Cairns open homes make ‘heartening’ return

first_imgFor local real estate agents, the return of open homes was welcomed with open arms after weeks in which virtual tours and private inspections were the only options.“It’s a big part of the way we sell property, because it gives people the chance to walk through and get a real feel for the place,” LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill principal Ross Moller said. “While video tours are still good, it’s not the same as coming in and seeing what it looks like, whether the ambience suits, whether the location’s good, the lay of the land, what the gardens are like and all that sort of stuff.“Buyers can get a much better feel when they can come and actually look at something.” NEW VALUE OFFER: SUBSCRIBE FOR NEWS, HEADPHONES AND MORE! OPEN TO INSPECT While nine parties had pre-registered for the open home, a further 18 turned up.Mrs Marsh said cars full of people were queuing up to check out the property.“It was somewhat chaotic trying to maintain the COVID-19 regulations, but we managed to do it,” she said. LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill principal Ross Moller had 15 groups through an Edge Hill unit last weekend, resulting in eight offers.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“We sold it, of course,” he said.“For the right property, there’s still plenty of buyers out there.”center_img “We put it up online and said we’d prefer people to register in advance to allow for COVID-19 restrictions,” she said. “It was a fairly new listing in a good suburb, so we thought we’d get some people through, but certainly not what we had on the day.” Open homes are on in Cairns this weekend, including this five-bedroom luxury home in Trinity Beach from Marsh Property.It didn’t take long for real estate agents to see a spike in the number of buyer inquiries following the resumption of open home inspections.Properties will open their doors to the public again this Saturday, after the weekend tradition of open homes made its return last weekend following a six-week break due to COVID-19 restrictions. Open homes are on this weekend in Cairns.Armed with sanitiser and wearing gloves as part of COVID-19’s open home process, local agents will be hoping for another round of strong turnouts at inspections across Cairns.Marsh Property’s Deb Marsh was “blown away” by the response to the agency’s first open home at Freshwater last week. “We had four people take contracts and it was under contract a few days later, above asking price. It was a very heartening return.”She said Marsh Property would continue to “test the market” with more open homes this Saturday and any interested parties should contact the agency to pre-register, to stagger arrivals and avoid waiting times.last_img