Pacific Paradise comes to life with new streetscape upgrade and interactive motion sensor art work

Pacific Paradise’s commercial and cultural precinct has been revitalised by a council streetscape project that has brought Timari Street into a new age with vibrant public art, landscaping, lighting and seating.

“We have transformed Timari Street from an ugly street with minimal footpaths and gravel parking to a fantastic, community space," Cr OPray said.

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Sunshine Coast records the lowest rental vacancy rate in Queensland

“It’s no surprise that renters are flocking to this market – it’s such a stunning part of the world with employment opportunities – but additional supply into this market would be very beneficial,” Ms Mercorella said.  Read more

Council approved five-star luxury resort in Buderim

A five-star luxury resort in the heart of Buderim, which will be the first of its type in the region, has been approved by Sunshine Coast Council at its ordinary meeting today.

Planning Portfolio Councillor Christian Dickson said he supported the proposal and was pleased that council voted in favour of his motion calling for the application to be approved.

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REVEALED: When first streets of Coast's new CBD will open

The region's newset city centre at Maroochydore will be open to the public in the second half of this year. View the current status of the Maroochydore City Centre in a flyover video.

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Next RBA rate rise will be a shock: Philip Lowe

There hasn't been a rate rise in seven years, and RBA governor Philip Lowe has warned many households will be shocked.

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$20 million Sippy Downs Drive project continues

“This upgrade is fantastic news for the Sippy Downs community and one I know they have been eagerly looking forward to,” Cr Dickson said.

The fourth and final stage of a $20 million duplication of Sippy Downs Drive, which will significantly improve traffic flow and create an entry statement into the Sunshine Coast’s Knowledge Precinct, will start mid-year.

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Sippy Downs taking shape to accommodate student growth

The approved complex will house a mix of one, two and three-bedroom dwellings and will provide 237 car park spaces for residents and visitors.

“Our unique ‘university town’ vision for Sippy Downs is now being realised.

“I am confident to say that Sippy Downs is steadily becoming a vibrant and active town centre - an ideal place to learn, earn, live and play” Cr Dicksn said.

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Council bridging the gap between Mooloolaba's separated bikeway

The 5m-wide bridge will be an entry statement into Mooloolaba, spanning Mayes Canal and connecting the two complete stages of the region’s flagship separated bikeway and adjacent coastal pathways.

Construction is scheduled to start in the coming weeks and is due to be completed before December 2018.

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Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project ready for take-off

“With this project now entering its major construction phase, the sky’s the limit on the Sunshine Coast.”

The expansion project will open up the region to the world and the project remains on track for completion by Christmas 2020. Read more

How will the Sunshine Coast property market shape up?

The secret is well and truly out – the Sunshine Coast is an amazing place to live. But how will our region fare as developments spring out of the ground and new residents flock here from around the world? My Weekly Preview asks the experts. Read more

QLD's Coastal Markets continue to heat up

The Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, and Noosa all finished 2017 with the strongest growth in the state, significantly outperforming Brisbane. Read more

Sunshine Coast Open for Business

Coast shoppers, and visitors to the region, are about to get a lot more choice with the latest round of retail developments.

Kawana Shoppingworld and Sunshine Plaza are both currently undergoing redevelopment with new entertainment, retail and dining precincts in sight for the Birtinya Town Centre and Caloundra region. Read more

Council approves Brisbane Road renewal project

The development that is the subject of the approval will deliver a five-storey car park with 704 public parking bays, plus a retail component, a hotel, residential and retirement facilities.

“Our Place Making Mooloolaba Master Plan, produced with the help of the local community, will help ensure Mooloolaba is a world-class beachfront destination at Mooloolaba,” Cr Dickson said.

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Solar Farm savings close to $1M

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the strong electricity generation from the farm during January allowed council to offset 129% of its total power consumption.

“It is very encouraging to see the solar farm is on track to exceed the targeted $22m in public savings over 30 years identified in the May 2016 business case." Read more

Road rehabilitation improves driving safety and journey quality on 200 local roads

Local Councillor Greg Rogerson said in 2017/18, council’s $18.7 million Road Reseal and Rehabilitation Program is delivering improvements to more than 200 local roads.

