Vendors look to stand out in a challenging property market

first_img101/441 Hawthorne Road, Bulimba.Imagine waking up every morning knowing you could have a cup of coffee for free for an entire year.If you love coffee and you are in the market for an apartment, it might be worth checking out 101/441 Hawthorne Rd, Bulimba.CLASS Real Estate marketing agent Renee Ford said the incentive was intended to highlight the fantastic amenities and lifestyle on offer around the immaculate, near-new, two-bedroom apartment. “You can almost smell the beans roasting from the front balcony, with city views too,” Ms Ford said. MORE STORIES: HOUSE FOR SALE, BREAKFAST INCLUDED More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 HOW ABOUT A FREE PORSCHE WITH THIS HOME? 101/441 Hawthorne Road, Bulimba. 101/441 Hawthorne Road, Bulimba. 101/441 Hawthorne Road, Bulimba.She said there were certain challenges facing the apartment market in Brisbane, and the sellers were open to trying something different to leave a memorable impression with buyers.“The seller and his partner frequent the popular Hawthorne Garage, claiming it to be one of the best spots for a caffeine hit and healthy lunch in Brisbane,” she said. “The lucky new owner will be able to pop down for a free flat white every day for 12 months.“We know it can be difficult for some buyers to enter the market; free coffee for a year would certainly go a long way for some people looking to buy in the area.” 101/441 Hawthorne Road, Bulimba.last_img read more

This home is on a massive block of land in a sought-after estate

first_img9 Ganton Place, Albany Creek.Mr Wein said standout features included the block size which was in a very sought-after area in Albany Creek, the Country Club Estate.“The area is very sought after,” Mr Wein said.“The Country Club Estate is quite a prestigious area with the majority of homes selling in the higher end of the Albany Creek market.”More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019He said the property was close to schools, shops and public transport. 9 Ganton Place, Albany Creek.The property is at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac and is atop an enviable, elevated position secured by an electric front gate, adding to the striking street appeal. Mr Wein said the property was a blank canvas with the opportunity to add a swimming pool, which could be ideal for the summer months.There is solar power and a triple lockup garage. 9 Ganton Place, Albany Creek.Mr Wein said the home would best suit a larger family given its multiple living spaces and five decent sized bedrooms.“The large block lends itself perfectly for a shed with side access so anyone needing extra shed and storage space for cars, trailers, or a caravan it would be ideal,” Mr Wein said.Mr Wein said the only renovations to the home included a fresh coat of paint and new carpet.“The fresh paint and carpet mean you can move straight in but there is still scope to personalise the home, especially externally,” he said. 9 Ganton Place, Albany Creek. 9 Ganton Place, Albany Creek.This five-bedroom, three-bathroom home is perfect for a large family wanting space to spread out.The property at 9 Ganton Place, Albany Creek goes under the hammer on September 9.LJ Hooker – Albany Creek selling agent Jonathan Wein said the home, on a massive 1565sq m block, was built in 1995.last_img read more

New real estate agency opens in Townsville

first_imgMaidment are opening a new agency on Sturt Street. Please get a pic of their new agent Martin. (front) Glen Maidment with rear (L) Nick Ryle and (R) Martin McDonough.A  NEW real estate agency has opened in the city that will offer prospective buyers house and land packages, new houses and established homes.M Property backed by Maidment Development Group has opened in the Maidment office on Sturt St and has 17 properties listed for sale.The new agency will be a one-stop shop for buyers who would previously have had to visit several different real estate agencies and land sales centres.Maidment Development Group sales and marketing manager Nick Ryle says the new agency will benefit both buyers and sellers.“We want to expand our suite of property services in the Townsville marketplace,” he said.“We’re looking at transitioning our products that we’re currently offering in the Townsville marketplace to ­provide established real estate that better services buyers and sellers to be able to find their ideal property solution.“If a buyer is looking for a property solution in Townsville then we have multiple products to be able to service their needs.”Maidment has become a well-known brand in Townsville after building several residential estates including Sanctum and most recently Harris Crossing.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Well-known Townsville agent ­Martin McDonough has cut his ties with Explore Property to join the M Property team. Mr McDonough said M Property would allow him to have a suite of products available to buyers not just limited to established ­properties.“The market is turning and what Maidment offers is something that’s going to help the market because we can deal with any type of buyer,” he said.“We can refer to land sales if people need, so it’s a combination of all ­services.“We can also help the seller from the point that when they do sell, if they want to go to a new house or a new block we can facilitate that side of things.”Maidment Development Group managing director Glen Maidment said opening a real estate agency was a natural extension of their business.He has already hired 12 new staff and he said there were plans to hire more as M Property expands.“Given the fact we’re property ­developers and we’ve now got three residential communities in Townsville, we’re dealing with the general public, and nine times out of 10 people have to sell before they can come and build in our community,” Mr Maidment said.“For us the expansion is about ­securing the better agents across Townsville so it’s not about volume.“This is about securing the right people and making sure the service we can offer the general public of Townsville is first class.”last_img read more

