Mr Baird said all apartments benefited from clever design creating a new benchmark in apartment living amenity and appointments including premium European appliances, stone benchtops and premium finishes.The building will be secured by on-site managers, there are two side-by-side lifts for easy access for residents and two carparks for most apartments.The apartment mix is seven one-bedroom’s, 28 two-bedrooms, 20 three-bedroom and four penthouses (one four bedroom which has sold and three three-bedroom).There are two communal areas in the building, with a large multipurpose room on the ground floor and a resort style pool and barbecue area on level two.P3 Projects managing director Dario Pigozzo has led the family development business for 15 years with a passion for design and eye for quality.Redlands Constructions managing director Peter Endacott has lived and worked locally for almost 50 years, building his first family home in the Redlands in 1979. As managing director he has delivered two iconic developments in the bay area, “32 on Middle” and “View Point”. Reflections Cleveland.“These apartments are generously sized with spacious living areas and balconies focused on living the bayside lifestyle,” Mr Baird said.With lead agents East Coast Residential and Prestige at the helm, sales have reached 50 per cent with only three of the four penthouses available and a limited number of three-bedroom apartments still left.Mr Baird said the buyers were almost exclusively owner-occupiers with the majority being empty-nesters looking to downsize for their next phase of life.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago“The majority of the apartments are east facing and all are outward facing with many boasting outstanding vistas,” Mr Baird said.“We think we’ve definitely landed the right location for this development with Cleveland really transforming itself of late.“We’re on a quite side street centrally located between the Cleveland Village and the Bay and within easy walking distance of everything.”center_img Construction has started at Reflections Cleveland, providing 59 apartments including four penthouses with bay breezes and extensive views.THE sod has just been turned on Reflections Cleveland, an eight-storey, 59 apartment development offering a new lifestyle choice in the Redlands.Redlands City Mayor Karen Williams officially kicked off the construction of the 59 apartment, four penthouse development in Cleveland on Thursday.Set to be built by Kyronn, well known for their construction projects across Queensland and the Pacific Islands, the development is a joint venture between P3 Projects and Redland Constructions, with prices for a one-bedroom second level apartment to start at $365,000.P3 Projects finance and marketing manager Glenn Baird said Cleveland was the gateway to bayside living and partnering with Redlands Constructions would provide a premium development that was without compromise for livability and location.last_img read more

Multi-level home in secluded location sells in three weeks

first_img287i Kenmore Road, Fig Tree Pocket.ONE of Fig Tree Pocket’s finest riverfront secrets has sold for $1.9 million after being on the market for just three weeks.The striking multi-level steel and cedar timber residence at 287i Kenmore Rd was purchased by a local who wanted a larger, more contemporary home.NGU Real Estate CEO Emil Juresic said: “They loved the layout of the house, the design and the amazing views of the river”.Mr Juresic took less than a month to sell the property which he said had received solid interest during the campaign.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019“The seller was so happy with the result and NGU’s work, that he gave us another investment property to sell,” Mr Juresic said. 287i Kenmore Road, Fig Tree Pocket.The four-bedroom, five-bathroom home was designed for entertaining with its indoor swimming pool, huge kitchen with teppanyaki hotplate, media room and numerous terraces.A selection of large balconies and terraces extend the shared living spaces and capitalise on wide water views.Mr Juresic said the luxury property market was very solid. The architecturally designed home is 10km from Brisbane’s CBD.last_img read more

Colonial beauty decked out in cool style

first_imgThe living area at 8 Maine Rd, Clontarf. “It’s just beautiful out there. We have barbecues out on the back deck and also downstairs. “We’ve even had a wedding (at the home) so there is plenty of space for entertaining.”The home is close to local shops, schools, public transport and the waterfront. It also has easy access to the highways to Brisbane city and the airport. The property is being marketed by Stephan Siegfried and Johanne Fenton of One Agency Redcliffe for $729,000. The front deck at 8 Maine Rd, Clontarf.On the lower level of the home there is a master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and access to the two-way bathroom, which has dual basins and separate bath and shower.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019Two of the three other bedrooms have built-in robes.There is also a tandem carport on this level along with a patio at the front and a porch at the back.Internal stairs lead up to the big open-plan living, dining and kitchen area with toilet and sunroom — perfect for use as an office. The kitchen at 8 Maine Rd, Clontarf.The big kitchen has plenty of bench and cupboard space, stainless-steel appliances and pantry.There is also front and back verandas for enjoying a cool afternoon drink or family barbecue.“The deck with its breezes and water glimpses is probably my favourite part of the home,” Ms McVay said.center_img The home at 8 Maine Rd, Clontarf.THIS beautifully remodelled Queenslander is just moments from the waterfront in Clontarf.Sue McVay and Ash Mason bought the property at 8 Maine Rd 10 years ago after falling in love with its character charm.“It’s just got that quintessential Queenslander style,” Ms McVay said.“It’s the style of home we love.“It was completely remodelled before we bought it but we did redo the gardens from scratch. “We’ve also freshly painted inside and out.”last_img read more

