Wednesday, May 12, 2010

116 Dunlin Drive Time to show our house off

Brian Bowshire and Scott Campbell from REOL Property Consultants have just been so supportive through this whole process. We love our home and it is very positive and reassuring to know they feel the same way.

Sitting down together on the patio, under the umberella in the Queensland sunshine discussing the marketing plans they had enviseaged for our home was pain free and an enjoyable process. There were no time constraints, or was it that we all were just enjoying the view too much. They answered all our questions.

May 7th was the date set for the video and professional photo's.

Felt like a movie crew had decended upon us. Both the video and photo's were taken at the same time, we just had to stay out of camera shot and enjoy the behind the scene setting up.  The dialogue was set by Scott and Brian with the camera crew setting up the best shots to take, lighting, sound levels etc etc.

Wish I'd taken some photo's of my own, missed that opportunity big time.

These gentlemen work very hard, moving from target to target with the presenters in tow. Even the occasional blooper were enjoyable and taken to light.  Higly recommend if this sevice is available to have a video and photo shoot produced.

Matthew Lyndon Photography - published photo's of our home. - Home address for REOL
Brian Bowshire... REOL Property Consultants - Contact email for Brian Bowshire

Have a lovely day

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

116 Dunlin Drive - Time to sign

After weeks of interviewing agents we were just as confused as when we made our mind up to sell.  It's just not as plain as agents would like to tell you it is.

Benefits of walking distance of 20 minutes to the beach, 6 minutes to a major shopping centre and transport, 10 minutes walk to doctors, car repairs, tyre dealers, petrol service station, gym, pole dancing, solicitors. Do I need to go on. Needed some one as passionate of Burleigh Heads as we are.

Direct link to 116 Dunlin Drive

One point we covered in our list of Internet coverage and web site appeal.

Our thanks to Jaimie Massey for on the going support at  Robina Village Real Estate.  The only downside for us was web site appeal. The up side, they follow theJenman Philosophy.

It was at this point we noticed how many homes were actually being sold by another real estate to this point not considered. REOL Property Consultants. In particular interest was 109 Dunlin Drive which had a sign erected in the morning, then in the afternoon a "SOLD" sticker placed over the front. We contacted REOL for an appraisal and within a surprisingly short time the General Manager Brian Bowshire and Property Consultant Scott Campbell. I have to tell you that we were absolutely blown away by both Brian and Scott's level of enthusiasm and genuine interest in our home. They were excited about being shown through our home and praised all the features our home had to offer. Nothing was a problem at all.
All our questions were answered. Both Brian and Scott believed that our home was indeed unique and a direct comparison could not be honestly made with any other home in the area. With this thought they proposed auction as a consideration.

This was now a dilemma, to sell private treaty as both Jean and I agreed was our preferred method or auction as Brian and Scott and so many of the others proposed. Their reasoning seem to make sense, and especially as research showed that REOL Property Consultants didn't really believe in auction. Scott is a Jenman  trained agent also.

REOL has a positively wicked website. They have what they call REOL TV. This is extensive use of
You Tube to show case homes for sale, a very innovative piece of marketing and a very professional presentation of the house they are selling. And to add to that impressive feature they also advertise in a number web sites local, interstate and international web sites.

Jean and I took our time to discuss all the agents we had interviewed, the pros the cons. What we believed in, what we didn't believe in. The ultimate question we asked ourselves was who would do the best job and had been as excited as we were about our home. The answer came up the same every time we compared and that was REOL Property Consultants

We phoned REOL and both Brian Bowshire and Scott Campbell arrived, another unique procedure REOL believe in that top management are as involved as the property consultant is. Time to sign that contract 22A.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

116 Dunlin Drive Time to pick our Real estate agent

Walking down the village street in Burleigh Heads we passed by numerous real estate agents, stopping to browse through the listings as we usually do. After a short 20 min stroll from home it was the usual circuit down the James Street across the Gold Coast Highway over to Justin Park so we can stroll along the walkway from the Burleigh Surf Club past Oskars Restaurant and up the hill to Burleigh Point to watch the surfers.
Especially on Monday mornings when there are free Gold Coast City Council Tai Chi lessions in the park, anyone can join in so there is no excuse.
On one particular walk we stopped in at an agent in James Street asking if they had a list of houses on the market. The receptionist referred us through to the agent and as we started asking a lot of questions about commission and marketing I realised ready or not we are now heading down that road officially. I was like a stunned mullet walking home, we had organised an appraisal and Jean was now in full out combat mode. Jean just couldn't wait to start looking through the local paper and phoning other agents for an appraisal.
My peaceful Saturday afternoon walk now cluttered up with thoughts of selling commisions, internet marketing packages, media packages, possible other agents and a million and one other thoughts and memories. Regrets, if there were any it's too late now. Were off!!

The next 3 weeks in March were full of appraisals and interviewing agents. You need to take on the employer point of view as they are working for you and really get to know the people that may be selling the one biggest and closest asset any person would own. Hours of research on the internet reading sellers and buyers comments trying to get a feel for how trust worthy the agents were.