Kuraby home has flair with a family feel

first_imgThe home at 3 Melaleuca Ct, Kuraby.Spread across two levels, the home has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area that opens through sliding doors to the outdoor entertaining area.The kitchen has stone benchtops, gas cooktop, designer appliances, glass splashback and butler’s pantry.There is also a carpeted media room and a guest room with bathroom downstairs. The home at 3 Melaleuca Ct, Kuraby.An exposed glass and polished timber staircase leads upstairs, where there is another living area and balcony.The master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, and the remaining bedrooms have built-in robes. The home at 3 Melaleuca Ct, Kuraby.“My favourite part of the home is the downstairs living area — it has lots of natural light streaming in from different directions.“It’s a fantastic area for entertaining, especially with the kitchen and the alfresco area with garden backdrop.“Upstairs, there is a second living area with a balcony, which is also great for more private gatherings, though we spend most of our time in the media room and the kitchen.”More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 The home at 3 Melaleuca Ct, Kuraby.THIS modern family home with flair is new to the market in Kuraby and still feels like a brand new home.Owners Muhammed and Ana Doola built the home at 3 Melaleuca Ct to be a unique house, well suited to modern family living.“It has lots of light thanks to all the windows, and the 3.6m ceilings (downstairs) give that feeling of openness,” Mr Doola said. The home at 3 Melaleuca Ct, Kuraby.The property has porcelain tiles, LED lighting, ducted airconditioning and ducted vacuum system throughout.There is also an intercom system, double garage and low-maintenance yard that comes with irrigation.The property is within walking distance to schools and parks.last_img read more

A classic Queenslander in what many believe to be Brisbane’s most beautiful street is ready for another owner

first_img94 Laurel Ave, ChelmerIt is within 7km of the Brisbane CBD and is close to public and private schools including St Peters, Brisbane Boys’ College and St Aidan’s. DETAILS 5 bed, 3 bath, 4 car Agent: Peter May and Brad Robson, Place – GracevilleAuction: Saturday December 2, 10AM 94 Laurel Ave, ChelmerMrs Evans said many things had made it appealing when they first decided to buy it. They loved the Queenslander-style of house and also liked the suburb and the streetscape. 94 Laurel Ave, ChelmerThis grand 1916 Queenslander framed by camphor laurel trees on one of Brisbane’s most prestigious streets has been listed for sale.The house at 94 Laurel Ave, is owned by Alison and John Evans. The couple bought it about seven years ago, but work commitments mean they have now decided to list it for sale. The floor plan of 94 Laurel Avenue, Chelmer.It retains many of its traditional features including VJ walls, high ceilings, timber floors and original windows. The dining and living areas are air-conditioned and there is a central kitchen, which overlooks the gardens and has an island bench as well as plenty of storage space. 94 Laurel Ave, ChelmerAn informal lounge room opens out onto the rear deck and this overlooks the large backyard and swimming pool.Inside the house, the main bedroom has built-in wardrobes, and an ensuite and access to the rear deck. There are four other bedrooms within the house which are serviced by two full bathrooms. There is also a study on the same level.Downstairs has a separate rumpus room and workshop area plus further room for storage. There are four garage spaces as well as an outdoor entertainment area and water tank.At the entry of the home, the front door has coloured glass inserts and there are ceiling fans throughout. The owners love the streetscape with camphor laurel trees.“We love the house and the area but we are back in Emerald running our medical practice and we are going to be here longer than we anticipated,’’ Mrs Evans said.“That’s why we are selling it.’’ More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by 94 Laurel Ave, Chelmer“The street in particular, Laurel Ave, is a beautiful street and we like the Queenslanders,’’ she said. The couple have just completed some renovations in anticipation of selling, including painting, redoing the floors and laying new turf as well as preparing the gardens.Mrs Evans said one of her favourite things about the house was the verandas, particularly the front veranda as she could sit there and overlook the streetscape with its camphor laurel trees.The home, known as Wyndamere is on a large 1365sq m land holding which is spread over three allotments.last_img read more

