Volume 1 – March 2011

I have recently joined 2nd Avenue Realty and have been here for 4 weeks now and time does fly. I have meet some lovely people in the  Sandgate area and have really enjoyed my walks along the foreshore.

The staff at the 2nd Avenue Realty office have been very welcoming and supportive and they are all very happy people who obviously enjoy their work environment.

I am an accredited Helper Agent®, along with Gai O’Driscoll (The Principal)  and Executive Assistant Fiona Blightman. This is one of the main reasons for joining this Helper Agency in Sandgate.

I believe in the old traditional values of respect, integrity and genuineness and I am very passionate about helping people with their needs.

I look forward to meeting new people and helping them. Building lasting relationships with my clients and future friends is a bonus.

if you are interested in selling your property or need help buying a new home please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I do love a game of golf and if anyone would like to play a round please contact me

Regards Dianne

A) Devastation Everywhere

There would not be one person who wouldn’t have been affected by the devastation that has occurred over the last three months in Australia. The enormity of the damage will take some time to heal and the ripple effect will take even longer.

The 4017 area was unscathed and the only damage was the occasional dampness, mould, and leaking roof.  The foreshore attracted many people as the pontoons that had broken their moorings appeared to bounce along and beach themselves, and with them came water tanks, loads of shoes, thongs and the not so friendly snakes, etc.

A lot of people felt helpless and wanted to assist in some small way and others had the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get on with the job of cleaning up the mess.  Praise must go to all Australians who have so far done an absolutely fabulous job and should be extremely proud of themselves. The work will not be over for sometime and we hope that the good work will continue.

To all those who have, or knew someone who has, lost possessions, or have someone dear to them who has tragically lost life, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

2) Dianne’s Funny Facts

1) When cats are happy or pleased, they squeeze their eyes shut

2) Some Chinese believe that swinging the arms cures headaches

3) Laughter is a proven way to lose weight

4) The tradition of brides carrying a bouquet of flowers started with the brides trying to            hide their body odour.

5) Frogs use their eyes to help them eat their food: frogs can pull their eyes inward toward the mouth to help push the food down their throat

3) Dianne’s Interesting Information – Legislation Changes

Over the last quarter the Real Estate Industry has had to adjust to more Government introduced changes..  Here are just a few:-

  • The Property and Motor Dealers Act 2000 (PAMDA) will be split into, The Property Agents Bill, the Motor Dealers Bill, the Commercial Agents Bill and the Agents Financial Administration Bill.

The new laws are expected to come into effect in mid 2011 and will pave the way for the Council of Australian Governments’National Occupational Licensing System for property agents in 2012.

  • The Neighbourhood Dispute Resolution Bill 2010 replaces the existing Dividing Fences Legislation.  The new bill providesrules about responsibility for dividing fences and trees, and facilitates the resolution of neighbor’s disputes.
  • The Land Valuation Act was introduced as a simplified, more equitable statutory land valuation system and has been designed to strengthen and modernise Queensland’s valuation system and bring it in line with other states.

Other amendments or changes that affect us are:-

Due to severe weather events, the Queensland statutory Land Valuations have been delayed until Queensland’s affected areas can be assessed.  The statewide valuations were scheduled to be issued by 31 March 2011 however the Valuer-General has recommended that the Queensland Government delay the release.

The valuations are now expected to be released by 30 June 2011 for this year only.

 4) What’s Happening in Sales?

With so much happening elsewhere, the market has stayed pretty much the same.  The buyers are out there but they are only looking and occasionally some homes are selling. The last quarter it was reported that the average time for a property to be on the market for sale is 98 days. This has now gone over to 110 days on average.

This market is no different to any other. People will always need to sell and they will always need to buy. So whatever the   market, there are always going to be buyers and sellers around.

Our most recent sales have been:-

75 Drouyn Street $440,000

9/88 Eagle terrace, Sandgate $299,000

3/43 Fifth Avenue, Sandgate $310,000

17/88 Eagle Terrace, Sandgate $427,000

68 Paul Street, Brighton $572,500

On the market for sale:-

‘Torquay’ 50 Flinders Parade, Sandgate $1,877,500

74 Friday Street, Shorncliffe $895,000

40 West Avenue, Brighton $415,000

28/26 Seventeenth Avenue, Brighton $448,000

42/27 Seventeenth Avenue, Brighton $425,000

There is no right or wrong in why homes are selling and why some properties just sit, but once again if you have the right home, with the right person, at the right time, willing to pay the right price (with a good agent of course) and a sprinkle of luck the home will have a SOLD sign.

5) Dianne Ray’ Profile –  Helper Agent and Sales Executive.

What are your interests?

Golf, Golf, Golf, the outdoors, socialising, food and wine, travel, film, live theatre, reading, property & investments

What do you like?

I like talking to people and finding out their life stories; really enjoy listening to inspirational people, love my involvement with my family; really love watching my grand- daughters growing up; enjoy tasting different food with a great glass of Margaret River Sav Blanc; of course like playing golf as much as possible.

What are your dislikes?

Being around people with high egos and people who are untruthful to themselves.

What are you most grateful for?

Being healthy and fit and appreciate each day; grateful I can help people make important decisions in their life; extremely grateful to people who help me and believe in me.

Where do you live?

I have recently shifted from the Sunshine Coast to Sandgate.

What are your personal achievements?

Raising 4 beautiful healthy boys and watching them mature into handsome young men; developing lovely relationships with my 3 daughter-in-laws and my 3 grand daughters and having the support and love from my elderly parents who are still very active. Also having the opportunity to travel the world a number of times and gaining tertiary qualifications.

Why Real Estate?

My passion for real estate began in the early 2000’s when I started selling boutique lifestyle properties, such as B&B cottages.

I really enjoy helping people and the relationships you build. I always try to imagine that it’s my own home being bought or sold. By putting myself into their shoes, I am able to give clients honest, genuine, helpful and professional advice. I really do get a buzz when I see the smiles on both parties when a property has settled and I feel I have achieved a win/win situation with all involved, including myself, and also making friends.

Choosing the right home is one of the biggest decisions most people have to make in their lifetime. When it is time to sell home owners need to know they are placing their most valuable asset in safe and reliable hands.

Gai O’Driscoll (2nd Avenue Realty Licensee) has given me the opportunity to work for 2nd Avenue Realty and become involved in the Sandgate community. I have joined her agency because Gai, Fiona – Executive Assistant and myself are accredited Helper Agents http://www.helperagent.com.au

0ne thing that no one knows about you?

I am impromptu, like being active, adventurous, will give anything a go, love the colour red, I am a romantic, a softy and detest spiders & snakes.

Till the next newsletter, enjoy. Dianne

Author: Dianne Ray

I have almost thirty years in business management in the hospitality, tourism, hospitality, real estate and service industries and in education as a teacher in secondary schools and TAFE Colleges. I was born in the Western District in Victoria, my schooling was in Hamilton and Melbourne and my Tertiary Education was at Melbourne and Monash Universities. My family consists of 4 sons, 3 daughter in laws and 5 grandchildren. Over the last 9 years I made my home in Noosa, Queensland and since February 2011 have moved to Brighton, a suburb of Brisbane and contract to 2nd Avenue Realty as a licensed real estate agent. Selling residential property in the the Sandgate, Shorncliffe, Brighton, Deagon, Bracken Ridge and other areas. I also sell and market boutique accommodation properties, such as Bed & Breakfasts,Self contained Cottages around Australia on http://www.dianneray.com Over my life time I have travelled extensively throughout Australia and numerous times overseas. My interests are obviously travel, all aspects of sport especially golf, outdoor pursuits, fine dining, appreciation of wine and love meeting people. I gained my Bachelor of Education and taught secondary and TAFE students for a number of years and studied for my Masters in Business Administration. I have been self employed for the last 20 years comprising owning and operating an exclusive 4.5 star B&B; established an e-commerce business involving the hospitality and accommodation industry; in selling, marketing, training workshops, relief service and management. I changed my career path ten years ago and concentrated on real estate and business broking. I am a licensed real estate agent in Queensland. My involvement in real estate has been very satisfying and I enjoy the interaction with the buyers and sellers. In my role as a real estate agent, I am able to effectively fulfil the needs of clients and this is my passion, and to use my skills to obtain a win/win situation for everyone involved. I believe in the old traditional values of respect, integrity and genuineness and I am very passionate about helping people with their needs and I focus on listening to and genuinely helping my clients. I am a very honest, natural outgoing person who enjoys life to the fullest “My mission is to live with integrity and compassion and to make a positive difference in the lives of others”