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A year that was: 2016’s weird and wonderful enquiries



There is no getting around it. 2016 was a year no one will forget any time soon. One moment England was celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, the next it had voted itself out of the EU. Then of course there was that other thing over in the US. You know. One word. Starts with T and rhymes with chump. And in a heated campaign, which nobody except those in Australia seemed to notice, another Prime Minister was sworn in. Amidst all of this, Australian real estate stayed strong, but not without its own share of oddities.

In a nod to the more obscure events of this past year, here are a few common keywords and requests agents received from house hunters throughout the country in 2016.

Victoria

Frankston

Not to make this beachside suburb blush but if real estate enquiries reveal anything about this sunny centre it’s that their Tinder profile is nice and healthy. Singles abound apparently, as a large number of renters and buyers contacted Frankston agents looking for a place to call home, and perhaps for a place to meet their perfect match. Unfortunately, agents couldn’t help with this second request.

Balwyn

Surprise, surprise. Most emails from potential homeowners and renters in one of Melbourne’s favourite leafy-green suburbs went basically like this: “Dear School. Schools schools schools school? Would the schools in this area perhaps be a school school school and how many schools would school school if school could school? And apart from schools what are the local catchment zones? Because you know, school. Would be willing to move in yesterday. Sincerely, stressed-out parent.”

Melbourne & Sydney CBD

It seems like the only people who want to actually live in Melbourne or Sydney’s CBDs are those who the word ‘visa’ sends into a flurry of flying pens, passports and proof-of-identification papers. Students and visitors from around the globe seemed to be the most common contacts for agents in the centre of the cities. It makes sense though, just think how many Aussies search for ‘real estate in the Big Ben’ when they move to London.

South Australia

Adelaide

In the heart of Adelaide there are plenty of new apartments popping up to accommodate growth. And the most common keyword for those looking for real estate in this area? ‘Furnished.’ So either there are a number of interstaters and students rolling into the centre of town or Adelaide just happens to be the world’s largest IKEA showroom.

Happy Valley

The sleepy suburb of Happy Valley in Adelaide’s south seems almost too sleepy. Almost suspiciously sleepy when you consider that we found a number of ‘cash buyers’ contacting agents in the area. ASIO hasn’t set up shop in the area, have they?

Tasmania

Karoola

One property in the middle of the year, a church to be precise, came up for sale in the quiet hills of northern Tasmania. If Tasmanians don’t want to get a bad rap from the rest of the country then those interested in this property probably shouldn’t have expressed how super keen they were to take care of the church’s cemetery when talking to agents. There’s something just not-quite-right about that.

Claremont, Colebrook, Legana and everywhere around Tasmania

But just to get back in the good books with Tassie, there are no surprises that there were plenty of folk in 2016 looking for farmland in the southern isle. Many people from around Australia seem to be triggering onto the fact that a small plot of land in one of the country’s most beautiful and diverse states might be a change of scenery they shouldn’t wait till retirement for.

New South Wales

Annandale and Glebe

It seems these areas seem to be to Sydney what Fitzroy and Carlton are to Melbourne. Students dominated requests for information to agents in Annandale and Glebe, no doubt because of its proximity to Sydney’s centre and to its universities.

Bondi

It’s probably because of Bondi Rescue but everyone in the world, apart from Australians, seems to think Bondi is an untouched oasis. In 2016 agents in the area attracted a large number of enquiries from people all over the world, including plenty of young tourists wanting short leases in the beachside suburb.

Queensland

Noosa

Investors run free in Noosa, as it seems many enquiries to agents came from interstaters, especially those from Sydney and Melbourne. With beaches like those, who can blame them.

Surfers Paradise

Plenty of internationals seemed to rock up to Surfers Paradise in 2016 and were in desperate need of some accommodation, stat! It’s hard to feel sorry for them though, there’s nothing like sending off some rental enquiries then heading down to the beach for a quick dip.

Northern Territory

Darwin

A common word found in the requests made by those contacting agents in Darwin was ‘army’. But there is nothing funny about the army. There will be no jokes made about the army because nobody wants to make anyone angry here.