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Spring 2020

Your home Your sanctuary View Property Magazine

Australia & New Zealand


RE/MAX Australia Regional Office P. +61 7 3007 9000 E. remax@remax.com.au

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RE/MAX New Zealand Regional Office

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Spring 2020 – what will it bring?

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Open homes done differently

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Shining the spotlight on homes

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On location – Nelson, NZ

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This one is just right!

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Regional rejoicing

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A place to call… work!

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On location – Currambine & surrounds, AU

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VIEW editor: Lyn Cox E. lcox@remax.com.au M. +61 418 793 096 VIEW editorial assistant: Jennifer Kent VIEW design: Expressway Studio

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Key to an inviting home

VIEW production coordinator: Jasmine Burn E. jburn@remax.com.au

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On location – Macquarie Park, AU

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Include the floor plan

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Project doer-upper

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Planning checklist

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Finances on your mind?

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Property advertising pages 18 to 59

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Ask an agent

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Q&A with Luke Watson, Home Live

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Some things are best not to DIY

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Playing with colours

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On location – Caloundra, AU

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Renovate, recycle, repurpose

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Destination - global: Portugal

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A touch of nature

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Look beyond your backyard

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Spring 2020 WHAT WILL IT BRING?

Will the property market still feel the sting of the COVID tail or will it be bouncing upward off COVID recovery? Spring is generally considered the traditional home selling season, with sellers, buyers and agents a like watching the start of the season closely – with buyer interest, listings and activity peaking. Australia and New Zealand’s wellplanned and generally well-executed paths through, and hopefully out of, the pandemic give every indication that life will likely return to as close to pre-coronavirus times as possible in spring. Add pent up coronavirus demand, record low interest rates and relatively easy access to borrowing and the recipe is there for a strong spring selling season.

Homes have become high priority to people in 2020. People are downsizing, upsizing, changing location and looking to buy their first home with perhaps a greater understanding and appreciation of what is right for them in a home in spring 2020. According to realestate.com.au, May figures revealed that buyer interest in the market was up a remarkable 50 per cent on this time last year, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19. There is a good possibility that such buyer interest and activity may result in a rise in sale activity. We have come through a period where listings were decreasing yet the enquiry level from prospective buyers was increasing.

Prices tend to edge upwards rather than drop when supply decreases and demand remains. By the end of July there was anecdotal evidence from agents and internet search data to suggest that there would be an increase in properties coming onto the market in time for spring. In Australia, commitment from the banks to allow people to defer their mortgage payments for six months and longer, record low interest rates and the federal government’s HomeBuilder stimulus package have helped support the residential property markets. New Zealand had a strong real estate market just prior to Covid-19. The Real Estate Institute NZ (REINZ) statistics for February 2020 revealed the best median house sale prices in 53 months. In both February and March 2020, many regions were achieving record median sale. Four new buyers’ markets have since emerged – in Auckland, Nelson and Bays, Canterbury and Central Otago/Lakes – and the national average asking price remained stable in June 2020. Real-time data from realestate.co.nz suggests that the New Zealand property market has remained buoyant. With spring comes the New Zealand election on the 19th of September, an event that often stimulates activity in real estate markets.

Most agree that the residential property market will do what it has always done following a major economic upheaval and increase in value. Because property markets are complex and numerous, any recovery will have different market reactions, with some performing better than others. Location-based markets are in different phases of their cycle, as are property types such as houses versus units. Recovery will be anything but uniform across either Australia or New Zealand. It’s anticipated that experienced investors keen to buy more property and increase their investment portfolio, along with first home buyers who have good employment and can take advantage of low interest rates and affordable markets, will be the most active of the spring buyers. They will be keeping their eye on areas where there is strong employment – suburbs with healthy technology, food production and call centre businesses – as well as residential markets with good transport, infrastructure, schools and recreational and lifestyle areas, where property prices are likely to come back strongly. Think about autumn and winter 2020 as a period of hibernation rather than a downturn. It is spring and we are waking.

Most in the industry are cautiously optimistic of a rebound in the market for the spring selling season, as long as the coronavirus outbreak is under control and consumer confidence levels rebound.

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OPEN HOMES DONE

differently When the Prime Minister of Australia announced that ‘open for inspections’ and on-site and in-room auctions were banned as of midnight Wednesday 25th March 2020 and New Zealand also went into national lockdown, the real estate industry and its consumers responded. Agents adapted their practices to ensure they met the required standards of a daily evolving real estate landscape.

Virtual reality had been around since 2010 but it wasn’t really until 2016 that virtual reality gained momentum in the real estate industry. The pandemic quite possibly sped up a transition to virtual open houses that was already underway. While a virtual open house was a time-tested technique to help buyers from afar, it became at the forefront of a major shift in the way they viewed homes. Virtual reality allows buyers to digitally walk through a listed property. It is a bit like Street View on Google Maps for the inside of a house. There are two broad formats. Interactive or live virtual open houses, where the real-time aspect allows for buyer-agent interaction as they ‘walk’ through the home; and static videos which give the opportunity for editing and highlighting specific features but limits the agent’s ability to deal with buyer questions and concerns in the moment. The former is the closer alternative to a traditional open house.

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The tours have allowed buyers to appraise properties more quickly. It is a ‘pre-screening’ step. The buyers who move forward on the property are more focused. In many cases, sellers are happy to have fewer prospective buyers traipsing through their home. Home Live, for example, is a pioneering live streaming solution built for real estate agents globally. Pre-COVID-19, Matterport,a key player in the virtual reality real estate arena, commissioned a survey and found that prospective buyers ‘overwhelmingly preferred’ to work with agents who offered virtual tours. Matterport works with a wide range of 3D cameras, 360 cameras and iPhones to create 3D representation. Use of VR headsets gives the virtual reality experience. The REA Group’s 3D Tours allow prospective buyers and tenants to experience guided virtual tours on realestate.com.au and realcommercial.com.au listings. Virtual tours became readily accessible in 2019 with the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note10+. Today, there are many devices with advanced 3D and 360 photography capabilities including the latest Samsung and Google smartphones, iPhones and iPads. One of the biggest advantages of using virtual reality in the real estate industry

is the amount of time it saves everyone. You can literally walk through multiple homes in a matter of minutes. A 360-degree virtual tour allows any property to be captured in full in virtual reality, allowing potential buyers the ability to carry out the same examination process, room by room, only without any physical presence. Virtual inspections can have many advantages to a traditional approach. Potential buyers can inspect the property at any time of the day or night to fit in with their own schedule. They can also be in any location to inspect the property using any device they prefer – desktop, tablet or mobile phone. Virtual inspections allow interstate and international buyers to inspect the property without distance being an inhibiting factor, opening the property to a wider pool of interested parties. When planning a traditional open home, agents must accommodate the seller’s needs and work around their schedules. The virtual world is more malleable. REA statistics show an average of 3,000 more engagements if the listing has a virtual tour. Traditional open houses and inspections will be part of the postpandemic scene, but the virtual kind has claimed a stake that is unlikely to go away as the world, in general, is more used to doing things online.


We are certainly seeing the uptake in construction, in renovation and home improvement, which in the long term could give more listings, better quality listings and people having more equity in their homes. How many investors tipped holiday dollars into expanding their investment portfolio? Many investors unaffected by loss of employment looked at interest rates, availably of loans and other opportunities in the real estate market. How many people found they weren’t spending the same amount each week in the clubs and pubs that they had done pre-COVID? Suddenly people were saving money, and this particularly affected first home buyers who were able to find their way further along the path to a deposit and entering the property market for the first time. Government incentives have helped.

HOMES Shining the spotlight on

By Joel Davoren, Managing Director, RE/MAX Australia

COVID-19 shone the spotlight on the home and caused many people to question where they lived and what they lived in. Shelter is a basic human need. People need an ongoing, sustainable supply of decent, habitable shelter. After the physiological needs, of which shelter is one, Maslow (Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, 1943) says we must feel safety, belonging and mattering before we can seek esteem and finally, selfactualization. As human beings we thrive on achieving goals and research has proved that we are at our happiest when we are improving. People want to buy into the feeling of progress, and this has always been a great driver for change. COVID-19 is a perfect example of change and adaptation. People have looked at their lives and asked themselves ‘What can I do to adapt?’.

Terry Bowles, an Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Melbourne, says we’ve adopted a model of adaptive thinking and decision making in response to the pandemic. We managed negative emotions through constructive actions and meaningful plans. We sought out practical support in terms of expertise and advice, plus moral support. We drew on self-motivation. Then, we were open to change. Sure, Coronavirus has forced businesses to adapt to survive the pandemic but as individuals, we have altered our plans in significant ways. How many people accepted that the four-week trip to Europe wasn’t going to happen this year and decided on a back-deck makeover instead?

COVID-19 was first confirmed in Australia in late January and in New Zealand in late February, with restrictions coming into play around 19th March. As people found themselves increasing less mobile, the pandemic shone the spotlight on the home. In a ‘back to the future’ way, there has been a greater emphasis on home ownership … back to where the dream began. RE/MAX New Zealand’s CEO, Don Ha, who lives in one of the safest countries in the world says … “As a nation of five million kiwis, we should be proud of ourselves as the best example of how one nation can cooperate and work together to achieve the best outcome against COVID 19. As the nation returned to level one, kiwis were very quickly back in business and learnt how to rebuild themselves and live with the ‘new normal’. Kiwis have very quickly learned how to reset their career for a better future, including a new breed of businesspeople entering real estate market. In real estate, we are bucking the world trend, with prices only down 1% compared to last year. Some major centres are up on last year. Expat kiwis returning home to the safest country in the world are looking to buy a safe haven for their family. Interest rates are at an historic low and a shortage of properties around the country has held up prices.” But as countries, businesses and individuals plan for a post-pandemic future, everyone must draw on their skills and experience to shape a safer and more resilient world. In this world, we’ll all need a place of safety, sanctuary and certainty. Our home.

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ON LOCATION

Nelson,

South Island, New Zealand “Our market is very buoyant and has been for quite some time now. Our biggest problem is lack of stock. Properties that are selling are generally seeing multiple offers, which are producing premium prices for vendors. Basically, if we have the properties, we can sell them.” – Kate Bradley, RE/MAX Elite.

Nelson, facing Tasman Bay on the South Island’s north-west coast, is officially in New Zealand’s sunniest region and the geographical centre of the country.

Five of the best in Nelson

The city offers a lively cultural scene, with theatres, galleries and a packed events calendar, and is surrounded by stunning natural landscapes. Residents enjoy an active and family-friendly lifestyle.

1. Walk up the Centre of New Zealand on Botanical Hill for stunning views over Nelson City, Tasman Bay and out to the Kahurangi National Park/Arthur mountain range.

The thriving yet relaxed region has so much to offer year-round.

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(current as of 8 July 2020, based on Jan-Mar 2020 stats)

Median sale price $882,000 Median sales prices

Saw an increase at the end of 2019, peaking in February 2020. Decreasing in March, prices are holding steady.

Days on market

Has been steady. Property in Nelson city has seen a reduction of days on market. Rental prices have held steady.

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Kate has been living and selling homes in the area for over twenty years and says the best way to describe Nelson is that it is ‘simply a lifestyle’. Visit when you can and decide for yourself.

2. Go on a cycling or MTB adventure – Codgers MTB park is five minutes from the city. Or the Great Taste Trail is a great one for families. 3. Explore the region’s art and history – including the Nelson Saturday Market (New Zealand’s oldest market) and Suters Art Gallery. 4. S ample the region’s artisan flavours at one of many alfresco dining options in the city or head further afield to places like Mapua Wharf and Upper Moutere. 5. Take a day trip further afield to explore what the wider region has to offer including Abel Tasman National Park, Golden Bay and Nelson Lakes National Park.


This one is just right! RIGHTSIZING? WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT?

It is the downsizing lifestyle trend towards luxury apartment living that has become the latest buzzword amongst property buyers, and it is taking off across all demographics.

These buyers are looking for low maintenance properties with all the benefits of house-like proportions and all the amenities.

properties in prime beachside locations – and they will also talk about the families and young professionals seeking such homes.

What might appeal to the rightsizer?

The following features are likely to tick the boxes where affordability is not the critical issue:

In most cases, luxury apartments with at least three bedrooms and two secure car spaces in medium or highdensity projects in prime suburbs of the major and capital cities.

• House-like proportions to an apartment • All one level • Lift access

As you might expect, a large proportion of rightsizers are active retirees, but in a report compiled by Knight Frank (Rightsizing – Australian Prime Residential Insight 2020), buyers in younger generations are also active rightsizers.

• No maintenance living

In New Zealand, house designers on top of the trend have their attention on homes that are less than half the size of the country’s average.

• High security, concierge

Not that they seem it! These ‘rightsized’ homes are intelligently designed, often three-level, walk-up apartments, and feel more spacious and functional than their footprints first make them appear. Shared gardens and green spaces are the new, easy-care backyard.

• High level amenities in complex

And if the focus is affordable housing, a three-level walk-up apartment in a prime city location might prove best value for many first-time buyers. Back in Australia, talk to agents who are marketing luxury CBD apartments and sky homes in the inner-city suburbs – as well as similar

• Walkability, close to desirable activities • Public transport (and yes, people still want their minimum two secure car spaces) • Airport proximity • Quality of build, preferably new • View, aspect • Smart technology • Sense of community within When you have people approaching retirement and living in large prestige homes, these are often people with strong social networks and commitment. They prefer to stay in their ‘neighbourhood’ as they move into their luxury apartment and town houses. Living areas are the least likely to diminish because people falling into this category tend to be entertainers. They may not always cook at home, but they still like to party. They want a variety of transport options as well as space for their vehicle.

THE BUZZ ON RIGHTSIZERS More conscious of what they need and what is right for their lifestyle Move from oversized houses to right-sized houses Look for large proportions in living spaces but less or no maintenance Value security and proximity to lifestyle hubs Come from all demographics

They want space, luxury, and style, giving them a high-quality standard of spacious living. However, they want a home without the hassle of maintaining gardens, the pool, and the tennis court. Other high-end niceties might include a private chef on order, daily linen service, luxury spa access and valet parking. And what we are seeing is a global trend. As borders reopen and global connectivity with direct flights to and from Australia and New Zealand increase, the professionals, entrepreneurs and growing ‘active retired’ group may have to compete with international buyers for the luxury product. This is something that developers will be closely watching.

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Regional

rejoicing

According to a Regional Australia Institute (RAI) report that came out in June this year, more than 65,000 more people chose to move to regional Australia from capital cities than the other way round between 2011 and 2016.

In particular, it found that more regionally-based millennials — people aged between 20 and 35 years old — stayed in the country and moved to other regional areas in Australia, rather than shift to capital cities in that period. Sydney actually lost more millennials to the regions than it gained during that period. What will 2020 throw up, for Australia and New Zealand? Many people discovered they could work from home. Corporate workers, engineers, architects, even public servants found they didn’t need to be in an office. Employers saw it and believed. Why should where you live define or limit your career? A post code should not determine salary or potential.

eyes OPEN The worst thing that millennials or any age relocators can do is to go into the regional move blind. – Rent in the area for a week or two. – Buy something with resale ability in case it doesn’t work out – Avoid buying too old, unusual or on a main road. – Buy what and where the locals like. – Buy something so visitors can stay for the weekend, be that in the house or their RV.

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If there is something corporation and government bosses should take from COVID-19, it is to stay flexible about where employees are based. Talent is found all over the country, not just in the big cities. Organisations and business places can tap into this by accepting people working remotely. There is more investment going into regional communications than ever before. For instance, at the end of June, the NBN was available in more than 97 per cent of Australia. In the large provincial cities, you can buy a large home with a big yard - no bumper to bumper traffic on your way to work and a better work-life balance – for the same price you might get a one-bedroom unit in a capital city. It seems that millennials, are at the forefront of becoming more conscious of the benefits that regional communities might provide. Take for example, a Sydneysider who travelled for up to two hours by bus and ferry to get to work. He couldn’t afford to buy his own place so lived with his parents. He relocated to regional New South Wales for work, bought a home and travels eight minutes each way. He has no intention of moving. A family with young children decided on a lifestyle change and swapped flyin fly-out and a long plane ride for one parent to both being able to work less than 20 minutes from home.

A young woman who swapped frantic city life for a regional city was surprised to find a large proportion of like-minded people of her age. Her social life improved as did her work-life balance. She sold its virtues so well that her parents and siblings have all since made the move to the regional centre. The report suggested that millennials gravitate to mid-sized towns with facilities like a hospital, airport and university, jobs, and lifestyle choices. Another find was that if those young, enthusiastic millennials eventually become family units with children, they tend to embrace the community, put down roots and stay for a long time. Newcastle, the Gold Coast, and Sunshine Coast were the top three regional destinations for millennial movers, with Greater Geelong, Cairns, Toowoomba, Ballarat, Maitland, Greater Bendigo and Lake Macquarie also popular. Palmerston North, ManawatuWhanganui and Wairarapa are popular regional centres in New Zealand. The whole experience of COVID-19, on top of the affordability, ease and lifestyle factors, may see a very definable swing to the regions.


A place to call…

HOME OFFICE CHECKLIST

work

Computer or laptop Monitor High-speed internet access A good chair Adequate lighting

A dedicated workspace in your home helps you set aside household distractions and focus on work. Some distractions may be tempting pleasures like binge TV or fridge raids for snacks, while others may be more mundane and involve chores like pegging out the washing. Considering how 2020 has panned out, a sophisticated space for a home office may now be regarded more of a necessity than previously. More people experienced working from home and found they preferred its convenience. It is something buyers might be more conscious of in the future. Whether your home office setup is a space you share with school age children, where you run your company, work for an employer or run your household, you will benefit from a planned space. Having a clean and inspiring workspace will help you to complete tasks more efficiently and greet each new workday with enthusiasm. In any workplace, you should have an environment that is, essentially, safe for work.

A telephone and/or VoIP (You might not need a traditional landline telephone with the availability of mobile phones and VoIP technology) Software

Home offices can take many forms. Here are a few ideas. An office with a minimalist design keeps distractions away and the mind focused on the task at hand. For a space-saving study think about a drop-front desk.This is true minimalism in the home office area. A landing may become a comfortable home office in a creative use of home spaces. Add inspired décors like an interesting rug and lighting to give the space definition. Turn a spacious closet into a snug home office; or a loft or attic might be just the spot for a dedicated and more spacious workspace. Multi workstations promote respect for privacy by providing a separate work area, storage space, and office equipment for each household member.

Network router (Not always required but can be necessary if you have more than one computer that requires internet access. Consider a wireless router.) Surge protector Printer or multipurpose machine (scan, fax and copy) External drive or personal server (Back up to cloud-based backup services) Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) provides backup power for a limited time in case the electricity goes out A filing cabinet (even if it is your aim to go paperless) Storage (for pens, sticky notes, paper, folders, ink, business cards, and other supplies) Fire-safe box to protect important business paperwork Paper shredder

You need optimal lighting for reading and looking at screens, the right height desk, a chair with an adjustable height and back, and possibly multiple screen stands and screens. A home office set-up is more than simply an office chair and desk; and it really should be more than a kitchen bench, dining table, a bed or couch. Ultimately, the most important component of a home office is its boundaries, even more important than location. You want the freedom to work at your own pace while also being part of the household. On average, it takes over 23 minutes to get back on track after being interrupted, so it is critical to set those boundaries and set aside clear working hours for yourself.

THE ERGONOMIC WORKSTATION • Ankles, knees, hips and elbows should all be at a 90-degree angle. • Screens should be straight in front of you when your back and neck is straight, with your eyes looking in the top two thirds of the screen. If you are working from a desktop computer, this can be corrected using a computer stand or some large books. If you use a laptop for long periods of time, use a separate full-sized keyboard, mouse and monitor. • Set up equipment close to power outlets and run all cords through a desk grommet, which hides them underneath your desk. Use wireless where possible. • Bright, natural light is best. Reduce the glare and shadowing on the screen. • Get up and move around, ideally once every half an hour. VIEW PROPERTY MAGAZINE

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ON LOCATION

Currambine

and Surrounds, Western Australia “It’s difficult to comment on the current market as it did recently slow down due to the impacts of the coronavirus, but things are beginning to heat up now, with more buyers looking at moving to the area.” – Alana White, RE/MAX Extreme

A 20-minute drive from the WA capital, Currambine is close enough to enjoy all the benefits of city life while still enjoying a relaxed lifestyle close to the beach. Flanked between Perth’s northern suburbs hub of Joondalup, and the coastal suburb of Illuka, Currambine is a popular location for those seeking the best of both worlds. The area is well-established with great transportation and access to restaurants, entertainment and shopping and more. Established families and semi-to-retired couples are particularly attracted to the area.

SNAPSHOT

(current as of 8 July 2020) *excludes surrounding suburbs

24% Renters 76% Owner occupiers House listings Slight increase

House values Increase

Unit listings Remained the same

Unit values Increase

Median house price $498,138 Median unit price $361,115 10

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A perfect day in Currambine and surrounds... Alana recommends you include a trip to the beach as part of your day, whether it is an early morning walk or an unforgettable sunset over the ocean. Her suggested perfect day would look a little something like this … AM: Start the day perfectly by enjoying an early morning beach walk along Illuka coastal path, followed by coffee and breakfast at Dôme Café, in central Currambine. NOON: Enjoy the latest movie at the Grand Cinema Currambine; or, if you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors, a round of golf at the award winning, 27-hole Championship Golf course at Joondalup Resort is a must. Make sure to follow your round with a relaxing lunch at the Joondalup Country Club, overlooking the beautiful course grounds. DUSK: Find a spot along Illuka’s beautiful beachfront and take in the glorious colours of the sunset. PM: Enjoy a relaxed dinner with friends at one of the many restaurants throughout the region. Currambine Bistro or Chapters Bistro are popular spots. You won’t be disappointed!


KEY TO AN

inviting home There is a lot going on in the head of a buyer. There are the financial aspects. Do I have enough for a deposit? Is my loan pre-approved? Can I afford this?

There are the practical aspects? Is this home the right size? Does it have the features I require? Is it in a suitable location? Then, there is emotion! Some say that approximately 90 per cent of a purchasing decision is based on emotion. Whether you hold with that, or think that only 10 per cent on logic when it comes to buying a home is unrealistic, the fact is, in the majority of real estate transactions, matters of the heart really do matter. Your home’s first impression starts with the exterior – from the footpath to the front doormat, plus the overall appearance of the house. A shabby front door is not going to cut it! Have you noticed that milliondollar homes tend to have front doors that make a statement? The front door is easily one of the first things that people notice about a home. If you don’t like yours, invest in a great front door. It should be welcoming and draw you into the home. It can express your personality, just like your landscaping. And while we’re on doors, garage doors are an often-overlooked element, yet they take up a lot of frontage in many homes. Their look is essential, so if you are selling, think about sprucing yours up, or investing in a new one so your house is worth more than a drive-by. Once through the front door, the buyer gets their first real and lasting impression of the home’s interior. This will occur whether it is an ‘onthe-ground’ walk through or a virtual inspection.

What will the buyer’s eyes take in? Do not ignore the home’s entry foyer, the space immediately inside the front door, whether it is in a grand house or a tiny apartment with a nook by the door.

The open space near the front door should be inviting while also being representative of the rest of the home. It should set the tone from the second people walk into your home and is crucial in leaving a good first impression. Things to incorporate might include a chic mirror, eye-catching artwork, an accent chair, an umbrella holder, unusual but practical wall hooks, a built-in bench seat, striking wall paper, feature flooring, striking light fixture, a vintage console or narrow sideboard, or a look-through timber screen to separate the area from the rest of the home.

Keep in mind • The inside of home should match its strong curb appeal. • The entryway is crucial to the buyer’s first impression. • Choose a few specific things that go together perfectly rather than a mishmash. • A precisely placed mirror can make a space look much bigger and brighter.

You might use the entryway’s windows to set the general atmosphere of the space. For example, if there are beach views, bring in the nautical accents; if it is rural, follow with animals and earthy tones; or if it is a suburban property, create a homey feel with warm colours and stylish quotes as wall art. Whether you go artsy and modern, bright, organised and neutral, or vintage and cosy, a welcoming entryway is the first thing a visitor to the home sees. A good first impression will come from striking, deliberate design rather than an ad hoc approach or indifference.

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ON LOCATION

Macquarie Park,

New South Wales “Macquarie Park offers a more affordable option for homebuyers than neighbouring suburbs and now is a good time to consider buying, with developers seeking local buyers due to a lack of interest from overseas buyers as a result of the recent pandemic.” – Cooper Wang, RE/MAX MyHome

Less than 15km from Sydney’s CBD and bordering the beautiful Lane Cove River and surrounding national park is the modern and vibrant Macquarie Park. The suburb has undertaken a huge makeover in recent years, which has resulted in considerable growth as it has become a popular place to live, work and play. Contemporary design has been expertly incorporated in the suburb’s usability, making it an attractive area not only for younger residents, but also families and downsizers. With everything in such close proximity – shopping, parks, schools, restaurants and cafes, entertainment and more - residents enjoy the convenience of all the suburb has to offer.

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(current as of 8 July 2020) *excludes surrounding suburbs

31% Renters 69% Owner occupiers House listings House values Unit Listings

Unit / apartment complexes in new developments dominate

Unit values Median House price $1,610,605 Median Unit price $853,425 12

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Three days in Macquarie Park Cooper says, for those who have never visited Macquarie Park, they’ll enjoy exploring the trendy up and coming suburb; and for those returning, they’ll be surprised at how much it’s changed. “Changed in a good way,” he says. For a long weekend in Macquarie Park, and to make the most of your time, Cooper has a few tips on where to go and what to see ... Day 1: Macquarie Centre is the destination for shopping in Northern Sydney. With more than 300 stores including large name retailers as well as quirky and unique independent stores, and all the regular services you want and need, Cooper says Macquarie Centre is well worth a visit for some retail therapy. Cooper’s tip: Make sure you take a map with you, so you don’t get lost! Day 2: Get back to nature without venturing outside the postcode. Lane Cove National Park is a great place to explore tranquil bushland, with easy walking trails meandering along the riverfront, which downstream flows into the harbour. Day 3: After two days on your feet, relax and feel inspired in the beautiful grounds of Macquarie University, set in 126-hecates of landscaped gardens and parkland. It is well worth a visit. Enjoy a picnic overlooking Macquarie Lake or take a dip in the campus swimming pool.


INCLUDE THE

f loor plan

Guide to floor plans The most basic plans are simply drawn in black and white. They provide the dimensions of a property and its rooms. Colour floor plans, while still simple, capture and maintain a buyer’s attention much better than a black and white plan. Site plans include a home’s floor plan in relation to the layout of its garden or grounds, including prominent external features and outbuildings. Textured floor plans add floor textures, outdoor decking and furniture in a 2D perspective to give buyers a more appealing visual. 3D artist impressions, generally generated from detailed B&W floor plans, are good for bringing yetto-be-built homes or commercial property to life.

Who doesn’t love it when a good plan comes together! When it comes to property marketing, there is no better way of showcasing a home in one picture than with a floor plan. Somebody described a good quality floor plan as being like a tailormade suit. It exudes confidence and class, and never goes out of style. That may be a stretch for some, but nonetheless, there are many reasons why a floor plan is a positive addition in a property marketing campaign. Potential buyers may view hundreds of properties online and in person when looking to buy. It is very hard to remember each one. If you were looking to buy a new house, what would you be paying attention to, aside from the overall look. The comfort and the usability of space? How the rooms flow? Here, the addition of a floor plan has it all over photos alone.

