31 May 2010

Property Fans and Followers Community Launched for 'Grass Roots'


North Queensland’s Property Followers and Fans Community was launched today by Rapid Realty’s Principal Director, Aaron McLeod to offer ‘grass roots’ property investors, observers and professionals a locally-driven online forum to share their experiences and aspirations, opinions and views.

The Global Financial Crisis (GFC), interest rates, Federal Government's tax reform and the Queensland Premiers’ initiative for Townsville to become a semi-functional Capital City of Queensland are just a few topics that are generating views and opinions about local property markets and policy makers.

Astute buyers and sellers in the market are raising these issues with their agents and each other as global, national and local events such as tax reform, infrastructure projects, water charging changes, etc. are impacting the decision making process of local investors to either retain, turnover or expand their property asset portfolios, Aaron McLeod said.

These are real issues facing investors as the latest RP Data – Rismark Home Value Index was released today headlining that “home values (are) flat in April as heat comes off Australia’s housing market” and “Housing markets outside the capital cities record no growth in 2010”.

Stories about the housing and property market are being reported and narrated by industry players such as RP Data, REIQ and advertising portals, but listening to the views and opinions of real buyers, investors and sellers at the ‘grass roots’ are equally important if not more important. Aaron McLeod said.

With over 50 percent of enquiries about real estate listings being sourced from internet portals such realestate.com and domain.com.au, just to name a couple, creating a meeting point for property fans and followers using the greatest social-networking movement in history was a stand-out initiative to dialogue ‘grass roots’ stories.

The Townsville Real Estate blog site and Rapid Realty’s Facebook site are two new online forums offering astute buyers and sellers, and apprentices to the property markets, the opportunity to interact and stimulate community views and opinions about real estate in North Queensland.

In the absence of any locally-driven online social forum for property fans and followers, North Queenslanders can simply search for Rapid Realty’s community networking site in Facebook by searching on ‘rapid realty’ and posting comments, photos, videos, discussions, links and blogs.

Followers can log on to the Townsville Real Estate blog site http://townsvillerealestate.blogspot.com/ to follow the latest ‘grass-roots’ news and feature properties or publish comments.

Rapid Realty's Principal Director is offering new fans and followers to these 'grass roots' online forums a chance to win exclusive corporate box tickets to the 2010 Townsville V8 Supercars and North Queensland Cowboys home games in an effort to stimulate initial memberships.
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