Tips for Buying & Selling in the Cairns Northern Beaches, courtesy Cole Real Estate

The Cairns property market is as vibrant and diverse as the landscapes and people of this stunning, natural area. Investment options range from high rise, inner-city apartments to absolute beachfront luxury, rich rainforest mountain blocks and suburban properties. Home owners and investment purchasers can select the type of property and location, to suit their needs and budget.

Cole Real Estate offers the following helpful tips.


Preparing your property for sale is an important factor in achieving the best possible price. It's not difficult or expensive to do this, but it will require some time and effort, to ensure your property looks its best. Why is this important? First impressions count and usually become the focus and emotional appeal for buyers.

To help your property make a good first impression, we recommend ensuring it does not have:

  • Cigarette odours
  • Animal odours
  • Stained carpet and floor coverings
  • Dirty Windows
  • Too much furniture (creates a cramped look)

Our experience shows that attention to minor details can maximise first impressions and help achieve the best possible price for your property.

Timing when your property should go on to the market is not as critical as it was in past years, as there are always buyers found for well marketed properties throughout the year. With our ability to reach buyers from all corners of the world, including our own extensive database, the length of time that a property takes to sell can be attributed to its price, presentation, location, and not least of all, your choice of agent.

Selling your property will require you to consider the method of sale. There are three recognised methods of sale:

  • Private Treaty
  • Public Auction
  • Public Tender

Each has its own advantages, and it's advisable to have your agent explain the benefits of each method.


Buying Tips
  1. Arrange to speak with your financier to establish the best and most suitable loan for your personal situation.
  2. Take into consideration your preferred lifestyle, this will then highlight particular locations that you are likely to consider.
  3. Inspect as many properties in your price range as possible to provide you with the best opportunity to secure the property when you see it without hesitation.
  4. Choosing an agent in your preferred area and then developing a rapport with that agent can form the basis of a better understanding of what it is you may be searching for in a property.
  5. Recommendation to legal representation and building and pest inspectors where necessary.
  6. Foreign Investment – Foreign persons (that is not a permanent resident of Australia) are required to notify the Government through the Foreign Investment Review Board, and have prior approval to acquire an interest in certain types of real estate.
    New Dwellings – Temporary residents wishing to buy a new residential dwelling are required to seek approval for the purchase. In such instances, approval is normally granted without conditions.
    Vacant Land – Temporary residents need to apply to buy vacant land for residential development. These are normally considered favorably and can be approved subject to construction commencing within 24 months.
    It is recommended that as a foreign person considering purchasing real estate that you seek legal advice and or visit for more information.