Including a floorplan enhances the experience of potential buyers and allows them to really see the potential of a home.

A great floor plan can make your home stand out from other property listings. The professionally drawn floor plan shows the complete layout of the property and helps buyers understand how the property flows. They see the shapes, the room sizes and any fixed furniture all at once. It helps them to visualise how the space could potentially work for them. It enables them to see how the interior could be modified to make it more suitable for their needs. A floor plan helps buyers ‘make sense of the property’ pre-inspection, which is a key to them taking the next step and inspecting personally. Post inspection, the floor plan is a great reminder of the layout. Buyers can start to visualise their things in a property and map out their furniture placement. In this way, the floor plan helps to establish an emotional connection. With quite a few different types of floor plans, including some with interactive qualities that can be incorporated into listing sites, you and your agent will need to decide which is best for your property.

Online interactive floor plans effectively combine photographs and floor plans. Symbols on the plan help buyers navigate easily through a home by clicking on each photo, which gives them great feel for flow and layout. Buyers say they find the experience instils confidence and helps with their decision-making. 3D interactive floor plans are ‘nextgeneration’ property marketing that’s here right now! They are far more visual and interactive than a 2D floor plan and much easier to understand. A user can interact with the floor plan by zooming into a room or rotating the model to view from a different angle. The virtual model removes the need for architectural symbols for walls, windows and doors, and clearly shows internal features like wardrobes and cupboards.

Tips for a great floor plan • Ensure the plan is user-friendly. • Include true dimensions and measurements so buyers can get an accurate idea of the property and its scale. • Including location and size of windows and doors helps buyers work out furniture. • Have all rooms correctly named. No spelling errors. • Include a site plan to show how a house fits into the block. • Identify north to help buyers get the home’s orientation.

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In the midst of it all, look back on old photos to see just how far you’ve come. By Jennifer E Kent

PROJECT

doer-upper Sometimes it can be a bit of a gamble when you buy a property. What looks good on the outside may need a little work inside, or vice versa, but a little hard work never hurt anybody, did it? It’s funny to think how we describe our homes sometimes: “It needs a little love.” “It’s got great bones.” “I love this, but we need to work on that.” If that sounds like you, it sounds like you’ve got a doer-upper! I think there’s a little doer-upper in all of us though, don’t you think? Whenever we move into a new home, whether it be our own or someone else’s, we have this innate need to make it our own and add a little of our personality. Even a brand-spanking new build isn’t complete until we’ve added that book on the shelf, or positioned that picture frame perfectly, or thrown that cushion on the couch. For some, the idea of completely overhauling a property to turn it from ABC to XYZ is pure heaven and an exciting opportunity to really get their hands dirty.

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And for the rest of us, well… we may have accidently stumbled upon a doer-upper. First things first, before you jump straight into renovating and re-creating your perfect home, there are several things you need to do. From experience, I think it pays to sit on things for a while and really consider what end result you are wanting to achieve. And, if there are multiple parties involved, make sure you are all on the same page as there’s nothing worse than getting halfway through a reno before realising you have different ideas. Firstly, think about the ‘who’ and the ‘why’ … then move onto the ‘what’.

What do I mean by this? Who are you renovating for? Are you sprucing up an investment property to rent out? Are you planning on flipping a property for a short-term gain? Or are you planning on creating your perfect home?


This may change over the period of your renovation and I know quite a few people whose initial ‘flip’ home has turned into their long-term family home. But, once you decide who you are doing up the property for, you can move onto the ‘why’. Is it a necessity to renovate? Do you need to renovate the property to make it safe and liveable? Or are you renovating to increase the property’s value? Perhaps it is simply something that you have always wanted to do. Nothing wrong with that! Once you’ve figured out ‘why’, you guessed it… it is time to move on to the fun stuff. That’s the ‘what’. Understanding your financial limits and sticking to a budget is vital to the success of your major renovation project. The renovation options and ideas are almost limitless but, when reality sets in, you really need to stick to a few key things to make sure your project doesn’t blow out completely. Many a novice renovator has bitten off more than they can chew. They have the grand ideas but not quite the skills and/or budget to pull it off. A detailed plan at the start and regular reviews throughout and at each stage of the renovation will help to pull it off successfully. You may have a strict timeline you want to have your renovation completed by, or you may take it as it comes. Either way, repeat after me… plan, review, plan, review, plan, review.

Outside in or inside out? Where do you start? How do you start? Once you are happy with your plan and have reviewed your budget, it is time to get those hands dirty… well, almost. Depending on your council, major renovation works may require certain permits or council approval. Make sure you are aware of this and deal with it as needed before you start your reno to save any headaches later. There may be jobs you are happy to do yourself. Many may require a professional. Take advice, don’t be overwhelmed by it and surround yourself with a good knowledgeable team that is completely on board with what you want to achieve. If you are engaging tradespeople, be sure to do your research, check their licenses are up to date and speak with past clients if possible. Remember, they are experts in their trade and are incredibly knowledgeable so let them know exactly what you are wanting from them and work with them to make sure it can be achieved. Communication is the key. In all honesty, renovating has the potential to be stressful if not carefully planned and executed. It can feel like change happens every so slowly. Here my tip: in the midst of it all, look back on old photos to see just how far you’ve come.

If you change your mind on something halfway through? That’s okay, give yourself a break… that’s why we plan, review, plan, review… LET’S RECAP - Who are you renovating for? - Why are you renovating? - Make a plan, review, plan, review - Know your budget - Trust your team around you - Reflect on how far you’ve come - It’s okay to change your mind!

PLANNING STAGE: - Create a mood board: What materials, textures colours do you like? - Get quotes. You’ll need this to set out your budget. Don’t just get one; three is the magic number. - Set out a budget – room by room. Break it down as much as possible - If you’re planning on getting a loan, sort that out based on your budget before you begin. Know how much you can borrow … and what you can afford to repay! - Do you need an architect or draftsperson? - Find a good builder VIEW PROPERTY MAGAZINE

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PLANNING

checklist WHY AM I RENOVATING?

TICK

WHAT TRADES DO I NEED?

Set a budget

Builder

Loan approved (if applicable)

Electrician

Obtain council approvals (if required)

Plumber

Prioritise jobs

Tiler

Have plans drawn up

Painter/Plaster

TICK

Cabinet maker MAKE SURE TO CHECK THEIR LICENCE IS UP TO DATE.

Glazier

WHY AM I RENOVATING?

FITTINGS

YES

NO

MAYBE

DONE

Investment purposes

ELECTRICAL

Increase property value

Power points

Updating fittings

Fans, Heating/Cooling

Additional space

Lighting

Eco renovation

Cabling

Luxury renovation

Ventilation

Necessity

Smoke alarms

SHOULD I RENOVATE/ADD?

YES

NO

MAYBE

DONE

Entryway

YES

NO

MAYBE

DONE

YES

NO

MAYBE

DONE

PLUMBING Taps/faucets, Shower heads

Bedrooms

FINISHES

Office

Painting

Playroom

Flooring

Laundry

Cabinetry

Garage

Window dressings

Outdoor living

Landscaping YES

NO

MAYBE

DONE

ADDITIONAL

Layout changes

Insulation

Walls

Solar

Ceilings

Heat pump

Storage

Security

Windows

Pool

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DONE

Hot water system

Bathrooms

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Drainage

Kitchen

Staircases

NO

Toilets

Living area

STYLE & DESIGN

YES


Finances

on your

mind?

Do yourself a favour, speak to Pivotal Financial today! By Matthew Andrews, General Manager, Pivotal Financial

If you are finding it tough to meet your current financial obligations or you are just interested in reviewing your current home loan, then you are not alone. Pivotal Financial stands ready and able to assist with your options during this difficult time. Turbulent does not even begin to describe 2020 so far. As a result of COVID-19, and not forgetting the bushfires, thousands of Australians are out of work, with Treasury predicting that the jobless rate may have doubled in the June quarter. Many others have had their hours reduced or have been temporarily stood down. In this period of uncertainty, many will, at the very least, be taking a closer look at their finances to make sure their current loan arrangements are right for them. Our team of mortgage brokers have the experience and knowledge to assist in a variety of situations. They are a phone call away. They are in regular contact with their lender panel and make it their business to understand the different options lenders currently offer. And while the options can seem straight forward, it is easy to miss the details and differences that can add up, particularly over a 30-year term. For example, several banks are offering to temporarily freeze mortgage repayments for three, six, or ten months. While this may seem like a good option, it is important to fully understand the implications. This could mean that the total debt will increase. Of course, depending on an individual’s circumstances, there may be a number of available alternatives to reduce repayments while not increasing your interest bill as much in the long term. Refinancing, too, may be on the minds of many as a result of the Reserve Bank of Australia cutting rates and banks passing them on to varying degrees, as well as access to a range of competitive fixed interest rate options on the market. A discussion with your Pivotal mortgage broker may be just the ticket. While a simplistic view of what constitutes a great mortgage is the one with the lowest interest rate, our mortgage brokers know that what suits one person might not necessarily suit another. For instance, fixed interest rates can offer peace of mind as interest rates increase, but they can be the cause of anxiety if rates fall or if unforeseen circumstances require a change. No matter what your circumstances are, Pivotal Financial can actively assist you in navigating your current situation. So, if you have been thinking about reassessing your finances do yourself (and your cashflow) a favour and call us now.

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NEW ZEALAND

FOR SALE

Where Architecture Is Art! New Zealand 4 Arabella Lane, Snells Beach

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3

2

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By Negotiation View: remax.co.nz/20494600 Nola Kloppers CONTACT: 021 425 597 nola.kloppers@remax.co.nz Ben Kloppers CONTACT: 021 425 599 ben.kloppers@remax.co.nz RE/MAX Realty Group Northern Properties Limited Licensed under the REAA (2008)

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Elevated with commanding views, this Grant Neill designed residence is certainly destined to amaze! From the stunning solid oak floating staircase complimented by the honed block wall to the breath-taking views, you will be impressed with every step. Spread over 2 levels, the home has 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, an office and open plan living, all with a high stud enhancing the feeling of space, while numerous vantage points allow you to enjoy a cuppa whilst keeping an eye out for whales or dolphins in the bay. Situated opposite the entrance to Brick Bay Wines, you can take a sculpture trail walk and enjoy a meal in the Glass House before strolling home. Our sellers have made the decision to sell, presented you with an opportunity to enjoy this lofty perch! Homes of this calibre are always in demand, and immediate action is recommended.


NEW ZEALAND

FOR SALE

Big, Bold And Beautiful New Zealand 40 Martins Bay Road, Martins Bay

6

4

8

2

$2,100,000 View: remax.co.nz/20503666 Donna Wyllie CONTACT: 021 827 932 donna.wyllie@remax.co.nz Debbie Aldred CONTACT: 021 406 967 debbie.aldred@remax.co.nz RE/MAX Realty Group Northern Properties Limited Licensed under the REAA (2008)

Hidden away from the worries of the world on just over a hectare, you will find a rare beauty indeed; she is big and absolutely beautiful! Two residences designed for industrious families with a busy lifestyle, lots of vehicles and in need of extra accommodation for their folks or a rental income ... the rural views out towards Mahurangi Harbour and beyond are sensational! Superbly crafted, the main home is designed as accessible and with family front of mind, 4 over size bedrooms include a palatial master wing. The home office is large and designed for business operations. Wide decks wrap around the home. The second 2 bedroom/1 bathroom loft home has 78m2 of warm, comfortable living. Massive workshop, storage everywhere! Custom designed for fishing fanatics or tradies who need to park a tone of gear. Totally irreplaceable at $2,100,000.

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NEW ZEALAND

CALL AGENT

STUNNING TOWNHOUSES Nelson, New Zealand 11 Florence Street, Richmond

2

2

1

Negotiable from $695,000 www.remax-elite.co.nz/20468403 Di Connolly 0274 306 518 Janice Emery 0274 470 805

A stunning development of seven beautifully designed, fully landscaped, two bedroom/two bathroom townhouses with open-plan kitchen, dining and living plus internal access garaging. If you are considering downsizing, the location doesn’t get any better - just minutes from the Richmond stores. Prices commence from ‘offers over $695,000’ and with a proposed completion date of approximately twelve months there is plenty of time to sell your existing home. Just five of the seven are now available so we encourage you to call Janice & Di asap to secure your first choice.

di.connolly@remax-elite.co.nz janice.emery@remax-elite.co.nz Licensed REAA 2008 RE/MAX ELITE

ROSSBERN LANE

Lifestyle Subdivison Manukau City, Auckland, New Zealand Rossbern Lane, Clevedon

By Negotiation www.remax.co.nz/20188315 Michelle Goodman CONTACT: 027 7 403 4063 Richard Sumner CONTACT: 027 292 4754 rsumner@remax.co.nz RE/MAX Edge Edge Real Estate Ltd Licensed REAA 2008

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Work has just about been completed begun on the establishment of these superb lifestyle lots ranging from 5700 m2 to 8060 m2. Thoughtful planning has ensured that these plots will be in high demand. Nice level building sites, gated roadway, sympathetic plantings, shared access to feature ponds, post and rail fencing, and more. Lot 1 5700 m2 approx WITHHELD BY OWNER Lot 2 5800 m2 $900,000 Lot 3 5800 m2 $900,000 Lot 4 7000 m2 $950,000 Lot 5 5850 m2 SOLD Lot 6 8060 m2 SOLD Lot 7 7100 m2 SOLD Titles are expected mid to late 2020.