Gold Coast penthouse achieved Qld’s highest sale price last week

first_imgAttention to detail was a must in the design. Soak up the view.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago Unwind while you soak up the Gold Coast’s spectacular skyline. Relax in the luxe bedroom. Cook up a storm in this kitchen.It was originally put on the market at $12.5 million in 2016, with the price later cut to $9.95 million.Mr Bakir bought the ex-Raptis offices from receivers to a company linked to failed share-trading firm chief “Aussie Rob” Wilson for $1.2 million in 2014.He then spent several million dollars turning the space into a penthouse with a “‘wow” factor, aided by design tips from Sunland Group chairman Soheil Abedian. Luxury at every turn. There is no shortage of luxury features here. It even has a lift.It was Queensland’s top sale price last week.The sale tops the city’s previous penthouse high of $9.2 million, set six years ago when Melbourne builder Peter Devitt bought the apartment that crowns Main Beach’s Liberty Panorama tower.The luxurious skyhome at the Towers of Chevron Renaissance, which spans the 39th and 40th floors, is on one of the most popular tourists strips in the country and took two years to build.It has four bedrooms, five bathrooms, 21 car spaces and panoramic views over the city, beaches, main river and Gold Coast hinterland. 3250/23 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise was Qld’s top sale last week.THE ink is dry on the sale of a palatial Surfers Paradise apartment, which now holds the Gold Coast penthouse sale record.Property development company owner Ron Bakir sold his apartment at 3250/23 Ferny Avenue for $9.5 million in January but it settled on March 12.last_img read more

Gold Coast home with minigolf course is a private paradise

first_img19 River Cove Pl, Helensvale. 19 River Cove Pl, Helensvale. 19 River Cove Pl, Helensvale. Sharon and Dennis Clark in their secret cellar. Picture Glenn HampsonIt is also one of the home’s biggest selling points now that it’s on the market for $3.3 million.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoSince buying the sprawling property at 19 River Cove Place, the interior decorators by trade have transformed it into their dream home, which could easily be mistaken for a holiday resort.Mrs Clark said the backyard was perfect for entertaining with the minigolf course and tropical pool surrounded by Bali huts.One of the Bali huts has a swim-up bar while another has a shower, bathroom and change room.“We always like a project, and we saw the potential,” Mrs Clark said.“(My husband) lived in Bali so we tried to introduce that whole Bali feel into the backyard – that relaxing feel. Sharon Clark shows her putting technique on her Helensvale home’s 14-hole minigolf course. Picture Glenn HampsonAS far as jawdropping renovations go, this is a hole-in-one.A 14-hole minigolf course is just one of the standout features Sharon and Dennis Clark have added to their Helensvale mansion since buying it almost eight years ago.Surrounded by palm trees and overlooking the river, the couple say “the putting green”, complete with checkered flags and bunkers, is a hit with guests. 19 River Cove Pl, Helensvale.“He is also a keen golfer so he’s put in the 14-hole putting green.“The whole backyard now is just like a resort.”The Clarks have also modernised the inside of the home, adding a self-contained guest wing, 500-bottle wine cellar with secret entry, billiards room, sunroom and extra bathroom with spa overlooking the water.“We host many parties here – my daughter got married here on New Year’s Eve,” Mrs Clark said.She said people liked the rustic-style cellar most but she loved to lounge by the pool.“It’s been a very fun house to live in – the best eight years of my life,” she said.Mrs Clark said while it would be hard to replace, it was time to downsize since their children had moved out.“It’s one-of-a-kind, I’m going to miss it very, very much,” she said. 19 River Cove Pl, Helensvale. 19 River Cove Pl, Helensvale. 19 River Cove Pl, Helensvale.last_img read more

