FineLife Property (formerly Barb Johnston Property) was established as an independent agency established in 2006. Having worked in the real estate industry since 1992, all within the inner south of Brisbane, I wanted to offer a much more personalised service so prospective clients knew who they would be working with when they sold such a significant asset.. As a selling Principal, I have continued to live and work locally throughout my entire real estate career.
Being an independent agency, there is flexibility when it comes to making decisions on the spot that will help you with your sale and give you the best result for you and your circumstances! It also means that we choose to handle small volumes of property at any one time to ensure that we maintain that very personal, hands on approach to your sale. This is done without compromise to the quality of service or level and currency of our professionalism.
FineLife Property is a "Sales Only" business and any property management requirements are selectively referred to and managed by an affiliated "Property Management Only' business. This associate has the same professional values and ethics so our shared philosophy allows us to concentrate on doing what we love, what we are best at.
The core activities of FineLife Property are in providing real estate services to residents in the local area and we particularly like to assist in Seniors with their real estate needs. Our service hub includes Annerley, Tarragindi, Holland Park, Yeronga, Yeerongpilly, Tennyson, Fairfield, Moorooka and Mount Gravatt. Plus we often work for clients in the surrounding suburbs upon personal referral.
Did you know that selling your property is more about having a sales plan than anything else? Therefore, the selling strategy for your property will be dependent upon a number of circumstances that are specific to you. In that regard I do not feel that there should be a ‘one option fits all’ approach.
The major factors that will determine what is the best strategy for you will depend on:
1. Your personal situation which must be considered first and foremost.
2. Timing in the market place.
3. Property presentation.
4. Demand for your type of property. It is very high for houses though units tend to be slower with the volume of new stock emerging into the market. But that is the market today. Next year could be quite different.
Once we have clarified the most important considerations for you, then it is a matter of fine tuning how best to price you home and which method of sale will be suit your situation.
Is it to your advantage to sell with a price or without?
What is the best way to handle the price of the property to attract the widest market?
Is it to your advantage to sell by private treaty, auction or fixed date?
We are currently in a market where multiple offers are common and this is driven by buyer demand and owners who are realistic with expectations. Part of the success of these sales can be attributed to pre-sale preparation by the owners. We will offer advice and access to services to help you get ready for sale.
Other things that may need to be considered are the circumstances of the people directly affected by the sale.
For example, is your property owner occupied or tenanted? Tenanted properties need to be handled differently to one that you live in yourself so access and presentation will be impacted.
Are there family or personal matters to take into consideration? Is there a particular time frame to consider? What is the type of target market that your property will appeal to? What is the best way to handle the price of the property to attract the widest market? These are examples of why the process will vary from one Seller to the next.
Buyers respond better to property that is listed with a price indication at the very least rather than 'no price' or 'price on application'. We have a variety of ways that your price can be presented to the market so that it creates the broadest appeal. It has been demonstrated time and time again that the more people who are aware of your property being for sale will increase your chances of a better sale price. Therefore it is vital to create an environment that encourages Buyers to inspect your home.
My recommendation for your property would be to utilise a marketing plan similar to the following to give it appropriate exposure:
A highlight listing on realestate.com for every property - the second highest level of listing exposure available for Realestate.com.au. If you feel your home has potential to suit a more exclusive market, then there are other options you may wish to discuss.
A professional photo shoot - this may be varied if the property is tenanted as I do not believe in photographing internally just for the sake of it if tenants do not present your property in an appropriate manner. It can actually reduce its potential value.
A floor plan.
A listing on Domain.com.au
Full Page listing on FineLife Property
A For Sale sign
All personally conducted Open Homes and inspections
Photo quality colour brochures with floor plans
Buyer Inspection feedback.
All administrative requirements pertaining to your sale
With the suggested marketing, your should have a fairly clear idea of the market's response to your property within the first 2-3 weeks once you are on the market. You will be provided with options to upgrade your marketing if necessary based on your individual requirements.
As mentioned above, homes are in strong demand in this area right now with sale times for well priced homes being reasonably short - between 1-4 weeks. In the lead up to the Christmas period, Brisbane tends to slow a little. Our Sellers are encouraged to be in the market when Buyer activity is greatest. For example, it's worth taking into consideration when families are making decisions about the next school year ahead.
We have marketing and payment options available to make this process as easy as possible for you.
“Just a quick note to thank you for all of your patience and hard work with Biarra St. The price you got was far better than I ever would have imagined. It turned what I thought was going to be a problem into a painless and very profitable experience.”
N Weston / Yeerongpilly
At last settlement day for my townhouse has arrived!
Chris Clayton / Yeronga
This is just a short note to thank you sincerely for all the work that you have done (and did) while this marathon event was happening. Needless to say, there were times when I was becoming unsettled that all would not work out suitably, so I can imagine how it was from your end, having to deal with vendors who were interstate, lawyers, property owners of other units etc.
Other factors that your role involved and need to be mentioned here are; your having to deal with a buyer wanting to purchase a property whilst in another country and mainly being available by SMS; everything needing to be done on a tight time frame because of the auction
date; having to liaise with a third and fourth party (Dana and Marg) for negotiations; receiving phone calls from a financial broker who had money in his hot hand and needing to distribute as the building society was placing pressure on him continually contacting a lawyer who had not had a c
D Shaw / West End
Barb,…thank you for all your efforts in the process of marketing our properties. All the recommendations and endorsements from your previous clients are well earned, given your simple sensible and very professional approach to the job. We are satisfied that the marketing program you suggested gave us appropriate coverage, and more, and as such prices achieved where what the current market would pay. We would have no hesitation in using your services again…I would also like to add that I value the rapport we built as the weeks moved on. This confirmed my confidence in your ability to deliver what has been an excellent outcome,…very best regards, and good luck to you and clients with future sales,…David Shaw (Director) Street and Garden Furniture Company