Brightwater Estate on the Sunshine Coast


Brightwater Estate on the Sunshine Coast is highly sought after from the quality homes for sale, open space, lake, schools, shops and everything else in between. Here are just a few things that have recently happened in the area

Brightwater lake

Brightwater lake was officially opened on Sunday, 15th September 2013 with a celebration that included (among other activities) a huge inflatable duck, and free trails of stand up paddle boards, kayaks, and orb balls for the public. The new 12 hectare lake, provides yet another great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors at Brightwater. The lake and surrounding parklands are the centrepiece of Brightwater, meandering for more than one kilometre through the community and approximately 200 metres wide in parts.

Brightwater Hotel

Works are now complete on the new Brightater Hotel which is now The modern building is located right on Brightwater lake and will provide an upmarket space for residents and locals to enjoy the beautiful waterside location which enjoying a drink and a meal.

The new hotel has underground parking for 100 cars, a kids play room with 5 play stations, plasma TV and more, a public bar, TAB and Keno facilities, pool tables and a waterfront deck. There will also be a private dining room with seating for 30 guests, a fireplace and waterfront deck access. The new hotel will be open 7 days and serve breakfast on Sundays.

Shops and local businesses

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The Brightwater marketplace is now open and thriving with doors open at the ALDI supermarket, the Brightwater Medical Centre, Brightwater Chemart Pharmacy and Boston Coffee House. Also just open is  a 24-hour Stepz Gym, a hair and beauty salon, clothing and home-wares store, a bottle shop, a British themed fish and chip shop and physiotherapist.

Schools and Childcare

Living at Brightwater you don’t need to worry about where to send your children to either day care or school, because the residential community has its own state school and early learning centre. Both the Bella Grace Early Learning Centre and Brightwater State School are thriving.

For enrolement details see the Brightwater State School and Bella Grace Early Learning Centre websites.

If you love the beach, then you will love Brightwater’s quick access to Mooloolaba beach via Manatunga Parade.

Take the kids to nippers on the weekend, go for an early morning surf or swim, or just enjoy a lazy afternoon in the sun. When you live this close to the beach the choices are easy.



If you have any general questions about Brightwater, Homes for sale in Brightwater, Homes for Rent in Brightwater call Keith Miller from Mink Property on 07 5438 8070

Photography the top tool for real estate agents

Photography the top tool for real estate agents

– Photos by Mink Property

Property photography company Top Snap asked 600 Australian real estate agents about how they market properties, and a whopping 99% said nothing beats good photography.

It’s something most of us know instinctively, whether we’ve been browsing for homes, proudly showing off our own for sale, or just admiring and dreaming.

Good looking images, that show off a home at its best, entice us to look closer.

One responsent commented: “Professional photography is 100% essential to marketing any home, at any price range in any location. I will not put a home on the market without the highest quality photography. It attracts more buyers and therefore a higher sale price for our owners.”

Another highlighted that great images are synonymous with professional property sales: “Good photography can be the difference between a purchaser opening a web link or moving on to the next. Additionally, the way an office markets property directly reflects their professionalism to the public.”

Agents said beautiful photography:

  • attracts more buyers (89%)
  • increases enquiries (79%)
  • increased clicks to their online listings (68%)
  • secure a higher selling price (52%)

“The survey results demonstrate how almost every agent now recognises the importance of professional photography, along with a range of other tools, in successfully marketing their listings,” said Top Snap’s General Manager, Helen Clarke.

Other marketing tools agents consider important are floor plans (84%), site plans (67%), copywriting (65%), virtual tours (63%), virtual furniture (56%) and property video (21%).


At Mink Property we focus on marketing, we incorporate exceptionally high quality photos, videos and floor plans in our marketing campaigns and it works very well. It is niot uncommon to sell properties in under 2 weeks.

If you would like to discuss this in detail, please call Keith Miller directly on 0404 361 866
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Innovation in property management

Online Agent access your account 24/7/365


Mink Property takes our Property Management service to a whole new level, introducing Online Agent.
This is the ability to log into your account and see what is happening 24/7/365.

Online Agent enables you to see the all of your investment property details including information about rent such as when it is paid to and when the next rent review is due. This is a very powerful tool as you can now access information about your investment property when you need.

We record all activities and communications related to your property, so most of this information is now accessible in addition to your monthly statements from the comfort of your own home or office.

Online Agent for Tenants Online Agent for Tenants shows lease details including rental information such as a tenancy dates, review dates and inspection dates. Inspection and maintenance activity details are available, and tenants can also submit maintenance requests directly into our system.

Registration requires a verification code from us. Landlords can find their code printed on the bottom of their monthly statements and Tenant codes are included in the Tenant Pack given to Tenants at the beginning of their tenancy. We can also give you your code directly if required.
Click here to register for Online Agent

Flat fee agents…. Just a thought..

Why Not Go With A “Flat-Fee” Selling Agent?

Vendors nowadays expect agencies to have smart offices with modern signage, the latest in computer equipment, to be open six or seven days a week with office staff on hand, and to answer the phone at 9pm at night.

Would you let your most valuable asset be sold by a flat-fee salesperson? What kind of effort can you expect on their behalf? What is their marketing style? What is the style of their office and marketing and what type of buyers does it attract – emotion-driven or investors?

Perhaps it’s more relevant to determine the profile of the agency rather than the commission fee or scale. For example, a prestige property being sold by a discount agency may send a message to potential buyers that you’re a desperate vendor trying to cut corners and save a bob or two.

As with all things in life, there is no black or white, but many shades of grey. The most important aspects of selling your home are to first choose the presentation and style of the agency, discuss the level of service appropriate to the particular property, and then talk about the fee for service.

We hope this has been valuable information, if you have any questions or comments, please drop us a line.


Mink Property 1300 894 590

MACQUARIE Bank and Mark Bouris have joined forces

THE Mark Bouris-backed Yellow Brick Road has signed a deal with Macquarie Group that will enable it to compete with the big four banks in the nation’s mortgage market.

Macquarie will fund mortgages through Yellow Brick Road’s 130-store retail network to offer ”aggressively priced” products to consumers.

Mr Bouris, the Yellow Brick Road chairman, said the deal would ”bring back choice, access and competition like there was in the 1990s.”

“Plenty of commentators, including politicians, talk about the need for competition,” he said.

“This is a game changer that will take the big four head on.”

Under the deal, Yellow Brick Road will try to undercut the big banks by offering a 1.15 percentage point discount on all new home loans for the first year of the loan. It will also offer a discount for the life of the loan.

The Credit Suisse analyst James Ellis said the deal was ”bread-and-butter” business for Macquarie, which had a similar contract with Aussie Home Loans 20 years ago. But he said the market had changed a lot.

“When Aussie Home Loans entered the market, mortgage spreads were hundreds of basis points over the cash rate,” he said. “In a few years, it had quite a seismic and important impact.

“I wouldn’t expect the same this time round because it’s just a fundamentally different market.”

Mr Bouris made his name setting up Wizard Home Loans in 1996, which he later sold to GE Money for $500 million.

A spokesman for the Treasurer, Wayne Swan, said the move showed competition was starting to heat up in the banking sector. ”The government is supporting smaller lenders to compete with the big banks so that Australians who aren’t happy with their bank can walk down the road and get a better deal,” he said.

Since 2007, the big banks have increased their mortgage rates by an average of 135 basis points compared with the cash rate. For credit unions and mutuals, the increase has been about 97 basis points.

Housing confidence is building across Australia –

The survey found 77.9 per cent of respondents believed now was a good time to buy, with Australian households at their highest level of financial confidence since May 2011.

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