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Lifestyle should be on your list of property wants

While people may have a list of things they are looking for in a home, sometimes other intangible elements can be overlooked. Beyond the walls of a home, buyers should seek out those elements which ultimately add unquantifiable value to their everyday lives. Often it is the intangible things that might capture a buyer’s attention such as the afternoon light, the atmosphere as you enter a home and also the kind of lifestyle that can be lived there.

A lifestyle is an intangible thing made real by a collection of elements, both physical and experiential. A large part of the appeal of a precinct like the Sibaya Coastal Precinct, which is home to OceanDune Sibaya, is the lifestyle that can be lived within its boundaries. The Sibaya Coastal Precinct’s defining natural assets, like its coastal position and natural forest belt, are the foundations upon which all other man-made elements can flourish. The Sibaya Coastal Precinct lifestyle is not serendipitous; bringing the world-class precinct facilities and awesome experiences to life is a result of meticulous planning and ongoing, proactive and professional work of the Sibaya Precinct Master Management Association. Without a proper management association, amazing natural elements would be inaccessible and unsafe, while precinct amenities may not get off the ground at all.

Gray Braatvedt, Precinct Manager of the Sibaya Precinct Master Management Association, explains the Management Association’s role, “We manage the public open space within the Sibaya Coastal Precinct, and certain portions beyond its borders, which involves elements like safety and security, and the cleaning and the greening of areas so that they are usable, accessible and create a positive experience for all who use it.”

Charles Thompson, Director of Devmco Group and developer of OceanDune shares his thoughts on the value of the precinct management association, “Sibaya has amazing geographical positioning, access to an active protection of amazing natural assets like the 350-hectare coastal forest. However, without laying solid foundations, providing infrastructure and an entity dedicated to the management of this precinct, this 1000-hectare gem would be unusable and inaccessible. Proper, ongoing, and proactive precinct management is vital for success, therefore, creating a managed precinct is the key to unlocking the value of this area and we cannot do this without a master management association,” explains Thompson.

Living at OceanDune means there is a world of things to experience right on your doorstep. Your Sibaya Coastal Precinct lifestyle, with the modern and family-focused lifestyle at OceanDune Sibaya, means access to unsurpassed natural assets which creates that intangible aspect that makes the this lifestyle unmatchable.

Make the most of your rental property

Following on from last month’s feature on maximising on your investment, here we look at some other tips and tricks to turn your rental property into a gold mine.

You’ve invested in a property to earn an income through short-term letting, but there are many way to make your investment even more valuable. Previously we talked about buying in the right location, adjusting your pricing to suit the season and how to become a super host. Now, we’ll look at some other ways to squeeze more out of your property investment.

Furnishing Demand
You’ve registered your listing and added great images, but you may have forgotten one vital thing- the way your listing actually looks. Furniture is one thing and grandma’s old sofa, or mom’s second-hand crockery might have saved you a few bucks but the old adage, “you’ve got to spend money to make money” rings true here. Think about clothing retailers- they use clever tricks to hook their buyer’s in and you can do the same. Consider who your market is and then furnish your place to suit their needs. If you find most of your guests have kids then ensure you put kid-friendly additions in and make it as physically safe as possible (think sharp table edges and open plug sockets), or perhaps you’d like to encourage more business travellers so why not supply the Nespresso machine with one or two free coffee pods thrown in to sweeten the deal? Think beyond the four walls of your property and try to target your market with the most attractive listing for their needs. It also might pay off to pay a professional or semi-professional interior photographer to come take a few snaps for you.

Be a Human Host
Aren’t you tired of never being able to get a human on the other end of the phone or email? Don’t forget the human element is part of your business development arsenal. Be proactive, be engaging, be approachable and be present. Your guests want to know you care and it’s likely your guest will have questions so quick turnaround is key. Don’t leave them hanging on the end of a line. Understandably your guests may be several time zones away and getting back to them speedily may be a challenge but clever planning could mean you spend most of your day fielding the enquiries you can and then allot a few hours in the evening to respond to queries from across several time zones. It also wouldn’t hurt to take note of what time most of those enquiries come through and build your day around that.

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