Strong growth in the local housing market

The Sunshine Coast is thriving and we continue to experience strong population growth - a trend that we’ve enjoyed for over a decade. In 2018, our numbers grew by 2.5% to almost 320,000. This strong growth is predicted to continue; projected population by 2027 is 400,000 and we are expected to have half a million residents by 2040. Mooloolaba Revitalisation. Image credit: In the past five years we have seen an estimated 7,500 new residents come to call the Sunshine Coast home. This is set to increase to  more than 9,000 people a year between 2019 to 2023. Yes, people do come to visit and decide to stay! Image: Cade Mooney. Proof of this growth is everywhere. New homes, commercial construction, and infrastructure are booming. With the growth has come new businesses and positive economic growth. Our regional economy expanded over 5% in the 2017/18 [...]

By |October 17th, 2019|Categories: Property Market|

The top 6 features Australians want in a home in 2020

With lots of people taking advantage of low interest rates and building new homes, we thought it would be timely to take a look at the top features Aussies are looking for in a new home. 1. Quality Finishes In an era where package homes go up almost overnight, there has never been a greater demand for quality finishes. Quality will differentiate your home from the rest of the pack. Think elegant tapware, timber accents, and quality joinery. As people begin to shy away from our throw-away society, building with quality has become a common value. Image: Cade Mooney. 2. Multiple living areas While open-plan was once highly-sought after, families are now looking for a home with more than one living area - with a seamless flow from space to space. This means the family can spread out and have their own space when needed. A house with [...]

By |October 8th, 2019|Categories: Building Design Tips|

5 Things You Need To Know When Building A New Home

Building your dream home is the culmination of years of planning and saving. It’s exciting and a little overwhelming. Your builder and designer/architect can advise you and offer their expertise and industry knowledge, but at the end of the day there are major decisions that only you can make. Here are five things you should consider when building your new home: 1. Your budget Before you start building your new home you need to have a definite budget in mind. Your builder will help you plan a home that fits within your budget. You may need to decide on what your ‘must haves’ are and what you are willing to let go of to keep within your budget. Your builder may also come up with less expensive alternatives for you. Some builders will say yes to anything only to let you down later - with a blown-out budget or a [...]

By |September 26th, 2019|Categories: Building Design Tips|

How do beginners invest in property?

Buying your first rental property is a big decision. It represents a major investment but it can also prove to be a very lucrative one. Like any major decision, there are pros and cons. It’s important to do your research, take your time, and make informed decisions. Here's a few considerations - Getting the right mortgage Understanding the mortgage market is imperative. Getting the right mortgage will reduce your costs and increase your cash flow. Other things to consider will be the length of your mortgage, is it best to opt for a 15 or 30 year loan for example. Should you go for a fixed term interest rate or is variable better? Seek professional advice and do your homework to find the best fit for you. Bring on the bubbles. Image by Cade Mooney. Positive Cash Flow Firs-time investors can reduce risk by making sure their investment [...]

By |September 17th, 2019|Categories: Investment Property|

Building a new home vs renovating

A lot of clients ask us about the pros and cons of building from scratch compared to renovating an existing home. Here’s some of the things you need to weigh up before making your decision. Location If your current home no longer fits your needs - perhaps you have a growing family - and you are in love with the area, what should you do? Location is one of they reasons people choose to renovate. Renovations can really enhance the enjoyment of your home. Costs It is important to do the maths - thoroughly. How much could you sell your current home for and how much would it cost to rebuild? Don’t forget about stamp duty and conveyancing fees. Compare that budget to the cost of renovating. There can be lots of hidden extras in a renovation, so its important to go through your plans carefully with your [...]

By |September 5th, 2019|Categories: Renovations|

Timeless design versus trends that date

When planning a new home we are offered the latest in building design trends. But how do we build on-trend without risking a design that will date quickly? There are design elements that are timeless. These are the features, things like high ceilings, that remain highly sought after right across the different design eras of Australian architecture. The trick is to look for those elements that have stuck; the things people don’t want to change when they are doing a renovation. Many times these elements have to do with lifestyle enjoyment of the home. Indoor/Outdoor I know we talk about this a lot, but Australians really value indoor/outdoor lifestyle and Sunshine Coasters love it! Any design that maximises the relationship between outside and in will remain popular with those living in a home. Year in and year out! How you position your home on your block of land is of [...]

By |August 27th, 2019|Categories: Building Design Tips|