“This program is part of a 10-year $225 million investment by council to repair road failures, improve the road surface and renew line markings, ensuring residents and visitors have access to safe and high quality local roads,” Cr Rogerson said.
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Home Values Rise In QLD's Coastal Markets

World-class beaches, a sophisticated and laidback lifestyle, and the lure of affordability are drawing many interstate migrants—the majority from New South Wales—to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

Home values have surged nearly 7% on the Gold Coast and by more than 7% on the Sunshine Coast, according to the latest data from CoreLogic.
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The outcome of Sunshine Coast Council's workshop to discuss parking issues

“Our council is open to hearing alternative approaches to managing the implementation of the State Government’s verge parking law,” Major Jamieson said.

Sunshine Coast Council has committed to further investigations on the verge parking issue after an “open and candid discussion” at today’s workshop attended by a cross-section of the local community. 
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New campaign to drive more visitors to the Sunshine Coast

Visit Sunshine Coast is working in conjunction with local tourism organisations and chambers of commerce to launch the second phase of the Come to Life marketing campaign, targeting the surrounding drive market in South-East Queensland and beyond.

“This campaign is a great way to partner with sub-regional groups to increase destination awareness and encourage visitor dispersal from the surrounding drive market,” Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford said.
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State of our Region: 2017 a landmark year for Sunshine Coast

Mayor Mark Jamieson has described 2017 as a landmark year for the Sunshine Coast thanks to the significant progress that has been made delivering economic, environment and community initiatives.

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Peregian Springs community invited to comment on play space design

Council has developed a draft concept design for a multi-purpose play space to be located at Coolum Ridges Sports Complex at Ridgeview Drive.

The proposed design has incorporated the community’s priorities for the play space and includes multi-sports court, rebound wall, skate facilities, seating and shade trees.

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Sunshine Coast on top for dwelling approvals

​The region is outperforming all other regions with strong performance in both the residential and non-residential areas.

The Sunshine Coast had 574 dwellings approved during the month of September, an increase of 58.1 per cent from the 363 recorded the previous month.

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Sunshine Coast outperforms the Gold Coast

CoreLogic Australia has reported the Sunshine Coast as the top Queensland Regional performer for October 2017.

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Sunshine Coast remains top property market

Despite quarterly contractions, the Sunshine Coast remains one of the top performers in the Queensland market, according to the REIQ’s Queensland Market Monitor report for the June quarter.

Market trends show characteristics of a market favouring vendors, with falling supply and increasing demand and also seeing a shortening of days on market from 54 days in May last year to 46 days in May this year and the second-smallest vendor discount, at just 3.7 per cent. Read more

New Real Estate Industry Research Reveals Problem Resolution Most Valued by Consumers

New research from Canstar Blue into the real estate industry has revealed 31% of consumers value an agent’s ‘problem resolution skills’ as the number one contributor to their satisfaction.  The second most significant contributor to their satisfaction, according to 28% of customers, is ‘communication and advice’.

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RBA makes cash rate decision

The Reserve Bank of Australia has announced its official cash rate for October following its monthly board meeting.

Consistent with current industry predictions, the RBA has decided to keep the official cash rate at the record low of 1.50 per cent.

The last time the cash rate moved was in August 2016, where it ticked down 25 basis points. Read more

Sunshine Coast international visitors hit record high

Not only has the Sunshine Coast experienced its hottest winter on record, but it has broken another record and attracted the highest ever increase in international visitors with 296,000 arrivals visiting to the year ending June 2017, up 11.6% and contributing $249 million in visitor expenditure to the economy.

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Happy 50th Anniversary Sunshine Coast!

Today marks the official 50th Anniversary of the Naming of Sunshine Coast and celebrations are in full swing.

“It was exactly 50 years ago today that the words “Sunshine Coast” became our official name, taking over from the Near North Coast – and as everyone would agree it was a very wise decision by our forebears,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Council has worked together with a wide range of passionate local community groups to produce a calendar of special and diverse 50th Anniversary celebration events and activities. Read more

Sunshine Coast Solar Farm goes live in Australian first

The Sunshine Coast Solar Farm is now live and feeding electricity into the power grid, making Sunshine Coast Council the first local government in Australia to offset 100% of its electricity consumption with energy from a renewable source.