Australian all-rounder Ben Cutting is eyeing a future without cricket and that future is property development

first_imgBen Cutting’s plans for life after cricket are for property development. Picture: Peter WallisEVEN though he plans to have a few more years on the field, Australian cricket all-rounder Ben Cutting, already has an eye to the future and that future is property development.Cutting, 30, now owns four properties, his home at Hawthorne, an investment property he bought at Morningside which he may redevelop in the future and a house he built at Aster St, Cannon Hill, which is also rented out.He has also bought another block of land at Stanton St, Cannon Hill for $530,000.Glenn Bool of Place Bulimba has been assisting and advising Cutting with his foray into property in the last few years and helping him with the deals.Cutting has now finalised plans to build a Hamptons style home on the latest block which he will either sell or rent out on completion.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by You could possibly squeeze a cricket pitch into the backyard of Cutting’s Cannon Hill investment property. Source: CoreLogic“Playing cricket doesn’t last for ever, unfortunately,’’ he said.“Many finish up playing in their mid thirties.’’“It (Staton St) is my second block of land it is one of four properties I own.’’While he isn’t on the tools during a build, Cutting said he tried to be as involved as possible in his projects – between cricket commitments.He’s already learnt some valuable lessons – most importantly that the cost of construction can quickly increase.Mr Bool said he has worked closely with Cutting for the last three years to help set up his property development life for after cricket.In terms of cricket Cutting is no preparing for the Big Bash season which kicks off in December.last_img read more

These are the suburbs where buyers parked their money in 2017

first_imgKrystal and Josue Lopez outside their Camp Hill Home with children Jemima 6 and Ezekiel 5. Picture: Lachie Millard.MORE home buyers chose to park their money in Camp Hill than in any other suburb in Brisbane in 2017, new data reveals.Property analyst CoreLogic’s annual ‘Best of the Best’ report shows more than $231 million was spent buying houses in the inner southeast Brisbane suburb this year — nearly $20 million more than last year. More money was spent buying houses in Camp Hill in 2017 than any other Brisbane suburb. Picture: Patria Jannides.The outer northern suburbs of North Lakes, Narangba and Caboolture were also big hits with buyers, followed by Redland Bay, Cleveland and Thornlands.But when it comes to units, more money was splashed in Surfers Paradise in 2017 than anywhere else in the country, except for Melbourne, which saw more than $817 million worth of apartments change hands.Buyers splurged more than $696 million on apartments in Surfers Paradise, followed by Hope Island. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher. Picture: David Clark.Looking at values in suburbs with at least 10 sales in the 12 months to September 2017, the report shows Brisbane’s inner north remains home to the most valuable suburbs in Queensland for houses.Teneriffe had the highest median house value at more than $1.7 million, ahead of Ascot with a median value of more than $1.5 million and New Farm at $1.485 million.Tennyson tops the list when it comes to the most valuable suburb for units, with a median apartment value of nearly $1.1 million. The central Queensland town of Dysart, hit hard by the mining downturn, was the least valuable for houses, with a median value of $98,187. HOW MUCH? £3000 HOME SELLS FOR $4M PLUS Mr Kusher said Camp Hill was not a suburb you’d expect to see among the highest number of sales, but it had experienced a high turnover of stock this year.“It’s not the kind of suburb you’d typically think would be at the top of the list because it’s not an area where you’ve seen a lot of new housing,” he said.“But it’s quite close to the city and has been relatively affordable.”Josue Lopez, and his wife Krystal, are not surprised home buyers have poured so much money into property in Camp Hill this year.They saw the potential in the suburb eight years ago when they bought their Queenslander at 49 Boundary Road, which has just gone under contract after receiving six offers. This home at 49 Boundary Road, Camp Hill, has just gone under contract.Place Coorparoo agent Robyn Tait, who marketed the Lopez’s house, said Camp Hill had enjoyed a strong 12 months of sales.“The suburb has gone from strength to strength,” she said.“People are investing a great deal more in renovations than ever before. “Five years ago, we used to see $50,000 renovations. Now it’s not uncommon to see $500,000 renovations.”Ms Tait said character homes were in “enormous demand” because of their timeless appeal and renovation potential.She said street and suburb records were regularly broken in the past year, including a home she just sold for $1.029 million at 3 Halland Terrace, which set a new record for a three-bedroom Queenslander on a block size under 800 sqm in Camp Hill. TOP 10 SUBURBS FOR HIGHEST VALUE OF HOUSE SALES IN BRISBANE 2017Suburb Median value Total value of salesCamp Hill $844,015 $231,322,801 North Lakes $483,504 $223,910,630Narangba $467,084 $214,444,127Redland Bay $533,506 $212,195,253Ashgrove $948,559 $201,893,350Cleveland $564,096 $196,666,558Carindale $829,798 $196,631,200Forest Lake $441,361 $194,014,771 Thornlands $565,138 $193,995,197Caboolture $331,278 $179,426,674(Source: CoreLogic)TOP 10 SUBURBS FOR HIGHEST MEDIAN VALUE IN BRISBANE IN 2017Suburb Median value Teneriffe $1.705m Ascot $1.5mNew Farm $1.486m Chandler $1.334mHamilton $1.294mHawthorne $1.227m Bulimba $1.224mSt Lucia $1.184mChelmer $1.139mClayfield $1.12m (Source: CoreLogic)center_img The kitchen in the home at 49 Boundary Road, Camp Hill.“We were encouraged by Camp Hill at the time because of its proximity to the city, cafe culture and character homes,” Mr Lopez said.“The schools are also fantastic.“I think we made a savvy decision to buy here when we did.”They spent more than $100,000 restoring the house to its former glory, while keeping original features such as ornate ceilings and picture rails.“I think the results speak for themselves,” Mr Lopez said.“We contemplated doing a more modest renovation, but you just don’t get the same finish.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago MORTGAGE INTEREST RATE SHOCK Buyers splashed more than $696m on units in Surfers Paradise in 2017. Pic Jono Searle.The end-of-year report reveals Queensland’s best performing suburbs across 10 categories.When it comes to capital growth in the past 12 months, the top gong for houses goes to Yeronga, which saw houses grow in value by more than 25 per cent.CoreLogic head of Australian research Cameron Kusher said it was interesting to see other riverside suburbs such as Yeerongpilly, Indooroopilly and Fig Tree Pocket also recorded strong growth during the year, despite being impacted by the 2011 floods. “People do tend to have a short memory and this data’s showing that they do,” Mr Kusher said.last_img read more