NEW ZEALAND

FOR SALE

Incredible Ocean Views Waihi, New Zealand 14 Orokawa Heights Road, Waihi

4

2

2

Offers over $1,800,000 View: https://rem.ax/36emBk9

Darren Young CONTACT: 027 487 3334 dyoung@remax.co.nz Licensed REAA 2008 RE/MAX One

Bring the family to this spectacular property with widespread South Pacific Ocean views that are quite simply incredible. Most rooms are situated to take in these views with your eyes constantly drawn outward to where the magic lies. Added features include Solar with batteries, a Wind Turbine, 3 large water tanks and a water bore to give you a hint of the amazingness this landscaped home offers. A property of this calibre affords you more than just the physical attributes we all require of our homes, it will invade the senses and create a sense of calm and positiveness on your mind and body. The best way to experience this phenomenon is to come and view for your self.

FOR SALE

This property has it all!!! Waikato, New Zealand 43 Ruahine Road, Te Kauwhata

4

2

2

1

$1,350,000 View: View: www.remax.co.nz/20506639

Tracy Corneal 027 296 9016 CONTACT: tcorneal@remax.co.nz RE/MAX Apex Licensed REAAwith 2008 in conjunction Apex Real Estate Limited

This property has everything you could possibly want for on a rural lifestyle block Modern Kitchen, 4 double bedrooms (master with en-suite and walk in wardrobe), extensive unadulterated elevated views over Lake Waikare, a 10m x 9m Shed/Workshop (Man Cave/Haven), as well as a 3 sided implement shed. This home comes complete with a heat pump, a fully ducted Ventilation system, wood burner, plus has been completely re-renovated to high standards including new carpet throughout. The inground fully fenced HEATED pool has to be an all year round advantage.. Plus if the price is right, they'll throw in the spa.. (not a given). The just over 15 acres has well thought out grazing land and has fully fenced paddocks, with 3 x 25,000 (approx.) water tanks and a bore. VIEW PROPERTY MAGAZINE

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FOR SALE

141 Bedrooms with En-suites Christchurch, New Zealand 60a-62 Creyke Road, Ilam

141

141

View: rem.ax/2DAlq4q

CONTACT: +64 272232694 geoff.ward@remax.net Licensed REAA 2008 RE/MAX Initial

This land has 3 current Christchurch City Council resource consent approvals for 141 double en-suited bedrooms, 27 units and dwellings on 20 Fee Simple or Stratum Titles. This property once completed has estimated weekly income of $33,600 per week for the 2021 year. Currently occupied in part by the Academy Motor Lodge, the sale of the property comes complete with approved Resource Consents for 141 bedroom with en-suites. With a large pool of potential occupants across the road this opportunity should not be missed. This property is being sold for $6,750,000 + GST if any.

FOR SALE

New Zealand 433 Mangatawhiri Road, Pokeno

5

2

6

$1.29 MillionNZD View: www.remaxstars.co.nz/204960

Stephen Kim CONTACT CONTACT:021 684 874 stephen@remax.co.nz RE/MAX Stars in conjunction with

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North aspect over 310m2 1 level brick home with 5 bedrooms, 2 baths, double internal garage. Also 90m2 new concrete floored highstud ceiling shed with three phase power & own water tank. This modern rural property will tick your various requirements. *Extended family needs? Working from home options? *Tradies' storage? *Boaties? *Animal lovers? * Man cave? This property is the answer. LAND FEATURES Over 5 acres flat & fertile land 7 paddocks well fenced Various fruit trees in orchard


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FOR SALE

Dressed to impress New Zealand 27b Graham McRae Place, Hampton Downs

4

2

6+

$1,195,000NZD View: www.remaxstars.co.nz

Lisa Walden CONTACT 021 626 329 lisa.walden@remax.co.nz RE/MAX Stars Stars Realty Limited Licensed under the REAA (2008)

Enclosed in an elite, gated community, elevated with views extending over farmland and overlooking Hampton Downs Racetrack, this designer home is equipped with only the best! Built by Award winning Ascension Homes, the detail in this home is magnificent. Cedar, Honed concrete block, Stria and Brick give this home personality and style. Four double bedrooms, Master with walk through wardrobe including shelving and drawers. An en-suite featuring double vanity, double shower and sensor flush toilet. Sunlight is captured in every part of this stunning home. Fabulous designer kitchen is the hub of the home where you can cater to impress family and friends. The scullery is fully equipped with everything you need to prepare meals with access to the private deck area with water feature and north facing views.

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NEW ZEALAND

FOR SALE

KNOCK KNOCK

YES OPPORTUNITY IS KNOCKING!!!

NEW ZEALAND

NOW Is the Time to Invest In Te Kauwhata!!!

Te Kauwhata

Priced from $265000 View: https://youtu.be/d-yhhJVNPxU

Ever thought....wish I had invested in that subdivision? Well here's your chance to purchase your Prime Swan Road Section. Build that Beautiful New Home you always wanted. Prime Titled Sections Are Available Now!!! Sites from 600m2

Yasemin Mead CONTACT 027 778 0018 yasemin@remax.co.nz RE/MAX Stars Stars Realty Limited Licensed under the REAA (2008)

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Great Location!!! Easy walk to Schools, Shops, Park and Library. 37 minutes to Hamilton 43 minutes to Manukau 56 minutes to Auckand CBD


NEW SOUTH WALES

SPACE TO SPARE

Are you a Treechanger?

This is all about family. Lots of family...2 homes on 2.4 Acres

Lithgow, New South Wales 1D Hughes Lane, Marrangaroo, NSW

4

2.5

2

$699,950 AUD View: http://www.remax-xtra.com.au/ Morris Short CONTACT: 0488 291 908 morris.short@remax.com.au Melissa Short CONTACT: 0498 111 300 melissa.short@remax.com.au RE/MAX Xtra

Looking for somewhere for parents, in-laws or children to live close to you? How's about 2.4 acres on the edge of Lithgow on the way to Bathurst and Orange. There's 2 homes, located at opposite ends of the block. There's a seperate office building that can be updated for more family. Lots of family for a little price. Spread out and enjoy some space. There's opportunity here. This property has operated as a nursery and a yoga retreat. It could be the same again or combination of home and consulting rooms. Run your business remotely from here. Live with lots of space and a slower lifestyle.

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NEW SOUTH WALES

DA APPROVAL

In the heart of Penrith

Calling all investors, properties like this one don't come up often!

Penrith, New South Wales 28-32 Evan Street, Penrith, NSW

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By Negotiation View: http://www.remax-xtra.com.au/ CONTACT: Billy Markovski CONTACT: 0424 663 522 billy.markovski@remax.com.au RE/MAX Xtra

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RE/MAX Xtra is proud to bring to market three blocks, 1600sqm of land total*, and DA approved for apartments. Situated in Evan Street just 1 block to High Street in Penrith, 3 blocks to Nepean Hospital, less than a kilometer to Westfield and the train station, this location is simply too good to ignore. The hard work has been done now it’s your turn to profit from it. The apartments are Architecturally designed and bring a fresh sense of style to the neighbourhood. They’re not just apartments…it's a lifestyle choice! *Approximately


NEW SOUTH WALES

FOR SALE

Blue Ribbon Family Home NSW, Australia 20 Llewellyn Street, Rhodes

3

1.5

2

697sqm

AUD $2.25million

Matt Roffe CONTACT: 0421742226 matt.roffe e@remax.com.au

Holding a prized North to rear aspect and occupying an impressive 697sqm parcel of land, this timeless family residence offers generous, meticulous interiors that provide a sense of being 'home' from the moment you enter. Offering desirable street appeal and endless possibilities for the future, this home boasts two large bedrooms, both with built-in robes, an updated chefs kitchen with quality fixtures and fittings, a beautifully presented bathroom and a sun drenched sitting room/3rd bedroom overlooking the large, well manicured gardens synonymous of Llewellyn Street living.

Land Dimensions 15.24m x 45.72m x 15.24m R3 Zoning

RE/MAX KRG

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NEW SOUTH WALES

Brand New Townhouse in Tropical Setting NSW, Australia QS: 231-235 Queen St, Concord West

3

2

2

239+

Starting at AUD $1.5million

Matt Roffe CONTACT: +61 421 742 226 matt.roffe@remax.com.au RE/MAX KRG

Embracing a tropical villa-style ambiance, these light-filled north/west townhouses provide an idyllic low maintenance lifestyle sanctuary for young couples, families and professionals alike. Being of full concrete construction, these architecturally designed homes are nestled within a convenient locale, walking distance to Concord West train services and Concord West shops & eateries. Showcasing modern interiors, a sun-drenched private grassed courtyard with manicured gardens, this is an outstanding opportunity to secure a brand new ready-to-move-into home inside this coveted pocket. Particulars: Council: $276.00pq Water: $172.00pq Strata:$800 (Approx - still to be finalised) Rental Approx: $1050pw

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FOR SALE

THE BELMORE MANOR

WALK IN WALK OUT... Enjoy this entire package that really is too good to be true!

Australia 30 Belmore Street Junee

9

6

789,000 View: www.remaxvision.com.au CONTACT: Jenna Pollard FOR SALE 0418 421621 jpollard@remax.com.au RE/MAX VISION

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Belmore Manor is situated in the historic town of Junee, just 30 minutes from Wagga Wagga... Junee is a lovely rural retreat, filled with friendly people and opportunities, a tourist destination for train lovers, Ghost hunters and of course it is the home of the famous Liquorice Factory. Opportunities abound for a large family to coexist yet have their own private quarters or continue on the already successful B&B a favourite spot to stay for many visitors to town. Junee has very little self contained accommodation which makes this opportunity even more exciting as Junee is certainly enjoying growth and there are employment opportunities with the Railway, Junee Lamb Abattoir and the Freight Hubs expanding every day.


NEW SOUTH WALES

56 ACRES

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 258 BENTS BASIN ROAD, WALLACIA

6+

3

8+

1

PRICE ON APPLICATION

Phil Haley 0412 355 020 shaley@bigpond.net.au Litsa Meleti 0466 969 164 litsameleti@remax.com.au

1

A unique property ideally suited for extended family members. Main house consists of 5 bedrooms. High accentuated ceilings to living & dining areas with exposed rafters offering commanding views throughout the main house, cottage and across to the old bath house. Selfcontained cottage with huge loft bedroom & wood stove. Undulating land in peaceful open countryside and vistas across the valley yet only 20mins drive to Penrith & 10mins to new Airport. Sydney is just 1 hour away. Opportunity is knocking, Will you be the one to answer the call. Features: - Irrigation License: rights from Nepean River - Ducted aircon/Solar panels/Wood stoves - Solar Indoor Pool - Double storey cottage/Cabin/Sheds/Bore

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NEW SOUTH WALES

HOT PROPERTY

Country Style Living SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 62-66 Post Office Road CASTLEREAGH NSW 2749

5

1

6

1

1

Call Gizzelle or Phil for more information

Gizzelle Powell +61 428 934 618 gizzellepowell@remax.com.au Phil Haley +61 412 355 020 shaley@bigpond.net.au RE/MAX Lifestyle Marketing

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This is a delightful rural retreat and homely lifestyle property. It sits in one of the most sought-after locations in Castlereagh with quality acreage properties. The benefits of buying this property are: * Five generous sized bedrooms all fitted with built in robes .* Multiple living rooms filled with natural light filled * Spacious and Modern kitchen featuring granite bench tops, 900mm cooktop, ducted range hood & stainless-steel appliances plus walk-in Pantry * Office/Study room * 6 Undercover car accommodation plus Huge shed/workshop, perfect for tradesperson/car enthusiasts * Next to the State Forest


NEW SOUTH WALES

FOR SALE

Opulent Rural Escape

Grand Home Offers Ultimate Urban-Rural Lifestyle

Northern Beaches, Sydney, Australia

With its vast floor plan and close proximity to Mona Vale, Warriewood and Belrose Business Centres, this impressive family home is the ultimate urban rural escape.

45 Waratah Road, Ingleside, NSW

5

1

5

2

$2,850,000

Nick Scarf CONTACT: +61 411 197 486 nickscarf@remax.com.au Jason Martin CONTACT: +61 411 497 355 jasonmartin@remax.com.au

1

Circled by vacant land and a large, dormant rural holding, the sense of space and privacy is instantly appealing, as is the big sky view over the ocean. Seven separate living zones - inside and out Huge, open kitchen, walk-in pantry & wine store Three separate outside casual living areas Spacious master suite has twin dressing rooms and private balcony 12 m solar heated pool

RE/MAX Property Specialists

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QUEENSLAND

FOR SALE

Kwilena QLD, Australia 41 Seaside Drive, Banksia Beach

4

4

2

View: www.bribieproperty.com//20404

Claire Uttley CONTACT: +61413469993 claire.uttley@remax.com.au RE/MAX Advanced, Bribie Island

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Aptly named Kwilena being the aboriginal word for Dolphin, this playful art piece home is a multi award winner. Taking out QLD residential home of the year and QLD residential swimming pool of the year in 2018, her elegance, style and views will mesmerize you. • 2 years old • Smart Home • Spectacular Views • Multi award winning property • Elevated lap pool with views and lumnar jet waterfall features. • Teppanyaki Grill, BBQ and outdoor kitchen • Indoor kitchen with Miele Appliance suite, elegant touch button cabinetry, butlers kitchen with kick vacuum, billy tap, multiple dishwashers and fridges. • Gold Class Cinema • Games room with custom built double insulated wine fridge, views, large bar and 6 Sony smart TV's. • CCTV throughout • Ensuites all bedrooms & 2 extra powder rooms


QUEENSLAND

FOR SALE

"THE PAVILIONS" Queensland, Australia 59 Seaside Dr, Banksia Beach

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Contact Agent View: www.bribieproperty.com.au David Wereszczuk CONTACT: 0407 657 455 davidwereszczuk@remax.com.au Claire Uttley CONTACT: 0413 469 993 claire.uttley@remax.com.au RE/MAX Advanced

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"The Pavilions" a stunning Peter Clayton home that represents the ideal Bribie Island lifestyle. Situated on Bribie Island's premiere street, this architectural masterpiece has been designed for easy living with a touch of class & sophistication on a 920sqm allotment. The kitchen features burl wood cabinetry, midnight sky granite bench tops & quality stainless steel appliances. The master suite is on the upper level & is complimented by a full spa ensuite, WIR & a balcony with amazing views of the canal & the Glasshouse Mountains. The outdoor zones are nothing short of a luxury resort, you can spend the day relaxing by the pool or enjoying a morning swim in the heated 22m long pool. The entertaining area has canal views of the Pumicestone Passage, the ideal place to watch the sun set over the mountains. Add deep-water access it is perfect for all watercraft activities.

