James Leuschner is our Local Property Expert on the South Gold Coast. Discover more about him below…
What’s trending or newsworthy in property on the South Gold Coast?
The tourism industry is thriving and there is plenty of excitement for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in 2018. There are also a number of large new development projects either unveiled or going through the approval stages, creating a hubbub of activity in the property market.
Prices have been increasing steadily over the last couple of years with some strong performances on the Hinterland side of the M1.
Research also suggests an increase of up to 14 per cent will be achieved in areas of the Gold Coast over the next five years.
Any top property tips for sellers on the South Gold Coast?
- Try and present your property to the broadest possible market. Neutral coloured paint, high quality floor coverings, a clutter-free space and well maintained gardens will increase the appeal.
- Carry out your own research when looking to market your property. There are plenty of ways to see what is currently on the market in your local area as well as what has sold recently.
- If a property on your road has failed to sell for a long time then identify why you think that is before going to market with your property. It might be price or presentation or a combination of both.
What top three pieces of advice would you give sellers preparing their home for sale?
- It’s all about presentation. First impressions count and buyers don’t want to be greeted with a ‘to-do’ list when they look around a property.
- Simple decorative work can change the whole appearance of a property. Try to focus on light, neutral colours and avoid design ideas that are too specific to one sector of the market.
- Anyone with a garden on the Gold Coast knows how quickly the lawns, plants and specifically weeds grow. Get fresh mulch into the beds and keep the garden well manicured to demonstrate it can be low maintenance.
Any tips and tricks to improving the value of your home?
Exercise some restraint when carrying out works to your home. You might love the $6,000 composite bath you installed, but don’t assume that will automatically add the same value to the price of your home.
With our climate a pool is often a big selling point. However, if the pool is run down, dirty or in need of repair or maintenance it is more likely to reduce value than add to it.
Think carefully before changing the usage of your home. Converting garages into rooms is becoming popular, but isolates potential buyers that expect a garage. If you are going to convert, do it to a high standard. A garage with a roller door removed and windows put in, still looks like a garage. Think about plastering the block work, plasterboard ceiling and making sure the floor level is the same as the house.
How is the property market in your local area performing?
Family homes are in very high demand particularly in residential areas close to popular schools.
Beach front properties have already experienced substantial growth and with new developments going up, units can spend longer on the market.
Demand remains strong for Robina, Varsity Lakes, Currumbin and Palm Beach and acreage style properties are experiencing good demand particularly in Currumbin Valley, Tallebudgera Valley, Bonogin and Tallai.
Quick fire time…
Why did you join Purplebricks?
I’ve spent twenty years in the international real estate market and have now settled on the Gold Coast as I want to provide real value to sellers in the local property market. Purplebricks offered me the chance to do that.
What is the best thing about your job as a Local Property Expert?
I really appreciate the opportunity to talk to potential sellers that have invited me to their home. This job is not about prospecting or finding your next instruction. It’s about providing top customer service and selling properties.
Tell us one thing about you that would surprise people?
I turned down the chance to play at Wimbledon.
What is your own property dream?
It’s no longer a dream. I live on acreage in Tallebudgera Valley, I can’t think of a better place to live.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do, more than the ones you did.”
What is your favourite song?
Changes all the time. Currently ‘Miss you’ by the Rolling Stones.
What is your favourite sport?
James has had a career in real estate spanning over 19 years and takes pride in helping homeowners get access to an efficient, customer focused property expert when customers are looking to sell their home. Feel free to contact James any time via: