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REIQ Journal : June 2008
2 Schools directory guides buying families When families are in the market for a new home, one of the biggest considerations can be the range of available schooling options in an area. Agents can now access the Australian Schools Directory, an online list of all Australia’s government, Catholic and private independent schools. It is the only public directory of all primary and secondary schools in Australia. The directories are aimed at helping parents easily locate schools in a specific area or of a specific type. Users can search for special needs, religious, boarding, or alternative education schools. Visit www.australianschoolsdirectory.com.au FROM THE CHAIRMAN Peter McGrath, Chairman IN RECENT MONTHS, the REIQ has hosted two highlysuccessful professional development conferences for various industry sectors. The Principal Licensee Workshop & Luncheon in April and the Property Management Conference in May were both sell-out events. This was due, in no small part, to the first class line up of speakers and topics, which ensured attendees are abreast of the very latest information, skills and trends relevant to the real estate profession and their various specialisations. I congratulate all REIQ staff on their hard work in bringing these conference programs to members and, in particular, thank the sponsors for their outstanding support. These events would not be possible without the valuable assistance of REIQ’s industry partner Aon, and REIQ sponsors Console, Deposit Power, Direct Connect, Ezi Payment Solutions, Paid on Exchange, PDSLive, Rei Super, Splash Real Estate Displays, and Westpac. Next month, the Sales Success Conference will be held at Brisbane’s Sofitel Hotel. This inaugural event promises to be as popular as the rest of the 2008 conference program has been and I encourage sales professionals – whether you are new to the industry or have many years of experience – to attend. As the Queensland market reverts to more subdued, historical levels of activity, we all need to adjust our approach and re-educate ourselves for these current market conditions. Tugun Bypass opens The Tugun Bypass will open to traffic on Monday 2 June, more than six months ahead of schedule. The Bypass provides a high-standard road link between the southern Gold Coast and northern New South Wales. The bypass will take 55 per cent of traffic off the existing Gold Coast Highway by 2017 and reduce travel time between Currumbin and Tweed Heads West to five minutes. Without the bypass, delays of up to 30 minutes on the Gold Coast Highway would be common by 2017. The REIQ’s most recent sales figures for the March quarter are due for release in the first week of June. Following the consistently high sales levels and healthy price growth of 2007, we expect to see more restrained growth in the first quarter of 2008. Although population growth and a strong economy continue to underpin Queensland’s residential and commercial sales markets, agents across the State are reporting modest sales activity. Low and middle income earners are feeling the pinch of tightening affordability and investors seem to be holding tight for news of further interest rate movements before committing. In today’s market conditions agents who consistently observe best practice standards and strive to exceed expectations will find a market edge. CHAIRMAN REIQ Journal June 2008