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Is this Australia’s best place to retire?



With picturesque beaches, amazing weather, a friendly atmosphere and plenty of open spaces, it’s easy to see the appeal of retiring on Australia’s east coast.

Based on recent trends, one area seems to appeal to new retirees more than any other: the Sunshine Coast.

Sunshine Coast property expert Victoria Dent reports unprecedented activity in the over 50s residential resort market. Victoria says years of sales experience confirms the Sunshine Coast is an over 50s’ favourite.

“My experience at the former Hyatt Resort at Coolum – more recently with Living Gems Sunstone Gardens at Maleny, and now at Crystal by Living Gems in Pacific Paradise – shows the Sunshine Coast is a premier retirement location.

“The excitement about Crystal by Living Gems surpasses all previous sales results and forecasts. The Pacific Paradise resort has captured the attention of buyers from all over Queensland, interstate and a few overseas buyers,” Victoria says.

Crystal by Living Gems is the latest development from the industry’s leading over 50s’ lifestyle resort specialist. Living Gems has built and managed master planned communities for active over 50s since the early ‘80s. The company now has resorts in Brisbane, on the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

Independent international assessors recently voted Living Gems Active Over 50s’ Lifestyle Resorts the Best in Australasia. Victoria says Crystal by Living Gems will surpass even this high standard.

“This residential resort sets a new benchmark in style, value and quality. It appeals to people who want the best of everything in an idyllic location,” she says.

“Crystal by Living Gems is designed for people who are still in the workforce, running a business, those who are planning retirement and retirees who want to make the most of their leisure time.

The onsite sales office at 596 David Low Way, Pacific Paradise is now open. Although building has not yet commenced we have already sold 10 homes.

“The location is a drawcard; the resort is a two minute drive or 20 minute stroll from golden beaches, village style shopping precincts, medical facilities and a modern hospital. Noosa and Caloundra are within a 20 minute drive and Brisbane can be reached in little more than an hour”.

Victoria says Living Gems multi-award winning lifestyle resorts are all about people. “Crystal by Living Gems is a prestigious boutique resort of 126 architect designed two and three bedroom homes. Outstanding resort facilities and a community based on friendship and fun is the key.

“This secure, pet friendly gated community will have managers to take care of the facilities, grounds and home owners’ front lawns. Resort facilities will include a country club with dining areas and a bar, a grand ballroom with a theatre stage and a private cinema.

“Residents and their guests have exclusive use of a magnificent swimming pool and spa. The pool pavilion and barbecue area is designed for relaxed entertaining. Lifestyle facilities include a gym, a fully covered and floodlit bowling green and a tennis court.

“There are no entry fees, exit fees, stamp duties or rates to pay. People can enjoy the lifestyle and if they choose to sell at any time they retain all of their capital gain. Crystal by Living Gems exceeds buyers’ expectations at every level, it’s hardly surprising that sales are at record levels,” Victoria says.

For more information visit or call Victoria on 1800 279 782.

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Sunshine Coast houses taking less time to sell



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THE time it takes to sell a Sunshine Coast house is getting shorter despite an increase in the number of properties on offer.

In the 12 months to August 31, it took an average 85 days for houses across the council area to change hands.

The figure was two days less than for the previous 12 months when homes were on the market for about 87 days.

Real Estate Institute of Queensland data shows 7476 Sunshine Coast houses were listed for sale in the year to this August, an increase on the previous year when 7074 were on the market.sunshine coast property market

The average vendor discount on Sunshine Coast houses remained the same at 5.6%.

The average percentage of profit-making resales rose over the 12 months from 82% in 2014 to 89% in 2015.

In Noosa, 2031 houses took an average 104 days to sell in 2015, compared to 2025 taking an average 107 days the previous year.

Profit-making resales are where a home is bought and then resold within 12 months for a profit.

Vendor discount refers to the difference between the price a property sells for and the price it was first advertised at when it was put on the market.

The figure is an average of all non-auction sales selling for less than their initial asking price. –


Sunshine Coast local government area August 2014-August 2015 house sales

Listings, average days on market, average vendor discount, % of profit-making resales

7476, 85, 5.6%, 89%

Sunshine Coast local government area August 2013-August 2014 house sales

Listings, average days on market, average vendor discount, % of profit-making resales

7074, 87, 5.6%, 82%

Noosa local government area August 2014-August 2015 house sales

Listings, average days on market, average vendor discount, % of profit-making resales

2031, 104, 6.5%, 87%

Noosa local government area August 2013-August 2014 house sales

Listings, average days on market, average vendor discount, % of profit-making resales

2025, 107, 6.7%, 81%

Source: REIQ

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Coast’s $4.25m property marks the best sale post-GFC



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THE $4.25 million sale of an oceanfront property at Dicky Beach marks the best post-GFC sale in Caloundra.

The four-bedroom Mediterranean-style house at 2 Cooroora St was sold by Ray White Caloundra co-principal Andrew Garland at an in-rooms auction yesterday.

While it is not a record price for the Caloundra area, it is a great shot in the arm for the property market that was getting back to pre-GFC levels, Mr Garland said.

“We expected to sell it,” he said. “It was very well marketed.

“What it says is there is a market for top-end beachfront property, something that has been absent for a few years.

“We have had sales up to $2 million in some of the beach suburbs but this shows the top end is back. It’s an indication that if it has not caught up (to pre-GFC sales), it’s hot on its heels.”

The Cooroora St sale brings to more than $10 million the sales at auction by the Caloundra office since Saturday. Mr Garland also sold a beachfront house at Shelly Beach on site on Saturday for $3.5million.

At the in-rooms event yesterday two of the eight properties sold under the hammer, two sold prior, one is expected to be concluded today and negotiations are proceeding satisfactorily on the other three.

The multi-level Cooroora St house is arguably the closest you can get to the beach on the Sunshine Coast apart from the First Point units at Noosa Heads.

The property attracted more than 70 inspections through the auction marketing campaign.

And there were five registered bidders on the day at Caloundra Events Centre.

From an opening bid of $3 million the house eventually sold to Brisbane-based buyers with business interests in central Queensland.

Most interest in the property came from the Brisbane area, Mr Garland said, with the eventual buyers intending to use it as a beach house.

The attraction was its position, with northerly coastal views as well as back to Moffat Headland.

Being a big and spacious house with a good shell to encourage refurbishment also held wide appeal.

“The fact we had five registered bidders for both properties (2 Cooroora St and 3 Beachside Ct) shows there is strength in that top-end market,” Mr Garland said.

He said it also showed a change in direction for buyers as it was likely that in previous years they would have looked at the Gold Coast first or some places further north.

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Nationally the property market is well balanced between buyers and sellers, but in some areas buyers have all the bargaining power



NATIONALLY the property market remained balanced, but there were still suburbs and towns where buyers well and truly had all the power.
The latest CommBank Home Buyers Index revealled the State where buyers had the most power was Tasmania which was an extreme buyers market.
In terms of capital cities buyers also had the upper hand in Darwin. (more…)

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