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Re­tiree Sue Larsen (pic­tured be­low) con­sid­ered buying and ren­o­vat­ing an es­tab­lished house.

But af­ter ex­ten­sive re­search she found that she could build the ex­act home she wanted at AVID Prop­erty Group’s Brent­wood For­est with­out the stress of ren­o­vat­ing.

“I looked for about a year be­fore I bought at Brent­wood For­est,” she said.

“I’d never looked in this area be­fore but when it came up I found this de­vel­op­ment had ev­ery­thing I wanted and could af­ford.

“I did con­sider buying an es­tab­lished house and fix­ing it to suit my needs but I didn’t want to go through the stress of ren­o­vat­ing again.”

AVID Prop­erty Group gen­eral man­ager Bruce Harper said many buy­ers, par­tic­u­larly down­siz­ers, were choos­ing pack­ages like those of­fered at Brent­wood For­est be­cause it was eas­ier than ren­o­vat­ing an es­tab­lished prop­erty.

“With a new home, you can re­ally con­fig­ure the house to suit your fam­ily’s needs,” he said.

“While ren­o­va­tion is a huge in­dus­try, for many home­own­ers the costs and stress as­so­ci­ated with ren­o­vat­ing is a real bar­rier, par­tic­u­larly for down­siz­ers who want to be able to spend more of their time en­joy­ing their re­tire­ment.”

Re­cently re­leased data from the Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics (ABS) found that the value of al­ter­ations and ad­di­tions to ex­ist­ing res­i­den­tial build­ings flat­lined in Au­gust, af­ter ris­ing for three months.

By com­par­i­son, the value of new res­i­den­tial build­ing rose 0.8 per cent in Au­gust, fol­low­ing three months of growth.

Ms Larsen said that the area had ev­ery­thing she needed and she was in the home she wanted.

Lev­elled blocks at the mas­ter­planned Brent­wood For­est de­vel­op­ment in Bell­bird Park start from $202,000.

Tempo Homes by AVID Prop­erty Group at Brent­wood For­est is of­fer­ing af­ford­able yet stylish homes.

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