Cairns Platinum Realty
5/116 Reed Road Trinity Park 4879 QLD
T: 07 4057 4444

Cairns Platinum Realty Selling Tips

Selling a property is usually one of the major financial decisions that we make in life.  Whether you are selling for the first time or are a seasoned investor, the following tips on selling your property should help.

1. Research: Do some research. Go online to any of the major Real Estate websites including and compare properties that are both for sale and sold. It’s also a good idea to attend some home opens in your area. This will give you a better idea of what your property may be worth by giving you a price range to work with.

2. Appraisals: Arrange for an agency that works in your area to come out and appraise your property. Cairns Platinum Realty has agents in all areas and provides a complimentary market appraisal service. Your agent will provide you with a good understanding of prices in your area and the current market conditions.

3. Choose your agency: When selecting an agent, you are looking for someone that
has a proven track record in your area; an agent that has the right skills, area knowledge and marketing backup. All Cairns Platinum Realty agents will provide you with the latest most up to date marketing techniques.  When making your final decision on an agency ensure that they are accredited members of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ).

4. Presentation: First impressions count when selling a property. Remember, you and your agent are in competition with other properties on the market at the same time. Your agent will give some advice on how to best present your property to achieve the best results.

5. Promotion: It is important that your property has the best promotion behind it. There is a saying, “You can’t sell a secret.” The right marketing campaign will bring more buyers to your property resulting in offers. Cairns Platinum Realty marketing has proven to be successful over many years.  We have different options to suit all budgets.

6. Relationship: It is important that you have a good working relationship with your agent and are kept informed every step of the way. At Cairns Platinum Realty, it is our policy to work with you and in your best interests at all times. This will ensure the best outcome for you every time.

7. Offer: Your agent will present you with all offers. They will run through all aspects of the offer with you including clauses and attached annexures, so that you are best informed to make your decision. Your agent will be there to guide you and offer advice every step of the way.

8. Acceptance: Once you have accepted your offer, you will nominate a solicitor to act for you through the settlement process.

9. Prior to settlement: Now is the time to think about the move: finding and securing your new property, changing your electricity, gas, telephone, internet etc and arranging a removalist and vacating the sales property.

10. Settlement: On the settlement day you usually meet with your agent to hand over keys ready for settlement to occur. Your settlement agent will ensure a smooth transfer of land and funds. It is a busy time but remember to update all your insurance policies and new contact details.

Most importantly you can rely on a Cairns Platinum Realty Agent to guide you through the whole process: It is part of our service.


Buyers for a property can be found all year round however it's not often that a purchaser for your home is out there, just waiting for you to put your home on the market.

Timing, presentation and advertising are all required to bring buyers and sellers together for the best result.

Spring is often considered to be the best time to sell. It's a time of optimism and with the weather clearing, more potential buyers will be out and about. It is also a time when more sellers will put their homes on the market so there will be more competition.

Winter usually presents fewer buyers, but the buyers are usually more focussed on purchasing and traditionally there will be fewer homes on the market to choose from.

Prior to placing your home on the market, allow an additional two weeks to prepare both the property and the marketing material.


A tidy home says "Welcome". Your home should be kept neat and tidy during the period of inspections. It should not necessarily be a "show place" but appear a comfortable home in which to live. Fresh flowers or indoor plants always brighten up a home.

While you're cleaning, think about each room and what furniture really needs to be in it. Rooms look smaller when they are crowded. Clear out anything that's not needed to create a feeling of spaciousness.

Make sure that all minor repairs are completed. Sticking doors and windows, loose door knobs, faulty plumbing, or peeling paint may affect your sale.

Let plenty of light into your home. Nothing improves atmosphere more than brightness. And on a dull day switch on some lights prior to arrival of prospective purchasers.

A warm comfortable heated home on cold days adds a feeling of cosiness; on a hot day don't forget to turn on any air conditioning or fans (or simply let the breeze flow through).

Method of Sale

If you submit your property for Auction this means that prospective purchasers will bid against one another at a date and time suitable to you.

You can set a reserve price, which is the minimum you will accept, and once bidding has passed that level you know you have a sale, as it will be unconditional and a predetermined deposit must be paid on the day.

Sale by Private Treaty means that you set a price at which your property is to be marketed to the public through the marketing plan agreed to by you and the agent.
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