“We are the first council in Australia to build and operate a 15MW utility scale solar farm which will deliver $22 million in savings, after all costs, for our ratepayers over the next 30 years." said Mayor Mark Jamieson Read more

Increased Council Transport Levy to delivery Light Rail

This year the Transport Levy will move to $42, raising an estimated $5.7 million, taking the Transport Futures Fund to an estimated $9 million.

Sunshine Coast Council Transport Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said the $15 increase in the annual Transport Levy would go directly towards building the Transport Futures Fund to focus on delivering the Sunshine Coast Light Rail Project. Read more

National July 2017 Corelogic RP Data market update brought to you by First National

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Mooloolaba foreshore moves to its next phase

The Mooloolaba foreshore area will move into its next phase with Sunshine Coast Council unveiling plans for a revitalised Mooloolaba foreshore and Esplanade precinct, part of the Place Making Mooloolaba Master Plan.

More than 6200sq m of Mooloolaba foreshore parkland will eventually return to community use with a kiosk, an outdoor gym, a new amenities building, shaded picnic and barbecue facilities, a modern adventure playground and spacious grassy areas just some of the features we have to look forward to.

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2017 Vinnies Corporate & Community Sleepout Sunshine Coast

We have accepted the challenge to experience what it's like to be homeless for one night. On the night of 29 June 2017 we're going to sleep rough for the night to help raise awareness and important funds in support of homeless services in our region.

With your help we can fight the issue of homelessness together. Read more

Will the 'Aldi Effect' impact Sunshine Cove ?

Sunshine Cove property owners who have homes or investments near German budget supermarket Aldi could have very valuable homes on their hands.

According to a study conducted by mover and conveyance service My Home Move, the opening of a new Aldi branch has almost always sparked an incredible surge in the prices of nearby properties in the UK. Read more

$71.5 million dollar Sunshine Coast housing boost

The Sunshine Coast is set to share in a $1.8 billion housing investment by the Queensland Government, which will deliver more than 5,000 extra homes and thousands of jobs across the state in the next 10 years.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said that under the Strategy, 243 social housing dwellings were scheduled to be built in the Sunshine Coast, at a cost of $71.5 million. Read more

Maroochydore CBD boosts regional jobs and economy

A 53 hectare greenfield site in the heart of Maroochydore, the capital of the Sunshine Coast, is being transformed into a city centre for the 21st century, offering unparalleled investment and development opportunities in Queensland’s thriving south-east corner.

The Maroochydore City centre is expected to service a wider catchment of over two million people by 2030.
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$18 million for Maroochydore Intersections Upgrade Project

More than $18 million will be invested in major intersection upgrades to provide greater access to the heart of the visionary Maroochydore City Centre community.

An agreement has been reached between the Palaszczuk Government to invest $12.6 million alongside $5.6 million from Sunshine Coast Council for vital intersection upgrades. Read more

Our Award Winning Team - First National Real Estate Qld Annual Awards

Our hard-working team of 20 were very lucky to receive a whopping total of 9 awards at the annual Queensland First National Real Estate Awards Night gala at the Sofitel, Brisbane.

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Have your say on the Council's draft parking management plan

A draft framework to proactively manage car parking across the Sunshine Coast was unveiled today and residents are invited to have their say.

Feedback received during the community consultation period will inform the final Sunshine Coast Council Parking Management Plan, which will then be presented to council for consideration.

Community feedback will close on Friday May 5, 2017.

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50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast – big birthday bash!

A special concert, a poetry trail, sand sculpture festival and a women’s AFL carnival are just a few of the ways we will celebrate our region’s naming anniversary, with events funded by the 50th anniversary grants endorsed today by council.

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Central Sunshine Coast tipped to BOOM !

According to a new report by Australia’s leading demographer Bernard Salt, The Activated City: Imagining the Sunshine Coast in 2040, 550,000 people will be living in the region by 2040, attracted by its entrepreneurial spirit, "hipster" culture and connectivity.

Mr Salt said direct flights from Maroochydore into Asia, expected from the expanded Sunshine Coast Airport from 2020, would see the region become as connected to Asian markets as it was to the rest of the country.

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Australia's first underground waste collection system - in Maroochydore !

