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Virtually Perfect!

By Dan Sowden

9 Freycinet Row, Buderim

It’s a sign of the times when you don’t have to leave your armchair to find the perfect home!

That was the case for a Melbourne couple who fell in love with their new Sunshine Coast abode via a zoom inspection and bought the home site unseen!

Currently in lock-down due to COVID-19 restrictions, the young couple are now looking forward to starting their new life with their young family in beautiful Buderim.

“The new owners are a lovely young couple with three children under five who are currently stuck in Mt Eliza in outer Melbourne, due to COVID restrictions,” says agent Mandy Leahy.

“They had been through the photos online and liked the look of the home. I was then able to take them on a zoom walk through the house. We spent a good 45 minutes going through everything. It’s great because you can really hone-in on things and open cupboards and things like that, it’s just like being there.”

Located in the sought-after Rainforest Sanctuary in Buderim, the spacious four-bedroom family home really appealed to the young couple due to the well-designed layout, which allows plenty of room for their young family to grow.

“The Rainforest Sanctuary is a really special area,” says Mandy. “It’s a lovely cul-de-sac, so you really only drive into it if you live there or you are visiting, there is no thoroughfare, which makes it a beautiful family area.

“All the homes are very well kept. The home itself is a well-loved family home with three massive living areas and a central kitchen. It’s on a flat block with a swimming pool and everything you could need for a growing family.”

No strangers to the Rainforest Sanctuary, the couple have previously lived in the area and are looking forward to all it has to offer, including proximity to a choice of great schools for the children.

On the other side of raising their family, the previous owners who have held the property for the past nine years have bought a smaller home to accommodate their new lifestyle.

“They have loved living here but their children are a lot older. One has left home and is at University and with only one child left at home, it had become too big for them,” says Mandy.

“They are members of the Alex Beach Surf Club and they wanted to be nearer the beach so they could get more involved.”

On the market for three months, the proud new owners made an offer within two days of the virtual inspection and the home sold for $760,000 on the 31st of August.

Negotiating a longer settlement period, to allow them time to relocate and quarantine for 14 days, the Melbourne couple has already began adding their own flair to the home.

“They are very excited. They have already had trades people through the house and will be modernising it with new paint and carpets before they move in, so it’s worked out perfectly for them,” says Mandy.

As for the new era in selling homes via online technology, Mandy says she has been converted.

“I always thought when we started doing zoom inspections it would take away the personal side of things and it wouldn’t be as effective, but I have learnt you can still give your clients as much information about the house and you can still build a great relationship. It’s been a great learning experience for all of us what you can do outside the box.”

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