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$50 Million Makeover Planned for Brookside Shopping Centre

Brookside Shopping Centre has announced that further works are set to begin as part of a $50 million makeover, with the central cross road of the shopping centre poised to become a revitalised hub and food precinct for shoppers.

These works are in conjunction with the opening of Target, Cotton On Mega and Sportsgirl, prior to Christmas this year.

Brookside has commenced construction work, to give the 46-year-old shopping centre a modern makeover including façade upgrades, contemporary interiors and tenancy remixing, in line with existing and emerging customer needs and expectations.

The centre court area will be transformed into a food and meeting hub with casual dining and communal spaces. The look and feel of the interiors will be warm and inviting, emulating the Queenslander style that is so prominent within homes in the Mitchelton / Brookside trade area.

These works also involve building in the large void currently in centre court, to create more floor space to increase the food offer available.

Centre Manager, Mr Russell Shaw said that “The planning for this $50 million makeover was inspired by the aspirations of our customers whilst still maintaining the convenience and intimacy that Brookside has long established.”

“As well as the families in the trade area, the customer base also includes a very loyal older demographic and young, vibrant singles and couples moving into the area. Creating a retail offer and community space that connects and resonates with our customers’ needs and wants will be key in making this a project a success.”

Mr Shaw said that with the introduction of Cotton On Mega, together with Sportsgirl, Target, and the new centre court food hub, that Brookside Shopping Centre was well positioned to attract additional key retail offers, incremental customer patronage and future growth.

The Buchan Group were appointed to design the shopping centre makeover – the same architects who designed the newly refurbished Toowong Village, Wintergarden and Robina Town Centre. Building companies Broad and Mettle are jointly undertaking the construction project.

The Shopping Centre will remain open during the construction and refurbishments, reassuring disruption to shoppers and retailers will be minimised.

For updates visit their Facebook page or visit the centre.

Source: Brookside Shopping Centre Press Release.

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Kevin Turner Interviews Allie Coutts from Madeleine Hicks Real Estate About the Tender Process

Kevin:Last weekend's show, we were talking about the benefits of an auction. I had an email during the week from Madeleine Hicks' office. Madeleine, of course, no stranger to our show, has been on with us from time to time talking about the tender process. I thought that might make an interesting comparison between auction and tender, so joining me to talk about that, Allie Coutts, who is with Madeleine Hicks, of course. Allie, you have just done some recent tenders, I understand.
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Allie Coutts:

Yes, we've been doing them for a few years now, since we've done a lot training on them. We've really seen the benefit to our vendors in following the tender process.
Kevin:Yeah, of course, tenders aren't all that common in residential, very common in commercial, of course. So what are the benefits as you see it for sellers in doing a tender, say over an auction?
Allie Coutts:

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Firstly for an auction, you need at least two bidders that are actively engaged, and the highest bidder only needs to pay a little bit above whatever the underbidder has sent. Even though they may have had more money in their pocket or had seen greater values to the property, so that can be a bit tense for vendors who are waiting and watching all that activity.
 

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With tender, it doesn't matter if there's only one interested party. That interested party, because they don't know what others are offering, must write down the figure that they are actually prepared to pay or where they really see value for the property.
Kevin:Do you find that buyers generally understand the tender process or do they have to be educated by you, because really they're going into a fairly blind situation, aren't they?` At least with an auction, the buyer can actually see how much interest there is there.
Allie Coutts:

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Yes, true. I guess the only indicator for the buyer is the attendance at the open home, but yes, we do spend a great deal of time with buyers and educating. We have information packs that we share with them very readily, and also talk through the process. It's in the buyers best interest, too. It's actually worked quite nicely with first time buyers because I give them the tender pack, which includes the contract and encourage them to sit with their nearest and dear one, and then convey it to lawyers or their advisors to complete the contract and include the figure that they are able to do. It's actually done in the privacy of their own home, usually. Then they just submit their tender into the box, and if it's them that's selected then it's happy days.
Kevin:Well and good.
Allie Coutts:Yeah.
Kevin:

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I guess there's another advantage with tender as well, that's one of the reasons why it's so popular with commercial properties or major development sites is that it doesn't have to be cash unconditional, which is what happens at an auction. It can actually have some conditions with it, can't it?
Allie Coutts:

 

 

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Correct. Correct. Certainly, we encourage the unconditional, but there again, that's in the hands of the buyer as to what conditions they require. Then in the calm environment of the sellers home, they open up the tenders on a given time and date. They look through and compare figures, offers, and conditions or non-conditions and then make their choice accordingly.
Kevin:What happens in that process when you're sitting down with the owner and you're opening up all those tenders, if there's one there that's almost at the point where the seller will take it, do you have the ability then to go back and renegotiate with one or more of those tenders?
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Allie Coutts:

 

Yes. It's actually ... We're working for the vendor, and so we will follow their instructions, but that is absolutely up to them. They don't have to accept any of them. They're under no pressure to do so. Usually they're on the market though because they're ready to move, so invariably, they will. In a couple of cases, the tenders that have been submitted were far below what the vendor was seeking, and so at that point, we just put a price on the property and continued to market it as normal.

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We also run our tenders shorter than a typical auction campaign of four weeks. We generally run them for three, and in some cases where there's been great interest or where we know there will be a great deal of interest, we've even brought it down to four weeks. Again, that's actually up to vendors. If there's a particular buyer that is very keen to submit their offer early and to know prior to the due date, then they can do so, but it's not ... They can't put in multiple attempts.
Kevin:No, of course not.
Allie Coutts:But that is also an option that tenders can close early.
Kevin:There's an interesting insight for you into the world of tender. Helping us there, Allie Coutts, from Madeleine Hicks Real Estate. Allie, thank you very much for your time.
Allie Coutts:It's a pleasure, Kevin. Thank you.
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Fire Destroys Keperra Homes

f3be48047c419bb4b7ef00936764c475Neighbours described hearing a ‘pop’, like a car door being slammed, before looking out their window to see flames shooting out of the weatherboard house in Keperra.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services rushed to the Blackbutt St in Brisbane’s west at 7.45pm but the house was fully alight by the time they arrived.

“Flames were visible en route,” QFES station officer Bill Opray said.

Four fire trucks and twelve firefighters battled the blaze for almost 15 minutes to get it under control.

“We fought it from bought sides to protect structures on either side,” Mr Opray said.

“[The house is] completely destroyed, they will have to rebuild, they’ve lost everything.”

A neighbour who lives across the street said she heard a man scream at least five times before the fire took the house.

The three occupants of the house managed to escape in time, with one woman taken to hospital with minor burns and another man seen leaving the property draped in a bedsheet.

Residents at an apartment across the street said the fire spread quickly.24d2544223b7ba829d004a10e9152445

“We heard a car door slam, looked out the window and it was well alight,” the neighbour said.

“Firefighters didn’t stand a chance.”

With all residents escaping safely from the home, it further emphasises the importance of working Smoke Alarms.  From January 1, 2017 new smoke alarm laws came into place, you can check them out here http://villagebuzz.com.au/know-new-smoke-alarm-rules/

 

 

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Six things to do this Christmas in Everton Park

Six things to do this Christmas in Everton Park

We love Everton Park and its surrounds. And with Christmas just days away, we thought we’d give those of you die-hard locals – and those considering making this part of Brisbane your local – some local festive ideas.

1. Don’t do Christmas yourself
Have you considered out-sourcing Christmas? The food part, that is. For the I-didn’t-do-it-myself-Christmas lunch with delicious hot and cold Christmas lunch buffet featuring seafood, carvery, salads and desserts, where everyone gets to enjoy themselves, it’s worth considering the Everton Park Hotel.

2. Light up
Get competitive with the neighbours (in a good way of course) and up the ante on your Christmas light display. Local Everton Park retailer, Christmas Alight will help you to get your lights right. And if you’re not into doing things yourself, they can even install your lights for you.