The Sunshine Coast is again taking a nation leading position by unveiling Australia’s first, high-tech, automated waste collection system for a CBD, to be installed in the new Maroochydore City Centre.

Rather than using wheelie bins, waste will be transported from commercial buildings and apartments at up to 70kmh through a 6.5km system of underground vacuum pipes located beneath Australia’s newest city centre.
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New town square slated for Palmwoods

A new town square will soon create a green community space for people to gather in the heart of Palmwoods, adjacent to the Memorial Hall, with construction due to start later this month.

To allow construction to be undertaken safely, Main Street will be temporarily converted to one way (heading south) between Margaret Street and the IGA.

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Parklands Blvd set for rehabilitation

Parklands Blvd in Little Mountain is scheduled for around $400,000 of improvements, starting this week as part of council’s $23 million Road Reseal and Rehabilitation Program.

A section of road pavement between Little Mountain Dr and Ivadale Blvd will be rehabilitated.

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Construction to start on two skate park upgrades in April

Skaters, BMX riders and scooter riders will enjoy two improved facilities later this year, with construction on a major skate park upgrade at Alexandra Headland and minor works at Coolum due to start in late April.

Construction is expected to be completed in November.

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Sold in 5 days for $15,000 above list price - subject to inclusion of cat !

This fantastic Buderim property was sold in 5 days - for more than the listing price - with the contract conditional on Nelson the cat being included in the sale !

The sellers were very happy with the fast sale, and that Nelson the cat, who ironically they inherited when they bought the property, would be able to stay in his home.

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Coast secure during nationwide decline of new dwellings

Approvals for new dwellings remain steady on the Sunshine Coast despite a nationwide decline, according to council’s latest annual report.

The report documents local development activity that took place in 2016 and demonstrates that development on the Coast continues to remain stable.

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Palisade confirmed as Sunshine Coast Airport’s commercial partner in deal worth more than half a billion dollars

Palisade Investment Partners will be the Sunshine Coast Airport’s commercial operating partner in a deal worth more than half a billion dollars.

Under the deal, the airport will continue to be owned by Sunshine Coast Council, with Palisade operating the asset under a 99-year lease.

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$445 million worth of building boosted by Birtinya boom

Birtinya’s construction activity is significantly contributing to the region’s overall construction boom, according to council’s building data which has revealed the region recorded its highest dollar value of construction for a December quarter since 2009.

During the October to December 2016 quarter, the Sunshine Coast recorded a total building construction value of $455 million.

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New bus network in motion for hospital opening

Additional routes, improved frequency and reduced fares are just some of the benefits to come as the Sunshine Coast gears up for the official opening of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH).

From 23 January, bus services will change for Sunshine Coast locals following the opening of the SCUH to staff.

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REIQ Wants To Expand The First-Home Buyer Grant In Regional Queensland

The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) is leading a state-wide push from regional local governments, urging State Treasurer Curtis Pitt to expand the first-home buyer grant in regional Queensland to include established homes.

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Sold in 11 days for $40,000 more than the list price !

We sold this fantastic Buderim property for $40,000 more than the vendor's asking price, prior to the property being marketed on the internet !

The price agreement was reached with the buyer just seven days after the agency’s appointment and the home was sold in 11 days.

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Sunshine Coast on track with smart city technology

Over the past 14 months, council has begun to implement its Smart City Framework in a bid to make it easier to live, work and do business in our region – and with a number of smart integrated technologies and initiatives already in place, it’s off to a great start. See what's next.

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas !

Are you decorating your house for Christmas this year?

Let us know and will let the families of the Sunshine Coast know, so they can one and visit your display.

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Council's draft plan for 73km of scenic coastal pathway

Anyone who loves to walk, run or ride along the Sunshine Coast’s coastline should take a look at council’s Draft Coastal Pathway Master Plan and have their say on the proposed route.

Providing feedback on the draft master plan will also put you in the draw for prizes such as bike shop vouchers and restaurant vouchers for surf clubs along the Coastal Pathway route. Read more

Mooloolaba’s transformation gains clarity

Sunshine Coast Council’s vision to transform Mooloolaba into a world class beach destination has taken another step forward and the community is invited to have a say on future planning intentions for the popular tourist hub.

