Logan, Queensland investment overload is a concern: Ask Margaret

Logan, Queensland investment overload is a concern: Ask Margaret
Logan, Queensland investment overload is a concern: Ask Margaret

Dear Margaret,

While Kingston in Logan, Queensland still offers good returns, I have dealt with a number of real estate agents in the area (I have four properties there) and I've noticed they tend to accept the first offer if it is close to the asking price even, if it is the first listing day and the market is hot. I think that potentially they could get more for the vendor by waiting a little longer for multiple offers to come in.

Each property I own I have bought through a different real estate agent and they all do the same thing. Is my fear founded that this keeps a lid on property price growth in the area?



Dear Helen.

One of the things that all investors must know is that the process of listing, taking offers and then conveying property from one party to another is very different in every state.  For example, in Victoria, where there is a lot of interest in a property, a vendor may call for multiple written offers from buyers and then decide on one, but this is not necessarily the case in other states.

In QLD, a real estate agent appointed to sell property for a client must keep the client informed of any significant development or issue in relation to the property(and) must immediately communicate to the client each expression of interest, whether written or oral(unless) the client has directed otherwise in writing.

This means that, as soon as an offer comes in, agents are obliged by law to present this offer to the vendor, and the vendor then decides if they will take it.  And so, it is not the agent who is 'taking' the first offer - they are merely presenting all offers to the vendor, and it is the vendor accepting them.

As all agents also have an obligation to achieve the best sales price possible for their vendor, then if you know of agents who are indeed convincing the vendor to take the first offer on the table when there is clearly the potential for further interest (as indicated by a hot market) then they are not satisfying their obligations under the terms of their contract with the vendor.  Where you have evidence that this is indeed happening with a particular agent, I advise you to approach the Department of Fair Trading in that state, with the evidence, so that it can be acted upon.  

On another note, I am a little concerned that you already own four properties in that area and seem to be seeking a fifth.  It can be common for an investor, having successfully invested in an area, to want to repeat that positive experience.  But I caution you to realise that if you own too many properties in a single market, when that market cools, as it will, everything you own will stagnate. You will also face a looming land tax bill, as once your land values in any one state exceed a certain threshold, land tax becomes payable on all other properties acquired in that state, and this can be expensive.  Diversification is a critical component of all investing strategies, and I urge you to look around for areas in other states which have future growth drivers, so that you can add some geographical diversity and also minimise your exposure to land tax as well.

Kind regards,


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Margaret Lomas is a best-selling author and writes and hosts the popular Property Success With Margaret Lomas and Your Money, Your Call, both on Sky News. She is the founder of Destiny.

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