Bayside suburbs to benefit as property market remains strong

Published 5:00am 6 September 2022

Bayside suburbs to benefit as property market remains strong
Words by Ashleigh Howarth
Above: Crown Properties Business Manager Jody Allison-McLachlan shows off a house that has just sold in Newport. 

A change in season from winter to spring has brought renewed energy from buyers, according to Crown Properties Business Manager Jody Allison-McLachlan.

The Moreton Bay Region’s bayside suburbs are likely to benefit from those interested in looking to buy, with Jody saying now is the time sellers should consider listing their property.

“As most savvy buyers and sellers know, the last 12 months have seen some incredible growth in pretty much all markets,” Jody says.

“Research suggests winter is the quietest market, so if tradition repeats there is sure to be a good selection of property available to buyers in the coming months. Traditionally, the spring season sees more property coming to the market and I don’t see any reason that this year will be any different”

“The energy levels we have seen recently when meeting with clients certainly is positive, indicating buyers will have more choice.”

While the pandemic and the rise in interest rates may have kept some buyers on the sidelines, Jody believes the market is still holding strong.

“Buyers are a little more discerning and days on markets might start to be a little longer, but I believe the market is still holding strong,” she says.

“The number of properties on the market dwindled a little bit but the demand for property is still high, which should encourage sellers if they have been considering selling their property”

“Queensland in general has seen a lot of migration from interstate buyers looking for a lifestyle change and investors who can see value in our area, so they are keen to spend here. Especially with the rental returns increasing significantly in a short amount of time”

Bayside suburbs to benefit as property market remains strong

Desirable location

Jody, who has worked in the real estate industry for 22 years, says the Moreton Bay Region’s bayside suburbs are very attractive to buyers due to their desirable location and lifestyle.

“This area really does offer value for money” she says.

“We have a diverse range of property to choose from – whether you are a first home buyer, investor, upsizing or downsizing there is something for everyone”

“But most of all we have an amazing lifestyle to offer in this region with so much opportunity for future generations”

“Being a bayside area, we will see more and more people visiting here over the weekends and during the upcoming school break - some of whom will fall in love with the lifestyle we have to offer and want to stay here permanently”

Above: See how this property was styled in our gallery. 

Spring clean your home ready for market

When it comes to attracting the right buyer, Jody says first impressions are everything.

“Presentation is not just about how clean your property is but also how it flows and feels to a potential buyer when they walk through the door for the first time and how they connect with your property as a home, all the way through to the backyard” Jody says.

“In our experience, presentation is the number one thing that will create a springboard for the sale of your property”

“Some properties will require a little extra love and attention prior to opening the doors to prospective buyers, some may only need minor things like a little extra attention to the gardening or re-arranging of furniture to open up or complement a space. While other homes may need a little more such as maintenance, a paint or even staging rooms with more modern furnishings”

“Occasionally we may recommend services that will assist with this process; a gardener, a stylist or designer to provide advice on what would best suit the home.”

Here are some of Jody’s top tips for preparing your home:

• Pavement appeal: Make sure the front of your property looks appealing and inviting with a weed-free garden and attractive plants.

• Clean and bright: Before every viewing or open home, give your property a once over. Ensure that windows are clean inside and out. Cleaning the windows will also let the light in.

• Cut the clutter: A prospective buyer needs to be able to imagine their own belongings in the property, so de-clutter and keep things tidy. Less clutter will also help make rooms appear larger.

• Set the scene: You may want to hire furniture to create the look you desire. This is a great way to transform your home and give it extra appeal.

• Fix it: From leaking taps to a broken bulb, make sure the minor repairs are taken care of. Basic maintenance work will help to ensure buyers don’t find any faults.

• Freshen up: Get rid of smoke or pet odours. Open the windows, brew some fresh coffee or bake a cake, you can also brighten things up with fresh flowers.

• Lighten up: Turn lights on and leave all internal doors open.

• Pets: Always clean and tidy up after your pets. It’s also best to take them out of the property during viewings and open times.

• Warmth: Prepare your home to suit the temperature of the day. If it’s cold, light fires, turn on patio heaters and heating. If it’s hot, turn on fans and air-conditioning systems.

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