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We are in the middle of the holiday season and yes we do look like having one of the busiest vacation periods in many years. Past years a combination of extensive rain and harsh economic times saw low visitation numbers and holiday accommodation was at and all time low. Thankfully not this year with traders and visiting families all smiles with the great sunny weather and a few extra dollars in their pockets with this years interest rate cuts.
Amazingly I heard someone complaining they had to wait in a queue to buy a coffee in sleepy old Marcoola. What is happening to the area? It wasn’t that long ago you couldn’t buy a coffee in town.
Thankfully with the higher visitation numbers and the completion of the Street Scapes in both Coolum & Marcoola in time for everyone to arrive has the area buzzing and people talking the area up again and will help for a few more positive years ahead with people returning to enjoy the area.
Coolum’s streetscape saw the road divided from just north of the pedestrian traffic lights to make for easy access from the beachside of the road to the shops. A second round about was completed in front of McDonalds and the Caravan Park now traffic travelling north do a u-turn on the round about to access the beachside car parks from the new entrance which was moved north to in front of our Coolum office. Public Bus services now stop in front of the car park on both sides of the road so there is no longer need to work to the main strip from in front of the Coffee Club.
Marcoola streetscape saw the pedestrian area widened on the west side with gardens and paths created to make for a pleasant walk from the Rex Terrace to Wayne Avenue past the shops. There is public seating in various locations and a public meeting place created in the area at the end of Lexie Street where the street has been closed to traffic. This area has a nice grassed area to relax, established trees for shade and seating. Look up, the power line and poles have been removed with underground power installed.
People staying in the resorts of Marcoola look back across now to a well planned strip and appealing area for them to visit our coffee shops, restaurants, cafes and other traders. The work to date was only finished just over two weeks ago and feels like it has been there forever. Marcoola & Coolum both now look like great places to stop rather than driving straight past through to Noosa.
Add all these great changes and it has one believe that the property market has begun to improve. Since I started selling in this area 17 years ago every year I would tell people the busiest time of year is during the warmer months and I am pleased to say after a few years of poor economic times and poor weather, the enquiry rate has improved and has resulted in more sales. The numbers of sales have increased over the past six months across all sectors of the market from cheap units through to more expensive homes. Whilst prices are not where they were we believe that is improving. However people are choosing to get on with new plans that have been on hold for a number of years..
Our last In Rooms Auction on the 6th December saw 8 of the properties sell on the night. Our Auction clearance rate is still running at 80 % with buyers and sellers enjoying the cleaner method of sale compared to lengthy complicated private treaty negotiations. Our next In-Rooms Auction is on the 7th of February at the Ramada Resort at 6pm. To view the Auction properties please go to www.northshorerealty.com.au
If you are thinking of selling please contact us to take advantage of the busier warmer months. We have a number of new innovative ideas on the best method to achieve a better price in this current market. Or you may like an updated obligation free appraisal of your property.
Thank you for your support in 2012 Things definitely seem to be on the positive side for 2013 and we all wish you a great year!