INSPECTIONS are like a first date. You only get one chance to make that first impression. Set your property up for inspection success with these simple tips.
Camouflage your pets
One of the most common complaints from potential buyers at open for inspections are those tell-tale signs you share your home with someone furry. If they’re not yours, pet smells or stains can actively turn someone off your property.
Deodorise your property to remove the whiff of little creatures and get someone who doesn’t normally live there to confirm you’re clear (you might be used to it and can’t sniff what others can).
Clean traces of hair from floors and furniture, stow feeding bowls and toys.
Remove any litter boxes or droppings from the yard, and give your pets a vacation during inspections.
Yes, it’s Captain Obvious, but you’d be surprised. Make sure your whole property is neat and tidy when buyers arrive, including the garden and outside areas.
Dust, vacuum, scrub, wash, buff – make all those annoying tasks earn their keep.
Don’t forget to clean inside ovens, cupboards and wardrobes, in case potential buyers indulge a snoop.
Remove shoes from the entrance and any hazards people might trip over.
Get the big clean out of the way in advance, then keep your place in good condition while your place is on the market. That way you should only need a refresh to prepare for a new inspection date, rather than a top to bottom makeover.
Clear out the mailbox and get those rubbish bins emptied and, ideally, out of sight (especially if they’re normally one of the first things people will see arriving at your home).
Enlist a professional declutterer if you need a hand – or a friend might even help out. Get a second opinion who can review objectively.
Invite light and air
Air out your home thoroughly before the inspection, so it feels as fresh and clean as possible. If potential buyers feel stuffy they’ll head straight for the door.
If the weather and security permits, crack open a window or two during the inspections themselves, so air keeps flowing through.
Draw back curtains and blinds to bring in as much as light as possible and show off your house from the street.
A personal touch here and here helps your home feel less stagy or artificial, and can spark an emotional connection with a buyer.
One idea is to gather up photos that show off your house (at its best, of course) and put them in an album for people to flick through if they’re curious or inspired. If you don’t have printed photos, you could have an iPad or digital photo frame on rotation.
Fresh flowers are another way to add personality, or a small dish of sweets near the door that people can grab on their way in or out. Remember, it’s not about mints on the pillow, it’s about keeping humanity in the home.
People fuss over the visual but often forget that it’s a nose can make or break an open inspection.
Remove smells that are unpleasant, like stinky shoes, and watch out for specific food smells that may not agree with everyone.
Counter the ick with inviting smells using flowers, candles, air fresheners or even freshly brewed coffee.
Just take care your smell engineering doesn’t become too sickly or overpowering, and avoid pungent aromas like incense. You want your property to smell like a home, not a perfumery!
A home staging consultant can help with these touches, and can also advise about furniture, artwork and other style elements that can help your place come to life for buyers.
Strike the right temperature
Keep an eye on the weather and heat or cool your home so it’s optimal when would-be buyers walk through.
People shouldn’t raise a sweat or a chill, and you need to demonstrate your property can effortlessly cope with the climate around it. You should be aiming to give them a cool or warm blast, depending on what’s most welcome at that time.
If heating or cooling is malfunctioning and impossible to fix for inspection time, place fans or portable heaters strategically so they don’t get in the way but still do the job.
Whether you’re attending the inspection or not, you should take care to remove and protect anything precious or valuable before you open your house up to strangers – just in case one of them is light fingered.
Check with your insurers about your coverage for an open inspection, and if you need to do something extra to stay protected.
You can take items with you if you’re leaving the premises for the inspection, or lock them up in a safe or secure cupboard or drawer. If you don’t have an area you can lock away, hide them in the back of a wardrobe or somewhere out of sight and mind.
Agents usually record the details of people coming through your property, to deter thieves and provide some accountability if anything ends up missing or damaged. However this isn’t a perfect system and shouldn’t be relied upon.
Make sure your property is safe for people to walk through and only let people into your house at the specified inspection times. It’s better to cancel than invite disaster.
Original article published at www.news.com.au by Staff Writers News Limited Network 11/7/2013
Queensland Budget 2018: What it Means for the Property Industry
This year’s budget focused on infrastructure, tourism and mining funding.
Property investors will also be met with a 0.5 per cent increase in the land tax rate for aggregated holdings above $10 million, as well as an increase in the additional foreign acquirer duty from 3 per cent to 7 per cent.
The government also announced it will cut back the first home owners’ grant.
So what does the state budget mean for the property industry?
Here is what you need to know.
Additional Foreign Acquirer Duty
Aligning with states nationwide, the Queensland government announced an increased rate for additional foreign acquirer duty.
The AFAD is an additional tax on relevant transactions that are liable for transfer duty, landholder duty or corporate trustee duty which involve a foreign person directly or indirectly acquiring certain types of residential land in Queensland by foreign persons.
The duty will rise from 3 per cent to 7 per cent and is forecasted to result in an increased revenue of $33 million per annum.
The state government will dedicate $4.217 billion to transport and roads.
The Sunshine State’s long-awaited duplication of the Sunshine Coast rail line received $161 million.
The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project received $543.3 million, a route to the north of Toowoomba from Helidon to the Gore Highway.
Brisbane’s Cross River Rail received $733 million to go toward the $5.4 billion project. The federal government failed to pledge any assistance towards the Cross River Rail project earlier this year leaving the state government to foot the bill.