“The Place Making Mooloolaba Master Plan ... will deliver a world class beachfront destination at Mooloolaba,” Cr Dickson said

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Summer of Surf ‘First National Real Estate Board Series’

The Summer of Surf 2016/2017 series kicked off today at Alexandra Headland, proudly hosted by Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club. A great crowd turned out to see Harriet Brown win the Women's Board, and Rhys Burrows take out the Men's Board in the First Round of the First National Real Estate Board Race.

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More than 500 jobs on show ! Wed 19 Oct 2016

19 October 2016 | Wed 10:00am - 4:00pm | TAFE Queensland East Coast Mooloolaba Campus

If you’re looking for a job, a different job or even your first job, make a date with the Sunshine Coast JobShow on Wednesday October 19. The JobShow will bring together employers and prospective employees at the TAFE East Coast campus and offer everything from entry level to professional jobs as well as apprenticeships and traineeships across a wide range of industries. Job seekers can also upload their resumes now via the event website to have them matches against suitable available jobs.
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2016 Sunshine Coast Home Show and Caravan, Camping and Boating Expo

21-23 October 2016 | Fri & Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm | Kawana Sports Precinct

The Sunshine Coast Home Show & Caravan, Camping & Boating Expo at Bokarina next Friday to Sunday is expected to draw over 13,000 visitors during the three days.

The Sunshine Coast Home Show will host an extensive range of quality home and lifestyle products including building, renovating, green living, home improvements, homewares, kitchenware, electrical, pools, spas, finance, gardening and loads more.

Caravan, Camping and Boating lovers are also catered for with the Expo. 
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Cash in on your clutter at the Garage Sale Trail - Sat 22 Oct 2016

Sunshine Coast households, schools and community groups will have the great chance to declutter and make some money at the same time by joining hundreds of thousands of people across the country on Saturday, October 22 as a part of the sixth annual Garage Sale Trail. Last year, Garage Sale Trail sellers on the Coast pocketed an average of $318 with total sales for the region on the day surpassing $61,000.

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New hotspots identified by Sunshine Coast council maps

Development and investment activity on the Sunshine Coast shows no signs of slowing down, according to the council's annual building approvals heat map.

Planning portfolio councillor Christian Dickson said the updated heat maps show building approvals are at the highest level they have been for seven years — and are a great gauge of ‘hotspots’ of activity. Read more

The AP&ES Games Torch is on it's way !

Australasian Police & Emergency Services Games: Sat 08 - Sat 15 October 2016

Like no other event on the Emergency Services calendar, the Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games builds camaraderie and promotes a healthy life style through the participation in sport, while heightening the public's awareness of Police and Emergency Services. The games are conducted every second year at a new location which also provides competitors the opportunity to travel and enjoy a holiday at numerous locations throughout Australia and New Zealand. Read more

Submissions open for Hackfest 2016

Here’s a great chance to be part of the Sunshine Coast’s Smart City and help our region become one of the most innovative and modern in the world.

After a successful inaugural event last year, Sunshine Coast Hackfest is back in 2016 as we link up community members keen to make a difference with coders, digital creatives, data analysts, story tellers and entrepreneurs to create apps, visualisations, websites and tools from government data sets.

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Canstar Blue announces First National Australia's leader for customer satisfaction

Customer satisfaction research and ratings agency, Canstar Blue, has announced First National Real Estate the winner of its 2016 ‘Most Satisfied Customers’ award, following customer research about the experience of homeowners, tenants and landlords with Australia’s largest real estate brands. Read more

First National Mooloolaba & Maroochydore Prepares Community for Emergencies

First National Real Estate Mooloolaba & Maroochydore has signed up to support a major fundraising partnership that will benefit communities around Australia. The First National Foundation’s partnership with Red Cross involves First National’s 400 offices around Australia in raising money to support Red Cross Emergency Services. Red Cross Emergency Services offers a combination of information initiatives aimed at helping households and communities across Australia to prepare for, respond to and recover from a range of potential emergencies more effectively.  
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Our Award Winning Team - Queensland First National Real Estate Awards 2015

Our hard-working team of 18 were very lucky to receive a whopping total of 9 awards at the annual Queensland First National Real Estate Awards Night gala at the Sofitel, Brisbane. Read more