Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Local Agent Q&A

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Local Agent Q&A

Article excerpt

Each week we ask a local agent questions about the Ipswich market. This week we speak with Terry Cantwell, Principal/Owner Palace Property Agents, Karalee and Karana Downs.

What attracted you to the real estate industry?

I was approached by a well-known local agency to join their team after leaving a successful policing career in the Queensland Police Service of almost 30 years. Together with Clare (my Wife), we approached the industry with an open mind, having bought and sold property over a long period of time. We have moulded ourselves on these experiences and bring to the table what we would expect from an agent whilst also delivering "best practice" principles. I strive to bring this to my clients both buyers and sellers and look to provide a service that I would expect as a client.

What is the state of the current market?

We have experienced a hive of activity from both buyers and sellers for a multitude of reasons. A lot of interest has been coming from interstate buyers who are looking to either invest or relocate for a quality lifestyle at an affordable price. The Ipswich region offers fantastic value for money with an emphasis on "lifestyle" whilst still being in easy reach of our capital city.

What is your prediction for the next 6 months?

Whilst no one can foresee the future, I would expect the current trend to continue into the next 6 months. Ipswich and surrounds offers good value and excellent returns for both owner-occupiers or investors.

What are the challenges faced?

We are finding the biggest challenge is to have sufficient stock available for the current buyer demand. The 2011 floods that affected Ipswich still has a negative impact on our marketplace in some areas.

Any lessons learnt?

There are many lessons to be learnt within the Real Estate Industry. Probably the most important is not to forget that we are dealing with people and their emotions. Very often, the sale or purchase of a property is the biggest financial commitment a person will undertake. …

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