Dutch Pensions Federation warns of IORP II ‘communications overkill’

first_imgThe European Commission’s proposals for pension fund communication within the revised IORP II Directive are heading in the wrong direction and carry the risk of “non-directed overkill”, the Dutch Pensions Federation has warned.In a preliminary response to the reviewed Directive, it said the very experienced Dutch pensions sector was now focusing on a “demand-based communication to participants, presented in layers”.The Federation referred to the suggested introduction of an annual Pension Benefit Statement, a two-page document pension fonds must issue on paper or through their websites.Gert Kloosterboer, spokesman for the Pensions Federation, said: “Our experience is that information should be based on a proper analysis of what participants want to know and presented in several layers, with the most basic information on top. “It is not a matter of providing more information but of offering an overview for a quick understanding, as well as enabling people to dig deeper and compare arrangements if they wish.”In its preliminary response, the Federation did not comment on the funding of cross-border services, as Dutch pension funds are “hardly involved in these activities”, Kloosterboer told IPE.The Pensions Federation said it was pleased that more time would be given to define the Directive’s quantitative demands, citing their potentially huge impact on the Dutch sector.It also reiterated its view that pension funds differed fundamentally from banks and insurers and therefore required a different approach.“Contrary to commercial banks and insurers, pension funds’ operations are based on risk-sharing through mandatory and collective participation, and they consider themselves as social institutions active on financial markets,” the lobbying organisation said.last_img read more

Bridgeland joins Avida to help expand footprint in UK pensions

first_imgSally Bridgeland, the former chief executive of the BP Pension Trustees, is joining the UK team of Dutch governance and outsourcing advisers Avida International in October in the role of senior adviser.The firm said Bridgeland, who left the £19bn (€24bn) UK corporate pension fund at the beginning of April, would “support Avida in shaping its services to expand its footprint in the UK pension fund market”.Commenting on why she had decided to take on the role at Avida, Bridgeland said: “I’ve been impressed by the investment governance expertise Avida can bring to bear and look forward to working with them.”She said the UK institutional investment market was set for big changes as it continued to mature. “There is a lot we can learn from how the Dutch have tackled the associated challenges,” she added.Bridgeland joined BP Pension Trustees in 2007 after working at Aon Hewitt and its predecessor Bacon & Woodrow for 20 years.She has non-executive roles at EDHEC, FTSE and the Worshipful Company of Actuaries. After she left the BP scheme, she said that it had been time to move on, and that she was going to talk to people in the pensions industry to see what the options were.Avida’s UK managing director Bart Heenk said the firm was delighted someone of Bridgeland’s calibre was joining the team.He said she would bring a lot of pension governance experience with her, allowing Avida to take on more projects and helping pension funds improve their operational efficiency.last_img read more

Swiss pension fund tenders $1.5bn commodity swap mandate

first_imgFurther, they should have at least $5bn invested in commodity swaps and a minimum of $20bn in assets under management as a whole.The investor also calls for a minimum three-year track record. Interested parties have until 29 September to apply.Performance figures should be stated net of fees and up until 30 June.The news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE-Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information direct from IPE-Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email A Swiss pension fund with more than CHF20bn (€16.5bn) in assets has tendered a $700m-1.5bn (€580m-1.2bn) enhanced commodity swap mandate using IPE-Quest.According to search QN1452, the pension fund is looking for swaps under the categories F2, CM and MB.The fund said it preferred a passive enhanced management style.Managers should employ the Bloomberg Commodity ex Agriculture Index, or sub indexes, with a maximum tracking error of 0.2%.last_img read more