Sub­di­vid­ing land made eas­ier

The Weekend Post - Real Estate - - Front Page - Bianca Kee­gan

ACAIRNS build­ing com­pany is tar­get­ing own­ers of large blocks in­ter­ested in sub­di­vi­sion in a bid to stim­u­late the lo­cal prop­erty mar­ket.

Gen­eral man­ager of David McCoy Homes, Adam Gowlett, said they would now of­fer a ser­vice to take the worry out of sub­di­vid­ing a par­cel of land. He said there were many home­own­ers in the re­gion sit­ting on blocks of land larger than 800sq m but many own­ers were put off by the amount of pa­per­work and has­sle.

“A lot of peo­ple don’t know what to do, where to go or who to call,” he said. “Some­times they might get scared off at what is in­volved in sub­di­vid­ing.”

Mr Gowlett said the build­ing com­pany would of­fer a “one-stop shop” for home­own­ers.

“We have the abil­ity to pro­vide the as­sess­ment for the sub­di­vi­sion ap­proval, any ex­ten­sion of ser­vices (in­clud­ing sew­er­age), de­sign­ing homes to suit the block and build­ing the fin­ished prod­uct.

“It’s daunt­ing for a lot of peo­ple. While they own their block, if they put a sec­ond house on that block there are cer­tain head­works charges.

“We are in the po­si­tion that we can hope­fully take those sur­prises away from peo­ple. They are fully in­formed of the costs and the ben­e­fits up front.”

Mr Gowlett said many lo­cals had eq­uity tied up in their homes but didn’t re­alise they could in­vest on their own land.

“High-set Queens­lan­ders that have very good side ac­cess or peo­ple on cor­ner blocks would be ide­ally set to see if there is some­thing that can be done,” he said. “There are mums and dads who don’t nec­es­sar­ily want to go through the process of sell­ing their cur­rent home or buy­ing a new block and build­ing. Peo­ple can in­vest where they cur­rently live.”

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