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MARVEL AT THIS MASTERPIECE.. 59 Anchorage Drive, Raby Bay

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CONTACT: 0415 038 687 reachteamneilson@remax.com.au Dave Neilson (Team Neilson) in conjunction with RE/MAX Bayside

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* Architecturally designed & custom built to the highest quality without compromise on cost * Ticking all of the boxes seasoned Raby Bay enthusiasts desire * Huge outlook up the canal, plus perfect 20m quayline with new private pontoon * Resort entertaining with outdoor kitchen overlooking a highlight infinity pool with triple water curtain (matching feature brick to internal areas), Heated Spa, Travertine, Glass & Seated Fire Pit Area! * Exceptional finishes throughout amplifying every room with textural ambience, lighting & features to exude absolute high-end living * 3m Ceilings throughout with cavernous entry void, open timber staircase & tinted glass balustrades + industrial feature brick walls * Showstopper Kitchen with top-shelf 80mm Natural 'River-Bed' granite benchtops,


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LUXURY BY THE BEACH Gold Coast, Australia 5/129 Surf Parade, BROADBEACH QLD

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$1,195,000 AUD View www.remaxcoast.com.au/55388 Lisa Brown Kevin Brown Contact: +61 417 648 001 kevin.brown@remax.com.au

RE/MAX Coast

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Literally meaning "beautiful house", Belle Maison is a fitting title for this 23 square deluxe first floor coastal residence. With hints of the Hamptons in its interior style, this sprawling 3 bedroom, 3 living area apartment has 2 car parks and a large storage facility. It offers the perfect Broadbeach address for the executive couple or family. Just 5 minutes walk from the surf and with complete resort facilities, Belle Maison is an iconic residential building known for its quality and timeless elegance. Currently owner occupied, this immaculately maintained apartment is one of only 17 three-bedroom lots in the building. With superb finishes plus views of the lush grounds and city skyline, it is a unique property which will continue to grow in value.

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Luxurious Family Queensland, Queensland, Australia Australia 45 45 Lamona Lamona Circuit Circuit Sunnybank Sunnybank Hills Hills

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$1,650,000 View: Cathy Cheng CONTACT: 0422 386 868 Cathy Cheng cathycheng@remax.com.au CONTACT 0422 386 868 CONTACT:

cathycheng@remax.com.au RE/MAX Community Realty

in conjunction with RE/MAX Community Realty

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45 Lamona Circuit is a once in a lifetime opportunity opportunity to to secure secure a a fully fully renovated renovated and and expansive family home. Finished expansive family home. Finished to to the the highest highest standard, this this home home will will suit suit families families seeking standard, seeking an an incredible lifestyle in one of the best incredible lifestyle in one of the best neighborhoods within Sunnybank Hills. neighborhoods within Sunnybank Hills. Features include: Features include:an office & multiple living - Six bedrooms, -areas; Six bedrooms, an office & multiple living areas; - Covered outdoor entertaining area with built-inCovered outdoor entertaining area with builtseating and adjoining the sparkling in-ground in seating and adjoining the sparkling in-ground pool; pool; - Approx. 600m2 of underoof living area; Situated 600m2 only a short walk to living Sunnybank - Approx. of underoof area; Hills School. -State Situated only a short walk to Sunnybank Hills Our Stateowners School.are committed to a sale, and 45 Lamona Circuit be SOLD. of this Our owners are will committed to A a home sale, and 45 caliber will be in high demand, so be quick. Lamona Circuit will be SOLD. A home of this

caliber will be in high demand, so be quick.

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Old World Charm Brisbane, Australia 72 Cronin St, Annerley

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$785,000 AUD www.remaxcolonial.com.au

Colin Jeffery CONTACT: 0418 882 631 colin@remaxcolonial.com.au

RE/MAX Colonial

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Builder’s own home with the charm of yesterday and updated for 2020 living. Over 2 levels with beautiful polished timber floors throughout. Downstairs there is a modern kitchen with new dishwasher, 5 burner gas cook top and new European electric oven, spacious open plan lounge-dining and third toilet. Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms including large master bedroom with ensuite and walk in robe. Sleepout off the master bedroom could suit as an office, study or baby room. Front and rear decks, the rear deck has a calming leafy green outlook. You are only four and a half kilometres from the CBD. Easy care 302m2 lot.1 car remote lock up garage , Roof insulation , Water tank . Such a convenient location just a short stroll to Fairfield Gardens Shopping Centre, Fairfield Train Station and handy to buses, PA Hospital and Queensland Uni.


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Prominent Freestanding Building QLD, AUSTRALIA 156 Waterworks Road, Ashgrove

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$1.2m + Gst View: www.remaxcity.com.au/1P1447

156 Waterworks Road offers a rare opportunity to invest in the popular suburb of Ashgrove. Whether you are looking to occupy for your own business or investment, this property answers the question. The main road exposure plus 7 car parks is a winner. • Internal 100m2 (approx.) / Land 433m2 (approx.) • Dual access from front and rear

Chris Esdale Geoff Esdale Contact: +61 408 787 082 ge@remax.com.au REMAX City

FOR SALE

Development Site QLD, AUSTRALIA 107-111 Old Cleveland Road, Stones Corner

1452 $4.5m View: www.remaxcity.com.au/1P1434

This 1,452m2 development site holds a prominent position within Stones Corner, with favourable mixed-use zoning and an application lodged for a 6 level apartment building including a Child Care Centre on ground floor. • Development site comprising of 3 freehold titles • Well-established residential / commercial area

Chris Esdale Geoff Esale Contact: +61 408 787 082 ge@remax.com.au

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Absolute Luxury in Prestige Location QLD, Australia 75 Tarragindi Road, Tarragindi

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FOR SALE View: www.remax.com.au/4121_1P0425 Kath Chown CONTACT: +61 458 912 906 kathchown@remax.com.au Jacob Secco CONTACT: +61 413 935 198 jsecco@remax.com.au RE/MAX Elevate

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Situated on a huge 728sqm block, this elegant 1920's triple-gable Queenslander has been renovated to suit a family with a sophisticated sense of style who are in need of spacious indoor and outdoor living spaces for everyone to spread out to live a large life! Many original period features remain with honey Oregon-pine floors, plate rails, picture rails, breezeways above the doors and VJs in three bedrooms and the main bathroom. Within walking distance to an abundance of cafes, restaurants, leafy parks and all the convenience of a Tarragindi residence as well as Express transport options and a five-minute drive to access Ipswich Road, Logan Road or M3. Only 10 minutes' drive into Brisbane CBD!


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The Carl Residences Brisbane, Queensland 21-25 Carl Street, Woolloongabba

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David Cotterill CONTACT: 0433 230 680 david.cotterill@remax.com.au

RE/MAX Experience

The Carl Residences exclusive one, two & threebedroom apartments offer the most accessible lifestyle in Brisbane. Each apartment has elegant living spaces and private balconies. With an abundance of natural light and finished with quality fixtures and fittings throughout, each apartment is a tranquil city fringe retreat. Leave the car at home and walk to Buranda Train Station & Busway, P.A Hospital, Buranda Shopping Village & local cafes. Alternatively, the SE Freeway Bikeway gives commuters the option of riding to South Brisbane, QUT Gardens Point and south to Griffith University. Positioned in the heart of thriving Woolloongabba and 3km to the CBD, this is a lifestyle only a select few will experience.

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Verde Monte Brisbane, Queensland 14-18 Wardle Street, Mount Gravatt East

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David Cotterill CONTACT: 0433 230 680 david.cotterill@remax.com.au

RE/MAX Experience

Verde Monte is a 5-storey tower featuring 20 large luxury 3 bedroom apartments. Individual homes range from 136m2–189m2 (total). With secure elevator access to all levels, Verde Monte introduces horizontality to vertical living with a modern façade, dramatic entrance & residents' only rooftop terrace. Providing multiple areas to entertain, relax and take in the views of the local area and beyond, the rooftop will also include a BBQ, lounge area & gardens. Additionally, each home features two car parks with electrical outlets for fast charging electric vehicles. These homes are only a short distance to Mount Gravatt Plaza, Westfield Garden City, Griffith University, M1 freeway and public transport. VIEW PROPERTY MAGAZINE

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HILLTOP LUXURY

ELEGANCE & PRIVACY GLADSTONE 7 UPPER PIPER STREET

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Julia Williams 0427 720 780 thewilliamsteam@remax.com.au Anthony Williams 0467 044 974 anthonywilliams@remax.com.au The Williams Team in conjunction with RE/MAX Gold Gladstone

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Is this Gladstone’s finest home? Encompassing 1.3 acres of hilltop seclusion, “Lalaga” offers an irreplaceable blend of exclusivity, privacy, quality, outlook, and space combining to create a home that could be worthy of such a status. While an unforgettable statement in style and grand-scale luxury, Lalaga proves that function and form can exist in accord. Striking living and dining domains offer elegant yet flexible entertaining options, and an extensive floor-plan paired with soaring ceilings give rise to a lightfilled and inviting atmosphere. The hill-top position affords a spectacular vista of the city skyline, islands of the harbour, Mount Larcom, and beyond.


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STRETTON

LUXURY FAMILY HOME Australia 37 Peachtree Place, Stretton, QLD 4116

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View: www.remax.com.au/Simon-Au

Simon Au CONTACT: 0433 221 723 simon@remax.com.au Simon Au in conjunction with MASTERS REALTY PTY LTD

RE/MAX SIMON AU presents to you this stunning family residence in the highly regarded ‘The Parks 888’ Estate. Sprawling across a 506m2 premium allotment and with a wide frontage. This well- built, 7 years old, Clarendon Homes is in immaculate condition and with high quality fixtures and fittings throughout. FEATURES: High ceilings to both levels, ducted air conditioning, designer lightings, luxurious kitchen and island stone benchtop, butler’s pantry, European appliances, 5 great size bedrooms, master bedroom with ‘His’ & ‘Hers’ walk in robes, multi- purpose room and study area, crim- safe doors and windows, alarm system, CCTV, landscaped garden, and tastefully designed inground saltwater swimming pool

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FOR SALE

The Ultimate Family Home Queensland, Australia 2 Halcyon Drive, Wondunna 4655

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Rachel Ellis CONTACT: 0435875300 rachel.ellis@remax.com.au

RE/MAX Reach

The moment you step inside, the first thing you'll say is WOW! From the front you'll think, 'this is the same as most other homes' but, once you walk through you'll find that it oozes wow factor at every turn.

• Master with walk in robe, ensuite - double showers & basins + freestanding bath. • 3 other good size bedrooms (one with an ensuite that is wheelchair friendly) + study nook. • Open plan living spaces & family room with surround sound. • Ducted air conditioning + split systems in the bedrooms, security system. • Multiple entertaining spaces, outdoor kitchen, the ultimate man cave + 12mx7m shed. • Saltwater pool, solar panels & solar hot water all on a 1214m2 corner block. The photos beautifully showcase this home but wait until you see it in real life.

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Style and substance Fraser Coast Queensland 108 Castles Road North, Craignish, QLD 4655

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Stephen Wright CONTACT: 0415 222 333 swright@remax.com.au

RE/MAX U

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This home represents the traditional Queensland style whilst being modern and bang up to date inside and beautifully presented. Impressive inside and out, the main living is on the first floor which makes the most of the sea breeze and views. The large from veranda faces East and will be cool during the afternoon as the sun drops down in the West. So, you can enjoy all your meals al fresco. Airy open plan living around a wide internal timber staircase offers all weather access to the internal garage and ground floor with its massive open space.


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FENG SHUI INSPIRED

Situated on the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef with title to the high tide watermark.

Queensland Australia 54 Barolin Esplanade, Coral Cove

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$1,625,000 AUD View: precisionrealestate.com.au Aaron Thompson CONTACT: 0409 051 929 aaron@rpre.com.au Scott Mackey CONTACT: 0419 728 911 scott@rpre.com.au

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1200m2 of under roof living and entertaining sprawled over a very generous 2414m2 North Easterly facing allotment with 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 6 toilets, 3 living spaces, 3 car accommodation, huge built-in bar, wine cellar, and 15m long pool. Located in the ideal place for the family with the ocean, great local fishing and diving locations, beautiful sandy beach and protected inlet + open parkland just a short 4-minute stroll from your front door. 2 minutes to an 18 hole, internationally renowned Golf Club, 20-minutes to Bundaberg's jet airport, and 40-minute flight to Brisbane.

RE/MAX Precision

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FOR SALE

Perfect Family Living! QLD, 4069 15 Bird Place, Pullenvale

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For Sale View: www.profilerealestate.com.au CONTACT: Christina Penrose 0418 737 327 christinapenrose@remax.com.au Christina Penrose in conjunction with RE/MAX Profile Real Estate

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You will love the tranquillity and leafy green space while enjoying the added security and community spirit of neighbours at the perfect distance, and all within easy reach to the Pullenvale Marketplace, Kenmore shopping and other conveniences. This elevated home with its lovely views and abundance of space and seclusion is character filled with split levels, high ceilings, ducted airconditioning, wide granite benches and an expansive use of glass to further enjoy your treed backdrop and bring the outside in. This beautifully presented home offers all this and more on a lightly treed easy care 4000 sqm block.