Buyers seek out parks and recreation at Thornlands development

first_imgThe Rise @ ThornlandsThe developer behind a residential development at Thornlands has credited the construction of a neighbourhood park for its sales success.Orchard Property Group recently launched the fourth and final stage of The Rise @ Thornlands development, which will comprise 34 residential lots ranging in size from 375sq m to 822sq m.Once completed, the entire masterplanned community will comprise 156 lots, of which 122 have already been sold.The Rise @ ThornlandsMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours ago“In the lead up to stage four’s release, The Rise @ Thornlands had already experienced strong sales rates through its previous three stages,” managing director Brent Hailey said.“Aside from the appeal of purchasing land in a quality area, much of our sales success can be attributed to our park, which has been developed in conjunction with Redland City Council and provides a focal point for the estate.”The park, which was constructed during stage one as a commitment to attracting owner occupier families, boasts a Nature Play design to keep children from inside and outside of the estate entertained for hours.Mr Hailey said the position of the park on the development’s “front door” had driven strong sales, with the development’s proximity to health care, schools and shopping facilities also a major drawcard.Twenty per cent of buyers to date had been first-home buyers, he said.Stage four recently launched to the public , with lots starting from $290,000.Design guidelines outline the requirements for setbacks and articulation of facades in order to deliver a variation of streetscape.“The guidelines are designed to make sure we get housing typology that ensures people’s housing investment is underpinned by quality housing within the estate,” Mr Hailey said.last_img read more

Pool, tennis court, 3000-bottle wine cellar and plenty of rooms, is this a house or a resort?

