BID­DERS CAMP OUT TO SE­CURE A HOME

Rouse Hill Times - - NEWS -

LAND re­leases at Mars­den Park are in such high de­mand that peo­ple are camp­ing out to claim their slice of the sub­urb.

Hope­ful buy­ers spent the early hours of Satur­day, March 18, in the rain at a Stock­land-owned site for the lat­est re­lease in the Elara es­tate.

A Stock­land spokes­woman said although in­ter­est was still strong, peo­ple should avoid camp­ing overnight.

“We con­tinue to ex­pe­ri­ence very strong de­mand at all of our Sydney com­mu­ni­ties and dis­cour­age the re­cent overnight line-up,’’ she said.

Stock­land said it was up­dat­ing its re­lease times to avoid sim­i­lar late-night and early-morn­ing trans­ac­tions so “cus­tomers have a fair op­por­tu­nity and safe ex­pe­ri­ence, with­out the need to line up when pur­chas­ing into a Stock­land com­mu­nity’’.

The spokes­woman said the par­tic­u­lar in­ci­dent did not re­sult in any land re­leases.

While Melissa Marl­bor­ough and her fi­ance Brad Maas did not camp out, they un­der­stand the strug­gles first-home buy­ers face.

Ms Marl­bor­ough, 26, has been looking for places in the Black­town area since Septem­ber but homes have been out of their price range or sold too quickly.

“(The prop­er­ties) were all gone be­fore we had a chance to have a look, so I de­cided to sign up for any news about fu­ture

‘‘ Be­ing able to know our neigh­bours ...not just in­vestors is a bonus for us

re­leases in Elara and that’s when we were told about this lot,” she said. The cou­ple found a house in the es­tate and ex­pect to move there in June.

“We’re plan­ning on start­ing a fam­ily soon, so be­ing able to know our neigh­bours and know that they are go­ing to be sta­ble and are not just in­vestors who will rent out the homes is a real bonus for us,’’ Ms Marl­bor­ough said.

Pic­ture: David Swift

Give us land: Melissa Marl­bor­ough and her fi­ance Brad Maars near the site of their home at Mars­den Park.

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