Rain makes presentation a challenge
GOOD property sells in any weather.
That has been put to the test during the past two weekends on the Sunshine Coast with unseasonal rainfall.
At 24 Harbourlights Way, Pelican Waters, yesterday it was like a sunny day, judging by the number of cars in the street for the auction of the four-bedroom waterfront house.
Marketing agent Doug Wilson of Henzells Agency had five registered bidders and a crowd of about 50 for the auction that was conducted by Jason Andrew.
"The home has attracted a lot of attention," Mr Wilson said.
"The wet weather has meant people see a property for what it really is.
"They then get a surprise to see it at its best."
He said that had led to good attendances at open-for-inspections he had conducted.
Jason Andrew said: "Serious people still come out (in the wet)."
Umbrellas were the order of the day, but the bidding for the single-level house with pool on 1077sq m was hot.
A start of $900,000 went to $995,000 where new interest came in at $1m. A fourth bidder entered the contest at $1.10m until at $1.40m the auctioneer paused to seek instructions from the vendor.
A bid was increased to $1.070m and the property was declared on the market and selling.
The auction took a surprise turn as first one and then a second bidder re-entered the fray.
"I'll take a piano - a grand," the auctioneer said as bidding reached $1.076m.
That is when tactics came to the fore as first one then the other bidder tried for the knock-out blow.
That came at $1.125m where the property sold under the hammer to Caloundra buyers.
All bidders were from the southern Sunshine Coast, from Buddina to Glasshouse.
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Advantages on show
THE wet weather was certainly a time to show properties off to advantage.
This was especially so at a 1.05ha lifestyle property at Palmwoods that Stacy Downey of Amber Werchon Property was showing on Saturday.
Designed for the horse lover with equestrian ring and undulating paddocks, the property at 61 Cheviot Rd features a five-plus-bedroom home with swimming pool.
"People could see how well set up the property was despite the rain and compare it to others," Ms Downey said.
"They especially like the gentle slope of the land and the way the rain runs off so well," she said.
Two things Ms Downey learned from the weekend were always keep a Driza-Bone jacket in the car and that horse lovers are nice people.
Towel a must-have
A TOWEL in the car is essential in wet weather, according to Jacki Dalton of Henzells Pelican Waters - one to dry people, another for the floor of the homes that are open for inspection.
"And always have my phone, it's my lifeline," Ms Dalton said while showing 23 Bond St, Pelican Waters.
"When I first started at Pelican Waters I had a phone that was linked with a lanyard," she said.
"It looked ugly but it was functional ... girls don't have pockets."
Ms Dalton said buyers today researched more and had the options to buy land and build, to buy a resale or to buy something new and move straight in.
Another thing Ms Dalton loved, apart from the Where's My Phone app, is true friendships, especially the way you can slot back in with those friends at any time.
Weather sets trend
SUE Platt of Tom Offermann Real Estate has learnt from the past two weeks that real estate tends to follow the weather.
"People get to see a property at its worst," Ms Platt said at 40 Netherby Rise, Sunrise Beach, on Saturday.
"You can talk about interest rates as well as supply and demand but activity level is related to the weather."
"Saying that, an auction campaign is going to attract people as it has an end date."
The five-bedroom beachside house with ocean views and pool will go to auction in-rooms on September 26 at Sheraton Noosa Resort.