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Property market set to explode

TOOWOOMBA is on the verge of becoming Queensland’s number one economic hot spot, according to independent property expert Michael Matusik.

Addressing business and civic leaders at the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting yesterday, Mr Matusik said the projections for the region were staggering.

RESPECTED property specialist Michael Matusik told business leaders this morning that Toowoomba residents did not realise the potential of the local market.

 

“Queensland government figures show that major projects in the Toowoomba region accounted for 33 per cent of the entire state total,” Mr Matusik said.

“Furthermore, the region created 14,000 new jobs last year which equates to 64 per cent of the state’s total,” he added.

With Toowoomba seen as the gateway to the Surat Basin, potentially Australia’s largest energy province, Mr Matusik said the figures showed investment at $80 billion but, in reality, it was probably closer to $120 billion.

“It is estimated another 45,000 more jobs will be created across the region and the focus will be on Toowoomba to accommodate them,” he said.

In another boost to the region, Mr Matusik said Toowoomba property prices were among the state’s best.

“Locals do not appreciate the market that they are in. Toowoomba is a very happening place with an abundance of opportunities,” Mr Matusik said.

“Property prices are well underpriced in Toowoomba as is the region in general. There are some great opportunities to be made,” he added.

The highly respected Mr Matusik said that despite doomsayers’ predictions, local market growth was one of the best in the state, behind only Gladstone and Mackay.

“Doomsayers who have predicted the last 10 of the two past recessions will have you believe that the property market is a lost cause.

“In 2002, the average price for a house in Toowoomba was $130,000. Today, the average price is $297,000.

“That is a growth rate of 9.6 per cent, making it one of the fastest growing, and best, in the state,” Mr Matusik said.

With the booming mining and energy sector on our doorstep Mr Matusik said the overall growth potential is staggering.

“The Surat Basin will drive Toowoomba into the future; do not be afraid of it.

“Remember mining creates wealth. New housing construction distributes it,” Mr Matusik said.

Each sector goes through a “life-cycle” and Mr Matusik said the Toowoomba property market has weathered the worst of the perceived downturn.

“The Toowoomba market had hit its lowest point and was on the rise again.

“Toowoomba falls into the ‘disbelief’ category.

“That is, people have a mentality that it is too good to be true,” Mr Matusik said.

Despite the positive outlook and projections, Mr Matusik said the one missing ingredient was confidence.

“People are very disillusioned with governments at all levels, especially the State and Federal governments.

“I believe that a change in government at both a State and Federal level with be the catalyst for very good things in Australia.

“It will restore that confidence in our economy,” Mr Matusik said.

However, Mr Matusik said one thing that would hold Toowoomba back was itself.

“There is no heavier burden than a great potential,” he said.

http://www.thechronicle.com.au/story/2011/09/02/property-market-set-explode/

 

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About Toowoomba

Toowoomba is a picturesque mountain city located in south east Queensland some 127Km west of the states capital, Brisbane.Clinging to the edge of the Great Dividing Range escarpment at an altitude of seven hundred meters above sea-level, the city affords breathtaking views of Table Top Mountain and the Lockyer Valley region across the east.

Located at the gateway to the Surat Basin with a population of over 90,000 people, Toowoomba is Australia’s largest inland regional city and the commercial economic hub of the Darling Downs. It serves a growing population in excess of 250,00 people. Toowoomba therefore plays an important role in providing products and services to meet the increasing needs of the booming mining industry. The city covers an area of approx. 117 Sq Km and is centred at the intersection of the Warrego and New England highways.

Toowoomba’s climate can best be described as pleasant with temperature ranges averaging a cool 5°C to 16°C in winter and a mild 17°C to 27°C in summer. Labeled ‘The Garden City’, residents enjoy the Carnival of Flowers, an annual September event, attracting thousands of locals, interstate and international vistors to the city.

 

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Buying Tips

Making an offer on a property can be daunting if you’re not prepared with the’ know how’. We have put together these tips, and feel certain you will find them useful when searching for your ideal property.

  • Preparing a budget : before looking at homes, always make  time to research your finances so you know exactly what is within your budget, so when the suitable property comes up, you are ready to act.
  • Decide what you are looking for: Research preferred suburbs and look through as many homes as possible, so you are aware of ‘value for money’.
  • Searching: When searching on the internet, include properties $50,000 above your budget in your search. There are properties that are over-priced, with sellers open to offers from genuine buyers.

Be observant to the physical conditions of properties to gauge future maintenance expenditure that you may encounter or may be flagged as issues in a building report.

  • Reports: Upon finding the property and you are ready to make an offer, ensure your offer is subject to building and pest inspections and seek advice from a solicitor/conveyancer.
  • Investment Property: If the property you have found is a rental property, be sure to find out exactly what the conditions and term of the tenants lease agreement are.
  • First Time: First home buyers, take experienced people along to the inspections, for example your parents who have experience in property ownership and can offer advice and can often see potential issues that younger people may not notice.

For more tips and advice or if you would like guidance through the whole process from start to finish, please call us, we are ready to help you.

 

 

 

 

Selling Tips

Selling Tips

  • Appearance is everything!

The emotional appeal required to stir the spirit of the buyers is unlikely to be generated by a poorly presented property. Ensure that your garden is well kept. Remove weeds, top garden beds up with bark or mulch, and trim overgrown branches.

Your entrance is the first part of the home buyers will see. Ensure it is clean, well maintained, inviting and attractive. The use if plant is most helpful.

Keep your property clean, free of animal odours, cigarette smoke and remove all unnecessary items to avoid a cluttered look. Allow the buyers to get a feeling of space with by creating wall space between items of furniture. If possible have your carpets and windows professionally cleaned.

For inspections, make sure you have your blinds and windows open to allow daylight to shine through. Home with lots of natural light are most appealing.

Repair any visibly obvious faults eg. Cracked windows, chipped paint etc.

  • Appeal to the sense of smell!

Fresh flowers add colour and provide fragrance for potential buyers. Fresh coffee brewing if time permits creates a pleasant aroma throughout the whole house. Air fresheners are ideal in bathrooms.

  • The right mood to buy!

If it is winter time, warm the house and if you have a fire light it up! If it is summer time, keep the home cool by using air-conditioners and fans. You want your buyer to appreciate the property, not be concerned with their comfort.

  • Methods of sale

When it comes to selling your property, there are three popular methods to choose from:

  • Private Treaty (Sale)
  • Public Auction
  • Public Tender
  • Each has its individual advantages and it is advisable to speak to us about the benefits of each method.

Sale Preparation Checklist

  1. Detail your property
  2. If you need to spend a few hundred dollars on sprucing up the property your sale price is will more likely to increase.
  3. Obtaining a building and pest inspection report can allow you to have necessary repair work done prior to sale. A clear report is a selling feature.
  4. Ensure a certificate of compliance is obtained from the local council if you have under taken building works.
  5. Make a note of all inclusions, which includes everything to be sold for the sale price. Standard items include light fittings, floor coverings, curtains and blinds. Make a note of any of these or other fixtures you want excluded from the contract.
  6. Pick the phone up and call us for your appraisal. We are very happy to guide you through this process prior to these steps or assist afterwards.

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