You get more with a Liveability Real Estate Specialist real estate agent
Liveability Real Estate Specialists are existing sales agents and property managers who have completed an intensive professional development training course to identify, appraise and sell an additional 17 Liveability Features™ of your home. Once graduated they become part of a national membership body and receive a numbered identification card which you can ask to see to verify their specialisation.
They have exclusive access to the Liveability Appraisal checklist and icons for property marketing which deliver additional listing opportunities for your property. The 17 Things™ Appraisal Checklist has benchmarks next to each feature to ensure a consistent national standard is delivered by the real estate industry. It is updated annually in consultation with relevant industry advisors to deliver comprehensive standards of disclosure for each individual Liveability Feature™ at point of sale or rent that keep pace with innovation in the property design and construction.
Buyers and renters are looking for properties with the potential for reduced running cost and increased comfort so it’s critically important that the agent you select not only fully understands these Liveability Features™, how to recognise them and why they are important to liveability potential and more importantly knows how to explain their benefits to potential buyers . This maximises your opportunity for your home to get the highest price in the shorted time frame.
What does this mean for buyers, sellers and renters?
A Liveability Features Appraisal is integrated into a normal property appraisal. Once the specialist real estate agent completed it and the property has met the minimum six of the specially selected* features listed in the 17 Things™ (see below) then the Liveability Features™ icon can used on the property listing of a home for sale or rent and the features it represents expertly marketed by a trained Liveability Real Estate. The Liveability Features™ icon is not a rating, but national and state home energy rating schemes are supported within the 17 Things™ (energy rating is No. 17). This is good news for home owners who have invested in Liveability Features in their home an it’s good news for buyers and renters too who are looking looking for a home with the potential for reduced running costs, increased comfort and connection to a vibrant community experience.
The Liveability Features™ icon on a property listing identifies, at point of sale or rent, that the property has met the required minimum six specially selected* Liveability Features™ (and up to maximum 17) that have the potential to reduce running costs and bring comfort when used correctly.
What is covered in the Liveability Features Appraisal?
The 17 Liveability Features are property features which cover location, floor plan and layout, key building structure elements, important energy and water saving inclusions and a vibrant community experience close . It is not a rating it is a “features-based” checklist. Each feature has benchmarks which must be met when the agent conducts their appraisal walk through.
The list of the features ( the 17 Things™) are not numbered in the checklist in order of importance, rather they are designed to mirror a property “walk through”; from the front door, through the house and back out again. In this way it makes it easier for the agents to appraise the property and easy for people to validate at an open home.
The 17 Things™ are:
- Climate zone for this property
- Living locally
- Density of building materials
- Windows (glazing)*
- Shading or sun control*
- Efficient heating and cooling devices*
- Energy efficient lighting*
- Efficient hot water system*
- Solar photovoltaic (PV) system*
- Low water garden*
- Water efficiency devices*
- Rainwater tanks
- Energy rating* – state and/or national scheme