Property agents face busy new year

IPSWICH real estate agents are preparing for a busy start to the New Year after a well-deserved Christmas break.

The property industry tends to ease in December, but Anne Webber Group principal Anne Webber said January and February more than made up for the lull in sales.

“Traditionally, the two weeks over Christmas are a bit quiet for us,” she said.

“Things slow down a little bit because people have so much on, but you find January and February are always very busy and that evens things out.

“That's certainly been the case for us over the past three years.”

Walkers Real Estate Ipswich principal June Frank said this Christmas and New Year could break with tradition.

“This year is probably a little bit different to past years. I've made several sales this week to people moving to Ipswich,” she said.

“A lot of people are staying home and not going on holidays simply because they don't have the money to spend on things like that.

“Because they're staying home they have a bit more time on their hands. There's no school sport for the kids so parents can spend their weekends looking at houses.”

Ms Frank said the festive season could deliver all sorts of surprises.

“I remember one year my daughter Amy and I sold eight houses on Christmas Eve. It was a crazy day,” she said.

“Other times I've had people who decide they want to inspect houses on Christmas Day and have ended up signing the contract on the bonnet of the car.

“You can never tell what the Christmas week will bring. Sometimes people just want to buy on a 30-day settlement, move in quickly and start the new year in a new house.”



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