There’s also $487 million over four years for upgrades to the M1 on Brisbane’s south and on the Gold Coast.
First Home Buyers Grant Slashed
First home buyers have come to expect a $20,000 starter grant since 2016 will now see it cut to $15,000 if they buy a house from July onwards.
The $5,000 boost had been added to the grant in 2016 by former Treasurer Curtis Pitt, with the measure supposed to be in place for just one year.
It was extended twice in six-months until the end of 2017 and then to June of this year.
Land Tax Increase
Under the new taxes introduced in Tuesday’s budget, foreign landowners with more than $10 million worth of landholdings will now be in line for a 0.5 per cent increased rate of land tax.
Individuals with properties worth more than $10 million will now incur an additional rate of 2.25 per cent (or 2.5% for trusts or companies) for every dollar of taxable value over $10 million.
This is expected to bring in $71 million in revenue in its first year, with a projected 11 per cent increase in 2018-19 land tax revenue.
Ipswich’s top 5 growth hotspots
REDBANK Plains has again topped the council’s list for the fastest growing suburb in Ipswich.
According to Ipswich City Council’s latest Planning and Development report 21,520 people now call Redbank Plains home.
In just three months, between December and March, 354 new residents moved in, the report states.
Spring Mountain, South Ripley, Collingwood Park and Bellbird Park were the next fastest growing.
Last year, 640 new homes were built in the Redbank Plains, 421 new lots were created and 346 more were approved for construction.
A new $20million food precinct, including US giants Krispy Kreme and Carl’s Jnr opened in December along Redbank Plains Rd.
In 2016, the Town Square shopping centre underwent a major $75 million expansion, adding 50 new retail tenancies, the new Pig and Whistle pub and created more than 1300 new carparks.
In February last year, the shopping centre sold to Singaporean real estate investment manager Rockworth Capital Partners for a whopping $160 million.
Ipswich City Council invested $85 million in the upgrade of Redbank Plains Rd to cater for population growth, recognising the demand for travel would continue to increase along what has become one of the most important roads for the economic prosperity for the city.
A new Catholic primary school is also due to open in Redbank Plains in 2020.
Top 5 Ipswich growth suburbs
- Population: 21,520
- Increase: 354
- Population: 300
- Increase: 182
- Population: 2,187
- Increase: 154
- Population: 7,598
- Increase: 143
- Population: 7,718
- Increase: 135
Foreign investment in Australia’s housing market collapses: FIRB
The FIRB has revealed a fall in foreign investment in new apartments in Australia.Source:Supplied
FOREIGN investment in Australia’s housing market has fallen, amid waning investor appetite and tighter lending standards.
OFFICIAL data has confirmed a collapse in approvals for foreign investment in Australia’s housing market, amid waning investor appetite, higher charges and tighter lending standards.
The Foreign Investment Review Board’s annual report reveals a 67 per cent fall in residential real estate approvals last financial year — down from 40,149 approvals to 13,198.
The value of FIRB approvals also plunged, from $72.4 billion to $25.2 billion in fiscal 2017.
The report reveals 18 per cent of approvals to foreigners were for residential real estate in Queensland in 2016-17.
Victoria and New South Wales remained the favourite destination for investment, accounting for nearly three-quarters of all approvals granted.
The FIRB said a significant factor contributing to the reduction in approvals was the introduction of application fees from December 2015.
“The introduction of fees resulted in investors only applying for properties they intend to purchase,” the report said
“Prior to the introduction of fees, individuals often made several applications earlier in the process when considering multiple properties, even though they might have only ended up purchasing a single property.
“This suggests that the resulting reduction in approvals may not imply a corresponding a reduction in actual investment in residential real estate. That is, the actual decline is likely to be lower than implied by the data.”
Along with the introduction of state-based taxes on foreign investors, the FIRB said weaker demand from China was another factor behind the decline in approvals granted.
Investment in new apartments from mainland Chinese investors dropped significantly in 2016-17.
AllenWargent Property Buyers chief executive Pete Wargent said the figures would have some significant impacts on the new apartment sector, construction trends, and the broader economy — especially in Sydney.
Mr Wargent said he expected Sydney to experience the greatest number of failed apartment projects, with increasing signs of discounting on new apartments.
“Perhaps this was an inevitable end-game for this cycle, where development has been too much skewed towards apartments for investors, and too little towards the types of medium-density dwellings that people want to reside in,” he wrote in his blog.
But Chinese international real estate website Juwai.com chief executive Carrie Law played down the reported decline in Chinese demand.
Ms Law said that in the second half of 2016, Chinese buyers were investing in Australian real estate at an almost irrational pace.
“It was like money falling from heaven for vendors and developers,” Ms Law said.
“In early 2017, capital controls, financing restrictions, and foreign buyer taxes reduced Chinese investment to more reasonable levels.
“Since November 2017, we seem to have entered a period of more sustainable long-term growth.”
Ms Law said Chinese buying enquiries for Australian property in March were 5.7 per cent higher than the month before and in April they were 22.3 per cent higher.
“Unfortunately, this year’s FIRB data is not directly comparable to that of prior years, due the change in regulations and buyer behavior,” she said.
“The big declines are partly due to lower demand, and mostly due to the changed application fees.”