Christmas in Everton Park

3. See the best Christmas lights
Others say so, therefore it must be true: local Everton Park family, the Brinums, at Bowers Road South have created a place that is AMAZING- we went last year and it was like an hour long mission through a massive property containing tons of decorations, lights, santas workshop, a garden exploration and even food and glow sticks for sale- INSANE!!! parking nearby isnt possible so be prepared for a small walk

4. Don’t forget the library
Our local, Everton Park Library (as well as all Brisbane libraries) have a great range of Christmas and school holiday activities. Check them out online or just pop in and enjoy some cool books in air conditioned comfort.

With Christmas celebrations underway, everyone is super excited about the festive season. Everything stops when Cheeky Monkey receives a message from Santa saying that Frosty the snowman is missing from the North Pole! Can Cheeky Monkey and his friends find Frosty and get him back to the North Pole before he melts?

5. If retail is your thing
If you’ve got this far in the Christmas journey and realised you really should hurry up and get some Christmas pressies, don’t panic, there’s always Brookside Shopping Centre: a mere five minutes away by car. We reckon it’s the North side’s best kept secret. You can for get about Pokemon at Brookside has it's own version of Augmented Reality, Clues for Claus.

Santa needs your help to save Christmas!  Can you help him get ready for Christmas Eve?  Join in on a magical search where your imagination comes to life through our Brook Rewards app.  If you follow the clues to find Santa and redeem your free gift

6. There’s always a café nearby

Now, it’s not quite Everton Park, but neighbouring Gaythorne is becoming a bit of a go-to place for cool cafes. Just second’s walk from the Gaythorne train station is Hansell and Gretel, and Grubb Street – and one seriously cool restaurant, The Gypsies Wagon. All do great food and coffee.

 

We would love to hear from you about what your favourite thing to do at Christmas time is.

And this Christmas, above all, we hope you get a chance to take it easy and spend some happy times with friends and family.

 

Some Melbourne Cup Facts that you may not Know

Some Melbourne Cup Facts that you may not Know

Melbourne Cup History

The Melbourne Cup was first run in 1861, when a horse called Archer made the arduous journey, by foot, from Nowra NSW to Flemington to take the glory. He doubled up 12 months later, providing trainer-owner Etienne de Mestre with wins that would ultimately total five – a record that remained unbroken until 1977.

That first win was worth just 170 pounds. The race is now one of the world’s richest, with prize money totalling more than $6 million. Run by the Victoria Racing Club, the Melbourne Cup has gone on to become Australia’s most watched three odd minutes of television each year.

So if you want to pick a winner today, here is all of the information that you will need to make the right selection.Melbourne Cup

MELBOURNE CUP RACE RECORD:

  • Kingston Rule 1990 - 3 minutes 16.3 seconds

BIGGEST WINNING MARGINS:

  • 8 lengths - Archer 1862 / Rain Lover 1968

HIGHEST WINNING WEIGHT:

  • 10st 5 lb (66.0 kg) Carbine (1890)
  • 10st 2 lb (64.5 kg) Archer (1862)
  • 10st 0 lb (63.5 kg) Poitrel(1920)

LOWEST WINNING WEIGHT:

  • 1863 33.5kg, Banker

HIGHEST WEIGHT CARRIED:

  • 10st 10lb (68 kg) Phar Lap and lost
  • The most popular weight carried is 52.5kg and 53kg with eight wins each, followed by 47, 48, 51, and 56kgs each with seven wins

AGE OF WINNERS:Melbourne Cup

  • 3 year old - 23 (last 3yo - Skipton (1941)
  • 4 year old - 44
  • 5 year old - 43
  • 6 year old - 33
  • 7 year old - 10
  • 8 year old - 2
  • The last three-year-old to win the Cup was Skipton in 1941

SEX OF WINNERS:

  • Entire 66
  • Gelding 52
  • Colts 21
  • Mares 13
  • Fillies 3

SHORTEST PRICED FAVOURITES:

  • 8/11 Phar Lap (1st 1930)

SHORTEST PRICED WINNING FAVOURITES:

  • 8/11 Phar Lap (1st 1930)
  • 7/4 Revnue (1908)
  • 2/1 Archer (1862)

FAVOURITES RECORD:

  • 35 of 153 favourites (23%) have won the Melbourne Cup
  • 72 Cup favourites have finished in the first three placings

LONGEST PRICED WINNERS:

  • The Pearl 100/1 (1871)
  • Wotan 100/1 (1936)
  • Old Rowley 100/1 (1940)
  • Rimfire 80/1 (1948)
  • Prince Of Penzance 100/1 (2015)
  • The longest priced winners in the last twenty years was Viewed at 40/1 in 2008, then Tawrrific in 1989 starting at 30/1 and Prince Of Penzance in 2015

ODDS:Some Melbourne Cup Facts that you may not Know

  • 10/1 - 15 Times
  • 8/1 - 13 Times

DUAL WINNERS:

  • Archer 1861 - 1862
  • Peter Pan 1932 - 1934
  • Rain Lover 1968 - 1969
  • Think Big 1974 - 1975

TRIPLE WINNERS:

  • Makybe Diva 2003- 2005

SMALLEST FIELD:

  • 7 starters 1863

LARGEST FIELD:

  • 39 starters in 1890

SUCCESSFUL JOCKEYS 4 WINS EACH:

  • Bobbie Lewis: The Victory 1902, Patrobas 1915, Artilleryman 1919 & Trivalve 1927
  • Harry White: Think Big 1974 and 1975, Arwon 1978 and Hyperno 1979. Harry White also holds a unique record of two Melbourne Cup doubles

FEMALE JOCKEYS:

  • First female jockey to ride in the Cup was New Zealander Maree Lyndon on Argonaut Style in 1987, she ran second last out of 21
  • Clare Lindop was the first Australian female to ride in the Cup when unplaced on Debben in 2003
  • Michelle Paine is the first and only female to win the Melbourne Cup when she beat Mac Dynamite in 2015 on the 100/1 shot Prince Of Penzance

FATHER AND SON COMBINATION:

  • Billy and Peter Cook are the only father-son combination to win the Melbourne Cup. Billy Cook (Father) winning the Cup 2 times in 1941 on Skipton and 1945 on Rainbird and Peter (Son) winning in 1981 on Just A Dash

JOCKEYS COLOURS:

  • 17 cup winning jockeys have worn black as their main colour. Last being George Podmore on Evening Peal in 1956
  • Navy blue and royal blue with 14 wins

WINNERS OF THE CUP DOUBLES, MELBOURNE CUP / CAULFIELD CUP (11):

  • Poseidon 1906
  • The Trump 1937
  • Rivette 1939
  • Rising Fast 1954
  • Even Stevens 1962
  • Galilee 1966
  • Gurner's Lane 1982
  • Let's Elope1991
  • Doriemus 1995
  • Might and Power 1997
  • Ethereal 2001

WINNING BARRIERS:

  • Barriers 5, 10, 11 and 14....8 winners
  • Barriers 6, 8, and 19.....5 winners
  • Barriers 1, 4, 17 and 22....5 winners
  • Since the barrier stalls were first used in the Cup in 1924, no horse has won the race from barrier 18
  • In the year 1924, the winner Backwood started from barrier 7. In the 85 years since, Makybe Diva is the only other winner starting from that barrier winning in 2004

MOST WINNING NUMBER:

  • No 4 and No 12 with 11 wins
  • No 1 with 9 wins
  • No 8 with 8 wins
  • No 11 with 7 wins

Makybe Diva winning in 2005 wearing no.1. The last horse carrying no.1 prior to that was Rising Fast in 1954.

  • TAB numbers 4 and 6 have won four of the last fifteen Cups
  • TAB numbers to win only one Cup are 26, 28 and 39
  • TAB numbers to win only two Cups are 7, 16, 18, 21, 23 and 25
  • Historically the best guides to the Melbourne Cup have been the Caulfield Cup and the Mackinnon Stakes

TRAINER WITH MOST WINS:

  • Bart Cummings 12 wins (1965, 1966, 1967, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2008)
  • Etienne de Mestre  5 wins (1861, 1862, 1867, 1877, 1878)
  • Lee Freedman 5 wins (1989, 1992, 1995, 2004, 2005)
  • Bart trained his first Melbourne Cup winner in 1965 with four year old mare Light Fingers. He last won the race in 2008 with Viewed, his 50th Anniversary of his first Cup runner
  • Bart Cummings Father Jim Cummings trained one Cup winner, Comic Court in 1950
  • Sheila Laxon in 2001, trainer Ethereal, was the first woman trainer to officially win the Melbourne Cup
  • 1938 Melbourne Cup was won by trainer Mrs. Allan McDonald who trained Catalogue. Mrs McDonald was a New Zealand trainer but at that time women were not allowed to compete as trainers in Australia so the record books have her husband down as the official trainer