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CITY ACERAGE

Beautiful Tropical Home Cairns, Australia 5 Benn Street, Brinsmead

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Price on Application View: remaxcairns.com.au/20454345

Ray Murphy Phone: 0402 838 608 raymurphy@remax.com.au

RE/MAX Real Estate Services

Set in amongst established tropical gardens and positioned on just over two acres; this traditional low set Queenslander is a magnificent property offering a secluded private oasis whilst only 15 minutes drive from Cairns' CBD. The home has all the typical features you would expect to find in a traditional Queenslander: soaring high ceilings; tongue and groove walls; polished timber floors; casement windows; and central country style kitchen, complete with gas stove, dishwasher and ample storage space. With two street access, the property has potential to be approved for a subdivision subject to Council approval. Rarely does an opportunity arise to secure such a generous block of land, so close to the city.

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Captivating Pole Home Cairns, Australia 63 Granadilla Drive, Earlville

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$670,000 AUD View: remaxcairns.com.au/20452655

Gisele George Phone: 0419 735 559 gisele@remax.com.au

Positioned in the foothills of Earlville with stunning mountain views this private and captivating home is where the fast pace of life is easily forgotten. Suited to intimate living or extravagant entertaining, indoors, outdoors and poolside it's your choice. Presented over three levels the home is nestled on a huge 2726m2 block amidst leafy surrounds of cool tropical rainforest. Extensive use of western cedar timbers throughout with cathedral ceilings, french doors and beautiful timber floors. This is truly a resort sized pool with waterfall and a huge gazebo offering complete privacy. Hidden from the street the driveway leads to double garage car parking. So close to the CBD and major shopping centre but so very private.

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DESIGNER HOME

Spectacular Views Cairns, Australia 36-38 The Peak, Brinsmead

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$1,875,000 AUD View: remaxcairns.com.au/20180741

Udo Jattke Phone: 0417 740 550 udojattke@remax.com.au

Own The Peak, Cairns. A grand property of immense stature finished to a quality expected in the finest hotels of the World. Truly no expense has been spared and every detail has been perfected during the construction, where budget has been no limitation. Set on 1013sqm of land and 21m of absolute frontage overlooking Cairns, Green Island and the beautiful, tropical hillside, there is a dream-like sense of privacy for a property so close to the city. The Peak is just as comfortable for two guests as it is for six. Make The Peak your own private six-star get-away all year round!

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Direct Ocean Front Living Innisfail, Australia 8 Elizabeth Street, Flying Fish Point

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RE/MAX Real Estate Services

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When a lifestyle change beckons! This postcard perfect home is your new retreat. Let the worries of life whisper away with the sound of the ocean and the breezes of the salt air, with a pristine beach as your neighbour and weekly visits from the resident dolphins. Properties like this are as rare as hens teeth. We believe this location is one of Queensland's best kept secrets. This quintessential character home has been lovingly cared for by its current owners and is now being reluctantly made available to purchase. This property would suit a family weekend retreat, permanent residence, corporate retreat or take advantage of the demand of holiday letting.


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COASTAL LIVING

When Location is Everything North Kirra, AUSTRALIA 73-75 Golden Four Dr, North Kirra QLD

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Russel Segal CONTACT: 0412 234 649 russelsegal@remax.com.au

RE/MAX REGENCY

Aurum Sands is a new beach side boutique development nestled between the prestigious Bilinga & North Kirra beaches representing modern beach side living whilst holding true to its origins of an authentic Gold Coast beach culture. Be the envy of your friends and secure a premium home in a million-dollar location at an affordable price. 50% already SOLD OFF PLAN • 31 apartments over 7 Floors • Stunning Ocean Views from each apartment • Premium Fixtures and Fittings throughout • Resort style pool, residents lounge, BBQ facilities • Walking distance to Southern Cross University, Gold Coast Airport & Coolangatta

FOR SALE

CLOSE TO LAKE Queensland, Australia 8 Castlewellan Circuit, Warner

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David Kopelke CONTACT: 0427 385 580 davidkopelke@remax.com.au in conjunction with RE/MAX U

WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS HOME: - 4 Bedrooms all with built ins. - 2 Bathrooms with ensuite in main. - Separate study nook. - Separate powder room. - 2 large living areas for a growing family. - Open plan kitchen with stainless steel appliances. - New 900mm freestanding 5 burner gas cooktop. - Coffee station in kitchen + ample storage. - Air-conditioning + ceiling fans throughout for year round comfort. - Security screens for peace of mind. - Outdoor alfresco area to entertain family and friends. VIEW PROPERTY MAGAZINE

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A RARE FIND!

Lifestyle & Serenity Mundoolun, AUSTRALIA 2861 Beaudesert Beenleigh Rd, Mundoolun QLD 4285

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$1,950,000 AUD www.remax.com.au/20365490

Kylie Rodwell CONTACT 0410 310 473 kylierodwell@remax.com.au In Conjunction with Yenom Pty Ltd RE/MAX REGENCY

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This is a home that will enrich your lifestyle and surpass all your expectations, and is surrounded by a magnificent setting and you have 1.5km of Albert River frontage. Not only is this dwelling highly engineered, it is built mostly from concrete and steel. There has been no compromise on design or build quality. The orientation of the home is North, and sits elevated to take advantage of the breezes and sprawling views. The owners have also just completed making this property drought proof, by building a massive dam which is now holding mega litres of water. There is a 20mtr deck to wine 'n' dine guests, and with Mt Tamborine as your backdrop, your guests will certainly be wowed.


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IMMACULATE!

Your dream home awaits Carrara, Australia 1063/1 The Cove Crescent, Carrara QLD 4211

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$510,000 + AUD www.remax.com.au/20486193

Ben Williams CONTACT: 0435 780 117 benwilliams@remax.com.au

Welcome to your beautiful new home at The Cove Emerald lakes which is surrounded by the prestigious Lakes and Palm Meadows Golf Course! This ground floor villa offers a spacious living area flowing out into the large private patio. Comprising of two good sized bedrooms + study that could become a 3rd bedroom. Master bedroom with en suite and walk through robe. Offering a generously sized kitchen with plenty of storage and internal access to your tandem car garage. Situated in a secure gated complex with excellent facilities throughout, including a lakeside swimming pool, resident's club room, gym and BBQ area.

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BE THE ENVY

Architecturally Designed Robina, AUSTRALIA 231/1 Vue Boulevard, Robina QLD 4226

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Ben Williams CONTACT 0435 780 117 benwilliams@remax.com.au

Everything you could possibly want can be found in Gold Coast’s most exciting urban hub. You’ll experience a harmonious blend of urban living, nature and Gold Coast hinterland which has followed a master plan for over three decades. Discover a thriving education, medical and business precinct surrounded by local entertainment all within a short distance of Vue. Vue residents will have direct access to the expansive green space of Robina City Parklands which will never be built out and which are part of the 2,929 hectare Green Heart project.

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FOR SALE

Refined Acreage Estate Australia 222 Moxon Road, Burbank

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For Sale View: deborahevans.com.au Fraser Evans CONTACT: 0402 038 339 fraserevans@remax.com.au Deborah Evans CONTACT: 0411 700 708 deteam@remax.com.au Evans Properties in conjunction with RE/MAX Results

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A haven of privacy and tranquillity, this spectacular property lays claim to a generous 9.34 acres of landscaped grounds. This sprawling family home delivers a unique expression of contemporary architecture and distinct design that will surely exceed all of your expectations. Tailored for intimate family living and lavish entertaining, the interior is a fusion of rich timber flooring, creamy hues and natural stone accents. At the rear, a sun-drenched terrace allows you to take in the majestic 180 degree views overlooking the immaculately kept grounds with its rolling park like green lawns, trimmed hedges and towering trees. A peaceful lake frequented by wildlife offers a contemplative space to relax.


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A Fusion of Style

Positioned in a tightly held & prestigious location, this magnificent 2.5 acre estate offers a luxurious lifestyle achieving the perfect balance between elegance, formality & relaxed resort style living.

Australia 312 Formosa Road, Gumdale

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For Sale View: deborahevans.com.au Deborah Evans CONTACT: 0411 700 708 deteam@remax.com.au Fraser Evans CONTACT: 0402 038 339 fraserevans@remax.com.au Evans Properties in conjunction with RE/MAX Results

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A clever selection of sumptuous, natural materials lends an air of sophistication & sensuality to the dramatic interior. Abundant with natural light through the central atrium, the rooms enjoy a charming interplay between indoors and out. The 'wow' factor of this home extends beyond the interior design to a spectacular rear entertainer's haven. The resort-style pool with swim-up bar, spa & alfresco area presents the idyllic setting for year round enjoyment. Adding to this special sanctuary is a tennis court.

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FOR SALE

Impeccably reinvented Queenslander home Brisbane, AUSTRALIA 34 Grayson Street, Morningside QLD 4170

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Sean Parsons CONTACT: (07) 3088 7609 seanparsons@remax.com.au Michelle Davies CONTACT: 0410 778 047 michelle.davies@remax.com.au in conjunction with RE/MAX Results

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Embrace simplicity of style and space in this cleverly extended and refreshed heritage home. Exacting finishes and original features are fused with open living zones and a contemporary layout set moments to transport, shops and dining choices. > Light-soaked interiors evoke the home’s 1920s character > Stone kitchen with wine storage, Smeg appliances, bar seating > En-suites for two bedrooms and direct alfresco flow for two > Designer bathrooms, built-in storage, air conditioning > Balcony looks over landscaped easycare grounds


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DREAM HOME

Large Luxury Living Cairns, Australia 1 Lagoon Drive, Trinity Beach

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$1,500,000 AUD View: remaxcairns.com.au/20514913 Daniel Arnott Phone: 0487 953 333 arnott@remax.com.au Monique Cruse Phone 0487 943 333 arnott@remax.com.au

This is a property that surpasses expectations in all aspects. A home that truly has it all. The location, size and quality of this home is like no other. Situated in the Gated Estate of Blue Lagoon, this 6 bedroom, 3 bathroom home complete with an entertainers kitchen, built in pizza oven and sparkling Magna pool, overlooking the lagoon, awaits it new owners. This home boasts an incredible outdoor area as well as an oversized 3 car garage with recessed work bench area and rear access. Second entry via side of home for potential home business. Fully air conditioned with a large solar array to keep energy consumption down. All of this is only moments away from the famous Trinity Beach and all the restaurant's, cafes and shops that it has to offer. We highly encourage your inspection and look forward to seeing you.

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FOR SALE

INVEST OR OCCUPY Brisbane City, QLD, Australia 1902/10 Trinity Street, Fortitude Valley

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RE/MAX Victory

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RESORT STYLE LIVING – CITY CONVENIENCE Invest In the heart of beautiful Brisbane City with this modern one bedroom unit offering stunning city views in a Resort Style Complex. The facilities include a Resort Style Pool with a Man-made beach and BBQ’s. State-of-the-art Gym to conveniently stay fit and healthy. Sky Terraces for entertaining friends and family. Comfortable communal lounges comprising pool tables and TV’s for indoor relaxation. High Tech Security and High Speed Internet Connection to facilitate study or business enterprises. Enjoy the Prime City Location which is within walking distance to the Train Station, Shopping Centres, Schools and Hospital.


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FOR SALE

COASTAL ENTERTAINER Perth, Western Australia 11 Piermont Avenue, Burns Beach

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Brett White 0400 952 788 brettwhiteteam@remaxextreme.com.au Brett White Team 0425 575 669

Luxurious coastal living awaits you in this spectacular Ross Griffin built home. The striking modern facade opens up to a spacious 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom family home with study, private home theatre and a spacious open plan kitchen and living area, ideal for entertaining. Enjoy your outdoor living in the stunning alfresco with stackable sliding doors, overlooking the solar-heated below ground pool and large grassed back garden. This prime location is just a short stroll to Bramston Park and minutes to the beach, cafĂŠ and coastal pathways, close to your choice of quality schools, minutes to Currambine Central shopping centre and cinemas, and close proximity to Currambine train station for an easy commute.

RE/MAX Extreme

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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Exceptional Family Home Western Australia 19 Catherine Street Bedford 6052

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Every suburb has a home to stand out, and one of the best in Bedford is this 2 storey street front residence, 19 Catherine Street. Built and distinctly designed not just for modern luxury look but also for comfort, relaxation and convenience. This beautiful home is perfect for those that have been seeking spacious homes with open plan living areas and high specs throughout.

FROM $AUD 899,000

Cheng Liu CONTACT: 0433 970 411 ka-cheng@remaxgbt.com.au Ken Williamson CONTACT: 0402 127 178 ken@remaxgbt.com.au RE/MAX GBT Realty www.remaxgbtrealty.com.au Suite 2,334 Wanneroo Road NOLLAMARA

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The home has quality tiled flooring throughout and led downlights. Large living area built for relaxation and entertainment with your family watching movies together after a long day at work. Across this family area will lead you to this luxuriously designed Alfresco that is perfect for an all year round entertaining that will surely impress your guest at home.


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5 TIPS 1 2 3 4 55 Choose an agent who can describe local buyers in detail. Has a great local track record.

Talks with accuracy on past sales.

Understands local school catchments.

Is knowledgeable about upcoming area developments.

How can I identify the best agent for me? Ensuring your agent has a total understanding of the area can be the difference between a quick sale or prolonged time on the market. No doubt you wish to sell for the best possible price in the shortest possible time and with the minimum of stress, so choose an agent with the highly specialized skills to do the job. Your agent is your best ally in the marketing-to-sale process, and honest communication is the best vehicle to get you to a great outcome.

When you have the right agent, you will have more than enough information and a professional on your team to market the property in the best way possible to achieve those price, time and stress-free goals.

Why should I sell using the auction method? Auctions are an extremely effective way of marketing. This option gives the seller the greatest opportunity to obtain a premium or a fair market value. It creates buyer competition by putting buyer against buyer and provides an open and fair arena for competition on the auction day. Auction, which is regarded as the premium choice of marketing, provides a structure to your marketing program. Should your home not sell during the first or second stage of your campaign, you will have increased your chances to sell the property as an exclusive (price by negotiation or fixed price) due to the enquiry and buyer activity generated.

