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    infrastructure costs for roads and in some cases recreational and community facilities electricity charges footpath networks and more In Western Australia it is estimated a simple two lot subdivision could cost at least 25 000 to 30 000 depending on location and local council charges In Queensland the industry is looking at setting building charges at 27 000 for houses and capping one bedroom apartment charges at 13 500 These charges do not include state government infrastructure charges such as roads when these are added the development costs start creeping into unviable territory Commercial development fees on the Gold Coast are up to 10 times higher than other states according to recent investigations In New South Wales Victoria and Western Australia headworks charges varied between 58 000 and 404 000 but on the Gold Coast a similar development was charged 2 5 million In Tasmania a developer was recently charged 44 428 in headworks charges equating to around 1 per cent of the cost of a 50 million development A 155 lot subdivision in Tasmania was recently put onto the back burner because of an 810 000 headworks charge And in South Australia the different infrastructure requirements plus internal infrastructure including roads parks common service trenches stormwater basins service connections and public lighting could well see a rough cost per allotment in excess of 60 000 plus legal costs According to Mr Ellis councils and governments especially those in regional areas need to change their attitude if they want their regions to prosper Regional areas are in desperate need of growth and if the bureaucrats and policy makers really want to attract people to these areas these headworks costs defy logic as they stand in the way of development Mr Ellis said There is an ideal opportunity to develop these

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  • First National Real Estate Australia - First National Real Estate Media Releases
    Jobs Careers in Real Estate Energy Efficiency Real Estate on Facebook First National Competitions Competition Winners Contact Us First National Real Estate Media Releases Get the job done Win one of five 5 000 Hardware Vouchers First National Real Estate has launched a competition throughout Australia where homeowners or home hunters have five chances to win 5 000 in hardware gift vouchers Australians love do it yourself projects so there s always huge interest in our competitions where the prize helps get another home improvement finished said Stewart Bunn National Communications Manager from First National Real Estate Whether you own your own home or rent there s a lot of useful equipment or even home furnishings that you can buy with 5 000 worth of hardware gift vouchers During the competition First National Real Estate will also be offering a free iPhone App called Real Estate Rumble said Mr Bunn Real Estate Rumble is just for fun You don t have to play the game for a chance to win one of the five competition prizes but like building up a real estate portfolio the game is addictive Customers can download their free game from Apple s iTunes Store or the App Store just search Real Estate Rumble To enter the competition participants should visit www firstnational com au and follow the prompts to register Get the job done runs between 1 October 2011 and 11 59 pm AEDST on 31 October 2011 Issued by First National Real Estate For further information Stewart Bunn National Communications Manager from First National Real Estate on 1800 032 332 1 October 2011 You are here National Real Estate News Also in this section Local Real Estate News more Let s Talk Real Estate more Real Estate Video Transcripts more Twitter Auction Action more

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    to live work and eat and with the price of water only expected to increase this will put undue pressure on many hard working families especially in rural areas Farmers in my electorate for example are paying up to 100 000 per annum for water which may well see livestock farming become unprofitable resulting in higher food prices and ultimately becoming an issue for all of us First National Real Estate Chief Executive Ray Ellis said if farmers were to exit the areas as a result of farming becoming unprofitable the impact on property prices would be detrimental Farms are crucial to the very life blood of a rural community Take away that livelihood and the flow on effect would be to rural property prices Mr Ellis said According to Mr Williams governments have been working since Federation to control the Murray with locks dams and barrages and have changed it forever At a COAG meeting in 1994 we separated water and land titles so we could use water for higher economic purpose but that separation still has not happened in Queensland Mr Williams said In 1995 the states agreed they would take no more water out of the river but significantly even more water has been allocated and ground water licenses have been issued in NSW right next to the river and the states have been in denial that this would affect river flows Water is stopped before it even gets into the river through flood plain harvesting and the rights of people further down the stream have been taken completely away Mr Williams said the river was critical to production and the rural communities along its banks that rely on it Country towns throughout the state depend on the irrigation generated by the river A holistic approach is required one which considers the issues of communities further upstream and downstream and where a mutual understanding of the issues for each other can be reached Mr Williams said We have missed many opportunities to do something about this The drought concentrated the ideas of the Australian people and then Howard offered 6 billion to build new infrastructure to use less water with projects like subsoil irrigation which can double productivity or halve water usage Hardly any of that money has been spent Rudd also promised the same in 2007 saying it was a priority but four years later nothing has changed We are still waiting for outcomes from the Murray Darling Basin Authority and we are all just hoping they get it right Mr Williams outlined for the conference delegates a few of the competing interests that need to be considered in managing our water resources including increasing water costs being paid by water consumers Our dilemma is more about the management of our water resources rather than a scarcity of water In the city of Adelaide the annual consumption of water is approximately 200 gigalitres Currently approximately 160 gigalitres per year runs into the sea as stormwater from