MOST WINS BY AN OWNER:

  • John Tait 4 Wins (1866, 1868, 1871, 1872)
  • Etienne de Mestre 4 Wins  (1861, 1862, 1867, 1878)
  • Dato Tan Chin Nam 4 Wins (1974, 1975, 1996, 2008)
  • Lloyd Williams 4 Wins  (1981, 1985, 2007, 2012)

PRIZE MONEY:

  • Melbourne Cup in 1861 was $1,420
  • Melbourne Cup in 2005 was $5.1 million
  • Melbourne Cup in 2009 is $5.65 million
  • Melbourne Cup in 2010 is $6 million plus trophies to celebrate th 150th running of the race
  • Melbourne Cup in 2011 is $6.16 million plus trophies
  • Melbourne Cup in 2012 is 6.20 million
  • Melbourne Cup in 2013 is 6.20 million
  • Melbourne Cup in 2014 is 6.20 million
  • Melbourne Cup in 2015 is 6.20 million
  • In 1985 the race reached $1 million dollars in prize money for the first time (won by What A Nuisance)

MELBOURNE CUP POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN:

  • 1870 when the track was so waterlogged that it was deemed unsafe to ride. Won by Nimblefoot a week later
  • 1916 track agained deemed unsafe due to rain. Cup won by Sasanof 5 days later
  • 1892 The Cup was run in pouring rain and won by Glenloth
  • Rain during the race on average happens once in every nine years

MELBOURNE CUP TROPHY FACTS:

  • 1861 - The trophy took the form of a "hand beaten" gold watch
  • 1865 - The first year a trophy was awarded. Silver bowl on a stand with a narrow neck with two ornate handles topped with a horse and rider
  • 1867 - A silver trophy from England displays 'Alexander Taming the Horse
  • 1868 - 1875 No mention of trophy presented
  • 1876 - The first gold cup trophy manufactured in Victoria
  • 1877 - 1886 No trophy presented
  • 1887 - Dunlop A golden horse-shoe mounted on a plush stand and valued at 100 sovereigns
  • 1888 - Three silver horses on a silver plated base
  • 1889 - The silver "tea and coffee service" reputed to have been unacceptable as a trophy
  • 1890 - A silver ewer, salver and tazzas are representative of this magnificent trophy
  • 1891 - A trophy measuring two feet in length and fifteen inches high of a draped figure of Victory, standing on a pedestal holding out an olive wreath to a jockey upon his horse
  • 1893 - Multi-piece trophy of silver tankard, punch bowl and beakers
  • 1894 - 1898 Trophies were not presented as the economic depression engulfed the nation
  • 1900 - A tea and coffee service was presented
  • 1908 - Three feet long plaque of an embossed silver galloping horse resembling a greyhound. Much ridicule
  • 1909 - Two handled silver cups
  • 1913 - Silver epergne
  • 1914 - This was the last year the Melbourne Cup Trophy was made in England
  • 1915 - A large rose bowl that was made in Australia
  • 1916 - The first gold cup is presented
  • 1918 - Two handled gold cup trophy
  • 1919 - James Steeth's three handled "loving cup" first introduced
  • 1922 - The Melbourne Cup trophy valued at 200 pounds
  • 1953 - The Melbourne Cup trophy valued at 550 pounds
  • 1960 - The Melbourne Cup trophy valued at 750 pounds
  • 1973 - The Melbourne Cup trophy valued at $3000
  • 1978 - The Melbourne Cup trophy valued at $9000
  • 1984 - The Melbourne Cup trophy valued at $23 000
  • 1987 - The Melbourne Cup trophy valued at $32 000
  • 1999 - The Melbourne Cup trophy valued at $32 500
  • 2000 - The Melbourne Cup trophy valued at $32 500
  • 2001 - The Melbourne Cup trophy valued at $80 000. The Cup moves from 9ct to 18ct gold. Valued at $80,000
  • 2005 - The breeder of the Cup winner will be presented with a Melbourne Cup ½ sized Cup
  • 2006 - The Melbourne Cup trophy valued at $100 000
  • 2008 - The Melbourne Cup trophy valued at $125 000
  • 2010 - The Cup has been remodelled on the trophy won by Phar Lap in 1930 and is valued at $150,000
  • The Cup is made up of 34 pieces of hand-beaten eighteen carat gold and a lathe-produced base
  • Every year the Melbourne Cup trophy is awarded as a prize

