BIDDERS CAMP OUT TO SECURE A HOME
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.
Give us land: Melissa Marlborough and her fiance Brad Maars near the site of their home at Marsden Park.