Decided to research also Neil Jenman. This man has been on a one man crusade to clean up the real estate business. Occasionally he would appear on a current affairs program helping a landlord regain weeks of unpaid rent or helping to legally evict renters whom have been behind or are being unreasonable in their dealings with their landlords. Or to those despicable people that demolish homes for no reason what so ever, don't know how some can live in such pigstyes or even admit that they pretend to be human.
Many thanks to Neil and to Arthur Kolovos from Real Estate Monitoring The help that they forwarded as in supportive phone calls, books about selling your home and possible Jenman approved real estates was much appreciated, timely and possibly the best education about how to pick a real estate agent we have ever seen.

It's easy to see why people have such a low view of real estate. But there are mostly very helpful agents whom are doing the right thing by people.

One agent from Robina I can say I would never deal with, came totally unprepared who turns up at a potential customer without researching the area, type of building, how big a building, what property size etc etc. This agent did come unprepared and admitted it. Maybe he didn't really need the commission? Who knows, he lost ours on the door step.

The first appraisal although positive was heading in a direction we didn't want. Even after saying we didn't want to go auction. Neil Jenmans pick of agents was a Real Estate at Burleigh Heads and we were very impressed. They adhere to the Jenman style of selling, no open house, no auction and up front representation.

After a number of Real Estate agents giving their opinion to what we should do you have to remember that it is your choice and they are working for you.
More about the agents in the next blog post, hope to have the pleasure of you dropping by.
Til then, caio.

Pictures and video of our home.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

116 Dunlin Drive Time to sell

A little behind with my blog but it has been a very hard and emotional decision to sell our home. We have spent weeks searching, interviewing, visiting and quizzing real estate agents in the hope that we pick an agent that we can trust and work with.

Starting was one of the hardest decisions, I must admit to procastinating just a little. Sure if you don't have an emotional attachment to the property then selling is not such a big deal.

A litlle back ground. We live in a 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2 car on 853 sqm property on the canal at Burleigh Waters on the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia.

We have lived and shared our home for the past 5 years and feel it is just too big for us now. Moving into this home was a dream most people would love to have shared.

Well time is up, we have some exploring to do around Australia and while Jean and I still have our health we are going to take the opportunity to buy a 4 wheel drive and caravan and travel around this beautiful country.

And so starts our journey of selling our wonderful home and pass it on to the next family that will add their own warm touches. I hope it will be as fun as it has for Jean and I.

Friday, December 11, 2009

An Inverse Relationship

Story as appears on Business Spectator.

An inverse relationship
TOPIC : Australian dollar

The Australian dollar is affected by the dealings of the US Dollar – an inverse relationship. (See Australian dollar lower at noon, December 9).

So any good news such as improved employment figures, which is good for the USD, would inversely affect the value of the Aussie dollar. Or is the Australian dollar in a trading range between 0.89 and 0.93, consolidating before pushing through the 0.93 barrier?

The next three months will tell if the winds of change are beginning to blow from a more favourable direction. If the American economy is indeed adding ballast to a recovering blow down.

If the US does stabilise recovery, and the US dollar begins to recover in value, I expect to see the Australian dollar stabilise, forget parity. Like a see-saw, the US dollar to Australia dollar will continue to rise and drop to demand and supply. Does the US economy have enough push to continue the rally in the value of the US dollar? Economist appear to differ in opinion to that question.

Angelo Russo 9 Dec 2009 12:40 PM

Sunday, October 11, 2009

I don't want to lose my home

The title says it all.... I don't want to lose my home.
Apart from asking people to send me AUD$1 each, I don't know what to do. If I did ask, what can I do for you that is worth the giving of a dollar. Repaying the funds I receive is of course without question the priority. But what can I do for you.

Because of the collapse in the financial crisis I panicked and tried to make big gains in the stock market. I borrowed against our home and bought spot gold. All was going well, had purchased the smallest amount which was 50 oz and it was in profit. This is good, so I purchased another 50 oz. Still going ok, price was now $900 per oz and I was ready to take a profit. Yes there was my weekly wage in 1 night, then..... zzzzz.
I fell asleep whilst the order pad was open, see it was 1.30 am in the morning. Instead of finishing the take profit and stop loss I fell asleep and bought 1000 oz jsu as the price peaked at $1019 per oz. I awoke from the sound of a little bell tht sounds when you place an order to sell or buy.

Panic stuck and I started trying to close the position from the wrong page. Price was dropping and the account was slipping into negative territory, eating into the funds I had put into the account. Soon enough the account was $35000 Aud less than I started with. The colour I am sure had drained from my face.

Stayed up all night, my partner came into the room in the morning to see me still awake and in panic. I didn't tell her.

Since then the bank loan has just been adding interest as I was using a lodoc loan, yes the very cause of the financial collapse. What am I to do, it is now one year on and there is only $3000 left in the account. The interest payment is now $3500 and monthly bills come to $2000.
My chest illness prevents me from working and the worry is making things worse. My daughter is finishing grade 12, how do I tell her I may not have enough money to pay for her graduation. Certainly do not have enough to help out with university. Centrelink is a bit late as I have not applied for unemployment funds as I thought I could pull myself out of this.

Well that's the situation I have put myself in and if any body has idea's on how I can raise Aud $5000 for the next month's payment and living funds please I need HELP now.
I will pay back every cent in help.

This is a true story and the actual state of my affairs as of October 2009. I will be in default of my loan and will by the end of November have to sell my house , and that is if the banks have not taken control by then!!

Does any one want to buy my $29000 car for $23000, it's now for sale.