TAB DIVIDENDS:

  • Record trifectas dividend on the Melbourne Cup - $61,867.90 in 1993
  • 2009 punters across the country splurged on Tuesday's Melbourne Cup with a record $95.6 million outlaid on the Victorian and New South Wales TABs
  • Average spend per person is approximately $8.50, of which $7.30 is returned in dividends

MORE MELBOURNE CUP TRIVIA:

  • The youngest jockey to win was Peter St. Albans in 1876 on Briseis aged 13 (officially), but actually 12 years 11 months 23 days
  • The Melbourne Cup was first filmed in 1896
  • The first radio broadcast of the Melbourne Cup was made by the Australian Broadcasting Company in 1925
  • The photo finish camera was first used in the 1948 Melbourne Cup
  • Dunaden wins the Cup in 2011 from Red Cadeaux in the closest finish ever in Cup history
  • Most runs by a horse in the Cup was Shadow King, from 1929 to 1935 who made six attempts to win the cup in seven years . He ran 6th, 3rd, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd and 4th
  • Subzero and 5 other grey horses have won the Melbourne Cup
  • World Wars I and  II stopped most major races in Australia, but not the Melbourne Cup.
  • The Melbourne Cup is also a Greyhound Race and is also held in November.
  • Jockeys in Victoria must have blood-alcohol readings under 0.02.
  • The phrase The Race That Stops A Nation is a trademark of the Victoria Racing Club.
  • Great trivia question: What Australian sporting event did Russia win in 1946? The Melbourne Cup. Russia was a horse. He won by three lengths.
  • In Australia in any given year, there is approxiamately 32,000 active racehorses. Over half of them have never won a race.
  • Phar Lap's heart was 6.2kg.  The average horse heart weighs 3.2 kg.
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Northside has Brisbane’s Most Expensive Suburbs

The latest RACQ Cost of Living report into housing affordability showed that four of the top five most expensive suburbs in Brisbane are on the north side of the river.

Top five priciest suburbs in Brisbane by median house price:

— Teneriffe $1.7m

— New Farm $1.5m

— Ascot $1.4m

— Hamilton $1.2m

— Chandler $1.1m

In our part of the world the latest median house prices are:-

McDowall$625,000
Everton Park$593,500
Stafford Heights$575,000
Stafford$580,000

Which is well above Brisbane's median house price of $485,000.

The RACQ report showed that whilst having a sea view may be desirable, it does not necessarily mean that your property is worth more.  Suburbs like Wellington Point and Wynnum had median prices just a touch over $600,000.  Maybe there is value in our fortunate location close to the city.

You may be interested to know that the highest price achieved in McDowall this year was $1,300,000 for a Rode Rd property back in May.

If you would like to see what your property is worth give Madeleine Hicks Real Estate a call.

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Queensland Property Laws You May Not Be Aware Of

The sunny state is fast becoming a gold mine for renters and buyers alike. Unlike the saturated markets in Sydney and Melbourne, Bris Vegas and its surrounds have plenty of investment potential.

Competitive rates

Queensland is an incredibly desirable residential area, with competitive costs in utilities, and business taxes including payroll at an average of $767 less per taxpayer than elsewhere in Australia. For those looking to build, it’s worth noting that Queensland offers a 50% payroll tax rebate for apprenticeships and traineeships.

