Some vi­tal ques­tions an­swered

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WHETHER you are plan­ning to buy an in­vest­ment prop­erty, down­size to a unit or are on the hunt for the ul­ti­mate fam­ily home, this week’s Realestate liftout gives you plenty of in­for­ma­tion to pon­der.

Prop­erty is about arm­ing your­self with in­for­ma­tion – whether it is talk­ing to the right bro­ker and find­ing out how much de­posit you need, to what fea­tures to look for be­fore sign­ing on the dot­ted line.

This week we spoke to Cairns prop­erty man­ager Jen­nifer Palumbo at First Na­tional Cairns about the top pri­or­i­ties for renters.

Do ten­ants pay more for lo­ca­tion or se­cu­rity?

Per­haps a pool will put you in front of the com­pe­ti­tion or fur­nish­ing your in­vest­ment to ap­peal to our tran­sient pop­u­la­tion.

So, if you are an in­vestor look­ing for a long-term ten­ant, cast your eye over our ‘what ten­ants want’ story and the out­comes of a re­cently re­leased Queens­land sur­vey.

We also spoke to local real es­tate agents about what makes a per­fect fam­ily abode.

All the ques­tions are an­swered in to­day’s liftout with the in­put of Ni­cole Bragg and Deb­bie North and both agents agree – look­ing for­ward is the best way to se­cure a “for­ever home”.

“Fam­ily needs change over the years,” Ms Bragg said.

“The top fea­tures (for the ul­ti­mate fam­ily home) are mul­ti­ple liv­ing ar­eas, mul­ti­ple bath­rooms, close to schools, good space for kids to get out­doors and adult and chil­dren space (in­doors).

“It is im­por­tant to have enough rooms but also flex­i­bil­ity to con­vert these spa­ces into a games room or study po­ten­tially.”

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