Display Village – Willowdale launches new Display Village

GROWING THE SOUTH-WEST | Willowdale launches new display village Saturday, November 23, Willowdale estate at Denham Court opens its new display village of 23 new-look home designs from 13 Australian builders. There are family-friendly activities on opening day, including Lego characters, face-painting, balloon artists, live music, jumping castle and kids' workshop. Also complimentary coffee, cold drinks and woodfire pizzas. Plus a prize draw where the first 300 participants get a small prize for completing their Stockland passport which can be collected from the sales office on site. They'll be in the running for a major prize. It's from 2pm to 5pm at Willowdale, on Joey Crescent at Leppington. The new village will be the first in the South-West to show innovative designs created specifically for 25- and 28-metre-deep blocks and will feature solutions for building on shallow lots. The village will also demonstrate the latest in sustainabi…
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Austral Real Estate Listing

Austral listing a chance to build your own western Sydney estate

en individual blocks of land on 18 hectares currently used for farming have been listed for sale in one line, with the rumoured price expectations a jaw-dropping amount.

Michael Crawford The Daily Telegraph

Current owners are pooling together to sell the huge block of land in one go.Source:Supplied

A block of ten individual properties on 18 hectares featuring six freestanding homes, market gardens and prime agricultural land has been listed for sale together in the western Sydney suburb of Austral.

The current owners of 310 Thirteenth Ave in Austral and 305-355 Twelfth Ave are six families who are selling the block of land with rumoured price expectations of around $65,000,000 to $70,000,000.

Buy your own development block.Source:Supplied

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Home buyer slump puts pressure on Stockland

Home buyer slump puts pressure on Stockland Australia’s extended lockdown and sudden halt to migration are undermining diversified developer Stockland's strong start to the year and threatening earnings from its land estates and retail portfolio. Stockland, the country’s largest house and land developer, is a bellwether for home buyer sentiment but its strong pre-virus home buyer-driven recovery has come unstuck in the pandemic, with its retail portfolio also hard hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. A Stockland housing estate being built in Melbourne. Credit:Erin Jonasson

“Settlements are running in line with pre-COVID levels, it’s been sales where we’ve seen the real slowdown with the restrictions on people’s movements,” chief executive Mark Steinert said.

Prior to the virus outbreak, Stockland had experienced a promising…
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The perks of buying a display home

The perks of buying a display home If you have ever dreamed of buying and owning a display home, read on... The Kuro by Webb & Brown-Neaves. Credit: Joel Barbitta/Supplied. If you have ever dreamed of owning a display-quality home, the good news is a number of builders offer the chance to purchase the real deal.  

Sold complete with the modern furnishings hand-picked to suit, Webb & Brown-Neaves Sales Manager Peter Chellew said ABN Group display homes were great for style-conscious buyers seeking financial perks.

“Buying a display home as an investment has many benefits,” he said. “Most important is the six per cent rental return across ABN Group displays, which is substantially above normal rental returns.

“You have the perfect tenant, with the home being maintained in pristine cond…

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What is a duplex

Duplex: What is a duplex & are they a smart investment? What does 'duplex' mean? The meaning of a duplex essentially consists of two homes built on a single block where the two residences share a common wall but have separate, independent entranceways. For all practical purposes, each home in a duplex property is an independent entity though they may exist under a single roof. Both units could either share a common land title or have separate titles after subdivision. Image: Twin Falls Hamptons - Lot size 435sqm with 16m width (Bluegem Homes) Why duplexes? Simply put, a duplex is a more affordable way to own a largely independent house, especially in an exclusive neighbourhood or a premium suburb. Given the runaway property prices in major urban areas across Australia, duplex homes like townhouses, make for an excellent investment for new home buyers as well as investors. A duplex delivers almost all the benefits of a detached house at about half the price, m…
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Nigel Satterley leads push to lift virus restrictions and reopen ‘ghost town’ display villages

The West Live: Nigel Satterley leads push to lift virus restrictions and reopen ‘ghost town’ display villages Danielle le Messurier The West Australian Wednesday, 22 April 2020 9:22AM Once popular display villages into ghost towns. Credit: supplied

A powerful Perth property developer is fighting to re-open display villages, which have turned into ghost towns in the wake of coronavirus.

Nigel Satterley says the Federal Government's decision to ban open home inspections as part of COVID-19 restrictions has had a devastating impact on the number of people attending display villages, which customers can now only visit by appointment.

But many interested parties are instead opting to stay at home, according to Mr Satterley who said the only people who come out are “quite advanced” in their plan…

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PROJECT BUILDER vs CUSTOM BUILDER Building a new home? Consider the PRO’s and CON’s of a Custom Builder vs Project Builder We have recently been approached by friend who had bought a block of land and was looking to build. They had visited several display homes and project builders but were becoming confused and as they put it, “getting lots of shock therapy” when they saw the quotes. They contacted us and asked what is the different between us “builders” vs these project homes in a display village. First things first, there are pro’s and con’s to both. Anyone that tells you otherwise is obviously pushing a sale or trying to mislead you. Secondly, there is no right or wrong choice – you need a builder to suit your needs. All builders offer different results, services, pricing, and time frames but in the end, we all build to the same building code standards. We have put together the below table with notes to help provide a comparison of the typical custom bui…
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Zero Net Carbon Display Home

The features of a Zero Net Carbon Display Home

To celebrate Sustainable House Day in 2019, Metricon Homes launched its first ever Zero Net Carbon Home. This display – the Delta 29MR – was built in Officer, Victoria, and is available to inspect today to prove that Zero Net Carbon Homes look no different to any other.

What is a Zero Net Carbon Home?

You might have heard the term “Zero Net Carbon Home” before – but what exactly does it mean? A Zero Net Carbon Home is a home that is designed, built and tested for energy-efficiency and comfort. It is specifically designed to be cooler in summer and warmer in winter, aiming to maximise energy efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions. It’s a home designed to save you money over the term of your ownership and to ensure comfortable living through consistent indoor temperatures; which means a win for your hip pocket, and the environment.

How do you build one?

If you’re inter…

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Prefab industry to help with quick rebuilds after bushfires

Prefab industry to help with quick rebuilds after bushfires This Ecoliv prefab home was constructed to meet the highest Bush Fire Assessment level. Photo: Ecoliv Poppy Johnston | 4 February 2020

UPDATED: The loss of homes for thousands of people is causing enormous stress and for some will continue to do so for months, if not years. Some people though are already looking for answers as searches for fire-resistant houses on our website has revealed in recent weeks. One answer might be prefabrication, which can be built to the highest Bushfire Attack Level rating, and offer quick construction times. Some members are also offering probono services to help.


Prefabricated homes, which are manufactured fully or partly in a factory and assembled onsite, are much faster to build than conventional homes, making them an option for the thousands of people seeking to rebuild after the fires.

After the California wildfires…

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10 things to look out for when inspecting a display home

10 things to look out for when inspecting a display home If you’re looking into house and land package options, then inspecting display homes is an exciting next step. But before you jump in feet first, some industry insiders share their top tips and how to prepare so you get the most out of your visit. 1. Know your budget Before the fun of looking for your dream home begins, first know how much you can afford to spend. “Be really clear about that before you enter and know what your repayments will be and make sure you’re comfortable with that before you go out there shopping,” advises general manager of the Homebuyers Centre, Simon Mongan. In the same way you are going to shop around for your house and land, shop around for finance, too. “Not all banks are created equal and not all brokers are created equal,” he warns. “Someone who specialises in construction finance is usually the best because there’s a lot of moving parts when there’s a block…
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