first_img30 Windermere Rd, Hamilton. Martin Roller was living just a few doors around the corner when he spotted 30 Windermere Rd, Hamilton, for sale five years ago.At the time he was living in a three-level home on a 405sq m block.“It suited my life, not too much maintenance, no garden, a very sort of austere home,’’ he said.But after spotting a “for sale” sign on his morning walk down Windermere Rd his interest was piqued in the house at number 30. On another walk past the home that evening, he saw it was open for inspection and went in for a look around.“I thought, ‘wow, what a house’, but it was way too big just for my new partner and I, six bedrooms, 2000sq m, two levels, living areas everywhere, a 3000-bottle wine cellar. I thought ‘nice place but wrong guy’. Anyway, a month later I owned it,’’ he said.Mr Roller described it as having a very sophisticated style, and a very moody sort of colour and decor, which he said really resonated with them.30 Windermere Rd, Hamilton.“Every day we have enjoyed living there, when I come home from work it gives me a nice feeling knowing I am coming into my own little resort,” he said.“It is a beautiful home, from the moment you walk through the big stainless-steel gates.“I am a car dealer so there is plenty of room for cars, there is five cars I could park there, not that I own that many, the dealership does but I don’t.’’Mr Roller said he had started playing tennis again because of the access to the court.He loved the main living area where his two younger children could run around as it had become a hub for the family, and his favourite place to eat dinner was in the wine cellar, which seats eight.30 Windermere Rd, Hamilton.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by “I have had some cracking dinner parties in that wine cellar,’’ he said.The home has six bedrooms and four bathrooms. There is a championship-size tennis court and a swimming pool.There is ducted airconditioning, an intercom entry and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.It has a three-car garage and a two-car carport, as well as storage space.30 Windermere Rd, Hamilton.There are wooden floors, large sliding doors, high ceilings and multiple entertainment areas.The kitchen overlooks the living, dining and outside area. Glass stacker doors slide open from the living areas to the outside.The main bedroom has balcony access, a walk-in robe and an ensuite with twin vanities and stone benchtops.30 Windermere Rd, Hamilton.DETAILSSix bed, four bath, five carAgent: Dwight Ferguson Ray White AscotPrice: expressions of interest closing February 23last_img read more

The house that Skase built sells for over $10m to Brisbane hotelier

first_imgThe opulent former home of disgraced businessman Christopher Skase has sold. Picture: Claudia Baxter.THE lavish Brisbane mansion built by disgraced Australian businessman Christopher Skase has sold in a secret deal to a local hotelier for $10.138 million.Star Hotel Group boss Steven Shoobridge bagged the luxurious Great Gatsby-style estate for a bargain given Skase built the home in 1988 at a reported cost of $35 million, with a further $5 million spent on extensive renovations in 1997. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The late Christopher Skase and wife Pixie in Spain. Picture: Humphrey Carter. The opulent home on Dickson Terrace in Hamilton. Photo: Claudia Baxter.Its list of features includes bulletproof glass, a circular staircase, an internal bell tower, an eight-person lift and a fence made from one metre thick concrete and reinforced steel.The estate includes a large pool, cabana, floodlit tennis court, ponds, fountains, waterways, terraces and raised gardens. Hotelier Steven Shoobridge sold his penthouse to former prime minister Kevin Rudd and Therese Rein. Source: TwitterThe cashed-up hotelier and Harvard Business School graduate sold his Brisbane riverfront penthouse to former prime minister Kevin Rudd and Therese Rein in late 2016 for $8 million. But the Hamilton Hill property is far more palatial — boasting nine bedrooms, nine bathrooms and spreading over an impressive nine titles. ● BRISBANE’S MOST EXPENSIVE HOME SALES ● GINA RINEHART SECURES $18.5M DIGS More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoVendor Dr Soo Hian Beh bought the property, known as ‘Bromley’, at 36 Dickson Tce, Hamilton in 2001 for $6.5 million. Soo Hian Beh was the previous owner of the Hamilton home. Photo: Claudia Baxter. The view from the terrace at 36 Dickson Tce, Hamilton. The late Christopher Skase in 1987. Picture: News Limited. A glimpse inside the lavish mansion at 36 Dickson Tce, Hamilton.center_img The entrance to 36 Dickson Tce, Hamilton.Dr Beh’s estranged husband, the Malaysian Chinese industrialist Sir Yii Ann Hii, is being pursued by the Australian Taxation Office over a $64 million tax bill.The home was sold in an off-market deal which settled in February, according to data from the Department of Natural Resources and Mines. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:43Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:43 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenPrestige property with Elizabeth Tilley13:44 The property had been on the market with multiple agents since late 2016 and most recently advertised for rent on realestate.com.au for $12,800 a week.Listing agents had expected it to fetch as much as $25 million, with Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty agent Stephen Weber labelling it “the most elite residence on the market in Queensland”.“It represents an extraordinary era in Australian history; a decadent period in Queensland’s past,” Mr Weber said at the time of listing. The formal dining room in the home at 36 Dickson Tce, Hamilton. The view from the terrace of the house that Christopher Skase built in Hamilton. Photo: Claudia Baxter. Inside one of the rooms of the lavish mansion at 36 Dickson Tce, Hamilton.There is even a self-contained housekeeper’s quarters, children’s wing, glass conservatory with views to Brisbane city, a gymnasium, wine cellar with tasting room, a 15-seat home theatre, private office with a bar and ­garaging for eight cars. This property at 36 Dickson Tce, Hamilton, has sold for more than $10m. Inside the lavish mansion at 36 Dickson Tce, Hamilton.last_img read more