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    National Real Estate Media Releases Auction sales under the hammer In a property market which is currently slow as a result of buyer uncertainty auctions are proving a way of getting property to move Properties that go to auction are spending 40 less days on the market and First National Real Estate s corporate auctioneer said he expects this trend to continue Even though there is uncertainty about the market the future carbon tax and so on there are often no real concrete reasons why properties are not selling corporate auctioneer Mike McCaffery said We are seeing this in every state across the country where auctions are moving properties faster than other sales methods We encourage vendors to go to auction for a number of reasons Ray Ellis Chief Executive of First National Real Estate said For the vendor it provides a set date when they will know the result of the sale For the buyer who might be thinking about a property and are considering their options an auction actually helps them make a decision In many ways an auction is a mini version of the market Mr McCaffery said On the day both the vendor and buyer can see what the interest is and the price people are prepared to pay An auction says this is the day this is the time make a decision It makes people certain one way or the other If property owners really want to sell their property we tell them to go to auction we know they will get a result on the day Mr Ellis said We know the market we know the buyers and we can bring those buyers to the auction and get a result 20 September 2011 You are here National Real Estate News Also in this section

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  • First National Real Estate Australia - First National Real Estate Media Releases
    Competitions Competition Winners Contact Us First National Real Estate Media Releases Super time to invest in property First National Real Estate agents attending the network s recent Commercial and Rural Conference heard from a Self Managed Superannuation Fund specialist that superannuation funds represent an enormous opportunity for the property sector Self managed superannuation funds SMSF are currently the largest sector of the entire superannuation industry and represent real opportunities for property investors Patrick Nalty Director of thinkSUPER said In September 2007 the ATO changed superannuation rules to allow for super fund borrowing for investment acquisition purposes Since then there has been an exponential increase in the amount of property acquired by Self Managed Superannuation Funds Direct residential and commercial property held within SMSFs over the past 12 months has increased to 15 4 this percentage represents more than 8 1 billion in property acquisition through SMSFs over the past 12 months alone With more Australians establishing their own Self Managed Superannuation Fund there is clearly a significant flow on effect within the property market Due to the tax concessions afforded to superannuation funds it is often a far better option to borrow and purchase a property within an SMSF than outside of super Mr Nalty said First National Chief Executive Ray Ellis said this offered investors enormous opportunities The market is offering great value at the moment but people are nervous about increasing their personal debt Mr Ellis said Using their superannuation makes sense and can give people a chance to be active in the management of their retirement and investments Issued by First National Real Estate For further information contact National Communications Manager Stewart Bunn on 1800 032 332 13 September 2011 You are here National Real Estate News Also in this section Local Real Estate News more Let

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    comes with the new season but they may be a little bit over optimistic given current market conditions says First National Real Estate National Communications Manager Stewart Bunn Spring is traditionally considered the peak season for the property market but the current market dynamics and sheer volume of homes for sale will make maximising your sale price more challenging this year Mr Bunn said But there are things home owners can do to prepare their homes for sale and ensure they have the best chance of successfully marketing their property According to Mr Bunn the top tip to maximise the property s value is to choose a good agent An agent that can be trusted and has strong local knowledge and experience is essential when selling a property and can mean a difference of thousands of dollars to the resulting sale price Mr Bunn said Discuss with potential agents their proposed strategies for marketing and look for ones that consider the full range of tools available including local newspapers popular real estate websites social media such as facebook and twitter as well as other eMarketing tools like SMS MMS And see how open they are to seeking your input for developing enticing signboards and quality brochures Another key tip Mr Bunn said is to research what your property will be competing with and be realistic It will be critical this spring to set a reasonable asking price because buyers are certainly out there but they are ultra price sensitive right now Agents know what properties are selling for in your area and are experienced at gauging which way the market is turning They can help you determine the ideal target range Mr Bunn said On a more practical level Mr Bunn advises looking at the property with objective eyes and seeing what can easily and readily be done to improve its prospects A simple lick of paint spring clean tidy up around the place will go a long way to making a good impression Mr Bunn said Mow the lawns trim the hedges and dig over garden beds just to start with Look at cleaning the windows both inside and out and sweep driveways to help create a neat tidy polished appearance Mr Bunn said there are some little extras that can be done beyond the usual interior cleaning Making sure there are fresh flowers inside the home and let in lots of natural light to really brighten up rooms Mr Bunn said For those with pets where possible remove them during inspections and create a nice ambience by playing soft tuneful background music to create a more homely feel Lastly make sure you revamp and repair where necessary Pay most attention to the main living and sleeping areas like the kitchen family room bathroom and bedrooms In a slow market or tough selling climate eliciting a strong emotional response to your home from potential buyers is vital and these tips are designed to assist vendors make that connection For

