There was a good attendance with around 30 people at the recent BeCA Public Meeting. There were numerous apologies for the meeting including our Councillor Rick Baberowski and Peter Pallot from Sunshine Coast Airport Management, both of whom were enjoying annual leave.
The President welcomed all to the meeting and began with a report on the update of the BeCA website. He believes the website should be the first port of call for those seeking updates on the latest issues affecting residents. The BeCA Facebook page was also a valuable resource with many of the younger residents using it as the first port of call before being redirected to the website.
Stockland’s Mark Stephens brought everyone up to date on issues relating to Stockland. He reported that the Bells Reach Community Garden was a major community focus for the company with excellent support received from many local industries. The next Bells Reach Community Garden meeting (and open to all) is scheduled for Tuesday March 10th at 6pm in the Bells Reach Land Sales Office. You can read more about the new Community Garden group HERE.
Mark reported on the current traffic concerns with the lengthening of the left turn only lane at the Bellvista Blvd/Caloundra Rd intersection. A combination of delays with Council approval and wet weather had caused the project’s completion to be delayed. Mark was hopeful that all would be completed (weather permitting) by Monday March 16th. The next major disruption to traffic will occur with the lengthening of the median strip which will separate the roadway in and the roadway out. He hoped any disruption would be kept to a minimum and would be outside peak use hours. He apologised on behalf of Stockland for the current situation.
When asked why the new left turn lane did not extend down to the Bellcarra Place roundabout he said that there were some large obstacles to overcome before that could happen. The roundabout in question is single lane only and would create design problems entering into a double lane up to Caloundra Rd. Mark fielded several questions from the floor on the second entry/exit road and again covered the proposed Bellvista Blvd exit via the to be constructed Kawana Link Way extension back to the Caloundra Rd roundabout near Corbould Park.
Our main presenters for the evening were Lani Ogilvie, who is a BeCA Management Committee member and the owner of the Positive Property People Real Estate agency at Bellvista Market Place, along with her father Dave Cooper. It’s Dave’s smiling face you see on the Positive Property People real estate signs around the area.
This company only deals with Bellvista/Bells Reach properties. Their ‘PowerPoint” presentation was both informative and entertaining. And everyone loved the numerous chocolates they ‘won’ for getting a prediction or answer correct.
Did you know, the largest demographic group of house owners in the Bellvista/Bells Reach area is 55+ (46%) followed by 35-54 (41%) and under 35 (13%)? There are many smaller ‘unit style’ homes now being built in Bells Reach which are not covered by “Body Corporate”. Being “Body Corporate” free can be quite a cost saving.
The rental market is ‘tight’ with a home now selling for $400,000 probably attracting a rent of around $425pw.
There was a host of interesting figures indicating that resales are now almost at an all time high. The ‘adjusted’ median price for a home in Bellvista is around $425,000 and little a less in Bells Reach. All figures are several months ‘old’ so should not be taken literally as a representation of the situation today.
There was discussion on whether or not you should renovate or not. The advice was don’t go overboard, if you do you you are less likely to get your money back. There is no incentive to put Solar Panels on to make your home more saleable, and a little inexpensive landscaping can add thousands to your property value.
A final tip was get advice from your Real Estate Agent well before you put your place on the market. They can advise you on how to best present your home for sale.