Buyer’s urgency

Throughout Queensland, those looking to purchase property need to act fast. In Queensland contracts for sale are often prepared by the selling agent, whereas in New South Wales they are prepared by the vendor’s solicitor. If the buyer is unable to settle by settlement date in NSW a vendor can issue a Notice to Complete, with additional time to settle and penalty interest charges with every day over settlement. However, in Queensland it’s not as lenient – if settlement isn’t achieved by the agreed date and a standard 14-day period extension isn’t proposed, the vendor can terminate the contract immediately and keep the deposit.

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Renting terms

In Australia there are marked differences in states and territories for rental agreements. In New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australian and Victoria, a landlord must provide at least 60 days’ notice of a rent increase to tenants. Similarly, the period in the Australian Capital Territory is 8 weeks. However, Queensland landlords can offer a much shorter one month’s notice for fixed term agreements, or two months’ notice for periodic agreements, and similarly the Northern Territory property owners must provide a 30-day notice period, regardless of tenancy type. Maximum bonds asked of tenants in Queensland is a four-week equivalent rent agreement for properties renting at less than $500 a week, but if exceeding this figure, the bond is unrestricted. As for eviction periods, unlike in Victoria where a 90-day period of notice is required, Queensland – along with New South Wales and the Northern Territory – may legally provide a mere 14 days’ notice.

Licence transfers

For those practicing in the field, there are fees for transferring a property licence from other Australian states or territories to a Queensland-recognised one. Agents can expect to wait 4-6 weeks for processing, including a police check, and will fork out about $2,500 for a 3-year full licence transferral, or around the $500 mark for a registered salesperson.

Whether you plan to live locally or buy from interstate, it’s crucial to have contacts that have knowledge of your desired area, and will become keys to your success in buying, selling or renting. That’s why the team at Madeleine Hicks Real Estate want to help – we take pride in our property knowledge and will help you get the best out of the market. Call us today on 07 3355 6845!

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What Will the 2016 Census Tell Us?

What Will the 2016 Census Tell Us

 

In the lead up to August 9, known by all as ‘Census Night’, many Australians were left dumbfounded at the obligatory task of completing the national, five-yearly Population and Housing Census. For the first time, the survey was brought into modern-day times, and Australia was encouraged to jump online and complete the form electronically.

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Open Home Inspection Times for This Week

Open Home Inspection Times for This Week

For Sale

Saturday, 20th August

9.00 to 9.30am         12 Hoskins Cl McDowall
9.30 to 10.00am       33 Heatherlea St Brendale
9.30 to 10.00am       1/24 Terrace St Newmarket
10.30 to 11.00am     39 Mountridge St Everton Park
11.00 to 11.30am     19 Silkyoak Way Albany Creek
11.30 to 12.00pm     41 Andress St McDowall
1.00 to 1.30pm         12 Hoskins Cl McDowall

Open Home Inspection Times for This Week

For Rent

Saturday, 20th August

10.00 to 10.30am     32 Speilberg St McDowall
10.30 to 10.45am     7 Ballindery St Everton Park
11.00 to 11.15am     1098 Southpine Rd Everton Hills
11.45 to 12.00pm     500 Stafford Rd Stafford
2.00 to 2.15pm         4/467 Hamilton Rd Chermside

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Open Home Inspection Times for This Week

Open Home Inspection Times for This Week

For Sale

Saturday, 13th August

9.00 to 9.30am          12 Hoskins Cl McDowall
9.30 to 10.00am        1/24 Terrace St Newmarket
10.00 to 10.30am      11 Walpole St McDowall
10.30 to 11.00am      39 Mountridge St Everton Park
11.00 to 11.30am      19 Silkyoak Way Albany Creek
11.30 to 12.00pm      41 Andress St McDowall
12.00 to 12.30pm      33 Heatherlea St Brendale
9.00 to 9.30am         12 Hoskins Cl McDowall
1.15 to 1.45pm         85 Shayne Ave Deception Bay

Open Home Inspection Times for This Week

For Rent

Saturday, 13th August

9.00 to 9.15am          3/40 Glenalva Tce Enoggera
9.30 to 9.45am          7 Ballindery St Everton Park
10.45 to 11.00am      69 Remick St Stafford Heights
11.15 to 11.30am      32 Speilberg St McDowall