Auction benefits, in addition to exclusive agency: • You, the seller, set the terms, conditions and deadline. • Auction-oriented target marketing puts the `spotlight’ on the property, adding a competitive edge.

• The property is neither overpriced nor undersold; its value is determined by the market and individual buyers. • The ‘no price’ aspect will attract more genuinely interested, cash buyers. • It allows the seller to plan ahead in the knowledge that a specific sale date has been set. • A cash buyer means the seller can proceed immediately with their goals. • The set timeframe creates a sense of urgency, encouraging buyer decision-making. • Market interest helps the seller gauge the reserve price, with the real possibility of achieving a premium price. • Seller has the option to accept a cash offer prior to auction day. • Auction attendees are focused on the maximum price they will pay not how little the offer should be. • Seller controls the terms of transaction and actively participates in the sale process. • Purchase requires a deposit on the day, usually 5-10% of the price. • If the property is passed in, it features on the open market as an exclusive listing at a saleable price determined by market feedback throughout the auction process.

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H OW W E V I E W home.com.au

Luke Watson is CEO of the live streaming company, Home Live, the world’s first dedicated ‘remote engagement’ platform for real estate. A co-founder with Jon Tyson, Luke says Home Live emerged from a realisation that while virtually all aspects of life have been transformed through technology, real estate marketing is largely the same as it was almost two decades ago. It was time to catch up! VIEW caught up with Luke to find out more. What is Home Live? LUKE: Home Live is a way for agents and property managers to host live, interactive property walk-throughs in a way that is purpose-built for the industry. Our singular focus is on equipping real estate professionals with a toolkit to meaningfully engage with buyers and renters wherever they may be.

Why has it become so popular? LUKE: There are a few reasons. Firstly, there is a lot of technology trying to replace the human element of real estate. Efficiency is great, but not if it comes at the expense of a great experience. Agents love Home Live because it puts them front and centre to start building rapport with prospective buyers even before they walk through the door. Secondly, Home Live is a great entrée to a physical inspection. Agents can use it to lead to a property inspection or as a great filter to qualify buyers/renters before they view in person. Finally, there’s been a big, long-term trend towards using live streaming for property marketing, but up until now it has relied on generic streaming solutions that sort of do the job but actually create a ton more work for the agents if they want to get results.

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What has the public demand been like for live streaming? LUKE: We completed a study into real estate discovery just recently and the statistics were fascinating. Under normal circumstances, 76% of respondents would request a live stream if they knew it was an option and 81% would watch a live stream if available. Those numbers jump considerably when factoring COVID-19, with 97% preferring a live stream prior to any inspection.

Why is Home Live better than other live streaming like Facebook Live, Zoom or Facetime? LUKE: These are all great products that share live streaming as a central feature, but beyond that, they are very different. For example, Home Live integrates with agency CRMs so that properties and leads are all synced automatically. Our messaging during the live streams is private so that viewers can ask questions of the agent without any other viewer seeing. Our post-stream surveys are also incredibly useful as they allow viewers to give more information about their interest in a property. One of the most exciting things is our Smart Embedding.

In addition to live streams being viewable through our website, this makes it possible to view them directly within the corresponding property page on the agency’s website. We are the only company in the world offering a feature like this and I’m delighted that RE/MAX Australia has chosen to Home Live-enable remax.com.au

Why is it the most costeffective digital way to market your home? LUKE: One great way to think about Home Live is that it supercharges your existing marketing. Take portals advertising, for example. You might have thousands of people viewing your property then have a handful come to an inspection. If you add Home Live into the mix, you could double or triple the buyer interest. Add that it is only $29+GST per month for unlimited properties and live streaming, and it becomes a bit of a no-brainer. Pre-recorded videos can cost $200 to $400. 3D models might cost $2500. VR can run into thousands. Again, these are all great marketing tools for the right property, whereas Home Live is suitable anywhere.


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How do I get on Home Live? LUKE: Agents and property managers in the RE/MAX Australia network have Home Live available to them today. Locate the property you are interested in on remax.com.au and rsvp (or request a stream if there are none scheduled).

When open house inspections were banned in response to Covid19, real estate agents were left with three options. They could do one-on-one visits to the property. They could do a pre-recorded video. Or they could embrace a third option – livestreaming with Home Live.

You can get more information at home.com.au, or homelive.co.nz for readers in New Zealand.

Viewing properties remotely should pique the interest of buyers living overseas. Has there been noticeable interest from international markets? LUKE: Yes. Our clients have noted people from Asia, especially Hong Kong, are using it; but what has been very interesting is the growing traffic from North America. I guess Australia and New Zealand have become even more desirable places to live given the recent turmoil in the world!

In what ways can sellers and agents approach marketing homes differently today? LUKE: New technology like live streaming means home buyers can get a live, interactive experience remotely. That is huge, as everyone is so time poor these days.

Home Live is a pioneering live streaming solution built for real estate agents globally.

Home buyers want convenience. On the other hand, sellers don’t want to have strangers coming through their homes all the time. Sellers are increasingly aware that marketing should lead to direct results, as are agents. Also, we should not forget that this is the biggest purchase most people make in their lives. It is hard to overstate the value of giving them a convenient and personal way to engage with a property.

Where to from here? Do you have any thoughts on how we’ll be showing and viewing real estate in the future? LUKE: Richer remote engagement is really where this is headed. There is a convergence of high bandwidth and low latency internet, super high-resolution video, and immersive ways to interact with people and spaces. It is an exciting time and a future we are building towards at Home Live. Having said that, this is still about a person feeling joy when they walk through the door of a home. So, no matter how advanced all this technology gets, it will still be about agents helping people get that all-important moment.

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Some things are best not to DIY Getting stuck into those great DIY projects you’ve always wanted to try – like changing the look and feel of a room with a coat of paint, upgrading outdated handles, replacing the torn flyscreens, taking a plunger to the blocked drains, creating a herb and vegetable garden, or setting up a worm farm – can be incredibly rewarding and cost-effective. However, there are some things best left to people with experience – like surgeons, electricians and mechanics (for most of us). And, when it comes to selling your high value asset – your house… the real estate agent. Selling your home without the help of a real estate agent might seem like a good idea if you focus on commission; but, in saving those dollars, what responsibilities are you taking on and what expertise will you suddenly gain to deal with all aspects of the real estate transaction? When it comes to the whole DIY home sale, let’s start at the very beginning: preparing the property for sale. The house doesn’t just need to be tidy; its condition should appeal to the greatest buyer pool. This involves repairs, decluttering, possibly painting and decorating, and a professional house clean. That’s inside and out. What’s your marketing experience? Will you know how to get your property listing in front of the right buyer audience?

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Can you access all the marketing channels of an agent, who quite possibly has the buyer waiting in their extensive database? In dealing with potential buyers, the agent handles a lot of enquiries coming from very diverse starting points. You would not only have to be ready and able to deal with questions, stay on top of calls and emails, and be prepared to show the property at the interested party’s convenience, you would need to know all the answers. If the DIY seller doesn’t understand how to ‘qualify’ buyers, valuable time can be wasted. Agents screen potential purchasers, finding out, for example, if the interested person has been pre-approved for a loan or needs to sell their house first. A property inspection may result in potential buyers identifying some ‘problems’. This happens – and the owner doesn’t always agree! The agent is better able to mediate in such matters than the DIY owner, who may not ‘see’ the problems or be willing to fix them. And it is all too easy for a homeowner to put pressure on the potential buyer

when all they want is to be left alone to view the property and fear they may say the wrong thing to the owner. Pricing your home correctly is incredibly difficult to get right if you don’t have the experience, and it is probably the number one trap that DIY sellers fall in to. Negotiations with the potential buyer over price are even more problematic when an owner has unreasonable expectations. When things get to the contract stage, how comfortable would you be as a DIY seller? Clauses, contingencies … There is a lot at stake, so if you are not confident in your ability to prepare or review all documentation required for a property sale, don’t try to go it alone. If you are lucky enough to get the offer you want, things can still go very wrong; and an easily made mistake in the process after an offer is accepted may lead to failure of the whole process. When selling without a real estate agent, you might end up with less in hand, even considering that saving on commission. The agent is more likely than the DIY seller to have multiple buyers bidding for the property and may well achieve significantly more than the asking price. Selling your home DIY is risky. Some homeowners have done so without stress and disappointment, many have not. Some things are simply better left to the better skilled and more experienced. If you decide to go down the DIY path, know the pitfalls before you start.


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“ Colours, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.” Pablo Picasso Have you ever noticed a correlation between how you are feeling and the colour of the clothes you are wearing? Or perhaps, the way in which you feel when you walk into a brightly coloured or dark room? Colour plays such a powerful part in our lives, whether we consciously realise it or not. Artists, interior designers, marketers and many other professions operate with the knowledge that colours provoke certain emotions. Whether you are considering playing around with colours for your home, rental property or workplace, you too can use this to your advantage when creating your perfect space. There will always be a place for keeping things neutral, particularly in property for tenants or for potential buyers – future homeowners – to make it their own. However, there are occasions where choosing to enhance or highlight specific hues and tones throughout your property may increase its appeal. When trying to attract buyers, or even prospective tenants, you might choose to use colour to make them feel welcome. Or, for yourself as a homeowner, colour may help enhance your feelings of comfort.

In the same way that certain colours can make people feel a positive emotion, they can also cause negative emotions to occur, so thinking about the space and the way in which the colour is being used will help to make sure the balance of emotion is in your favour. Perhaps you have a blank canvas or feel your home’s interior is a little dated and in need of a refresh. When it comes to choosing the right colour, take note of how certain colours make you feel… and whether you want to feel that way in that particular room. RED: Often associated with excitement and passion, it tends to promote action. It is the most intense colour and can evoke strong emotions. YELLOW: Happiness, positivity and joy.

GREEN: Represents nature, bringing balance and harmony. BLUE: Calming and peaceful, blue evokes feelings of trust and dependability. PURPLE: Imagination and spirituality, it can evoke feelings of luxury and loyalty, among others. PINK: Sense of compassion and love, showing empathy and sensitivity. BROWN: Structure, security and protection. BLACK: Sophistication, seriousness, control and independence. WHITE: Complete and pure – innocence, cleanliness and peace. GOLD: Charm, confidence and luxury. Prosperity and friendliness. Having a play with colour doesn’t necessarily mean splashing out on a new paint job for your property. Adding hints of colour as part of your décor can be just as effective. Experiment by adding coloured cushions, throws, rugs, prints and paintings to a room. Allow time to reflect on how the room makes you feel, and if you are not ‘feeling’ it, change it up and try a different colour.

ORANGE: Motivation and positivity. It combines the energy of red with the fun of yellow.

For a home, it is best to stick with similar tones throughout and this all depends on how you want the home to feel. For instance, in order to make smaller properties appear larger, using light tones that reflect light will help create the feeling of space. If you have never picked up on how the colour of a wall makes you feel, rest assured you are not alone. Most of the time it will be a subconscious feeling rather than an obvious reaction, and it may take a little while for this to register with your conscious mind. Yellow, for example, seems to be a common ‘love it or hate it’ colour. Does it make you feel happy, as most likely intended, or does its brightness become too distracting and off-putting? Generally speaking, colours are separated into warm tones (reds, oranges, and yellows) and cool tones (blues, greens, and purples).

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ON LOCATION

Caloundra, Queensland

“Prices are holding firm and we’re seeing more houses than units at the moment, with huge buying demand and less stock on market. With more flexibility in working conditions, buyers are migrating here for the lifestyle.” – Karl Rademeyer, RE/MAX First

Home to stunning beaches, coastal paths and beachside living, Caloundra is the southernmost city in the Sunshine Coast region and around an hour’s drive from Brisbane. Its relaxed beach lifestyle invites people to choose their own pace, whether it is relaxing on one of the many golden beaches, enjoying the local parks and walkways, shopping, or experiencing the variety of dining options. There’s something unique to be enjoyed by people of all walks of life around every headland with residents happy to share their piece of paradise with visitors.

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Here are Karl’s top tips to enjoy the location. After a family holiday sparked a love for the area, Karl and Lindi Rademeyer have called Caloundra home for the last 14 years. Dine: Head to Moffat Beach’s own microbrewery, Moffat Beach Brewing Co. to enjoy a local brewed beer on tap overlooking the beach. Follow a morning swim with coffee and breakfast from any one of the cafes along the beach front – you’ll be spoilt for choice. Relax: Pack a picnic and enjoy the park grounds of Happy Valley. Take in a glorious sunset over the Glasshouse Mountains from Bulcock Beach. If you enjoy a slower pace, why not hire a paddleboard or enjoy a cruise along the Pumicestone Passage? Pick up the pace: Enjoy a bike ride or wander along the coastal pathways from Caloundra through to Point Cartwright. Hire a jet ski and enjoy the rush as you explore Caloundra’s beaches and surf breaks. See the Coast from a completely different perspective with a skydive experience, landing on the sandy beaches.


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RENOVATE,

A lot of people have spent more time in and around the home this year than they would have expected and they have had more time to take a good look around and decide if they still like what they see.

In some cases, they have discovered by necessity that certain things are lacking in the home… like somewhere to work… somewhere to exercise. And add to this, for some, the removal of big travel expenditure in 2020 or even beyond. What has become a focus of many households? Renovation. The trouble with renovating is that you end up with an awful lot of things that you think need to be discarded. If you keep an open mind, there may be opportunity to recycle as you renovate, and even help to make your renovating dollars go a little further. One of the most obvious materials to recycle is timber. Timber floors are hard to beat for beauty and character. Timber – be it Blackbutt, Tasmanian oak, Victorian ash, Merbau, Kauri, Matai or Rimu – is very popular in open-plan living areas because it adds a sense of spaciousness and is easy to clean.

