The Courier-Mail - Property - - REALESTATE NEWS - DARCIED AKEROYD

THERE is no doubt ev­ery city, town, sub­urb, re­gional area, coastal or ru­ral lo­ca­tion will have its most pop­u­lar prop­erty con­fig­u­ra­tion.

Not only ac­com­mo­da­tion and the size over­all, but room lay­outs, block size, as­pect, fea­tures, spec­i­fi­ca­tion, value range and even de­sign, style and age.

Many of th­ese el­e­ments are ac­tu­ally very chal­leng­ing to quan­tify in on­line searches. This is why to­day’s con­tem­po­rary mar­ket has seen such a swift emer­gence and evo­lu­tion in house mar­ket­ing in the form of im­agery, both mov­ing and still, in­ter­ac­tive floor plans and the now high-de­mand drone shot.

It’s all done to pro­mote a prop­erty’s fea­tures to a very hun­gry, in­for­ma­tion­greedy buy­ing public – so they can see if your prop­erty ac­tu­ally of­fers the lo­cal mar­ket must-haves.

Ig­nore this hous­ing mar­ket phe­nom­e­non at your peril, how­ever to be able to ad­dress the is­sue or ac­tu­ally cre­ate changes to meet this mar­ket de­mand, in many cases, is not only phys­i­cally im­pos­si­ble but the cost would ac­tu­ally out­weigh the added value ben­e­fit.

So if you are the ven­dor of the prop­erty type that is dif­fer­ent and sim­ply does not conform to the most sought-af­ter prop­erty de­mo­graphic, what to do?

I of­ten wit­ness mis­takes in per­cep­tion and un­nec­es­sary con­cerns from sell­ers wor­ried or sim­ply un­aware that their prop­erty’s spec­i­fi­ca­tion, pre­sen­ta­tion, de­sign, or lo­ca­tion has the im­pact on the mar­ket place it ac­tu­ally does, whether that is a pos­i­tive or a neg­a­tive im­pact.

I re­ally sug­gest you get to know your mar­ket’s most pop­u­lar prop­erty con­fig­u­ra­tions then fine­tune that knowl­edge by look­ing in the pa­pers and on­line to check out pre­sen­ta­tion/ spec­i­fi­ca­tion, what is ex­pected and what buy­ers de­mand for their dol­lar.

If you do this, you will feel ed­u­cated and in con­trol from the get-go.

Why is this rel­e­vant, es­pe­cially if your home misses the mark and you are dif­fer­ent?

If your home is smaller than usual, price ac­cord­ingly and if you are able to demon­strate a way to ex­tend/cre­ate more ac­com­mo­da­tion, get the plans and DA in place. If your home is big­ger, ac­cept the buyer num­bers will be less but they may ac­tu­ally be more fo­cused as they have less choice

Along with most pop­u­lar prop­erty con­fig­u­ra­tion comes most pop­u­lar price range. Ac­cept that if your home is higher in value, de­mand may be slower and ad­di­tional size may not be fully re­flected pro­por­tion­ally in added dol­lars

If you are pre­par­ing to sell, never pre­sume you need to do any­thing other than clean, tidy and de-clut­ter with­out check­ing your lo­cal mar­ket first. If your prop­erty is not in the most pop­u­lar cat­e­gory, you should be wary of how much you should risk on im­prove­ments

As a po­ten­tial seller of a dif­fer­ent or unique home, try to tie your list­ing in with only lim­ited num­bers of sim­i­lar homes for sale

My mes­sage for the many of us who do not have the “usual” homes – there is no need to worry. Ac­knowl­edge your home’s strengths and weak­nesses then you will know if stag­ing or im­prove­ments are worth­while and vi­able. AF­TER buy­ing the 16ha block in the 1980s, the own­ers fi­nally moved into th their dream home at 37 Best Rd, R Rocks­berg in 2000. Warwick and Lynette Sin­clair bought the land while on hol­i­days af­ter trav­el­ling from Syd­ney to B Bris­bane in lieu of some­where to live. While their three chil­dren a at­tended school they lived in C Ca­bool­ture, but reg­u­larly vis­ited R Rocks­berg for bon­fires and camp­ing tr trips. Ms Sin­clair said the cou­ple con­sult­edc on “ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing” in or­der to de­sign their dream home. “When we were here on hol­i­days wew bought some wood and made a scalesc model of the home to make suresu ev­ery­thing would work,” Ms Sin­clair said.

“One time Warwick got bags of flour and used it to set out the pa­ram­e­ters out of the house so I could see where ev­ery room was,” she said.

“It was a visual thing for me and I had to feel it. To us, the place tells a story.”

Mr Sin­clair, a builder by trade, started the build in 1997 and it took three years to com­plete.

The home has five bed­rooms; two bath­rooms; en­trance foyer; fam­ily room; bar; kitchen; and open-plan din­ing and lounge with a fire­place.

The main bed­room has a pri­vate wing with a gar­den, walk-in wardrobe and en­suite with dou­ble basins.

There are 3m wide ve­ran­das over­look­ing an in-ground pool with three “beaches”, a wa­ter­slide and a wa­ter­fall, as well as a ten­nis court,

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