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    National Competitions Competition Winners Contact Us First National Real Estate Media Releases New appointment for First National Real Estate Amanda Kohler has been appointed First National Real Estate s new National Property and Marketing Manager Amanda s exceptional combination of property management and marketing skill is ideally suited to this newly created position within the network Mr Ray Ellis CEO of First National Real Estate said In addition she brings a wealth of international and national experience that will be of enormous benefit to our members Amanda said she was looking forward to the challenges of her new role which enables her to make full use of her love of property management experience in marketing and knowledge of global real estate markets After having been in the industry for more than 15 years and running my own business for three of those recruiting and temping for the real estate industry I think this role embodies my expertise in a unique way Amanda said I am really looking forward to making a difference to the members as well as our customers and I know I will bring to the table some diverse thoughts and strategies for the next growth phase of Australia s largest independent network Amanda has spent 11 years in property management and 4 in sales and most recently as the Victorian State Manager for the largest utility connection company in Australia a loyal and valued alliance partner of First National Real Estate She is a licensed agent and has worked for property agencies in London and Poland While working for one English agency as Sales and Acquisitions Manager she started its Sales Marketing and Property Management Departments 24 August 2011 You are here National Real Estate News Also in this section Local Real Estate News more Let s

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    Condition Reporter Available at no cost through iTunes the First National Real Estate App provides consumers with instant access to the network s residential commercial rural and business listings as well as the contact details of each of its office locations nationally While the network s My Condition Reporter App has been made available to all of its Property Managers at no charge First National Real Estate intends to soon make the App available to all property managers nationally for a small fee through the iTunes store The other two Apps that First National Real Estate has launched are exclusively for the use of its member agents The first Mobile Register enables First National agents to use their iPads to enter buyer and tenant search criteria to the network s Utopia customer database while they re in the field This is the future of Real Estate says Chief Executive Ray Ellis First National has positioned itself as the industry leader when it comes to online marketing mobile devices customer relationship management and quality assurance systems Consumers expect more from estate agents today and First National is providing the tools that guarantee the highest standards of service in the profession If you give your details to a First National agent at an inspection you ll see them entering your search criteria via their iPad immediately That provides our customers with immediate confidence Utopia then guarantees when one of our agents lists a matching property that s for sale or rent the customer will automatically receive an email or sms notification Utopia was a finalist in the Relationship Marketing Category of the Australian Marketing Institute s Awards for Marketing Excellence in 2010 and First National Real Estate was the only organisation representing the Australian property industry Mr Ellis believes this is indicative of the complacency with which many Australian real estate brands approach both their product offering and the needs of their franchisees The opportunities offered by technology to improve the profession s performance and customer satisfaction ratings are enormous However many of our competitors choose to rely on their brand equity and perhaps even franchisee apathy instead of investing resources where they are clearly needed One even cancelled its 2011 National Convention citing difficult market conditions clearly showing contempt for the needs of its franchisees says Mr Ellis The second App Mobile Lister enables vendor listing presentations that really give First National agents a distinct advantage Linking directly with the Utopia system agents can present precise examples of how their potential customer s property would look when marketed by First National Real Estate The agent can produce a live buyer demand report proving to potential clients how many buyers are waiting on their database and looking for the customer s property The property s asking price can also be moved upwards or downwards using a sliding scale to show the impact this would have on the number of buyers available Our members are very excited by the path First National has

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