SCREENTIME Proximity to the ocean meant these expensive security screens looked a little sorry after a decade, though they were as strong as ever. They will be repurposed as planting benches, chicken coops, pergola roofing… and a security door.

Consider reusing it within your own project or pass it to someone who can make use of it. What do you do with the old materials when you have to replace all or part of your roof? You might re-purpose old gutters in a myriad of ways, like in creating a vertical gutter garden or an ‘ice tray’ in a picnic table by substituting one slat for a piece of guttering. COLORBOND® roofing might be used to create an accent wall, make a headboard, build an outdoor shower or a garden feature. Old roof tiles might be repurposed into garden walkways or edging. If you bury the tiles vertically in the soil so that they stand up firmly, you can create a raised bed that will drain water easily. Many renovators scour web sites, salvage yards and recycling companies for second-hand windows and doors, so think about whether you can reuse or repurpose yours before you let go of them.

Did you know that building an average three – bedroom home generates six tonnes of construction waste, of which up to 85 per cent could be reduced, reused or recycled?

STARGATE Here an old trampoline has been repurposed into a stunning garden feature. The rest of the trampoline is being used elsewhere – the mat as a trailer cover and the safety sides as netting around the vegie patch. Only base poles and metal hooks were discarded.

TIPS FOR RECYCLING • Reuse whole bricks set with lime-based mortar in fences.

• Crushed broken bricks and concrete can become a base for footpaths and driveways. • The gypsum in crushed plasterboard makes a great soil and compost conditioner. • Retain as much topsoil as possible if excavation work is happening. • Take cuttings and earmark specimens for replanting before you remove plants.

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DESTINATION

Plenty to love about

Portugal Those who come for tourism or to live here know how easy it is to fall in love with this country. We’ve listed 11 reasons why everyone should! 1 The most beautiful beach in the world is here.

Huffington Post described Ponta da Piedade as possibly the prettiest beach in the world. Although far from being the only amazing beach in Portugal, it deserves the title.

‘offers a lot of opportunities for travellers: charming villages, good food, regional and fascinating music, cultural opportunities, a beautiful coastline and even surf’. 5 It’s a great place to shop!

2 It is a great spot for surfers. In fact, the largest waves ever surfed in the world were in Portugal.

Carlos Burle, Garret McNamara, Andrew Cotton and other great surfers broke historical records here.

3 The famous and tasty Portuguese wines!

Portugal has a strong wine tradition. The most famous and internationally awarded wines are from the Douro, Madeira and Alentejo regions. The Port wine is possibly the most famous. Wine tourism experiences are many.

4 This is the best country in Europe!

USA Today voted Portugal the best country in Europe, saying that it

Freeport Outlet, the biggest outlet in Europe, is very close to Lisbon. It spans 75,000m2. Other very good options include the Armazéns do Chiado, the Centro Comercial Colombo and the Av. da Liberdade in Lisbon. In Porto, there is Rua Santa Catarina and Avenida dos Aliados. Street markets with vintage and secondhand items are everywhere.

7 Fado!

8 Tastes of Portugal!

In 2013, 2014 and 2015, World Travel Awards named Portugal the ‘Best Golf Destination of the World’; and Algarve was named ‘European Golf Destination of the Year 2014’ by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO)

Portuguese cuisine offers many tasty dishes including sardines, codfish, bread with Chorizo, Francesinha, Alheira de Mirandela, Caldo Verde, Açorda de Marisco, Serra da Estrela cheese … the list is endless! Currently the country boasts 13 Michelin stars.

9 Pastries, deserts and sweets.

6 For golf lovers, Portugal is also the best destination!

Born in 19th Century Lisbon, Fado is a world-renowned symbol of Portugal. The musical genre is melancholy and deeply felt by both the singer and listeners. It was listed in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2011.

Begin with the famous Pastéis de Belém … and on to the travesseiros and queijadas from Sintra, the Pão de Ló, the Torta de Azeitão, the Bola de Berlim, the Bolo Rei and so on. Each region has its own specialties and typical flavours.

10 The weather

Portugal is one of the warmest countries in Europe and has over 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. It is the perfect place for beach lovers who can enjoy over 850km of coastline; and there’s no excuse for winter-lovers either. Enjoy a season of snow skiing at Serra da Estrela.

11 The palaces and castles!

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Almost every city has its own. The famous Palácio da Pena in Sintra is but one. Others are Castle of Santa Maria da Feira, Castle of Tomar, Castle of Guimarães and Palace of Queluz just to mention a few.


Top 8 holiday destinations The Algarve is a spectacular coastline in southern Portugal, with golden sandy beaches, magnificent scenery, impressive fishing towns and a glorious climate. The Alentejo region is the coastline to the west, which offers visitors magnificent Atlantic beaches, farmlands, vast wheat fields, cork oaks and olive trees. Coimbra in the central region is one of Europe’s oldest university towns, for seekers of cultural heritage to explore the Romanesque-style Old Cathedral of Coimbra, the Machado de Castro Museum and more. Also known as the ‘Venice of Portugal’, Aveiro town is criss-crossed by canals adorned with colourfully painted boats, which were traditionally used to harvest seaweed.

The vast Lisbon Region in the south-west provides something for every taste: beaches, water sports, golf courses, and open-air music festivals in the summer. The landscape changes from high, sweeping cliffs to beaches of white sand, backed by lagoons. The Douro region got its name from the longest river in northern Portugal, which winds its way past mountains and cliffs until it reaches the Atlantic Ocean near the city of Porto. See all its beauty from the river as cruise boats depart from Porto to the valleys, where the most popular wines are made. The Azores is an archipelago of nine islands in the north Atlantic Ocean, about two hours flight from Europe. The islands are grouped as the eastern – São Miguel and Santa Maria islands, the central – Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial islands, and the western – Flores and Corvo islands. Madeira island has an exceptional climate and outstanding natural beauty. An international airport provides an easy connection with mainland Portugal but when approached by ship, it offers an unforgettable sight: the mountains dropping straight into valleys dotted with white houses.

Buying real estate

Five of the strongest reasons to invest in Portugal.

1. Talent – a dedicated, young and extremely educated workforce with skills related to production and business development.

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2. Quality of life – a safe, multicultural, sunny country with excellent healthcare, schools and leisure.

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3. Location – strategically an excellent base to connect to the world.

RE/MAX to Portugal in 2000, buying the

4. Market and support – a doorway to Europe’s 500 million people, a massive market for doing business.

network today of more than 8,500 agents

5. Infrastructure – From highways to ports and airports, Portugal’s infrastructure is very well ranked worldwide.

Manuel Alvarez and Beatriz Rubio brought rights to operate in the country. It is a in approximately 340 branches. RE/MAX is a leader, year after year, in the Portuguese real estate market, both in the number of transactions and in the volume of business.

FOREIGN OWNERSHIP OF PROPERTY At the time of writing, there were no restrictions on foreign property ownership and a five-year residency permit (known as a golden visa) was available to non-EU citizens buying property worth a minimum of €500,000 (approx. AUD$812,886/NZD$870,535).

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By Jennifer E Kent

A touch of You don’t necessarily need a large backyard in order to enjoy your own little bit of nature. In fact, sometimes all you need is just few centimetres! The last six months have taught us many things, one being to make the most of the space you have, no matter what type of property you live in, be it an apartment, sky home, townhouse, a house with a yard or even acreage. If you’ve always wanted to enjoy the benefits of a garden but haven’t had the space (or the time), there are options to help you not only connect with nature but reap its benefits too!

Bringing plants indoors A sunny corner of the lounge, your office desk or by a kitchen window are all perfect spots to welcome nature into your home. As well as adding living texture and style, plants increase the overall air quality – making them both an attractive and healthy addition to your home. Plants are known to increase feelings of calmness, reducing anxiety and stress, and we could all use a little more of that in our lives.

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One of the great things about indoor plants is they are relatively low maintenance. From small self-sufficient succulents through to larger evergreens, there are plenty of options. The biggest challenge you’ll face is figuring out where in your home they thrive and how much (or little) love they need. You’ll know when you’ve found the right spot as you won’t need to give your plant much care and it will still look great. Here’s a handy tip I read years ago when I was new to indoor plants: the larger the leaf the more sunlight it needs. I’ve found this to be true in most cases (yes, I’ve lost some along the way). By far the most challenging plant I’ve faced is my Fiddle-Leaf Fig. One week it likes being next to the door, the next it doesn’t; but when I get it right, it feels and looks good.

Go high If you are short of square meterage, why not grow up? Vertical gardens have become increasingly popular over the last few years. From full irrigation set ups to simple DIY, they can work for any type of home and with a variety of plant styles – herb gardens, lettuce and fast-growing produce, succulents, and many more. If you have a balcony, they can soften a wall without sacrificing floor space. Hanging baskets are another simple, and relatively inexpensive, way to add some plant life in your life.

Styling with pots If you have ground space, but no room for a garden bed, potted plants can add an extra element of design. Mix and match colours, textures and sizes for a unique look to your space. Move them until you find the best spot. If your flowers don’t seem to be enjoying that really sunny corner, try a shadier area. You have the added benefit of being able to take them with you should you move.

Recycling to reproduce Permaculture is a term we’ve heard more of in recent years. The term has been around since the 70s but the practice itself is as old as humanity. Many people are now paying more attention to the way in which their food is produced and consumed, and there’s nothing better than your own organic produce. Sometimes it’s simply not practical to have and maintain a full garden.

The good news is that you don’t need a large backyard to incorporate elements of permaculture gardening into your lifestyle. In fact, for some herbs and vegetables, you don’t even need soil to watch them produce for you. A jar or glass of water, and a nice sunny spot (filtered light, not full sun) will be perfect. Many of these can be grown from your food scraps, too! Green onions, fennel, bok choy, lemongrass, celery and lettuce lend themselves to easy kitchen bench permaculture practices. There’s a plethora of websites and books the beginner can turn to for ideas.

Bonsai If you’ve always wanted a big tree to sit beside and read, but you lack the space, bonsai is a unique way of enjoying a tree with a difference. Yes, it’s not the same as sitting underneath a tree, but it’s the next best thing, right?

While often associated with Japan, the art of bonsai originated in China. The word ‘bonsai’ may be translated as ‘tray scenery or ‘tray plant’ and can involve a landscape with miniature trees and rocks or a more refined, simplistic landscape defined by a single tree. The art form has been kept alive for centuries, and is truly unique way of bringing the outdoors in.

Help yourself You need to take time to care for your plants. They won’t survive with total neglect. This brings one of the greatest benefits of plants and gardening into play. Horticulture has long been associated with mental stability and wellness. Allow yourself time to enjoy the simplicity of seeing your plants flourish. It is very rewarding and incredibly beneficial to your mental health.

VIEW EDITOR, LYN COX, SAYS: My first attempt at bonsai, and I’m doing it for a friend with a love of coastal banksia and no space. Late January 2020, tube stock from my local native plant council depot went in its pot. Google and a local nursery were my guide. In May, I was advised to make this cruel cut… and the bonsai loved it! Here it is in July. It’s a beauty, ready to go to its new home. I’ve caught the bug. I’ll start two this spring. This time, I’m keeping one!

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Don’t let your heart overrule research and fall in love with a location without paying attention to the investment fundamentals.

Look beyond your backyard If you love where you live, there is a fair chance that others will love the city, town or suburb too. You possibly chose it for its proximity to your workplace, it is in the right school zone, or it is simply an exciting place to live; and it may well suit a whole lot more people just like you. However, as at 31st December 2019, there were 25,522,169 people in Australia (ABS.) It is anticipated there will be more than 12.6 million households by 2040. New Zealand’s resident population reached five million in March 2020. There were around 1.8 million households at the end of March last year. Now that’s an awful lot of people, many of whom might want to live somewhere other than where you do. So, don’t restrict yourself when it comes to investing in property. Put your bias and your emotions aside and broaden your geographical and even type of property when it comes to choosing a long-term investment property. Have you ever considered just how many property markets there are in any one country? Or what a property market actually is. The property market is all around us. It could be as small as a few streets or as large as a state.

That said, it can encompass a nation, or the world! Its parameters are set by the person talking about it. It is where one goes to buy real estate. The strategic investor is guided by performance, so logically looks beyond just their own suburb. Often the property cycle is a starting point. The investor looks at various locations and where they are in their property cycle. Next, they look at how the economy is performing. Is one state leading the others, or poised for economic growth? If so, this may lead to jobs growth, which leads to wages growth and population growth, which eventually leads to property price growth. Within that state, take a good look at provincial cities and well as the capital. Particularly if your investment strategy involves a portfolio of properties, owning geographically diverse investments allows you to make the most of market ‘ups’ and protect your finances during any ‘downs’.

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Buyers might be doing themselves a disservice by not looking at regional centres and the extremities of larger cites.

Research any location you are looking at. Look for something big that is going to occur in the area, which will guarantee growth. This could be an airport under construction or a new hospital. If there is a project that may attract people for employment over an extended period, you can be pretty sure that the property market will be good – regardless of it being in a country town or a major city. Factors influencing property growth include the health and diversity of the local economy, population and jobs growth, the level of housing supply and housing affordability. Recognise the importance of gainful employment for the homeowner, which is generally critical to anyone with home loan repayments. Recognise also that suburbs well away from the city centre, outlying towns and regional centres often have appeal through lifestyle as well as affordability. Employment opportunities and essential infrastructure are boxes to tick for both the owner occupier and the investor, but if buyers do their research and look at each market based on its own merit, they may open themselves to some wonderful opportunities. It is possible for regional markets to offer stable property values and long-term high returns.


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A property magazine produced by RE/MAX Australia & RE/MAX New Zealand, focusing on all things property. Whether you're moving, looking at in...

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A property magazine produced by RE/MAX Australia & RE/MAX New Zealand, focusing on all things property. Whether you're moving, looking at in...

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